Fireline Completed Around Pike Road Fire, 10% Containment; Evacuation Levels Lowered – All Homeowners Can Return Home

September 11, 2020; 3 pm
Quick fact list from the Pike Road Fire east of Bay City:
·Approximately 220 acres
·Line around it as of this morning
·10% containment
·Evacuation levels were lowered to Level 1 and 2 this afternoon and all homeowners can return home.

Early this morning a fireline was completed around the Pike Road Fire. The remaining piece of fireline was constructed by crews from South Fork Camp that connected two bulldozer firelines across an extremely steep portion of the fire area where heavy equipment could not operate. Commenting on the completion of the fireline, District Forester Kate Skinner said, “It took the community of loggers, road builders and dedicated firefighters to complete this impressive work.” With the construction of a fireline, an established fire boundary now exists from which to work towards fully containing the fire.

Total fire containment is currently estimated at 5%, primarily in and around the area around Pike Road. The newly completed fireline is now being secured by extinguishing fire that threatens to cross it. This allows for a more direct attack on the fire. This work is being accomplished by approximately 180 firefighters who are locating fire hose and hardware to provide water where it is needed. Four fire engines are providing the
pumping power supported by tanker trucks to keep them supplied with water. As more of the fireline can be secured, containment is expected to increase.
The fire size is now estimated at 220 acres. A more accurate acreage continues to challenge map makers and will become more accurate as additional information is received.
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Resources on the fire for 9/11/2020 include:
4 engines
1 water tender
11 bulldozers
7 feller bunchers
4 excavator
11 crews
Total personnel: 180