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Smith Valley fire still a threat to homes

Staff Reports

The 1,062-acre Burbank fire has cost $385,000 to fight so far, according to a federal report issued this morning. Containment has continued at 10 percent, though the fire is spreading more slowly than on previous days.

Homes along Upper Colony Road continue to be threatened with most of the 31 fire engines working structure protection in the neighborhood.

Firefighters plan to continue building hand and bulldozer lines along the fire’s edge.

“Both the growth potential and the difficulty of the terrain are still considered high,” said fire information officer Elayn Briggs. “Combined with changing weather conditions, it is difficult for management to gauge when containment objectives will be met. High winds and erratic fire behavior are predicted until later in the week when precipitation and colder temperatures should arrive.”