Fire Update Friday July 19 8 Am
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
A Type 3 team of fire managers took formal command Friday at 6 am from the departing Great Basin team after shadowing managers through Thursday’s work. Incident Commander Jay Bertak has 30+ years as an IC, and his trainee Mark Redfox is a Fuels Specialist for the Spring Mountains NRA.
Even after rains, smoke and occasional flame will continue to appear below the South Loop trail ridge, southwest of Kyle Canyon. Almost certainly, this inaccessible burning material in those “goat rock” cliffs will burn itself out in the next weeks, high above the canyon.
To counter the remote chance that embers might tumble nearer to homes, firefighters have prepared several firelines between the cliffs and the structures below. In the unlikely event fire were to approach, crews could successfully defend those lines by carefully using fire to remove burnable material in front of the fire uphill, as they did around Rainbow subdivision.
Hotshot crews, several helicopters, and strike teams of engines remain poised to deal with remaining heat if it reaches more accessible areas, as well as to help initial attack (first response) to new fires on nearby lands. Crews are completing chipping brush to further reduce fuels around structures in Kyle Canyon.
Potential for flash flooding in fire drainages increases dramatically this weekend. Mountain areas of the fire have 20% probability of a wet thunderstorm on Friday, but a 70% chance on Sunday. In briefings, crews have talked about needing to avoid destructive floods. Clouds that gather Friday afternoon should limit smokes.
All evacuations have ended. The public re-enters Kyle Canyon Friday at 8 am. Please drive extremely slowly and safely on the narrow two-lane roads, full of fire equipment and the general public. Use caution around burned areas, which contain dead trees that fall unexpectedly, and have hidden ash pits.
The Forest reduced its area closure Thursday. Closed areas still include the fire area and trails that access it, such as many areas south of Kyle Canyon Road.