Weather Change May Help Big Windy Complex Crews
Smoke will continue to drift from the Big Windy Fire Complex as an area along the north/northeast flank that flared up Wednesday continues to burn. Helicopters hauled buckets of water into the Howard Creek drainage to cool down hotspots. Further helicopter activity in the same area is expected to take place through Saturday.
More than 120 firefighters are assigned to the Big Windy Complex today and will work on the 25,775-acre burned area throughout the weekend. Their primary tasks are to mop up around the perimeter of the fire, burn out unburned islands of vegetation inside the fireline, and monitor the interior of the burned area for flare-ups.
By late Saturday, a weather change is expected that will shift the wind pattern, bring a chance of showers, cooler temperatures and higher humidity. The prevailing air flow this past week has been from the north; starting late Saturday, the air flow will be from the west and the temperature in the Big Windy Complex area will drop into the 70s. There is a chance for thunderstorm activity on Sunday.
The Big Windy Complex is 90 percent contained.