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.
|Date of Origin
||Friday August 03rd, 2012 approx. 01:14 PM
||7 miles Northwest of Featherville, ID
|Estimated Containment Date
||Monday October 01st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
||Timber: Lodgepole Pine, Sub-Alpine Fir, Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine
||Minimal fire behavior, smoldering with some single tree torching.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||20 mph SW
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