Left Fork Fire Grows But Weather Gives Slight Relief
Firefighters are seeing some slight relief from the weather as they continue efforts to contain the Left Fork Fire. Still, the fire has grown to an estimated 4,631 acres and still reported as only 5% contained. Most of the activity has been on the west and northwest sections of the fire. Over the next 36 hours, fire activity could threaten Skunk Creek and Bryce Woodlands if the fire progresses to the west. Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity was seen on the fire Wednesday, but increased potential of gusty and erratic winds around thunderstorms could happen today. Increased chance of wetting rain could also happen today. But generally, changes in weather has made suppression strategies more favorable within the fire area. Air attack will continue to support crews on the ground as weather and conditions allow. 6 helicopters are also being used in fire suppression activity. A total of 427 personnel are now assigned to the Left Fork Fire. Though no structure have been destroyed to this point, 50 structure are threatened. Last evening, Kane County Sheriff officials escorted some Alton area residents back to their homes to retrieve personal items.