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An aerial view of land scorched by the fire. Photo courtesy of the Forest Service.

Originally published: 2013-12-04 16:57:20
Last modified: 2013-12-04 16:58:05

Table Rock fire 100-percent contained

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The Table Rock fire is now 100-percent contained, according to Grandfather District Ranger Nick Larson, thanks, in part, to favorable weather conditions.
“The rain that we had the day before Thanksgiving was basically what the ending event was. There was some line construction of an existing line that was used in the 2007 fire. We were waiting past a wind event to see whether or not that line would continue to hold. Following that wind event two weekends ago, we started getting the rain on Sunday and Monday. That slowed the fire down enough that we were able to pull back and monitor and start releasing the Type 2 team that we had,” Larson said.
Containment is one step shy of calling the fire completely out.
“It’s 100-percent contained. What that means is that we’re not expecting the fire to grow at all. We’ve not called it ‘out’ yet. We need to get some additional eyes out there just to double and triple check that there’s not still a couple of stumps smoking or anything like that that might pose a risk. But I’m pretty confident with the amount of rain that we’ve had and the limited amount of smoke that we’ve seen so far that we’re pretty well wrapped up,” Larson said.
Local firefighters only are now monitoring the area.

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