Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ridge Fire Update

The Ridge Fire, which started with lightning on July 17, is burning 14 miles northeast of Lowman and has reached a size of 4,615 acres, with 390 personnel now battling among subalpine Fir and lodgepole Pine.
Today, fire crews will continue to construct fireline on the western portion of the
fire perimeter as they secure and mop up existing fire line with assistance from water dropping
helicopters. Three additional twenty person hotshot crews will arrive today to assist with
firefighting efforts. These crews will be flown via helicopter, to the fireline when they arrive at
the incident.

The northern part of the fire has moved into the area previously burned in the Red Mountain Fire
of 2006. The reduction of fuel in this area has slowed the progression of the Ridge Fire to the
north, thus allowing fire crews to make good progress while increasing the percentage of
containment to 14 percent.

Fire crews will continue to utilize spike camps throughout the fire area as they work towards full
containment, in their efforts to protect the White Bark Pine and Bull Trout habitat within the local

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