Firefighters working the lines of the Carter Canyon Fire made significant progress Tuesday, as acres burned remained static while containment rose significantly.
According to a release from the Nebraska Forest Service, “Crews are continuing to monitor shifting winds and fluid weather conditions as they work to contain the Carter Canyon Fire’s perimeter and patrol the interior for hot spots.
“As of 5:00 pm MDT, the fire is estimated to be at 15,630 acres, with 50 percent containment. The National Weather Service out of Cheyenne, Wyoming is forecasting slight chances of rain and thunderstorms across the fire’s footprint throughout the evening. Winds of 10-15 mph are predicted out of the Northwest.
“Several divisions have now begun mop-up operations. Firefighters “mop-up” along the fire perimeter to ensure the fire line is cooled down enough so that it cannot re-ignite, even during high winds. This is accomplished by checking ash piles for hot spots, felling burnt trees, and removing any potentially combustible materials. The Nebraska National Guard also increased aerial support to nine personnel and two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.
“Utility crews with the Roosevelt Public Power District continue to work to restore power to residences throughout the area and address damaged, infrastructure, downed lines, and impacted poles.
“Landowners impacted by the fires should contact their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Services Agency offices for information about assistance programs to help with fences, water structures, grazing lands, and other issues.
“Thank you to all of the firefighters, first responders, national guardsmen, volunteers, and local neighbors who have dedicated their time to suppressing the Carter Canyon Fire thus far.”
Source: Nebraska Regional News