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Whaleback Fire Wednesday P.M. Update – 18,680 Acres and 50% Contained

Mandatory evacuations remain in place for the community of Spalding, Gallatin Marina, Ronald McDonald House, and the Merrill, Christie, Eagle and Aspen campgrounds this evening as the Whaleback Fire grows to 18,680 acres.

The communities of Buck Bay and Stones Landing are under evacuation advisory. County Road A1 is closed to the north at Lakeside Dr. near Buck Bay and to the south at Alta Dr. in Lake Forest.

County Rd 105 is closed at HWY 44, and County Rd 231 remains closed at this time.

According to the incident commanders the fire remained active today burning unburned fuels with some torching, but remained within the control lines.

As of the current mapping 50% of the fire’s perimeter is contained.

The fire area came under a Red Flag warning for gusty winds and low humidity today. Spotting potential is high under these weather conditions. Strong winds and low humidity are forecast into the weekend.

Over the next twelve hours firefighters expect that the northwest and northeast area of the fire may continue to grow, influenced by gusty southwest winds and dry forest fuels. Minimal fire is expected on the southern and eastern flanks.

There are currently 712 firefighters working on the Whaleback.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor


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