A 15-acre spotfire along the north flank of the Big Windy Complex is putting up a lot of smoke today. The spotfire is in the the Anna Creek drainage, located on the north/northeast flank of the 24,253-acre wildfire complex that has been burning since late July.
The spotfire was not caused by burn-out operations that have been taking place during the past couple of days on the fire’s west/southwest flank.
The spotfire is down in a deep, steep canyon that does not have a fireline. The area is too dangerous for crews to work in. However, most of the forest around the area in which the spotfire is burning was burned weeks ago.
Aircraft — helicopters and an air tanker — are dropping water and retardant on the spotfire to slow its advance.