Smoke in The Air August 13, 2013
Incident: Carpenter 1 Wildfire
August 13, 2013
Mt. Charleston, Nev. – The crews that were flown in yesterday continue to make good progress. They were supported yesterday with numerous water drops from their helicopter support. Helicopter bucket work will continue today as well as aerial support for the “boots on the ground.” Crews have constructed cup trenches to prevent rollout, dropped hazard trees and created additional firelines around the “smokes.” A cup trench is a fireline trench on the downhill side of fire burning on steep slopes that is built deep enough to catch rolling burning material that could otherwise start fire below the fireline. A high berm on the outermost downhill side of the trench helps the cup trench catch material. Crews will remain on the ground in the area for the next couple of days before hiking out. The purpose of this action is to help keep the fire from moving into the unburned fuels of a small drainage to the northeast, as well as the Maize drainage to the west.
An escaped illegal campfire on the Mary Jane Falls trail was called in yesterday afternoon. This fire was ½ mile up the trail on the south side of the canyon and trail. Crews immediately arrived on scene and were supported by a couple of helicopter water drops. Fire was fully contained within three hours.
Reconnaissance flights will continue over the Carpenter 1 fire as necessary. The purpose of these flights are to observe the interior and perimeter of the fire and to monitor the fire situation. Previous flights observed less than a handful of minor smokes all well within the perimeter of the fire.
A closure order for the burned area remains in effect. South Loop, Griffith Peak, Cathedral Rock, Echo and Little Falls trails remain closed due to hazards left by the fire. The North Loop Trail has reopened to Charleston Peak. This trail remains closed past the peak.