“In terms of weather, today’s the test,” said Incident Meteorologist James White. “Yesterday was drier than we expected. Today’s going to be drier and for longer. Dry, windy and hot – that all leads to critical fire weather.”

During today’s operational period, crews will focus on pushing towards the fire’s center to extinguish hot spots. Incident staff coordinate nightly flights with thermal-sensing aircraft to pinpoint hotspots and relay coordinates to ground crews. Cooler night temperatures allow for better contrast and highlight hotspots for detection.

“We have pockets of unburnt brush and trees within the fire’s footprint, and these weather conditions can reignite smoldering portions and create active fire,” said Deputy Incident Commander Craig Pettinger. “We’re ready for that. Our folks are alert and ready to knock down any flare up to keep the fire within its footprint.”

As Red Flag conditions persist, officials urge residents to be mindful of their mid-day activities and follow fire precautions. Crews will continue to patrol the fireline regularly and remain alert and respond to any new fire activity.