I had not seen any updates on the Bone Creek fire in some time, but today according to InciWeb (from a couple days ago) the fire was listed at 4,110 acres and 60% contained.
According to InciWeb:
The Bone Creek Fire has grown about one hundred acres in the past week to about 4110 acres. About 60% of the fire perimeter is ‘contained’, or has a fire line around it.
Medicine Wheel/Paintrock District Ranger Dave Sisk reports that, “Despite some recent rain that wetted down the lighter fuels, the Bone Creek fire area includes heavy amounts of standing and downed dead trees where we will continue to see individual tree torching and periodic fire runs within the existing fire perimeter.” Sisk continued, “Our objective is to keep the fire from crossing Forest Roads 10 (Hunt Mountain) and 216. We continue to maintain firefighters on this incident, which currently include an overhead, supervisory group; two engines and a 20-person handcrew.” Because of previous burnout operations along road 10 and the existing fire fighting force engaged, Sisk feels reasonably confident that this objective can be met.
A long term fire behavior analyst recently assessed forecast and historical weather conditions, fuels, topography, and other factors, and predicted that the fire is unlikely to continue to the south past Copman’s Tomb into Shell Canyon prior to September 4. “At this point in time, we are not actively engaging the fire in Cedar Creek”, stated Sisk. Cedar Creek is steep, with heavy fuels, and a large amount of bug-killed trees, and there are no escape routes or safety zones for firefighters. “We have established trigger points along Forest Trail 055, which is below Copman’s Tomb, where firefighters will engage in suppression activities,” continued District Ranger Sisk.
An area closure in the Bone Creek Fire remains in effect. Entry is prohibited into the Cedar Creek, Grouse Creek, Willey Creek, and Brindle Creek areas. Forest Roads 205, 216 and 220, as well as Forest Trail 055, are closed.
On warm, dry days, people should anticipate seeing sometimes significant amounts of smoke and fire activity until there is a significant snowfall. The Bone Creek fire burned in a patchy pattern in very heavy fuels in inaccessible canyons, and when temperatures rise and relative humidities drop to conducive levels, the fire will continue to burn.