Keystone Fire PM update 7/15/2017
Incident: Keystone Fire Wildfire
Today the southern part of the fire along the USFS 586 road was moderately active with some short range spotting. A small spot fire occurred near the four corners area. It was quickly detected and contained.
A burnout was conducted in an area of unburned fuel above the Keystone area. This was accomplished primarily by using an aerial ignition device dropped from a Plastic Sphere Dispenser (PSD). The PSD dispenses “ping-pong” like balls that are injected with chemically reactive substances that will ignite on the ground. This is done in areas that are very large or too hazardous for firefighters on foot to enter.
Yesterday’s spot fire was southwest of Keystone and was 2-3 acres: dozer was used to construct fireline around it. In the last two days the three heavy helicopters have assisted ground crews by extinguishing hot spots and dropped an excess of 200,000 gallons of water on the fire.
Tonight, crews will patrol for spots in heavy fuels, especially in the southern portion of the fire and around the community of Keystone.
Tomorrows weather conditions are predicted to remain the same as today, with light winds and relative humidity in the teens. The fire behavior will remain active due to continued dry conditions.
Burnouts are planned in the southern flank of the fire along the USFS 586 road. Hand crews and heavy timber equipment will continue to clear dead and down trees along the USFS roads 513, 500, and finish on the 507 road. For the safety of the firefighters and the public, non-fire traffic will be excluded.
On Monday, the Keystone Community area will be evaluated for dangerous snags. Mitigation of these hazards will be accomplished prior to the lifting of the evacuation orders. The Albany County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with fire managers, will discuss if evacuation orders can be lifted.