Firefighters on the Miles, Columbus and Snow Shoe fires got a break from the weather Thursday, as predicted afternoon dry lightning failed to materialize.
As a result, they were able to gain the upper hand in several fires, and a fire weather watch was removed. In all, the three fires are burning more than 46,000 acres.
The Miles Fire, at 32,519 acres, is now 25 percent contained. Crews are dousing hot spots and are strengthening control lines. They’re working to keep the fire south of Forest Service Rod 1610 on the fire’s northwest corner. Burnout operations were expected to continue on teh northeast corner, with Forest Service Road 6640 serving as a containment line.
The Columbus Fire, at 9,762 acres, is now 22 percent contained. The fire is smoldering and creeping along the burn scar left by the 2017 Broken Lookout Fire. Crews are working inward from Forest Service roads and performing mop-up operations.
The smaller Snow Shoe Fire is now 100 percent contained at 3,816 acres. There is some smoldering and light burning within the fire’s interior still, but fire growth has been stopped. Mop up operations continue, along with salvage logging.
Sixty-five crews with more than 2,100 firefighters are on the Miles, Columbus and Snow Shoe Fires. They’re using 40 engines, 23 bulldozers and six helicopters to fight the fires.