From Bill Walker…
The current fire area perimeter maps are attached. I also tossed in a photo from yesterday’s Whale Butte fire tour (more information on that later).
The weather forecast foresees “seasonal” temperatures, with a chance of wetting rain Thursday and Sunday.
The Whale Butte fire is still at 515 acres with containment at 90% (was 87%). Fire activity continues to be minimal. Crews are busy cleaning up and removing slash and debris. Once they’ve got all that cleaned up, they will start rehabilitating the dozer lines.
Coal Ridge is at 280 acres. Containment is 68% (was 66%). This one isn’t going anywhere. Nothing to report.
Howe Ridge is at 14,224 acres. Containment is at 20%. The fire was most active along the northern perimeter dues to strong northwest winds. Fire activity should be minimal today other than some action and smoke along the northwest perimeter.
The Boundary Fire is at 2910 acres. Containment is at 14%. There’s been minimal fire growth. Crews are still holding it at the eastern perimeter, with the aid of water drops as needed.
The Paola Ridge Fire is at 1004 acres (up from 1001) and 45% containment. Crews are continuing burnouts down to established fire lines. US2 remains open, as do BNSF operations.
Whale Butte Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6149/
Coal Ridge Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6142/
Howe Ridge Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6135/
Boundary Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6170/
Paola Ridge Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6140/