#TrinityRidge #IDFire Final Fire Update ^NH

This will be the final update for this fire. For updated information, please contact: 

Fire Information
Phone: 720-237-4966
Hours: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Incident Overview

The fire did not grow yesterday; the containment remained the same. No initial attack activity occurred in the team’s area of responsibility. The fire is being monitored daily by air and ground resources. With the complexity of the incident decreasing, the Alaska Incident Management team has begun to downsize to a Type 3 organization that will be run by the Boise National Forest. This smaller team will take command of the fire Friday morning.

Efforts are focused on the rehabilitation of the areas most affected by fire activity. Rehabilitation work includes the use of excavators that are clearing dozer lines of debris left behind. Fallers (firefighters with extensive knowledge and experience with safely falling trees of all sizes) continue to remove hazardous trees and snags from roadways and trails. Any tree that may pose a problem or dangerous situation in the future is considered a hazardous tree.

Suppression Rehabilitation Plan:

Rehabilitation efforts will be directed towards mitigating impacts from fire suppression activities and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work. Fire managers will work closely with Boise National Forest resource specialists to coordinate these efforts. For more information about BAER, visit http://www.nifc.gov/BAER/Page/NIFC BAER.html.

The Pine-Featherville road, as well as the road to Baumgartner campground, is open to all traffic. The Boise National Forest reduced the size of the closure area around the fire effective September 6, 2012. The revised area closure is 0402-00-0024 (Revision #6) dated September 5, 2012. Details and a map of the current closure are available on Inciweb: http://inciweb.org/incident/map/3088/2/.

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Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human
Date of Origin Friday August 03rd, 2012 approx. 01:14 PM
Location 7 miles Northwest of Featherville, ID
Incident Commander Kurth

Current Situation

Total Personnel 298
Size 146,545 acres
Percent Contained 64%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber: Lodgepole Pine, Sub-Alpine Fir, Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine
Fire Behavior Minimal fire behavior, smoldering, creeping with some isolated interior torching.
Significant Events Suppression repair efforts in fire area continue. IMT is supporting BAER team personnel with aviation and logistical needs. Multiple Divisions along fire perimeter are being monitored by air and patrolled by road. General area public closures remain in effect. No initial attack fires within the IMT’s area of responsibility.One light helicopter reassigned. Transition planning to a smaller organization has begun.

Outlook

Planned Actions Divisions are being patrolled by road and air. The Contingency Group continues maintenance of contingency line as needed. They are also continuing fire line repair in accordance with the suppression rehabilitation plan. IA Group is staged for initial attack. They are continuing to fell hazards trees and assist in keeping roads open.
Growth Potential Medium
Terrain Difficulty High
Remarks All structures identified as threatened are in Boise County. The Idaho Air National Guard is providing personnel and equipment to staff road closures.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 18 mph NW
Temperature 74 degrees
Humidity 10%
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#TrinityRidge #IDFire Daily Fire Update ^NH

The road to Atlanta via Edna Creek will be closed to all traffic in both directions from 0900 until the convoy is back out of the closure area TODAY Sept 11th, 2012. The heavy equipment convoy will be lead by pilot cars. Fire operations will stage engines along the route to make sure no local or fire traffic blocks the road.

Yesterday containment reached 64%. As progress is made, excess crews and equipment will continue to be demobilized. Fire activity has been decreasing each day as the fire moves into higher elevations and old burn scars. Crews continue making progress rehabilitating fire lines and removing hazard trees along roads within the Trinity Ridge fire perimeter. Road graders are being used in many locations repairing roads used by firefighting equipment. Fire managers continue to monitor the perimeter by helicopter.

Light winds are expected today with predicted increased gusts in the afternoon. Moderate fire activity was observed near West Warrior Peak. No initial attack fires were reported within the area of the Incident Management Team’s responsibility on Monday. Helicopters, fire personnel, and equipment are staged to assist with any new starts.

 

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human
Date of Origin Friday August 03rd, 2012 approx. 01:14 PM
Location 7 miles Northwest of Featherville, ID
Incident Commander Kurth

Current Situation

Total Personnel 389
Size 146,545 acres
Percent Contained 64%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber: Lodgepole Pine, Sub-Alpine Fir, Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine
Fire Behavior Minimal fire behavior, smoldering with some single tree torching.
Significant Events Initial attack support with aviation assets and fire personnel continues on Forest lands. No initial attack fires within the IMT’s area of responsibility. Suppression repair efforts in fire area continue. Multiple Divisions along fire perimeter are being monitored by air and patrolled by road. General area public closures remain in effect. Unable to fill crew orders at this time.

