Overnight firefighters patrolled fire edges and continued monitoring for growth near structures. As fire moves closer to homes, crews are using tactics to minimize flame length through fuel reduction and removal. Properties are evaluated and firelines built in areas with the highest probability for success in stopping the fire’s advance near the values at risk. These efforts create opportunities to suppress the fire’s edges. As the fire’s edges are put out crews will work further into the burn area and extinguish any hot spots or pockets of burning vegetation within the perimeter.
Structure protection continues to be a priority for firefighters on the Maple Springs and Old Roughy fires today. Additional bulldozer and hand line construction and improving existing control lines are occurring across both fires. If smoke conditions allow, helicopters will be used to cool hot spots in support of firefighters on the ground.
Smoke is predicted to start moving out of the area this morning as temperatures begin to rise. Today’s predicted weather with a high temperature of 58 F, light northwest winds 6-12 mph and a relative humidity of 34% will provide favorable conditions for the use of helicopters over the fires.
As temperatures cool this evening the smoke may pool in the area. Concerned residents should minimize outside activities during periods of poor air quality. During low visibility drivers need to be cautious of emergency equipment working on the roads and driving slowly patrolling the area. It is common for trees and rocks to fall on and near roads during wildfires; it is advised to take it slowly and give plenty of time to react to unexpected conditions.
Incident Commander Greg Smith challenged firefighters to “be prepared for the unexpected”. His advice is good for the public as well. Use caution when driving. Take the time while you have it to blow leaves out of your gutters and away from buildings, gather emergency and evacuation kit and be prepared for the unexpected. For information on emergency and evacuation kits visit: https://www.ready.gov/kit.
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