Favorable weather conditions enabled firefighters to make good progress today, increasing containment lines from 20% to 34%. In mid-afternoon, the smoke cleared enough, and three Type 1 helicopters dropped water to support crews on the ground, particularly in the Caribou Road area.
In the Clear Creek drainage near Butt Lake Reservoir dam, crews and dozers have started building a new containment line on the east flank of the fire. The goal is to keep the fire away from Seneca, Canyondam, and the Big Meadows subdivision.
The containment line from Yellow Creek Campground to the west shore of Butt Lake Reservoir is complete.
Firefighters conducted direct attack on a 15 acre spot fire in the Red Hill area on the southeast perimeter of the fire.
On the west perimeter, crews continue to build containment lines along the fires edge, working to the south.
Today crews on the southern, western and northern perimeters will hold, patrol and mop up line following MIST tactics. On the Eastern perimeter crews will complete indirect line and prepare for firing operations. A warm and dry air mass will continue over the fire today. Temperatures will be about 2 degrees warmer than yesterday.
Firefighting efforts continue to be focused on protecting structures and controlling the growth of the fire. Favorable weather conditions and management tactics utilizing current resources, have allowed crews to make increased progress on this fire and keep the perimeter as small as possible.
Minimal fire spread over the northwest portion of the fire may occur from short range spotting over the next few days.