Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Trinity Ridge Fire Now 10 Percent Contained

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Burnout at Wagontown Creek
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Firefighters battling the Trinity Ridge Fire worked through the night, burning out fuel along the ridge at Wagontown Creek, southwest of Featherville.

The Trinity Ridge Fire has scorched nearly 139,000 acres as of this morning, and firefighting officials say the blaze is now 10 percent contained, with an estimated containment date of Oct. 1.

The fire continues to "burn actively," according to officials and is now two miles east of Neinmeyer Campground along the Middle Fork Road. Firefighters worked through the night, burning out along the ridge between the Wagontown Creek and Green Creek drainages, southwest of Featherville.

Firefighters moved their helicopter base south on Tuesday to Highway 20 in order to avoid the smoke layer that has been inhibiting some flying. As a result of the move, helicopters are now expected to begin bucket drops earlier in the day, when the fire is less active.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service is looking at a cold front moving into the region, expected to bring cooler temperatures and higher humidity. However, winds are expected to increase, with gusts up to 24 mph.

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