Fire crews working on the Highway 138 West Fire made good progress today in their efforts to fully extinguish the blaze. In total, 98 firefighters, four engines, two tenders, a bull dozer and an excavator worked together to extinguish the burned vegetation that is still smoldering inside the fire area. Crews spent a significant amount of time in the northern portion of the fire where the heaviest concentrations of smoke and heat remain.
Tonight, 46 firefighters will be aided by two engines and a water tender as nightshift crews continue to mop up hot spots inside the fire. In addition, two handheld infrared cameras will be used around the fire to help firefighters locate smoldering material burning below the surface.
Safety for the public and firefighters remains the number one priority on the Highway 138 West Fire. Residents driving through the fire are asked to watch for fire personnel and equipment working near or entering the highway.