News Release - (August 23, 2016)
Weather of Little Impact on Monday
Higher temperatures with wind gusts of 35 to 40 miles per hour and low humidity marked weather conditions on Monday. Cloud cover, however, assisted firefighter efforts. As a result good progress was made in maintaining fire lines. Excavator work continues along the southeastern border of the fire to repair damage from suppression activities. The burnout was a success at the northeastern edge of the fire, and despite windy conditions the containment lines held. Firefighters continued to monitor the areas around the Helena Bridge and Ike’s Cabin in the southwest to protect them in the event fire activity threatened. Most fire spotting on Monday was blown back into the fire by the prevailing winds. Management officials expect Tuesday to closely resemble Monday in terms of fire behavior and the continued success of suppression, containment and protective efforts. Firefighters will continue structure protection and reinforcement of containment lines. Cooler weather later in the week is predicted to be even more favorable to suppression and containment efforts. Rehabilitation is a priority in those areas where landowners have been able to return to their property. Another priority aimed at firefighter safety, is the use of heavy equipment to remove snags and other dangerous features. While protecting structures and other threatened assets is taken seriously, protecting firefighter safety is always the top priority. 66 days into the firefighting effort no serious injuries have occurred. This is due to careful tactic planning and safety awareness at all levels of the operation.
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