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July 15, 2010

Here's the latest from Swakane Canyon Fire PIO Karen Ripley:


There was no growth in the perimeter of the Swakane Wildfire today with containment at 60%.


Along firelines in the Highway 97A corridor, infrared detection of hot spots was conducted north of Swakane Canyon.  The mop- up standards are: no hot spots within 500 feet of structures, 100 feet of firelines in grass, and 300 feet of firelines in timber.  Infrared detection will continue along the Highway 97A corridor as well as the Burch Mountain Road fireline.


Fire operations are now concentrated in the north and northwest portions of the fire.  In some areas, the active fire front is some distance from constructed firelines due to topography.  Today's operations seek to fortify lines, using burn-out techniques when possible.


Although much of the timber is still too moist to burn actively and is a natural barrier to fire progression, these fuels have been drying and are contributing to active fire behavior when the wind direction and uphill topography align.  Burnout operations are challenging in these areas.


Tomorrow is expected to be warmer and drier.


Homes, structures and utility lines continue to be threatened by this wildfire.  Evacuation Advisories of Level I and II  remain in place and have not changed.


Road closures remain in place and are unchanged.  The distance of reduced speed along Hwy 97A has been shortened, to focus on the mouth of Swakane Canyon.


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