Outlook

Planned Actions Most Divisions are being patrolled by road and air. Fallers are snagging the 225 road, following guidelines from the suppression repair plan. The Contingency Group continues maintenance of contingency line as needed. They are also continuing fire line repair in accordance with the suppression rehabilitation plan. IA Group is staged for initial attack. The Suppression Repair Group is completing the repair of dozer line in Division S. as well as completing rehab of 183 road. They are continuing to fell hazards trees and assist in keeping roads open.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty High
Remarks New starts outside of the IA area, however we did send resources to help with forest IA. All structures identified as threatened are in Boise County. The Idaho National Guard and the Idaho Air National Guard is providing personnel and equipment to staff road closures. The Air Guard will provide a hoist capable medieval helicopter for the incident.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 20 mph SW
Temperature 75 degrees
Humidity 10%
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#TrinityRidge #IDFire Daily Fire Update ^NH

Yesterday, numerous lightning strikes in the Emmett and Lowman Ranger Districts of the Boise National Forest ignited at least 15 new wildfires between Schafer Butte and Elk Creek Guard Station. Firefighters responded to the new starts located 7 miles northeast of the community of Lowman near Miller Mountain. The Miller Fire was demonstrating active fire behavior such as individual tree torching and long range spotting due to windy conditions and bug killed timber. The Trail Creek and 9 Mile fires that started yesterday have grown together and are now over 30 acres. Two other fires between Scott Mountain and the Deadwood Reservoir are also proving to be very problematic due to inaccessible terrain and heavy timber. This group of fires will be called the Deadwood Complex. Additional resources such as hand crews, helicopters, and retardant aircraft from the Trinity Ridge Fire will be deployed to assist in the firefighting efforts in the Deadwood Complex.

On the Trinity Ridge Fire, activity on the northeast edge near West Warrior Peak persists. The increase in activity was the result of warmer temperatures and stronger winds. Helicopters continue to be used to cool the fire perimeter to ensure that containment lines hold.

Today, crews are making good progress in rehabilitating fire lines and removing hazard trees along roads within the Trinity Ridge fire perimeter. Fire operations continue to monitor the fire perimeter by helicopter, patrolling areas of activity.

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human
Date of Origin Friday August 03rd, 2012 approx. 01:14 PM
Location 7 miles Northwest of Featherville, ID
Incident Commander Kurth

Current Situation

Total Personnel 440
Size 146,222 acres
Percent Contained 64%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber: Lodgepole Pine, Sub-Alpine Fir, Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine
Fire Behavior Minimal fire behavior, smoldering with some single tree torching.
Significant Events Light precipitation occurred on several divisions in the afternoon. Thunder storms produced numerous fires outside the IA responisbility of the Trinity Ridge West response area. A medium size helicopter, one helitack module and other aviation assets were loaned to the Boise NF for initial attack. Crews continue to make good progress with suppression repair efforts in Branch I and II, falling snags and opening roads. Multiple Divisions along the fire perimeter are being monitored by air and patrolled by road. General area public closures remain in effect.

Outlook

Planned Actions Most of the east flank and large portions of the north and south flanks are now in patrol status being monitored by road and air. Fallers are falling fire weakened trees alond Road 255 following the guidelines from the suppression rehabilitation plan. Continue plan development for snagging road 255. The Initial Attack Group will be staged and ready of potential fires. Dozer lines will be repaired in all Divisions on the east flank of the fire. Rehabilitation of road 156 to Drop point 9.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty High
Remarks All structures identified as threatened are in Boise County. The Idaho National Guard and the Idaho Air National Guard (34 Personnel) is providing personnel and equipment to staff road closures. The Air Guard will provide a hoist capable medevac helicopter for the incident.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 20 mph SW
Temperature 85 degrees
Humidity 18%
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#TrinityRidge #IDFire Fire Update 9/9/12 ^NH

For Immediate Release: September 9, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Website: www.inciweb.org

Fire Information (Main): 720.237.4966

Fire Information (Pine/Featherville area): 208.653.2164, 208.653.2584

Boise National Forest: 208.373.4100

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Fire Facts:

Date started: August 3, 2012

Number of Personnel: 491

Location: Featherville, Idaho

Crews: Type 1: 0, Type 2:5

Size: 146,068 acres

Engines: 17 Dozers: 1

Percent Contained: 64%

Water Tenders: 11

Estimated Containment: 10/01/12

Helicopters: Type 1: 1, Type 2: 1, Type 3: 4

Cause: Human

Injuries to Date: 13

Structures Lost: 4 Outbuildings Lost: 9

Cost to Date: $38,197,867

Current Situation:

There was light to moderate fire activity on portions of the Trinity Ridge Fire on Saturday. The most active area continued to be on the north east end near West Warrior Peak. Pockets of heavy fuel and interior islands of unburned fuel are still actively burning out. There was also activity on the south end of the fire in the afternoon after the inversion layer lifted. The increase in activity was the result of warmer temperatures and stronger winds. Helicopters were again used to cool the fire to ensure that containment lines held.

