Crews working Spring Creek’s northeast corner |

Crews working Spring Creek’s northeast corner

A total of 190 firefighters and support crew continue to work the Spring Creek Fire north of New Castle, and containment is at 50 percent, said public information officer Luke Huber.

Firefighters are using eight helicopters, four bulldozers and two engines. Crews concentrated on the fire’s northeast corner on Monday, where bulldozers constructed a fire line to contain the blaze.

On Sunday, fire officials said they expected to reach full containment by Thursday, July 11. Since that announcement, 119 personnel have been taken off the fire.

To date, the fire has covered 8,007 acres, and the cost of firefighting has reached $3.63 million.

Lightning is believed to have ignited the Spring Creek Fire on June 21. Crews started fighting the fire on June 25.

There have been no evacuations in the drainages north of New Castle, including East Elk Creek. The fire base is at Riverside School in New Castle.

On a related note, Red Cross assistance teams will travel door-to-door in West Glenwood today and tomorrow to provide supplies and assistance to anyone affected by the Spring Creek or Coal Seam fires.

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