Firefighters on Monday morning continued to battle a roughly one hundred sixty-acre wildfire between Columbus and Park Metropolis that prompted the short-term evacuation of the Pinecrest subdivision north of Interstate ninety on Sunday.
Residents have been allowed to return to their houses after an evacuation situation was ordered Sunday night time, Columbus Hearth Rescue Chief Wealthy Cowger stated. Two homes, one among which is inside 200 ft of the Mile Marker 417 Hearth, are nonetheless thought-about threatened, Cowger stated.
“Offered we will maintain the road, I feel they’re in fine condition,” Cowger stated Monday morning. He estimated that the hearth is now about sixty five % contained. “We survived all of the wind we had final night time. Proper now it’s wanting fairly good.”
Firefighting crews, helicopters and a number of other single-engine planes from native, state and federal businesses responded Sunday to a collection of fires that have been first reported earlier that night. A number of retardant drops, together with one which struck the interstate, helped sluggish the hearth’s progress through the preliminary response.
The native hearth chief characterised the burn space as “fairly difficult terrain,” with the hearth burning by way of dry timber on a steep hillside. About eighty personnel are battling the hearth.
“We simply ask (the general public) — we nonetheless have hearth crews working within the space, we nonetheless have gear within the space, so drive slowly, give them the room they should do their job and check out to not congregate within the space,” Cowger stated. “And the identical factor with individuals alongside the interstate. There’s lots of stuff to see happening, however attempt to not clog up visitors within the space.”
The reason for the fires continues to be underneath investigation.