Fern Lake Fire still burning in Spruce Canyon

11:33 AM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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The fire has burned 1,370 acres and is 40 percent contained.

Firefighters are engaged in suppression activities in Spruce Canyon. Red Flag Warning conditions materialized as predicted, with the relative humidity dropping to 7 percent and winds gusting to almost 40 mph. 

Winds subsided enough mid-afternoon for the type 1 helitanker to make some drops in Spruce Canyon. The fire is burning in heavy dead and down (logs on the forest floor), which creates a lot of heat and potential for spot fires across Spruce Creek. Fire crews will be back out working the fire tomorrow, and additional resources are en route.

Wednesday's weather is predicted to moderate, with relative humidity dropping to the upper teens as opposed to the single digits like on Tuesday. Winds should be a little calmer on Wednesday as well.

Smoke may be heavy throughout Wednesday, particularly in the Hwy. 66 corridor. Drivers should use caution and be prepared for reduced visibility.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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