Storms brought rain and increased humidity this week on the Pinchot Fire, making conditions unfavorable for continuing perimeter burn operations. As the storms pass and conditions dry through the weekend, burn operations are expected to resume Monday, October 3, 2016.
On Monday (September 26), the incoming storms shifted the prevailing winds from the typical southwest pattern to northeast. This dispersed smoke from Monday's burn operations towards the towns of Pine and Strawberry.
There is an area closure in the Dick Hart Ridge, Houston Draw, Bear Canyon, and surrounding area. The closure includes Houston Brothers Trail and portions of Fred Haught, U-Bar, and General Crook Trails.
Pinchot Fire Summary:
- Start Date: August 29, 2016.
- Cause: Lightning
- Location: 8.5 miles southeast of Clints Well, in the Dick Hart Ridge area
- Current Size: 2,000 acres
- Personnel: 60
- Resources: Blue Ridge Hotshots, 4 engines, and a fuels crew
- Fuels: Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest. Heavy dead and down logs, pine needles, grass, and
- Planned actions: Burn operations are expected to resume early next week due to rainy conditions this week. Smoke is low to moderate, increasing with increased fire coverage. Possible impacts to the Blue Ridge communities. Winds from the east (shifting southeast in the evening) will push smoke west and northwest. Evening smoke pooling in Bear Canyon.
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