Posted: Aug 20, 2013 9:28 PM by Keele Smith - KBZK News
Updated: Aug 20, 2013 9:30 PM
NOTE- With growing fire activity throughout the state, it is becoming increasingly important to be aware of the location of these fires and the dangers they impose on the public. To view real-time maps of state and national fires, visit the DNRC map.
As of Tuesday afternoon, all four fires in the Miner Paradise Complex are growing.
The Emigrant Fire is the largest and fastest growing fire in the complex.
Crews are focusing on the western flank of the fire (which is closest to the Paradise Valley) and properties along the edge of national forest lands.
Deputy Incident Commander John Thompson said, "The Emigrant Fire easily tripled. We saw 6,000 acres of fire growth in about six hours last night."
"We are pretty far down on the pecking order for getting resources so anything that shows us, we're just thankful to see it."
But most of the resources are going toward the Sheep Fire.
"Our priorities are always the values at risk and generally, that's life and property and there's primary residences and structures in front of the Sheep Fire," Thompson said.
Crews are trying to secure the north flank of the fire which opens up to the Tom Miner Basin- a popular recreation area.
More than 200 fire personnel are here from across the country.
The Horsetail and Eightmile fires have seen minimal growth over the last 24 hours.
Thompson said he hasn't seen smoke from the Eightmile Fire for two days, but a pocket of heat is still on the ground, which could pick up any time.
Fire officials are concerned about what lies ahead.
"It's hot; it's dry. Our weather forecast is telling us that it's going to be like that at least for the next week and then we have this threat of thunderstorms," Thompson said.
" We're going to continue to see fire growth."
Five 20-man crews, 21 engines and two helicopters are attacking the fires today.
More resources are on order, but with the large amount of fire activity throughout the West, resources are becoming scarce.