BOULDER CREEK, Calif. - Nearly two months after it ignited, the Bear Fire is still causing problems for firefighters.
Crews were called to the Boulder Creek area around midnight last night for reports of smoke.
That's where they found a small fire burning within the containment lines of the Bear Fire, near Rons Road.
Crews were able to put out the flare-up pretty quickly. It burned a little over one acre, which is small compared to the nearly 400 acres the Bear Fire originally burned.
They say these dry conditions played a big role in why we saw the flare up this long after the fire was contained.
"It was a very remote location of the fire, not a lot of access to it. And we believe it might have been burning for awhile before we actually got the call from some residents up above," Says Cal Fire Captain Sean Adams.
Six structures were destroyed in the Bear Fire, luckily no structures were threatened with this flare-up. Adams tells KION it's rare to see flare-ups this late and that the weather played a big role, "with this dry weather we're right back in the game. Similar to what's going on in Southern California. Luckily we're not getting the winds that they are, but we still have low relative humidity and up in the mountains the temperatures have stayed pretty warm."
Adams says the fire last night was not a strong burning one. Crews believe new dry materials could have been ignited by a redwood tree stump, which they say tends to hold heat for a long time.
Officials are also taking this time to remind residents while it might be a little cooler outside, they still need to take fire precautions.
"Be vigilant, be hyper vigilant. Ya know, don't put ashes in paper bags and put em outside on your deck. Make sure they have screens on their fire places, lots of people are starting fires now in their chimneys and what not with the cooler temperatures in the evening. And just pay attention if you see something call 911, if you smell something call 911 and keep your eyes open," says Adams.
An engine company did go out today to check for smoke or anything that could still be smoldering. Cal Fire will then go into what they call "patrol status" where they check the fire each day. If they do not see any smoke for three days straight, they go out of that patrol status.