Yesterday was a red flag day. The inversion lifted earlier but a light cold front moved through the area and dried fuels out. Stronger winds spurred ignition of pockets of fuel on the interior of the fire which grew ~1600 acres. Fire is now over 31,000 acres. Stronger inversion this morning expected to lift around 11:00am. Granite Creek smoke remains very unhealthy for the 24hr. average.
Yesterday, the smoke finally lifted and cleared out for a time. Rain showers assisted in settling the smoke in many areas around the fire. Granite Creek cleared up significantly, however smoke impacts were back this morning. As of this morning’s briefing, the fire is 84% contained.
Interior fires continue to ignite where unburned fuels remain and mop-up activities continue. Smoke production is light. This mornings forecast overlooked the other fires in surrounding states that were producing smoke. Subsequently, the 191 corridor was very smoky this morning into the afternoon. Rain showers entered the Cliff Creek area again today about 12:00pm. Outlook is good and fire is about 81% contained.
Fires continue to produce smoke in valley’s and low lying areas throughout the interior. Heavy inversions during the morning hours keep smoke at the lower elevations until afternoon. Particulate matter levels can be into the hazardous levels for several hours during the inversion. Rain showers once again passed over areas of the fire however, they were light.
Cliff Creek fire remains active in areas where pockets of unburned fuel remain. Smoke settled heavily in Hwy 191 corridor and Granite Creek Valleys this morning. light rain showers came through the area around 3:00pm and settled everything nicely. More showers may be in the area tonight. Smoke monitors have been set up in Granite Creek at Jack Pine, one in the Kendall Valley.