Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Etiwanda Fire Containment at 86 Percent

The Etiwanda Fire is all but mopped up. Crews are departing, equipment is leaving and a local management team is set to take over command this morning, reports The Daily Bulletin.

“What happens, is when we get near the end of the fire, we downscale because the threat of the fire is all but diminished,” said Brian Grant, spokesman for the Southern California incident management team, which will be passing control to the San Bernardino National Forest about 6 a.m.

There’s not really any more flames, he said, and resources will be demobilizing to lessen the burden on the taxpayers.

The number of people battling the wildfire in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains dropped from 929 to 821 and will likely continue to decrease, according to Grant. Likewise, three of the four available helicopters are scheduled to leave the scene.

The remaining crews will continue to hand-dig fire lines in the northern, mountainous terrain and turn over hot spots inside the fire’s perimeter, which is 86 percent contained.

Homes to the south of the 2,190-acre fire, which were evacuated after the fire ignited about 8 a.m. Wednesday, are basically no longer threatened.

Firefighters in a helicopter Friday night used infrared technology to locate hot spots, some a few inches beneath the soil.

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