Aug 25, 2012 12:58 PM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News
BEARMOUTH- Residents living near the Felan Gulch fire, which started Thursday afternoon west of Drummond, gathered for a public meeting with fire officials on Friday evening.
Fire officials said that despite red-flag conditions Friday, the fire remained stable at around 200 acres and that much of the progress on the fire is due to nearly constant retardant drops and continued air suppression efforts.
One longtime resident of the area said the drops were the "most phenomenal response" he's seen to a fire in 18 years. And while the forecast looks fairly good officials are still concerned that a wind event could stoke the fire further.
"We're feeling a whole lot better this afternoon than when we got up this morning and we had the wind coming in and we thought. But it's by no means done. There's a lot of work to do up there, steep, rugged country, but we got the resources and everything to make sure we keep this thing in check," fire official Mike Kopitzke explained.
Crews were already in the area Thursday for the more remote Elevation Mountain fire, but Felan Gulch has now taken a larger priority because more residents live nearby.