The 4th day of burnout operations on the south side of the fire along Forest Road 477 west of Monture Cabin began this morning with the objective of completing the work today. The majority of the remaining area to burn is narrowly focused between Black Canyon and Dry Cottonwood Creek. As of 2:30 pm, aerial ignition was progressing slowly and stopping in between strips of "ping pong balls" to keep fire intensity lower due to wind in the area. In addition, helicopters are delivering retardant from a mobile retardant base at the Kozy Korner helibase to the green side (south side) of Forest Road 477 to reinforce the shaded fuel break and road for holding during the burnout operation. In addition to helicopters flying retardant, crews and engines are working along Forest Road 477 in the burnout area for line holding.
Smoke from the operation is very visible from the Ovando area and Hwy 200. The majority of smoke at this time is coming from the Dry Cottonwood Creek area about 7 miles north of Highway 200.
The fire line is holding at this time.
This information will be updated as necessary.