Battle Creek Fire 100 percent contained

 

Photos courtesy of John Zeiger

Smoke rises into the sky from the West Battle Creek Fire July 23. The blaze, now 100 percent contained, grew from a less than an acre fire to 103 acres within a 24 hour period. After a week, firefighters are beginning mop-up operations.

The West Battle Creek Fire first discovered July 22 is now 100 percent contained as firefighters focus their goals toward mop-up operations after the blaze covered more than 100 acres within 24 hours due to windy conditions and dry weather.

“That first 24 hours, they had some winds that caused the fire grow,” said Aaron Voos, a spokesman with the U.S. Forest Service.

The blaze, caused by a lightening strike, initially started as a “less-than-an-acre fire,” Voos said.

Initial resources included a U.S. Forest Service vehicle and some county support for fire suppression operations. Ho...



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