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Perry Ridge fire 20-per-cent contained - storms a mixed blessing for firefighting efforts

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
August 2nd, 2013

Reports yesterday that the Perry Ridge fire was 70-per-cent contained were innaccurate – the fire is, in fact, 70-per-cent guarded and 20-per-cent contained as of today.

Southeast Fire Centre information officer Karlie Shaughnessy said “guarded” means onyl that a fuel-free zone has been established around the fire (or in this case, 70 per cent of the fire), whereas “contained” means the fire is surrounded by a water source, handguard, or earthen fire break.

She said last night’s storm dropped about 9 mm of rain on the perry Ridge fire, but was a double-edge sword, in that, “any precipitation on a fire is beneficial,” but the storm also caused nine spot fires in the area, to which crews have been dispatched (a spot fire is less than 0.009 hectares).

“The negative thing about the rain is that it creates hazards for firefighters,” she said, explaining the wet, slippery ground will make today’s work more difficult and dangerous for crews, who are going in today with hand tools to eestablish more hose lay and guard around the fire.

The Perry Ridge fire is 64.5 hectares, and is being fought today by 110 firefighters and three helicopters.

The Source apologizes for any confusion yesterday’s misinformation might have caused.

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