Marina Fire Update: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 28

Photo by Wednilyn Grasseschi
Staff Writer

Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service made a lot of headway on the Marina Fire yesterday, and reported this morning that the blaze is now 74 percent contained at 654 acres.
However, the Forest Service warned that the development of thunderstorms over the area may produce dry lightning and strong winds that could reach 50 miles per hour, which can contribute to fire growth.
The Forest Service also said that, with the incoming thunderstorms, there is also the potential for new fires to break out in the area.
The Forest Service also reported that wind conditions in the burned area are creating clouds of dust and ash that may appear to be smoke.

Fire suppression efforts remain in effect today. The work being done should minimize the effects of erosion around the burned area. One of the techniques used to lessen the impact of erosion will be water barring. Constructed containment lines will be leveled to pre fire conditions and have a trench constructed through them to dissipate water when rainfall occurs.
As the containment line continues to increase, so too will the release of unnecessary resources. The demobilization process will allow equipment and personnel to return to their home units or be available for reassignment to other fires.
As of 8 a.m. this morning, there were a total of 517 people assigned to the fire; including 14 hand crews, 18 engines, 24 dozers, five helicopters and three water tenders.
Officials have determined that the fire was human caused, and an investigation is ongoing to determine the exact cause and origin.