Crews start repairing lines, fires creep closer together
The Miles and Columbus fires continue to slowly burn toward each other and fire officials expect they will join in the next week or so.
The 49,937-acre fire is now 54 percent contained, with an estimated containment date set for Sept. 30.
Repairs are underway to restore dozer and hand lines to a more natural state and prevent sediment runoff from impacting fish-bearing streams.
A Burned Area Emergency Response team will soon begin working within the fire perimeter to assess its effects to slope stability, fisheries, wildlife habitat and public safety. A hazard tree felling team will begin working along roadways to make the fire interior accessible for the BAER team.
Firefighters have mopped up contained areas several hundred feet from the fire’s edge.
Until the rains come, stumps and logs will continue to produce visible smoke.
Tuesday is expected to be the hottest, driest day of the week. The day is supposed to bring sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-80s and humidity levels between 15 percent and 18 percent. Northwest winds are expected to arrive in the afternoon. Tuesday night will have higher humidity levels of up to 60 percent.
Wednesday is expected to bring more sun, and patchy smoke in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 80s with humidity levels of up to 27 percent.