The potential for growth has been downgraded to medium, as the fire has failed to make serious inroads past a western control line and burned-out areas caused by the Arnica Fire last fall. As a result, the fire has not grown significantly in recent hours, seemingly stalled for the moment at 520 acres, with the containment level up to 28 percent.
In fact, activity was limited yesterday afternoon and evening to single tree torching and smoldering, as four hotshot crews and two Type 2 hand crews made good progress in their work digging fire line around the perimeter of the fire. Five helicopters continued aerial support on the incident. Most aerial efforts were concentrated on hotspots in the northwest corner and southern portions of the fire.
Today, with predicted stable weather over the fire, the crews will be digging line from the western and northern sides and may tie those fire lines together tomorrow. Additionally, firefighters will be working areas that are still holding heat as well as gridding for any small spot fires outside the perimeter of the fire.
Aerial support will continue bucket operations to cool any hot areas within and near the main fire perimeter.
The stall reinforces what we’ve been hearing on the ground: that the management of this fire has been working for the past few days.
Top photo: An aerial view of the west edge of the fire, with Yellowstone Lake in the distance. Photo by Jess Secrest, Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team.
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