Firefighters concentrating on hot spots
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Firefighters concentrated on mopping up hot spots at the Fourmile Canyon Fire Saturday after a night flight using infrared equipment helped pinpoint areas prone to flaring up, especially near structures.
The technique is commonly used at fires because it provides a quick and accurate overview. The results of Friday night’s flight showed several areas of isolated heat, but no large pockets of intense heat as were seen previously.
Morning ground patrols confirmed the information from the flight. Officials said the fire is 56 percent contained. Full containment is expected by Sept. 13. The fire started Sept. 6 and has burned within a perimeter spanning about 6.400 acres. The cost of fighting the fire so far is estimated at $4.9 million. More than 160 structures have been burned.
Number of Personnel: 1096, 22 crews
Equipment: 111 engines, 38 water tenders, 1 dozer
Cause: Human (under investigation)
Size: 6,427 acres
Aircraft: helicopters 3 large, 2 medium, 1 small
Retardant: (156,012 gallons) cumulative
Injuries to Date: 7 (all minor)
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