A Saturday morning update said the uncontained fire is at 15,049 acres, up from 13,665 acres the previous day, with heavy smoke blanketing the area, according to an update from the fire incident team.
One firefighter suffered a heat-related illness and was treated and released by a local hospital.
Approximately 350 people are fighting the fire, with 17 engines, nine crews, five bulldozers and five water tenders. A red flag fire warning is in effect from
"Breezy conditions with gusts up to 20 mph are forecasted," the update said. "Residents can expect to see an increased presence of fire personnel in and around properties and home both there and along the
Evacuation notices remain the same. An extension to a forest closure is pending and will cover the northwest portion of the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area to
Firefighters worked to assess and map structures and properties in the
A public meeting is planned at
Incident management team spokesperson
The 300-person team added smoke jumpers and some additional hand crews and engine strike teams on Thursday. Aircraft are standing by and waiting for smoke to clear enough for them to fly and provide assistance. It is unsafe to fly in heavy smoke.
On Friday, fire crews were conducting the same structure assessments in the
There's been a lot of talk about the fire moving into the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area but there are people who live in the region full or part-time, Wierman said. They know firefighter resources are stretched thin and are all concerned as it gets closer.
"Right now it's all smoky and we can't see a thing," Wierman said late Friday afternoon. "It's really close, probably a couple hundred feet on the other side of the (Bumping) River."
Wood said more closures along the
Evacuation levels along the
The fire, which was caused by lightning on
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