End in sight for Spring Creek Fire | PostIndependent.com

End in sight for Spring Creek Fire

Things are winding down at the Spring Creek Fire north of New Castle, with containment at 90 percent Saturday evening. Expected containment date, weather dependent, is July 22.

The final burnout operations were completed Thursday on the Spring Creek and East Meadow Creek fires, leaving mostly mop-up and rehab work for the remaining 268 personnel.

Two helicopters, four engines and two dozers remain on the two fires.

Fire officials point out that unburned fuel remains inside the fireline. As these patches of vegetation burn off, smoke will be visible, though this will not indicate fire spread.

Spring Creek Fire remains at 13,400 acres, with the East Meadow Creek Fire, 12 miles north of New Castle, at 93 acres.

The moisture and high humidity recently have helped calm fire behavior, but officials remind residents to continue to obey fire bans.

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