Chrandal Creek Fire – Sunday July 22 Update
By Sunday morning, the Chrandal Creek forest fire had burned 2,130 acres on the Bitterroot National Forest and 70 acres on the Challis-Salmon National Forest for a total of 2,200 acres.
However, during Sunday, the humidity dropped and the temperature soared, causing increased burning and, of course, more smoke. With gusty winds, the fire burned in the headwaters of both Mine Creek and Chrandal Creek.
The existing fire line was unchanged on the northern flank, near the main Chrandal Creek channel. Firefighters were pulled back during the afternoon, for safety reasons. Five helicopters were dropping water all day Sunday and four new 20-person crews are coming to the fire.
In the Sunday afternoon report, fire managers said the fire made short “torching runs” in the Upper Chrandal Creek area and in the Upper Mine Creek drainage, there was “group torching” of trees.
The fire is still 40 percent contained and over 360 people are on the fire. More helicopters and water tenders have been brought to the fire.