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Spring Creek containment remains at 50 percent

Planned burnout operations on the Spring Creek Fire near New Castle on the south and southeast sides of the fire were slowed Tuesday. Increased humidity and light rains hampered those operations and so stalled containment for a few days.

Containment remains at 50 percent.

“We just did not get enough black to convince me that we could meet my schedule,” said incident commander Joe Hartman. A black or burned out area stops the fire from burning in a particular direction.

Hartman intended the burnouts to halt the fire before it gets to Canyon Creek.

“With two good days burning Sunday and Monday, we could have done it. The weather hurt us,” he said.

After 18 days of burning, the fire has consumed 8,007 acres. A total of 299 firefighters and support crew remain on the fire. In addition, six helicopters, three engines, four dozers and three water tenders are being used.

Because they have been on the fire for two weeks, Hartman’s Type II Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team is due for a rest period and will be replaced by another team today.

The new team will shadow Hartman’s crew today, learning about the fire and the geological layout of the area. The new team will officially take over from Hartman’s team on Thursday.

Handcrews are camped out near the fire lines for the next few days.

Crews also continue to rehabilitate fire lines created by bulldozers on the west and northwest flanks of the fire. Mop-up also continued in those areas.

Hot and dry weather conditions are predicted for the immediate future with isolated dry thunderstorms. Winds have gusted up to 40 miles per hour.

For information about the fire, call 984-0431.

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