The 416 Fire is Contained and Controlled But Not Out

The 416 status has changed to controlled today at 5:00 pm.   The wetting rains from Hurricane Rosa have helped to control the 416 Fire.   The 416 Fire burned approximately 54,000 acres this summer and significantly altered the Hermosa landscape.  On July 31st, the 416 Fire was contained within suppression lines, but it continued to burn actively in the interior of the fire.  Now that the fire has received significant moisture, the fire is controlled.  This means that no active burning is occurring within the interior of the fire and there are no hot spots near the containment lines.   The fire is not completely out.  There is still smoldering and hot pockets in the interior of the fire.

Smoke may still be visible from time to time on the interior of the burn scar.  Controlling a wildfire is one step closer to calling the fire out.  The 416 is not out and depending on weather may be months before fire managers can call the fire out.  Typically conditions to call a large fires such as the 416 out include significant snow fall, freezing temperatures or consecutive days of heavy rain.  With the fire being controlled it is critical to understand that the area closure is still in effect and will remain so for months to come.  The closure area is defined by the fire perimeter or the black line of the fire and all burned areas are closed to entry.



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