Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ridge Fire Update: 5,263 Acres Burned, 40 Percent Contained

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

With eight 20-person Hotshot crews on the scene, the Ridge Fire, which has now scorched 5,263 acres 14 miles northeast of Lowman, is 40 percent contained.

Fire managers say the blaze slowly burned additional acres into the area of the Red Lakes burn of 2006. Helicopters with water drops continued to help secure the area. Smoke was still visible within the interior of the fire on the north flank. Windier conditions continued to test firefighters' efforts with Operations Section Chief Jason Butler saying, "A few things showed up, so we still have some work to do."

350 personnel remain on the scene.

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