Onion Mountain Fire into 2nd Week with 40% Containment Achieved
972 firefighters, supported by ground equipment and air resources continue battling the Onion Mountain wildfire into a second week, having achieved 40% containment.
The wildfire was first encountered at 25 acres on Saturday, September 13th. It has now consumed 4,105 acres and exceeded $5 million in firefighting costs.
Suppression crews have made good progress securing containment lines around most of the fire’s perimeter and have begun mop-up operations. Patrol, structure protection, chipping and brush work is constant around the contingency lines. The northeast portion of the fire is of special concern as it remains uncontained and exposed to west winds.
The Incident Management team is estimating that cooler temperatures and shower activity forecast by midweek will help firefighters bring the Onion Mountain wildfire into full containment by Friday, September 26th.
Level 1 evacuation advisories remain in effect for the Pickett Creek area, Shan Creek Rd. from Riverbanks Rd. west, Taylor Creek Rd., and Galice Creek Rd. from Galice Rd. to Soldier Camp.
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