Saturday Fire UPDATE
The Douglas Fire is still listed at 86 percent contained after having burned 48,679 acres. 815 firefighters remain on the fire lines as the estimated containment date of September 1st nears.
As the fires within the Douglas Complex get closer to being contained, crews that have completed their assignment are being sent home to rest.
Yesterday 815 firefighters continued mopping up the Rabbit Mountain and Dad’s Creek fires. One task of the crews on the fire line is to find trees that are unsafe to work near, and cut them down. Teams of fallers hike to wherever firefighters find these hazardous trees, and tackle the tricky task of putting the partially burned trees on the ground.
Felling badly burned trees is not simple. The trees may be burned two-thirds of the way through at the base, halfway up the stem, or near the top. Or all three. Usually, the hazard trees are teetering like they’re about to fall, but stubbornly refuse to. Firefighters cannot work near trees that may crack and fall at any second.
But once the hazardous trees have been put on the ground, firefighters can safely resume their work, mopping up the hot spots inside the fire line.
The Big Windy is 35 percent contained and 1,058 firefighters are continuing to build and reinforce the fire lines.
The Labrador fire has yet to break out of its 2,023 acre burned area so far, but because of its remoteness no fire lines are near its perimeter and crews continue to rate its possibility for growth at high.