Firefighters plan to resume burnout operations related to the Bears Fire beginning on Sunday, August 19. Burning temporarily was suspended Aug. 9 due to rainfall from monsoons.
If proper conditions continue, firefighters will burn an additional 1,800 acres of Ponderosa Pine and brush in the Mistake Peak and Picture fire scars and conclude burnout operations on Friday, August 24. To date, burnout operations have removed understory fuels from approximately 6,500 acres of pine.
Burnout operations began August 1 as part of the Forest Service’s containment strategy to:
Officials have postponed burnout operations today for the Bears Fire due to rainfall from storms that moved through the area on July 30.
Firefighters will conduct burnout operations when conditions are right. If dry weather continues overnight, burnout operations will begin August 1.Boundary preparations continue today for Forest Roads 416, 486 and 609.