Mccan Fire Morning Update
Incident: Mccan Fire Wildfire
McCan Fire Morning Update
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Red Flag Warning
Contact Fire Information: 877.608.0120
Containment has increased steadily on the McCan Fire as fire crews construct hand line and mop-up around the perimeter of the fire. Rehabilitation efforts are ongoing, especially on the southern perimeter. An excavator has been ordered to begin rehabilitation work on dozer lines and to repair roads that have seen heavy volumes of traffic, especially from large vehicles such as water tenders and fire engines. The reduction in acreage is due to more accurate mapping.
Two additional crews have been assigned to the fire. The added personnel will bolster resources in the most critical portion of the fire. Two additional helicopters have also been assigned to the McCan Helibase, which is supporting both the Beaver Creek and McCan Fires with 9 total helicopters.
Though the fire perimeter seems quite large, a mosaic pattern is evident within the footprint of the McCan Fire. Stringers of timber, patches of aspen, and even spaces of grass are merely singed or even completely unburned. Wildlife has been observed returning to the burned area to forage in unburned pockets of vegetation.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today and tomorrow due to the unstable atmosphere and potential for large fire growth. These weather conditions should not hamper progress on the McCan Fire today, as the majority of the fire activity is well-interior of the perimeter. Smoke will continue to settle into the valleys overnight, but the inversion should begin to break earlier in the afternoon with the less stable atmosphere.
Closures The area closure includes the entire Fairfield Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest.