PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (June 25, 2016)
Overnight a thunderstorm passed over the fire but did not produce significant rainfall. Small spot fires in the northwest and southwest part of the fire resulting from changing wind directions were quickly addressed by firefighters. Night shift firefighters focused on structure defense and cooling down hot spots around values at risk often referred to as mopping up.
A mild cold front passed last night bringing drier air to the area, shifting winds from the southwest to the northeast. Temperatures today will be cooler, 68-73 F but humidity will also decrease, ranging from 17-22%. Lower humidity can cause fire activity to increase especially during wind shifts caused by afternoon thunderstorms.
The fire continues to remain active in the identified burn area with some areas experiencing short crown runs and group torching. Smoke becomes more visible when the fire ignites pockets of unburned fuel in areas the flame front has already passed and as the fire reaches new unburned fuels along the perimeter. The fire is burning primarily in heavy timber with a high percentage of beetle kill, and in some areas of grass and sagebrush. Incident Commander Jay Esperance briefed firefighters, “while providing structure defense and building fireline today, refer to the 18 firefighting watch out situations as a tool maintain firefighter and public safety as the top priority.” Today firefighters will continue to provide structure defense and scout for and build fireline. Resources assigned to the fire today include 425 firefighters working on engines, bull dozers, water tenders, helicopters, airplanes and hand crews.