(Updated) Mayor Gere Saturday thanked the fire teams working on the Little Cranberry Lake fire, now mapped at 18.39 acres. And, as of Saturday night, the fire is 85 percent contained.
Ground crews have been able to suppress the fire in part because of the cooler temperatures which have aided their efforts. At this rate, DNR crews expect to finalize their work in the next few days.
A saw crew is spent Saturday in the fire area cutting down vulnerable trees before firefighters we're sent into the fire area to reinforce the fireline.
Often times wildfires undermine root systems and burn away supporting vegetation on sloped areas, causing it to be more hazardous to firefighters. The saw crew will cut down and clear these vulnerable areas prior to firefighters being deployed.
The Department of Natural Resources has approximately 50 firefighters on scene, ready to reinforce the fire line and begin mopping up hot spots in the burn area.
Friday night a "rough fire line" was put in place that has encircled the fire area.
Firefighters will be reinforcing that line over the next couple of days. Residents may see smoke and columns of hot spots today as the temperature warms up.
Helicopters may be used today to attack any noted hot spots that are remaining.