Douglas Complex 48% Contained
The Douglas complex of fires has now consumed 45,411 acres but firefighters have contained 48 percent of the blazes perimeter. Personnel assigned to the fire has dropped by 92 with 3,008 defenders still assigned to the complex.
There have been no changes to road closures or evacuation notices. The area did receive variable amounts of rain yesterday with the Glendale fire camp receiving 1.28 inches of rain in 28 minutes that does not include the three quarter inch hail accompanying the storm that would not fit in the rain gauge.
The rain has knocked down the flames but has made burn out operations all but impossible for the time being. The rain does help with the eradication of hot spots. The night shift, other than just patrols has been temporarily suspended because of poor vision with a mixture of fog and smoke.
The crews are still focusing on problem areas along the western border of the Dad’s Creek fire and in the southwest corner of the Rabbit Mountain burn.
The Big Windy has grown slightly to 15,278 acres and is staffed with 1,284 personnel with the containment now listed at 14 percent.
The Big Windy area received scattered showers yesterday to about one quarter of an inch of moisture and conditions are essentially the same as the Douglas complex with road closures and evacuation notices unchanged.
The firefighter’s weather forecast for today includes about a 20 percent change of precipitation with a gradual return to stable weather patterns with warming and drying conditions.