Residents have been evacuated away from the advancing fire
A transitional (exterior to interior) suppression operation was immediately implemented to contain the rapidly advancing fire
, along with a primary search operation for any potential victims inside the structure.
Trees were reduced to cinders as they were engulfed by the advancing fire
and the teams working to stem its spread had to deal with thick smoke at all times.
"We predicted where the fire was going, identified the most appropriate and safe place, lit a fire and that fire proceeded towards the advancing fire
. When the two met, there was no fuel left and the fire was extinguished."
The steadily advancing fire
has forced the closure of additional access to recreation areas near Detroit Lake because the fire "poses a risk to firefighters and public safety," according to a news release from the Willamette National Forest.
VEC owner Irene Valenti remarked, “Valenti Equestrian Club staff were alerted immediately of the rapidly advancing fire
danger from the Bernardo Fire and rose to the occasion regarding immanent threat to the horses.
Often the only recourse is retreat and "back-burning", which robs the advancing fire
of its fuel.
But it was no match for the rapidly advancing fire
An advancing fire
in high winds could have temperatures high enough to melt the foam, which would compromise structural integrity.
It is also equipped with a fire-fogging unit that sprays water directly onto the flames or onto the advancing fire
front to dampen the area and prevent the fire spreading.
The rapidly advancing fire
caused a second alarm to be struck.