Locals Were Joined by Air Support and Ground Crews to Fight the Petersburg Fire
Evacuation orders are in effect for Lakeview Ranch and Glacier View Ranch but the evacuation order for Big Flat has been downgraded to a warning.
Yesterday, locals were the first on the scene of the blaze, which is three miles south of the Forest Service Petersburg station, according to a man who wants to be known only by his nickname of Monk. “[W]e’re pretty connected as a community having to deal with fire. We have a phone tree that was activated right away…[W]e were able to mobilize and get our community resources on it right away.”He said that about seven locals fought the flames. “The ranches next door were on it with hand tools and piss pumps when it was 1-2 acres,” he explained. “The rest of us got up there about 30min later [w]ith multiple pumps and hose lays.”
Then air resources started arriving. Monk described “[m]ultiple Air attack bombers…were on it about an hour after the initial call to 911 went in. They really stepped it up with air attack resources on this one. Bomber guide plane and spotter plane with infrared. Two water drop helicopters and at least one spotter/assessment helicopter.”
Later, fire crews reached the scene. “It…always takes a bit for ground crews to arrive being so remote here,” he explained.Firefighters were busy overnight. According to InciWeb, “Crews worked through the night constructing fire line. As of this morning, they are 1/2 mile from completing line around the fire.”
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