Today, fire crews will use water from hose lays and helicopter bucket drops to work fire perimeter inward and extinguish any pockets of heat. This will further secure the fire line and keep the fire within its existing footprint. The fire will likely continue its minimal, creeping behavior within the fire perimeter.
Powell Ranger District fire managers will continue to assess the Left Fork Fire while getting additional resources in place to engage the fire during today’s operational period. A Type 1 Helicopter is expected to arrive on scene this morning and begin firefighting operations. The fire is estimated at 100 acres burning in timber, litter, understory and logging debris. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
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The Oak Grove Fire is being managed under a full suppression strategy using containment and confinement tactics to minimize fire spread and to prevent loss of resources. On the western edge of the fire, crews will continue today mopping-up pockets of heat while continuing to strengthen the handline to the base of the cliff. The handline on the eastern edge of the fire perimeter will be patrolled to locate and extinguish any heat near the fire’s edge. Crews will also focus on fire suppression repair and build waterbars on the handline in steeper terrain to prevent soil erosion. Some fire resources will be released and reassigned to other large fires.
The Oak Grove Fire is being managed under a full suppression strategy using containment and confinement tactics to minimize fire spread and to prevent loss of resources. The fire area received .41 inches of rain over the last 24 hours making roads and trails into the area hazardous to travel. Crews on the eastern edge of the fire completed a handline up to the cliffs edge, today they will continue to secure, and improve the handline. Along the western edge fire activity was higher yesterday as crews worked indirect building a handline from the campground to the confluence of drainages, using helicopters and a burnout to reinforce the line. As visibility and weather conditions allow, helicopters will be used to help firefighters with suppression efforts.
Yesterday wildland fire crews conducted a burnout operation on the southwest edge of the fire to protect the Oak Grove Campground and create an anchor point. This anchor point will allow crews to safely go direct with suppression efforts. Crews continue to build, secure, and improve hand lines on the east and west sides of the fire.
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