FIRE UPDATE: The Neck Fire remained quiet Monday with slightly lighter than forecast winds affecting the area. Fire crews continued to patrol and mop up, concentrating on hot spots near Mound Mountain, west of Monument Peak and around the west side of Baboon Peak in the north. In the fire area west of Monument Peak, repair of dozer line and other suppression tactics will begin and continue for the next several days. The northeast edge of the fire nearest the community of Minersville has not shown any hot spots for the last several days and firefighters all around the perimeter will keep a diligent eye for any potential spread during the expected wind event on Tuesday.
No structures have been damaged and none are currently at risk.
WEATHER: High winds and low humidity with sustained winds near 20 mph and gusts up to 40 mph are expected today. Winds on ridge tops will be stronger than in valleys, dominated by a Southwest flow. Humidity will be around 20 percent, with temperatures cooling into the 70s.
RESOURCES: 2 Hotshot Crews 6 Helicopters 4 Hand Crews 15 Engines 2 Dozers 7 Water Tenders
PUBLIC SAFETY: Mud Springs Road is the only gravel road closure to-date. Law enforcement is staffing roadblocks established for public safety and efficient firefighting operations. Other unpaved roads near the fire remain closed.
Considering near-record dry fuels and windy conditions, area managers ask the public to be aware of any activities which may spark dry vegetation such as dragging chains on trailers, hot exhaust pipes, and work with any type of burning material.
If you are driving in the area on Hwy 130, please SLOW DOWN, but DO NOT STOP in and around the fire area. Additionally, for the safety of firefighters and the public, be aware that helicopters cannot dip from spots where cars are parked too close or where boaters are lingering in lakes. Please allow firefighters to do their job safely and efficiently.
CLOSURES: Mud Springs Road and unpaved roads in the vicinity of the fire.
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: None, but fire danger is High. Please ensure all campfires are out and cold to touch.