Monday, August 20, 2012

Trinity Ridge Blaze Tops 90,000 Acres

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Firefighters at the intersection of James Creek and the road to Atlanta.

Thunderstorms and lightning turned a bad situation worse Sunday as a red flag warning served as a backdrop for the Trinity Ridge Fire, which has now burned 90,664 acres in Elmore County. Gusty, erratic winds whipped the flames Sunday. More thunderstorms are expected today, which may cause shifting winds around the fire.

The Featherville area has been ordered evacuated and Pine-Featherville Road is closed to all but fire and emergency traffic. Evacuation centers have been set up by the Red Cross at the Pine Senior Center and the Pines Resort.

As of this morning, 1,126 firefighters and support teams are battling the Trinity Ridge Fire. They're using eight helicopters, 62 fire engines and two bulldozers. Four structures have been consumed by the fire and five injuries have been reported. The cost of battling the blaze, to date, tops $11.8 million.

Firefighters get a field briefing near the Trinity Ridge Fire August 19.
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Firefighters get a field briefing near the Trinity Ridge Fire Sunday, Aug. 19.

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