Fire crews prep for windy weather

Jun 8, 2012

Crews battling the wildfire near Wheatland are bracing for high winds tomorrow/Saturday.

Fire information officer Beth Hermanson says yesterday’s storms dumped rain on parts of the fire, but that didn’t help much overall. And she says the weather forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look promising.

“The National Weather Service has told us that we will more than likely see high winds on our fire – possibly up to seventy miles an hour,” Hermanson said. “So fire fighters today are strengthening the lines in preparation for that event.”

Hermanson says fire fighters are intentionally burning areas around the wildfire, to starve it of fuel.

The fire has now consumed more than six thousand acres, though Hermanson says it’s not growing very fast.