Three Rivers Fire activity is ‘minimal and smoldering,’ 13% contained

According to the National Forest Service (NFS), the Three Rivers Fire in the Lincoln National Forest (LNF) is now at 5,297 acres with 13% containment and the current state of the fire is “minimal and smoldering.”

While moisture in the area and crews battling the blazes have helped the fire dissipate, personnel “will continue to construct containment lines, scout lines, prep Bonito Road from South Fork camp ground to the Argentina Bonito Trailhead, recon structures and develop triage plans,” the NFS writes. 

Within the next 24 hours, high humidity levels will help stave off significant fire activity, however, an increase in fire activity is expected in “slash,” which is “downed large diameter woody material” in areas dominated by sheltered and canopied areas where precipitation is less likely to have permeated.

Within 72 hours, the fire is expected to “begin active movement upslope to the northeast on the southern portion of the fire within Indian Creek. Flanking movement to the north along the Crest Trail near Rattlesnake Canyon is also expected, but to a lesser extent due to a mixture of aspen fuels and previously burned areas to the east.”

The fire initially started approximately half a mile from the Three Rivers Campground on the backside of the White Mountains of the Smokey Bear Ranger District. 

The Three Rivers Fire has 266 personnel currently battling the blaze, and according to NPS, the containment date of the fire is projected for Friday, June 04th, 2021 at approximately 12:00 a.m. 

An update was given yesterday by Todd Abel, an operations section chief managing the containment of the fire, which can be viewed here. The most updated information on the fire can be found here.

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