Work continues on the Neal Creek Fire 4 or 5 miles up Neal Creek Road. According to Public Information Officer Christy Shaw, crews worked overnight digging a handline around the fire. They were also able to drag hose completely around the line. Four fresh crews of 20 persons were brought in this morning to replace crews that worked through the night. A couple more engines were also brought in. There are two helicopters available, but they are not being used at this time, crews on the ground are able to handle things.
The fire was reported around 4pm yesterday. Two heavy tankers were used yesterday as long as they could, knocking down the head of the fire. There are a few structures in the general area, but none are threatened. New mapping shows the size of the burn at 15.5 acres as of 2:30 Friday afternoon. The fire is now 50% contained. The next few days crews will work to mop-up 100% of the fire. The cause of the fire is being investigated but authorities suspect the fire was human caused.