Firefighters completed construction of the contingency line east of Idaho City, from Thorn Creek Butte to Rabbit Creek Summit. Construction of the hand line protecting Featherville to the west, was also completed on Saturday. Crews are making good progress in rehabilitating fire lines and removing hazard trees along roads within the fire perimeter. Personnel are continuing to monitor overall activity along the fire perimeter. Resources are still available to handle any new fire starts that may occur.

While the Fire Weather Watch was lifted for the area, sporadic afternoon winds are predicted which will continue to make for potentially hazardous conditions.

Suppression Rehabilitation Plan:

As the Trinity Ridge Fire moves into its final stages, the focus shifts to rehabilitation. Rehabilitation efforts will be directed towards mitigating impacts from fire suppression activities and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work. Rehabilitation tasks include restoring fire lines and disturbed areas, cleaning campgrounds and trailheads used by fire crews, maintaining safe road and trail conditions, and protecting cultural resource sites. Tasks for BAER include stabilizing soil; controlling water, sediment and debris movement; preventing impairment of ecosystems; and mitigating significant threats to health, safety, life property and downstream values at risk. Preventing the spread of noxious weeds will be another significant focus of all rehabilitation and BAER work. Fire managers will work closely with Boise National Forest resource specialists to coordinate these efforts. For more information about BAER, visit http://www.nifc.gov/BAER/Page/NIFC BAER.html.

The Pine-Featherville road, as well as the road to Baumgartner campground, is open to all traffic. The Boise National Forest reduced the size of the closure area around the fire effective September 6, 2012. The revised area closure is 0402-00-0024 (Revision #6) dated September 5, 2012. Details and a map of the current closure are available on Inciweb: http://inciweb.org/incident/map/3088/2/.

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#TrinityRidge #IDFire Trinity Ridge News Release ^NH

Current Situation:

Fire activity on most of the Trinity Ridge Fire was light on Friday. However, moderate fire behavior was seen near West Warrior Peak and Rainbow Basin, where trees and other fuels are still actively burning. Helicopters were used to cool the fire in these heavier fuels to ensure the containment lines held.

Firefighters are nearly finished with the contingency line east of Idaho City, from Thorn Creek Butte to Rabbit Creek Summit. These contingency lines are constructed with a mix of dozers, firefighters, and large machines called masticators that chew through brush and timber alongside the line.

Firefighters will continue to monitor fire activity within the perimeter and resources are available for any new fire starts.

Today’s weather forecast is for mostly sunny skies over the fire area with high temperatures around 90F in canyon bottoms. There is an increased chance of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday.

Suppression Rehabilitation Plan:

As the Trinity Ridge Fire moves into its final stages, the focus shifts to rehabilitation. Rehabilitation efforts will be directed towards mitigating impacts from fire suppression activities and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work. Rehabilitation tasks include restoring firelines and disturbed areas, cleaning campgrounds and trailheads used by fire crews, maintaining safe road and trail conditions, and protecting cultural resource sites. Tasks for BAER include stabilizing soil; controlling water, sediment and debris movement; preventing impairment of ecosystems; and mitigating significant threats to health, safety, life property and downstream values at risk. Preventing the spread of noxious weeds will be another significant focus of all rehabilitation and BAER work. Fire managers will work closely with Boise National Forest resource specialists to coordinate these efforts. For more information about BAER, visit http://www.nifc.gov/BAER/Page/NIFC BAER.html.

The Pine-Featherville road, as well as the road to Baumgartner campground, is open to all traffic. The Boise National Forest reduced the size of the closure area around the fire effective September 6, 2012. The revised area closure is 0402-00-0024 (Revision #6) dated September 5, 2012. Details and a map of the current closure are available on Inciweb:http://inciweb.org/incident/map/3088/2/.

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#TrinityRidge #IDFire Morning Update ^NH

Current Situation:

Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of firefighters over the last month the command team is placing portions of thefire in aerial monitoring status. Crews and resources have been freed up to relocate from the Trinity Ridge fire to other fires in the state and around the nation.

