Carpenter 1 Fire Update July 18, 2013
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
Fire activity increased Wednesday with isolated interior torching inside the fire perimeter. Trees will continue to burn and flames may be visible on the mountain sides. Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop up all accessible portions of the fire perimeter. Fire managers have determined that helicopter bucket work is not a safe tactic to extinguish flames on the ridge tops near the Rainbow subdivision. The force from water drops could dislodge burning debris, potentially starting a new fire. The best strategy is to allow the unburned vegetation to burn itself out, thus eliminating the risk. Crews will remain positioned to provide initial attack response, should any new fires start in the area.
There will be a slight chance of afternoon dry thunderstorms today. High temperatures and low relative humidity remain in place. Dangerous fire conditions are expected in the fire area. Any new starts may have the potential to spread quickly. Monsoonal moisture will increase Friday through the weekend with increased chances of wetting thunderstorm. Flash flooding and debris flow potential increases Sunday into Monday.
Homeowners and business owners returned to Kyle Canyon yesterday. The area will remain closed to the general public until further notice.
The U.S. Forest Service issued an area closure for the Spring Mountain Recreation Area on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5427697.pdf