For Immediate Release: September 9, 2012 8:00 a.m.
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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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
Injuries to Date: 13
Structures Lost: 4 Outbuildings Lost: 9
Cost to Date: $38,197,867
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/.