Crews prepping hot fuels for expected rain

Sep 16, 2019

There are 305 personnel fighting the Swan Lake Fire burning between Sterling and Cooper Landing. The blaze has not changed in size appreciably in a couple of weeks, standing at 163,714 acres. Containment is 48 percent.

Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4 Commander Rick Connell said work is still being done to reduce hot spots on the Resurrection and Fuller Lakes trails and cleaning up in and around Cooper Landing.

"We finished the work of our checking actions with the Midnight Sun Hot Shot Crew up off the Resurrection Trail into Shaft Creek. And where they were working north towards Falls Creek. So we had two type two crews, a hand crew and a type one crew working this lower portion of the Fuller Trail where they were finding some heat," Connell said. "There's a lot of heavy down fuels in that area. They had to go in and open up those fuels and what they're trying to do is again, open up the fuels and make them receptive to the rain that we're anticipating today."

There will be a community meeting in Cooper Landing at the school at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday).