Morning Update 10/8
More info at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6964
Firefighters Complete Burnouts
Current Situation: Wednesday firefighters continued containment work on the fire perimeter. This is a very large fire with over 240 miles of perimeter, so full containment will take time to complete and each new weather event will challenge portions of the line requiring firefighters to revisit many areas. Mop up, searching for and extinguishing heat, was the primary activity for firefighters around the fire. A small spot fire was found outside the line in the northwest and was secured. To prevent increased fire activity from further threatening homes around Kinikinik, crews successfully completed a burnout operation on Sleeping Elephant Mountain using aerial ignition. Increased crews worked around the structures in the area to ensure no damage occurred from the burnout. Another burnout was performed at the southern end of Long Draw to create fireline that will be more easily defensible. This operation produced the very large column of smoke seen yesterday. On the northern edge crews worked on reinforcing the line west of Bellaire Lake. On the east side crews and engines continued mopping up around homes and structures at risk. Additional crews joined in the work on the contingency lines around the CSU Mountain Campus and area homes. Crews in Rocky Mountain National Park also worked on contingency lines there and monitoring the increased fire activity in the Chapin Pass area.
Today a Local Red Flag Weather Warning is issued for the fire. Crews are prepared and have plans in place with the focus on holding and securing the lines. The fuels remaining critically dry with little overnight recovery of moisture for a fourth night in a row. Firefighters will likely face isolated areas of extreme fire behavior. Fire activity that gets established during the day may continue to be active overnight.
Weather Conditions: Thursday has a Local Red Flag Warning for the fire area from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weather will be mostly sunny and warm with highs 70-75°F. Relative humidity is expected to be low at 7-11%. Winds are forecast to be shifting with gusts to 20 mph. Friday highs are expected to be around 70°F with increasing clouds. Elevated fire weather is anticipated through Friday.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): It is illegal to operate a drone in the fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we are sure the drone is clear of the area. The use of drones is always prohibited in national parks. For more information please visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org
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