The number of fire personnel is now at 280 and three helicopters are assigned to the fire.
Today three crews will be flown into the remote fire to begin constructing fire line. Yesterday crews established a helispot and an anchor point on the southern point of the fire to begin fireline construction. The immediate plan is to build fireline on the fires west flank in a northerly direction.
Trails and two backcountry roads in the immediate vicinity of the fire have been closed to public access. All main roads are open. Smoke can be heavy in the vicinity of the fire generally at night and early morning. Smoke can drift through the day generally east, and yesterday haze developed in Stanley.
Fire activity continues to demonstrate the drought conditions, and is further influenced by the abundant dead trees that have been killed by bark beetles and spruce budworm infestations over the past years.
These conditions demonstrate how the fire escaped initial attack even though it was fought by 4 air tankers, two helicopters, a helitack crew and a 20 person hand crew. By 6 PM Tuesday it was approximately 20 acres even with repeated water and retardant drops. It burned actively on all flanks that night and by Wednesday morning was an estimated 100 acres. Strong winds and the very dry fuels were the primary reasons the fire escaped initial attack.
Information on the fire is being updated online at www.inciweb.org. Further information is available at the Lowman Ranger District office at 259-3361.