Crews were prepared for initial attack on fires following the lightning storm on Sunday. Even with the increasing wind, no new fires were found outside the fire area. Due to the windy conditions, no burnout operations were conducted. All efforts were devoted to improving and holding lines on the north, east and south sides of the fire. The west side of the fire was patrolled by air.
Handcrews concentrated on the northeast edge checking for hotspots and improving firelines.
Helicopters dropped water on smokes in the interior on the southeast portion of the fire.
Weather and Fire Behavior
High pressure is forecast to build in from the northwest, following the cold front passage from yesterday. This will lead to less wind, cooler temperatures and slightly higher humidity. Weather conditions are predicted to be favorable for burnout operations.
Fire crews will continue to check lines on the northwest corner from the Aldrich Ridge to the South Fork of the John Day River. Emphasis will be placed on the northeast side where crews will strengthen the line with hand ignition along the 2150 road and down to the Thorn Creek burn scar. The east side is planned to be in hold and mop-up, while strengthening the lines.
The southeast and south sides of the fire are in a patrol and suppression repair status.
The west side of the fire will be patrolled by air.
Aviation resources will continue to support suppression efforts with bucket drops to cool hotspots along the line and on interior flare-ups.
There may be increased smoke in the Aldrich Lookout area due to burning operations.