Firefighters battling the Beaver Creek Fire took advantage of cool moist air Saturday to put defensive measures in place to prepare structures for future fire growth. After the recent cool wet weather night infrared flights identified hot spots that remain inside the fire perimeter.
Firefighters may see single and group tree torching as the sun and decreased humidity dry out fuels. As the weather transitions to warmer and drier conditions, crews are bolstering structure defense and patrolling for hot spots accessible from roads. Dozers are finishing up contingency lines and firefighters are identifying additional rehabilitation opportunities.
Temperatures Sunday are expected to reach 73 with 10 to 20 mph northwest winds. Possible afternoon thunderstorms are not expected to bring precipitation to the fire. The drying trend is predicted to continue into next week.
The Beaver Creek Fire 15 miles northwest of Walden has burned 13,275 acres and is 5% contained.