“This appears to have been another good day. Our contact with the Incident Management Team confirms this.”
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Thanks to the overwhelming turnout by our firefighters taking time from work we had the chance to attend today’s briefing.
The news from the briefing emphasized what they believed was a crucial day for the Walker and Potato Patch areas.
The one trouble spot for the entire fire is down near the Poland side of Breezy Pine.
There are a couple of bad scenarios that could emanate from this one spot.
Not being directly on that scene the best thing for us was to watch the smoke. Dark gray, churning, violent looking smoke would be a bad indicator but as you can see the picture from our regular view point that shows smoke on the ridge shows nothing down in that V shaped area (this was approx 2pm).
The picture out over the hood of Patrol 80 was taken at about 5pm and shows no dark gray, churning, violent looking smoke (scroll to our post from Tuesday to see the ‘bad’ smoke).
This appears to have been another good day. Our contact with the Incident Management Team confirms this.
Anything can still happen but for now, three good days in a row. Walker Fire performed structure protection work (assessment and/or mitigation) on quite a few homes bringing the two day total to about 50.
The task force (various engines and hand crews) assigned to our area have mitigated many more than that (they have about 80 firefighters altogether, we’ve had 10-12).
At around 4pm today we helped one of the Hotshot crews address a propane leak. We will be back at it tomorrow.