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Monday, March 21, 2011

Indian Gulch Fire Update

Indian Gulch Fire

Update as of March 21, 12:15 p.m.:

· Increased winds have been a challenge on the north flank of the fire, towards Golden Gate Canyon Road. Wind gusts of 35 mph forced crews to pull back into safety zones. The crews are re-engaging as conditions permit.
· Operations on the east end of the fire, toward the Mountain Ridge Subdivision, are going well.
· The fire is about 15 percent contained, along Hwy 6. Fire activity has been low along that south flank.
· The Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) that was supposed to fly today is continuing to have communications problems. A second SEAT has been ordered and is enroute from Idaho. It is anticipated both SEATs will be available by mid-afternoon.
· A Type 2 helicopter has been flying throughout the day. A second Type 2 helicopter is being ordered. Air support will be up as long as it is safe and effective.
· Relative humidity has dropped 17 percent in the past hour. Wind and weather conditions continue to be a concern.
· Animal evacuation teams are on standby, should they be needed.