Three Rivers Fire is now at 7,119 acres, 23% contained

According to the National Forest Service (NFS), the Three Rivers Fire, which was first sighted on April 28 in the Lincoln National Forest is now at 7,119 acres with 23% containment and the current state of the fire is “minimal,” “creeping,” and “smoldering.”

“Gusty southwesterly winds and single digit humidity have resulted in red-flag conditions over the fire area throughout the burn period this afternoon” and “Remaining pockets of heat which had essentially hibernated in pockets of dead/downed slash will accelerate burning out and produce slightly increased smoke” over the next 12 hours.

Moderate weather continues light westerly winds, humidity levels around 20%, and little cloud cover is expected within the next 48 hours. Continued burning out of isolated smoldering areas and no perimeter growth is expected.

Over the next 72 hours, “Generally, expect small-scale surges in fire activity during the afternoons alternating with smoldering overnight and into the late mornings. Isolated pockets of fire are to be expected, rather than entire flanks of fire due to the heterogeneous nature of fuel continuity.”

“Creeping and smoldering in individual pockets of heat” will occur, “primarily within the upper reaches of Dry Bear Canyon and the small area of heat in the saddle above Indian Creek.”

The Three Rivers Fire has 317 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 aerial video shot on May 1 shows recent developments of the fire and where the fire has burned. Watch that here. An update from Operations Section Chief-T Manual Martinez can be viewed here.

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