East Peak Fire Update: June 24

Despite red flag conditions fire growth kept to a minimum

In spite of high winds, low humidity and critical fuel conditions, growth
on the East Peak Fire was minimal and containment increased to 50%.   The
estimated size of the fire is 13, 388 acres.  

Due to the wind, helicopters
were grounded for most of the day.  Despite the challenge of high winds,
firefighters made progress in mop up and patrolling the fire perimeter and
engine crews ensured structure protection.  Mop up and patrol will continue for the overnight shift and into tomorrow.  Resources continue to arrive,
totaling in 631 personnel assigned to this fire.

“Red flag” warnings are possible again, with very hot, dry, and windy
conditions.  Critical fire weather remains for tomorrow, keying firefighters to be diligent with safety. With the ongoing multi-year drought persisting, firefighters are faced with an additional challenge of
the dry fuel conditions rated as “extreme” and potential for fire rate of spread is elevated.

Fire managers are appreciative of all the support offered for all of our firefighters with donations and supportive signs around the community.

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http://sites.google.com/site/rmteamc. For more information, call
719-315-4808 or 719-742-3882.