The Bovee Fire, burning since early Sunday afternoon in the Sandhills near Halsey, is still officially only 97% contained because of one hot spot inside the line on the south side.
Incident Commander Dan Dallas says even without 100% containment yet, there’s no need for the Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team anymore, so a local Type 4 team will take over Saturday morning at 7:00.
Burnouts have increased the size of the Bovee Fire slightly to 18,930 acres as mop-up continues with crews patrolling the line searching for any hidden hot spots.
Dallas says that north of Hwy 2, a drone found two heat sources yesterday in a shelterbelt on the north end of the fire that were quickly mopped up. Today, the focus is on patrolling the fireline and mopping up any other hot spots that may be found.
Friday has been the coldest day of the week with highs in the upper 40s, relative humidity of at least 40%, and only light/variable winds.
Similar conditions are expected tomorrow, only a little warmer, that will allow fuels to remain moist with no fire spread expected.
Dallas warns that smoke may be visible in the interior of the fire for some time, but emphasizes that such conditions are normal and don’t present a threat.
He also says his entire Rocky Mountain team would like to thank everyone who’s worked so hard to assist them during their tenure on the Bovee Fire.