Mehl Creek Fire - Thursday Update
Mehl Creek Fire
Crews assigned to the Mehl Creek Fire continue to make good progress towards fully extinguishing the blaze, which is now 90% contained. During Thursday’s day shift operational period, 125 firefighters worked to extinguish the smoking and smoldering materials within the fire perimeter. Firefighters focused their efforts today on the first 50 feet in from the containment lines, working to extinguish the hot spots. Smoke from the interior of the fire may be visible for several more days as crews work their way farther into the fire.
Detailed mapping was completed Thursday afternoon using a handheld GPS unit. The Mehl Creek Fire officially burned 110 acres, all of which was private lands.
With increased containment levels, resources assigned to the night shift operational period have been scaled back to a patrol status with several engines monitoring the fire. Firefighters will start using handheld infrared cameras at night to help located hot spots that produce little to no flames or smoke. These smoldering pockets of fuel can be hard to locate without the infrared cameras and will be flagged to help firefighters locate them during daylight hours.
The Douglas Forest Protective Association would like to thank our cooperators and contractors who have assisted with this incident, in addition to the support we have received from the local community.