#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.


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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