The ongoing Flat Fire is expected to exhibit moderate fire behavior today, thanks to cool weather conditions and slightly higher humidities. The fire remains most active in the southwest, where it continues to burn through dense vegetation and snags in the Biscuit Fire scar. However, in the southeast, the fire’s intensity is more moderate as it burns within the previous Klondike Fire scar.
To combat the blaze, firefighters are actively engaged in using heavy machinery along an old mining road near Forest Service Trail #1174. Their goal is to create a control line south of the fire, a tactic previously employed during the Klondike Fire for suppression efforts. Commencing at Game Lake and heading east, the control line will traverse the Kalmiopsis Wilderness along its northern boundary.
Positive progress has already been made, as crews have successfully carried out strategic firing operations (burnout) and established control lines along the northern perimeter of the fire. Looking ahead, they plan to assess opportunities and mobilize additional resources to create contingency control lines proactively. This measure comes in preparation for the upcoming dry and windy conditions in the following weeks.
In the northeast, crews are planning to continue firing operations, followed by mop-up and patrol activities. Resources are being strategically relocated around the fire’s edge to support firing operations and establish direct control lines along the fire perimeter. Notably, Unstaffed Aerial Systems (UAS) will be utilized for firing operations in hazardous areas that are unsafe for direct access. These systems will also help reinforce the depth of control lines.
The fire has currently grown to a size of 22,066, with a containment rate of 3%. A total of 1,497 personnel are dedicated to combat the blaze, supported by 40 engines, 36 crews, 8 bulldozers, 26 water tenders, 8 masticators, and 8 helicopters.
Today’s operations will be assisted by cool temperatures and higher humidities, providing some relief and support to the firefighting efforts.
As the fire continues to pose challenges in different areas, the combined efforts of the firefighters, strategic measures, and the anticipated weather conditions play a crucial role in containing the wildfire and safeguarding the affected region.
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