Sunday, September 26, 2010

Update on Fire in Cleveland National Forest

I wanted to provide an update on the recent fire in the Cleveland National Forest. Here is the except provided by the Orange County Register. (Photo above provided by Orange County Register)

A fire that burned about 50 acres has been completely contained, but fire officials are trying to put out any remaining hot spots before temperatures rise this weekend.

With temperatures expected to reach more than 100 degrees in the forest in the weekend, firefighters are looking to put out hot spots quickly, said Jake Rodriguez, public information officer for the Cleveland National Forest. "There's always the potential," Rodriguez said. "That's why we're in an aggressive mop-up."
The fire was first reported off Ortega Highway near the Riverside County line at about noon, forcing the California Highway Patrol to shut down the highway for about 30 minutes.

As many as 20 engines, five hand crews, two dozers, eight water tenders and a dozen air units were fighting the blaze Thursday, but many of those resources were released when the fire was completely contained, Rodriguez said. The fire is expected to be under full control by Sunday evening, he said.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in the forest are expected to climb to more than 100 degrees, raising concerns of possible flare ups. "We want to make as much progress as possible and avoid any flare up," Rodriguez said.

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