After a tough day of firefighting in the upper Kings River Valley, southeast of Denio, firefighters are hoping to finally beat the Nevada portion of the Holloway fire.
Firefighters were busy between the Kings River School and Rodeo Creek, on the northwest side of the valley. Bulldozers built all but the last 700 feet of fire line needed to corral the huge blaze on the Nevada side of the state line.
Dust devils were common Tuesday, requiring continued vigilance. Over the past week, dust devils have spread fire beyond fire lines all too often at the Holloway fire.
Fire behavior specialists noted that for the first time since engaging the Holloway fire, the fire died down late Tuesday night and stopped spreading. Relative humidity rose into the 25-40 percent range last night, the highest measured in a week.
A contingency fire line was built Tuesday across a two-mile area of unburned vegetation east of the active fire in the upper Kings River Valley. A contingency line is swath cleared of vegetation at a distance from the fire used to hold the fire if it escapes the fire line along the fire edge.
Firefighters plan to build a second contingency line closer to the active fire Wednesday.
Elsewhere in the Nevada part of the fire, fire crews will patrol, mop up and begin “rehabilitation” work.
“Rehab,” as it’s called by firefighters, includes mapping bulldozer lines and other disturbances created by firefighting operations with global-positioning equipment. Fences cut to allow in engines or bulldozers will be mapped as well.
Firefighters will then build barriers to slow water running down fire lines, move rocks and other natural barriers to prevent fire lines from become roadways, repair fences, and produce a map so workers later on can find and repair other disturbances.