Saturday, July 10, 2004 13:55 MST

The Southwest Area Incident Management Team is beginning to demobilize the equipment and some of the hot shot crews. We are down to 6 helicopters today. I understand the Type 1 Team will turn over responsibility to a Type 2 Team on Tuesday (maybe Rich Kvale's team). They will begin the "mop up" and recovery phase.

As you can see from the fire map and the infrared map, we have a very defensible perimeter line at this point. The black line around the perimeter is where the fire is out and cool -- the red line is where it is hot and active. If we can get some rain over the next day or so we should be able to get people back to work at MGIO perhaps as soon as Wednesday, July 14th.

Higher resolution images of the fire maps are being sent to John Hill and Tom Folkers for incorporation into their websites. If you haven't checked out the Southwest Area Incident Management Team's website -- it has some interesting information -- Heliograph Peak images for instance.

Attached also are a couple of images of the 6:00 AM Daily Briefing meeting.

There are still some back burning operations in the Turkey Flat area.

I will be handing off MGIO administrative activities to Joe James tomorrow morning as I would like to see a different mountain for a week or so -- nice green pastoral setting near Ouray, Colorado. I am very proud of our team -- every one of them performed beyond expectation. The firefighters on site (Structure Protection Group) have expressed their deep appreciation for the hospitality shown them.


John Ratje

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