Delta Fire Update Wednesday, September 26: Fire grows about 1,500 acres due to spot fire
Update: 11:00 p.m.
The Delta Fire is now 62,504 acres and still 98 percent contained.
Update at 4:50 p.m.:
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the new spot fire has grown to 1,500 acres.
Officials said the fire has been prevented from moving to the east because of hand lines constructed Tuesday night and retardant drops from Dog Creek Road, north to Damnation Peak.
Air tankers on Wednesday were also dropping retardant on the northern edge to keep the fire from advancing and to allow time for ground crews to construct firelines.
On the western edge, the fire continues to back down into the Clear Creek drainage.
Wednesday morning, fire crews also discovered the spot fire had spotted south, across Dog Creek Road and Damnation Creek, onto Onion Creek Ridge.
With the support of water dropping helicopters, firefighters were able to encircle the 20 acre spot with a fireline and hose lay, preventing it from growing more.
The U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday morning that the Delta Fire has grown about 1,000 acres after a spot fire Tuesday.
The fire has burned 61,715 acres as of Tuesday night. New acreage is expected Wednesday after aircraft completes new mapping.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire is still 98 percent contained.
Winds are expected to diminish Wednesday, however, dry conditions will persist, keeping the area in critical fire weather conditions.
Officials said temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 90's at the lower elevations and in the upper 70's at higher elevations. A Pacific low-pressure system is forecast to approach the coast Thursday and Friday bringing cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and even a chance for some precipitation for the mountains near the Delta Fire.
Firefighters worked through the night on the spot fire which was discovered Tuesday afternoon.
The fire was reported to be quite active overnight, growing and spotting. Night operations said the fire moved towards the west but still remains east of Clear Creek and north of Dog Creek Road that runs along Damnation Creek.
Dozers worked through the night on forest roads along ridge tops to the north of the fire. Firefighters will use these roads to gain access and start constructing firelines.
Contingency lines are already in place having been built for the Delta Fire and recent Carr Fire. Air attack will arrive over the fire Wednesday morning to coordinate water dropping helicopters, water scoopers, retardant tankers, and firefighters working on the ground.
Officials added boaters on Trinity Lake need to be aware of aircraft working in the area and move well out of the way.