Smoke in The Air
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
Yesterday, July 7, a helicopter reconnaissance flight was conducted of the Carpenter 1 fire. The current Incident Commander was on board along with the District Duty Officer. The flight was a perimeter reconnaissance flight to gather intelligence on the current fire situation. Only 3 smokes were observed, none of which pose any threat to communities or to fire containment lines. The most prominent smoke was on the ridge to the West of Griffith peak overlooking Kyle Canyon, the other two smokes were significantly smaller, one on the ridge West of Griffith peak overlooking Lovell Canyon and the other on the ridge between Trout & Carpenter Canyons overlooking the Trout community.
Smoke is expected to be visible from both Kyle and Trout canyons until a weather ending event. There has been no change in containment and firefighting assets remain fully staffed should their deployment be required.
Firefighter and public safety remain our primary objective. While there is no direct risk to structures or public safety, we are aware of public concern and the perception that “smoke in the air” presents. Contingency lines were established weeks ago prior to the departure of the Type 1 Team. Crews continue to work extended hours and are available should conditions change or they are needed for initial attack.
A closure order for the burned area remains in effect. South Loop, Griffith Peak, Cathedral Rock, and Echo and Little Falls trails remain closed due to hazards left by the fire.