Monday, September 9, 2013

Burnouts Put Up Smoke on Big Windy Fire

Fire crews working on the Big Windy Fire will be burning out on the west side of the fire today. There are some large unburned areas inside of the fireline that could flare up on their own during the hot days ahead. By burning them in a controlled manner, the risk of having a large flare-up later in the month will be reduced.

Approximately 150 personnel are assigned to the Big Windy Complex today, working on burn-out operations, mopping up and rehabilitating burned areas. The fire crews have ten engines, seven bulldozers, four helicopters and three water tenders available for immediate use. Burned area rehabilitation crews have several excavators, chippers and log loaders assigned to their projects.

The fire's size, 24,253 acres, remains unchanged, as does the level of containment, 87 percent. Bear Camp Road is open but all side roads in the fire area remain closed.

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