The Gap Fire Burns Another 1800 Acres
Smoke trapped under an inversion layer kept the fire from burning as strongly as in the past, explained the Forest Service on their Inciweb page. And, even better, the humidity increased as temperatures dropped last night further reducing the spread. Nonetheless, the fire spotted northward (See blue circle on map below.)
Over 1800 personnel are stationed at the fire. According to the Forest Service,
Crews are continuing to build fireline north from White Cloud Mountain and north from the 2014 Beaver Fire towards the Pacfiic Crest Trail. They are establishing containment line north towards Dry Lake along Buckhorn Ridge building off of existing control line on the east side of the fire. On the south side, firefighters are working to hold existing control lines and continue to keep the fire north of Highway 96. On the southwest, crews continue to hold existing control lines around Shutts Gulch with strategic firing operations as needed and when safe to do so. Fire crews are protecting structures throughout the fire area as necessary.
The fire is surrounded by the scars of previous fires. Below is a map showing some of them. A larger version can be found here.
Cooler temperatures for the next few days could help crews battle this fire.