Less Active Winds Slow Dry Creek Fire

Officials say the Dry Creek Fire grew by only 50 acres during the last 24 hours as winds were less active at the fire location.  The fire is now estimated at about 400 acres, mainly west of Highway 141 with only minimal spotting on the east side.  Fire officials say today’s operations will focus on checking the progression of the fire in all directions, building new and securing existing fire lines, reinforcing fire anchors, and scouting existing roads.  All of the fire perimeter east of Highway 141 is 100 percent mopped up.  Hot and dry conditions will continue through the next few days, though temperatures are expected to be cooler and less windy than yesterday.   Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 70’s, with relative humidity of 30 to 35 percent and winds of 10 miles per hour gusting to 25.  Highway 141 remains closed from BZ Corner north to Trout Lake, with a detour via the BZ Glenwood Highway.  Residents located along Highway 141 north of Meyers Road and south of Pine Flats Road received door-to-door notifications yesterday that the county has issued a Level 1 evacuation notice for this area.  A Level 1 notice gives residents advance notice that a fire is burning in the area.

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