Fire officials announced today that the 2012 Quail Fire at Joshua Tree National Park was now 90% contained with a projection for control of the fire by 6 pm, Thursday. The fire acreage remains unchanged at 273 acres.
Incident Command for the Quail Fire will revert tomorrow from Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mary Stock back to the National Park Service's Aaron Kendall. Joshua Tree National Park also plans to reopen the Keys View Road to public traffic tomorrow at 8 am.
Hot weather conditions moderated somewhat today with increased cloud cover allowing firefighters to reach their goal for 90% containment of the fire. Three hand crews and three engines were tasked to the fire today including personnel from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Cal Fire, and Joshua Tree National Park. A total of 75 fire personnel worked the Quail Fire on Wednesday.
Objectives today were to tighten the fire line, carry out mop up activities, and begin to rehabilitate the area from the effects of the fire and from firefighting activities. Resource advisors from the park began the task of assessing the impacts of the fire in preparation for eventual restoration of the burn area.
On Thursday, one hand crew will remain at the Quail Fire with the focus shifting to rehabilitation and resource recovery. One engine from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and an engine from the Bureau of Land Management will assist with the fire recovery effort. Park visitors using the Keys View Road are asked to drive cautiously and be alert to the presence of firefighting trucks and equipment still working in the area.