In a previous blog about the Predictive Services latest fire predictions for this year it was shared that there would be an increased wildfire risk in the Midwest. Recently Great Plains Fire Information Website on March 10, 2015 reported an elevated wildfire risk and a working wildfire called the North Pole Fire located in the area of Highway 16 and Renegade Road west of Custer and there were structures threatened. The fire grew to 59 acres and there was some smoke that made driving difficult in the area. State, federal resources and a local water tender from the Custer Volunteer Fire Department were working the fire.
According to the Incident Information System from the US Forest Service Inci Web, “Type III Incident Management Team has been established in Custer and continues to monitor fire behavior, the terrain, and weather forecasts. Firefighter and public safety are the highest priority as strategies are developed and implemented to contain the fire.
No ownership has been determined at this time, although the fire has burned both private property and U.S. Forest Service land.
Fire officials said the fire held well last evening on the road system, dozer line and hand line with no significant change in size.”
It is important to take note of these tools that we have at our disposal to be aware of our risks and implement Firewise changes to our homes and landscape to insure that we are living a Year Less Dangerously From Wildfire.