UPDATE: Ridge Fire near Lowman slows
A crew shuttles back to the the Warm Springs airstrip.Photo: Image by inciweb.org
Yesterday the fire slowly burned additional acres, overlapping areas of the Red Lakes burn of 2006.
"Helicopters with water drops helped secure the area. Smoke is still visible within the interior of the fire on the north end. This is due to piles of dead and down logs that are burning," said David Olson of the Boise National Forest.
The fire experienced windier conditions over the last few days which, said Jason Butler, Operations Section Chief, "was a good test to see what the fire was going to do." Butler noted that, “a few things showed up so we still have some work to do.”
Crews will continue to work towards containment on the northwest and northeast flanks of the fire.
Along the west side of the fire, mop-up was complete and crews began the process of suppression repair of the area. Suppression repair is the process of restoring fire lines by placing debris, limbs, installing water bars, and displaced soil onto hand lines.
As crews reach their 14 day assignment they will be demobilizing to their home units. Crews
will be replaced as needed.
(Photos courtesy inciweb.org)