MM49 Fire--Dolan Mclean

Dolan McLean, of Orofino, took this picture of a Skycrane on the MM49 Fire, while operating a pumper cat on the fire on Saturday, Sept. 12. As of Tuesday, Sept. 15, the MM49 Fire is estimated at 2,867 acres and is approximately 65% contained. Fire crews completed the burnout operation down to Highway 12 on the southeast area of the fire. Crews worked on mopping up along the highway and around private structures within the burnout area on Tuesday. Small islands of unburned fuel on the interior of the fire perimeter was burned to clean up and secure the fire. Mop up and suppression repair have begun on the north, west, and south perimeters.  Due to the fire activity, rocks and debris continue to roll down onto Highway 12, and those traveling on that route should exercise caution. (See page 9A of this week’s issue for more fire photos)

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