Containment on the Quarter Fire increased to 60 percent Tuesday, with firefighters beginning to mop up hot sports with portable backpack water pumps.
Forest Service spokesperson Maria Benech said fire activity was calmer Tuesday.
"Although minimal smoke and fire activity is visible, potential spotting from burning debris, heavy timber and unburned fuel that could potentially reignite, remain a concern," she said. "Crews continue to focus on mitigating these hazards."
A pilot flying over the Quarter Fire saw little smoke and heat in the area that had burned, U.S. Forest Service officials said Tuesday.
Benech said firefighters worked until sundown Monday scraping a fire line, which ultimately will be 25 feet wide. They resumed the work Tuesday morning.
Benech said in a news release, “Crews are trenching much of the lower line to prevent ‘roll outs’ and potential spotting from burning debris rolling down slope and crossing the fire line. Hose lays from engines above the fire as well as pumps in the river on the bottom of the fire will provide water to firefighters today. This will allow crews to fill portable backpack water pumps to treat hot spots and begin mop up efforts.”
An evacuation advisory for homes on Grant Ridge and Cedar Ridge has been canceled.
The fire remained at 15 acres.
There were 179 people working on the fire — seven hand crews, one helicopter, four engines, four dozers and one water tender.
Benech said the fire incident commander asked that no one come near the area.
“Unfortunately, this has been an issue over the last two days, the public’s support is greatly appreciated. The safety of firefighters and the public is our number one priority.”