Pinchot Fire crews did a test burn on Sunday and determined that sufficient drying had occurred thus allowing for a successful ignition planned for Monday. Fire was kept on the west side of Forest Road 139A consuming heavy dead and down fuels. The fire began to creep into Bear Canyon with no holding concerns.
Burn operations Monday will create moderate to heavy smoke visible in the local area and from below the Rim. Smoke will crease today, with possible impacts to the Blue Ridge communities. Winds are from the north/north-east and drifting southwest. Smoke could potentially impact communities below the Rim. Evening smoke pooling in Bear Canyon
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: 277acres
- Personnel: 60
- Fuels: Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest. Heavy dead and down logs, pine needles, grass, and
- Planned actions: Crews plan management burn operations to establish a perimeter for the fire.