Following are comments from Todd Abel, Southwest Area Incident Management Team operations section chief, on Thursday, June 29, during the morning press briefing about the Goodwin Fire.
South end of fire
Fire crews have been along the south end of Goodwin Fire for about the past three or four days conducting fire operations along the road systems, said Todd Abel, Southwest Area Incident Management Team operations section chief.
“What they’re doing there is kind of herding that fire into the old Gladiator Fire scar and old SA Fire scar that sits off to the east,” Abel said. “What that does is it gives us an opportunity to go in and grab the lighter fuels – obviously they’ve been burnt off – and makes it a lot easier for our firefighters to get a handle on that.”
The SA Hill Fire took place in 2015 and consumed 4,336 acres, while the Gladiator Fire took place in May 2012, burning 16,240 acres.
Northeast side along 69 corridor
Fire crews have devoted many resources to securing the Goodwin Fire around Highway 69 and it has so far paid off.
In Abel’s words, “things are looking really good” in that area.
After the fire made a big run through the Bradshaw Mountains on Tuesday, June 27, it eventually hit up against Highway 69 and gave crews a solid buffer to work off of.
“We’ve been working really hard that that stays where it’s at,” Abel said.
Some flames did jump over Highway 69 Tuesday afternoon between Mayer and Poland Junction, but crews have been able to get a dozer line and hand line around it.
“They got all the way around that (Wednesday),” Abel said. “That’s been secured and we feel really good about…
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