Rains a Mixed Blessing for Firefighters
Friday night/Saturday morning rain showers have slowed both fire activity and firefighters efforts to gain control of the Douglas and Big Windy complex of fires.
The moisture knock down the flames and slows the fire’s spread, however it also slows the firefighters effectiveness by making access roads muddy and slick and most of all hampering burn out operations that strengthens fire lines and robs the main fire of fuel.
The Douglas complex, depending on location received anywhere from a sixteenth of an inch of rain on the south edge to a full inch in the northern portion of the burn.
That fire is now measured at 44,452 acres and the 3,100 fire fighters have achieved 32 percent containment.
The Big Windy fire is experiencing much the same situation and is now measured at 15,238 acres and is staffed by 1,214 firefighters.
The forecast for the fire areas is a fifty percent probability of showers through most of today with the possibility of the fire’s fuels drying out later this afternoon.
The Labrador fire remains stymied at 2020 acres as has been for the last five days, although the potential for growth is still measured as high.