Due to the progress firefighters have made we will be reducing staff and resources significantly to make them available to assist on other fires. The fire will transition to a local type IV Incident Commander as the Color Country Type III team is returning the fire back over to the local agency at 6am tomorrow morning July 20.
Crews assigned to the west, south, and east perimeters were initiating suppression repair, patrolling, and mopping up hot spots in areas that have been secured. As a result of the fire suppression effort, containment was increased to 75%. Along the northern flank of the fire firefighters continue to improve, patrol and monitor the rest of the fire’s perimeter with great success.
Fire managers are maintaining the control line with crews and aerial resources to keep the fire within the burned footprint. Fire activity is minimal, creeping and smoldering. Aggressive suppression efforts from both aerial and ground resources protected the surrounding communities near the fire area.
Fire managers continue to prioritize minimizing fire growth with aggressive action as the fire continues to threaten lands north of BLM administered lands (Red Cliff National Conservation Area/critical desert tortoise habitat) on to Pine Valley Ranger District. The fire continues to creep east through BLM Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness. Aggressive suppression efforts from both aerial and ground resources protected the surrounding communities near the fire area. The fire was mapped at 11,993 acres. Fire managers will continue to construct direct line with crews and aerial resources to keep the fire within the current burned footprint.