[UPDATE 6:25 p.m.–250 Acres and 12% Contained] Horse Fire: Day Three
The latest update (accurate as of last night) is that the fire has burned 250 acres and is only 5% contained. No structures are threatened or evacuations planned. The terrain is extremely rugged.
Laura Coleman, a Cal Fire spokesperson, called it, “STEEP STEEP STEEP.” She pointed out that it was extremely hard to access.
“Dozers are improving trails and roads for a larger box contingency,” she said. They hope to contain the fire within these trails. “[B]ut because this is in Wilderness BLM [land,] we will not be using dozers on other areas,” she explained. Then she added, “[A]nd it is too steep for them anyways.”
A new Type 1 management team will be transitioning in today and taking over command from our local team at 10 a.m.today.UPDATE 8:54 a.m.: The fire is now listed as 10% contained. Here’s a map of the coordinates give by Cal Fire.
UPDATE 10:07 a.m.: Cheryl Anthony of Shelter Cove Fire says, there are approximately 300 firefighters now battling the blaze. Tonight, gusty winds are predicted which could cause problems for the crews.
UPDATE 3 p.m.:
More photos of the blaze were provided by Cal Fire. Here’s the map also.
UPDATE 6:25 p.m.:
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