The Clark Fire and the Rock Creek Fire heat up the local hills.
by Seth Conners
As of 9am Saturday morning the Clark Fire has burned over 2,800 acres and is at 50% containment. The fire is located East of Highway 395 near Bald Mountain. The fire was started by lightning on August 4th.
Crews today will prep Forest Service roads to secure the fire perimeter along the North and East flanks of the fire. The flank is the most active, driven by winds. The fire was less active last night except along the NorthEast flank.
Clark Canyon has been evacuated. Visitors are advised to avoid all roads that lead to Bald Mountain for the safety of themselves and firefighters.
There are a total of 254 personnel assigned to the incident.
As of 9am Saturday morning the Rock Creek Fire is estimated to have burned 185 acres and is at 5% containment. Down canyon winds last night pushed the fire South past containment lines towards Swall Meadows. The Fire Response today will focus on securing the Southern flank of the fire and then using that as an anchor to secure the open fireline. The fire is burning in brush, cheat grass, pinyon pine, and juniper. Steady winds and fine fuels from the cheat grass are allowing the fire to grow rapidly.
Parts of Swall Meadows have been evacuated and remaining residents are under an evacuation advisory. 4 crews, 15 engines, 2 air tankers, 2 helicopters, 1 bulldozer, and 3 water tenders are assigned to the incident.
Lower Rock Creek Road is closed between Swall Meadows and Highway 395. The fire is under investigation but it appears to be human caused.
Low relative humidity and afternoon winds are a major concern for both fires.
Wild Fire, Swall Meadows, Bald Mountain, Rock Creek, Clark Canyon, U.S. Forest Service