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UPDATE: Evacuations lifted as firefighters continue to battle 'Morgan fire,' now 70 percent contained

Original post made on Sep 11, 2013

Mandatory evacuations for residents in the area of the 3,243-acre Morgan fire were lifted Tuesday afternoon and most roads have reopened. The blaze is now 70 percent contained, with full containment expected Friday.

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Posted by julia
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm

why hasn't there been any smoke for over a day, yet the fire was only 45% contained yesterday and 70% contained today? Is this a boondoggle or what?
From Julia, a concerned citizen

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Posted by kw
a resident of Danville
on Sep 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

Julie, you may recall the Oakland Hills fire of 1991 resulted from an ember that had been left burning after the fire department thought it had completely extinguished a fire. The pros were mistaken that time and hundreds of homes were lost as a result. I applaud the firefighters for being SUPER diligent in making sure no hidden burning embers remain - embers that are not producing any smoke.

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Posted by julia
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

embers don't produce smoke? Really? 3200 acres of embers? How sadly misled you are!
Julia, a concerned citizen.

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Sep 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

The containment percentage figures for fires always seem to understate the extent to which the fire has been effectively controlled, or at least it seems that way to folks like us who are not involved with the fire-fighting operation. In terms of the apparent lack of smoke over the last day or so, I think the explanation is that the vast majority of the combustible fuel in the burn area has already burned. The area of the fire isn't expanding much, if any, at this point, and so there is little "fresh fuel" being burned. Even so, there are still (I think) lots of small fires, as well as smoldering areas. It's not like there's no smoke being produced. But the amount of smoke IS a lot less. And smoke from smoldering areas is generally much less visible than smoke from fresh, semi-green fuel. For the same reason that charcoal fires don't produce much smoke, whereas burning green wood makes a lot of smoke. (Basically less moisture or water content remaining in the fuel.)

It takes a long time for a large wildfire to be truly "out" - I think I read that there are still a couple of thousand fire fighters working on the Rim fire near Yosemite, which has been controlled for a while now. I also assume that resources are being shifted a bit to the other fire up near either Mount or Lake Shasta (not sure which).

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