ODF Says Wards Creek Fire Now 40% Mopped Up

ODF says that progress on the Wards Creek Fire, continues to be steady, as perimeter fire lines held strong on Thursday and mop-up operations kicked into high gear. The fire is 40% mopped up, reaching 50 feet in around the entire perimeter. The fire is 17 acres, burning on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and private land. The cause was determined to be lightning.

Courtesy of ODF

Overnight, resources will remain dedicated to mop up operations and strengthening perimeter lines. The Wards Creek Fire was first reported Tuesday night at approximately 9 p.m. as a single tree on fire that was spreading to the surrounding area. The terrain is extremely steep with dense brush; along with these factors, limited road access and hot conditions challenged firefighters. Despite many homes in the area, evacuations were never necessary.

Due to the steady progress on this incident, ODF says this will be the final update unless conditions significantly change. Smoke may still be visible while mop-up operations continue.

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