The Little Fire, near the top of Thomas Mountain in Garner Valley, has burned 97 acres. The fire started just after 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and was 70 percent contained as of Tuesday. The higher humidity and cooler temperatures have helped firefighters Monday, but there was little rain in the area, according to Lee Beyer, U.S. Forest Service information officer.
As of Tuesday, the Forest Service reported the fire’s growth potential at medium. Nearly 300 firefighters were still assigned to the fire and 235 were still involved as of Tuesday. Firefighters plan to complete and improve the fireline with the current efforts on the west side of the fire.
The fire was not threatening any homes or structures.
Thomas Mountain Road (6S13) remains closed between Highway 74 and the junction with Rouse Ridge 5S15. Cottonwood Truck Trail and Rouse Ridge and Thomas Mountain roads to the south off of Hop Patch Springs remain open.
The fire’s cause is still under investigation.