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Personnel continue to make good progress on improving fire breaks along forest roads 610 and 219 as the Fuller Fire saw another day of drying out. Smoke and isolated pockets of heat remain within the burned area and will persist for some time.
The bulk of the effort on the Fuller Fire currently revolves around clean up and improvement of contingency lines along forest roads. Rains have cooled the fire’s edge but areas of heat and smoldering fuel remain as does the potential for this fire to reemerge after the monsoon.
Crews made good progress on cleanup efforts in all areas of the Fuller Fire that were impacted by recent rains – as much as 4 inches during the past five days – and work continued to install a series of fire breaks along forest roads 219, 610 and 611.
Today’s focus will be on the final stages of the wok along 610 as well as a substantial length of buffer left to complete along both sides of 219.
The Fuller Fire is approximately 42 percent completed and is estimated to be 14,541 acres. Parts of the Fuller Fire received as much as 4 inches of rain throughout the week with minimal fire behavior because of heavy rains. Crews worked to clean flood debris from the roads leading to Cape Royal and Point Imperial Thursday morning and will continue to do so today.
Parts of the Fuller Fire received as much as 1.25 inches of rain Wednesday, flooding some parts of the burn area. Fire personnel continued to build fuel breaks along forest roads 219, 610 and 611, and clean up areas that were impacted by the rains.
More heavy rain is expected today which will continue to keep fire activity to a minimum but also carries the potential for more flooding. Visitors are asked to use caution while driving in the rain and be mindful of fire equipment on the roads. Fuels mitigation and road clean up will continue today.
Firefighters performed fuel mitigation yesterday and will continue to do so today along the perimeter of the Fuller Fire.
Fire spread was very minimal due to the amount of rain the area received last night and the night before. More precipitation is expected throughout the rest of the week with localized flooding possible.
While the fire on the Northwest flank is still active, firefighters will continue to monitor its movement to ensure the fire is meeting the objectives. Crews will continue clean-up and work along FR 610 and 219.
The lightning-caused Fuller Fire continues to burn at a low intensity towards the west, producing minimal smoke. The fire is approximately 14, 493 acres and is estimated at 47 percent contained. Meteorologists predict increased moisture and rain over the weekend, which will likely slow the spread of fire.
Fire managers on the Fuller Fire are strengthening containment lines on the west side of the fire. Selective thinning along Forest Roads 610 and 611 is intended to protect the DeMotte Park area from any fire encroachment from the Fuller Fire.
As the lightning-started Fuller Fire slowly creeps west, firefighters plan to ignite along the 610 and 611 roads to create a buffer to protect infrastructure and heritage sites. This buffer will allow the Fuller Fire to burn naturally to the west without threatening the DeMotte Park area.
The Fuller Fire saw an increase in activity in the interior portions of the fire. Several islands of previously unburned mixed-conifers quickly burned Wednesday afternoon putting a small amount of smoke into the air.