|SMOKE IN CHALLIS|
EVENING UPDATE ON ELEVEN MILE 9-2-15
We know smoke in Challis caught the attention of many today. To ease your concerns, here is an informal update on what the significant events of the day were. We will do an official release tomorrow morning, as usual.
On the whole, firefighters were able to keep the fire from moving west. Most of the fire\'s growth was primarily to the north towards the Wilderness area. An infrared flight was ordered tonight to get a better understanding of the fire\'s growth. There is a chance this flight might not be filled however due to other geographic priorities.
The fire made a 1.5 mile run up canyon in the west side of the Yankee Fork drainage today. This was a result of high winds (40+ mph) and accumulated drying.
The fire continued to back downhill on the west side of the fire toward Ninemile Creek. Winds helped firefighters here as the blew back into itself. A cold front that will begin to set in Thursday will reduce fire activity Thursday. By Saturday, this front may bring 1/10 to 1/4 inch of rain and possible snow above 9,000 feet. Firefighters will be preparing for this rain/ snow event and may be pulled off the lines should conditions warrant it over the weekend. We had well over 600 firefighters working on the fire today, which were moved to different parts of the fire to adjust to winds and fire behavior. The logistics needed to support these crews through spike camps and aviation resources takes time. Over the next couple days, particularly if significant moisture occurs, expect to see more equipment on the roads. We have spoken to all our firefighters to be cognizant of their speeds and to be mindful of their driving. We will ask the community to do the same.
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