Rain helps crews battling Boyd’s Fire; all evacuation notices lifted
KETTLE FALLS, Wash. — UPDATE: At around 2 p.m. on Monday, the Ferry County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that all evacuation notices for the Boyd’s Fire have been lifted.
Boyd’s fire evacuation level update: after last nights rain and another evening of good fire behavior we will be lifting ALL evacuation levels on the Boyd’s Fire. Thank you fire fighters!
Thanks to the rain, firefighters were able to get a better handle on the fire.
ORIGINAL STORY: With the help of rain, the Boyd’s fire near Kettle Falls is 81 percent contained.
The fire continues to burn in a mixture of timber litter, slash, brush and grass.
Rain fell over the fire area putting a damper on fire activity. Slippery roads and hazard trees continue to pose a threat to firefighter safety.
Heavy equipment will continue to reduce fuels along the fireline. Crews will continue repair work along the fire perimeter, cleaning up roadways and restoring areas to pre-fire conditions.
Fire officials expect the fire to continue smoldering and creeping along, potentially producing a visible smoke column when the weather clears.
“While all fires present unique challenges for our fire crews, an incident like this highlights the need for increased pace and scale of our forest restoration and fuels reduction. The values of previous fuels reduction work was instrumental in our ability to minimize fire spread and impact.”, Joshua White, Three Rivers District Ranger.
Wildfire in dense, overstocked forests, with multiple canopy layers, has a higher likelihood of becoming catastrophic than fire in forests composed of widely spaced mature trees with minimal ladder fuels in the understory.
The Boyds fire burned through forests that have been treated to reduce surface fuels, ladder fuels and crown density, as well as through forests that had not been treated.
Crews reported that fire burned with less intensity, and burnouts were easier to execute, in treated stands than in untreated stands, allowing a more direct attack, essentially minimizing losses from the wildfire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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