Personnel are making good progress mopping up and securing control lines. Firefighters continue to patrol roads and utilize lookouts to monitor areas of unburned heavy fuels. Progress continues on the contingency line north to Rabbit Creek. Suppression repair activities are beginning throughout the burned areas. Resources are available to assist the forest with any new initial attack activity.

The Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team will hold a community meeting in Idaho City at the Basin Elementary School tonight at 5:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for the public to meet fire management officials from the Alaska Incident Management team. Current fire updates and details of the suppression repair plan will be provided.

Suppression Rehabilitation Plan:

As the Trinity Ridge Fire moves into its final stages, the focus shifts to rehabilitation. Rehabilitation efforts will be directed towards mitigating impacts from fire suppression activities and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work. Rehabilitation tasks include restoring fire lines and disturbed areas, cleaning campgrounds and trailheads used by fire crews, maintaining safe road and trail conditions, and protection of cultural resource sites. Tasks for BAER includestabilizing soil; controlling water, sediment and debris movement; preventing impairment of ecosystems; and mitigating significant threats to health, safety, life property and downstream values at risk. Preventing the spread of noxious weeds will be another significant focus of all rehabilitation and BAER work. Fire managers will work closely with Boise National Forest resource specialists to coordinate these efforts. For more information about BAER, visit http://www.nifc.gov/BAER/Page/NIFC BAER.html.

The Pine-Featherville road, as well as the road to Baumgartner campground, opened to all traffic yesterday, September 6. The Boise National Forest reduced the size of the closure area around the fire effective September 6, 2012. The revised area closure is 0402-00-0024 (Revision #6) dated September 5, 2012. Details and a map of the current closure are available on Inciweb:http://inciweb.org/incident/map/3088/2/

 

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human
Date of Origin Friday August 03rd, 2012 approx. 01:14 PM
Location 7 miles Northwest of Featherville, ID
Incident Commander Kurth

Current Situation

Total Personnel 761
Size 145,971 acres
Percent Contained 60%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber: Lodgepole Pine, Sub-Alpine Fir, Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine
Fire Behavior Fire continues to back down from Sheep Mountain to the west into Sheep Creek, Pete Creek and Repeat Creek drainage to the confluence of the North Fork of the Boise River and the Middle Fork of the Boise River. Fire continues to back and flank in unsecured areas and interior islands. Heavy fuels continue to burn throughout the day and night. Fire activity on the south end picks up after the inversion lifts around noon and isolated torching occurs where winds and slope align.
Significant Events Crews are making good progress mopping up and securing control lines in Divisions A, B/C, S, W, and X. Unstaffed divisions are aerially monitored. Suppression repair activities are taking place throughout the fire area. General area public closures remain in effect. Construction continues on the contingency line north to Rabbit Creek. One IHC and one HC2IA crew reassigned to Mustang Fire. Three IHC’s reported to ICP for reassignment 9/7 to Mustang Fire. Two Type 1 helicopters released fro reassignment. One Type 3 helicopter with short haul capabilities swapped per Area Command.

Outlook

Planned Actions Division A, B, E/J, L, X and W: Monitor fire activity by air. Division C: lookouts continue to monitor slop over along the Middle fork, water bar fire line and engines patrol roads and support crews. Contingency Group: Continue prep construction of contingency line North to Rabbit Creek. Minimal impact on the land; Brush out one chain width, minimal tree removal and limb large trees. Suppression Group: Continue suppression repair in low-risk areas of the fire. Follow suppression repair plan for locations and standards. Structure Group: Task Forces are designated initial attack resources. They will stage for initial attack. Division S: Patrol and mop up as needed. Division R,Q and O: Mop up 100 feet inside control line on trinity road from Rocky Point to DP-9. Rehab Group: coordinate with DIVS while in divisions. Complete rehab of control line on Dog Mountain. WOrk with Pine Base Camp to coordinate supplies and backhaul. Hand crews rehab hand line from div S/R break to South Fork River.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty High
Remarks Transition from IMT Lund’s team to IMT Kurth’s team occurred at 1800 on 9/6. All structures identified as threatened are in Boise County. The Idaho National Guard and the Idaho Air National Guard is providing personnel and equipment to staff road closures. The Air Guard will provide a hoist capable medevac helicopter for the incident. The structures lost have been a point of contention, however, after analysis of the data received, today’s figures have been corrected.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 20 mph W
Temperature 68 degrees
Humidity 25%
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