Bovee Fire Update: October 4, 10:45 A.M.

Bovee Fire Update: October 4, 10:45 A.M.
Bovee Fire near Halsey. Photo by Joshua Carrizales via Facebook on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

HALSEY – According to Brian Scott, Information Officer with the Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team currently in charge of managing the Bovee Fire, the blaze is 30% contained as of Tuesday at 10:45 a.m., and no longer spreading.

“That’s the number we’re using, it’s the most reliable we can gather from our folks in the field. I wouldn’t say it’s spreading much, if at all.”

Officer Scott says that a fire boundary has been established on all fronts, with about 200 firefighters helping to keep the fire contained in addition to the Rocky Mountain team, including ‘hotshot’ fire crews on the western front.

“Hotshot crews are those that are extremely experienced, and we put them in those spots that are the most difficult, whether that’s terrain or high-fire danger, et cetera.”

Another unit, made up of hand crews and bulldozers, is working on the eastern part of the fire, which is primarily forested, and a northern crew looking to protect the vulnerable, mostly private, grasslands from the blaze.

“We’ve got firefighters working up there mostly patrolling, monitoring, and doing some mop-up of any remaining hot spots. Most remaining hot spots are on that northern end of the fire.”

In addition to the 30% containment in a blistering two days, Scott presents some added good news for those affected. “All those that were evacuated have been allowed to repopulate.”

There has been no further reported structural damage, loss of life, or further evacuation.