Firefighters overnight made good containment progress on the fire despite gusty and battling winds that remained strong through most of the night. Northwesterly winds were dominant until early this morning when unexpected easterly winds pushed the fire out of the heavily fuel loaded Larch and Pine Creek drainages on the west side of the fire. The fire jumped containment lines and established in lighter fuels causing some fast runs. Fire crews, with support of farmers, were able to contain the fire utilizing the Heber-lein and Winslow road systems along with dozers. All other sections of the fire are report-ed to look favorable going into today.
“Hold and check” is the mission given to firefighters today, as winds are expected to be similar to yesterday. Crews will continue reinforcing the lines by extinguishing hotspots close to the line with an emphasis on the areas that burned last night and the areas that will be most impacted by the winds. Structure protection task forces will continue to work around the homes assessing for damage and loss as well as mopping up.