#TrinityRidge #IDFire Idaho City Community Meeting, Friday at 5 PM ^NH

The Alaska Interagency Type 1 Team is hosting a community meeting at Bison Elementary School in Idaho City on Friday, September 7, at 5 p.m. Residents are encouraged to come meet the team and have questions answered.

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#TrinityRidge #IDFire Afternoon Update ^NH

Current Situation:

Firefighting efforts on the Trinity Ridge Fire will be consolidated under the Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team lead by Incident Commander Tom Kurth.

The Boise National Forest has reduced the size of the closure area around the fire. The revised area closure 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/

Northern Portion of the Fire Area:

Firefighters continue to build contingency lines on the northern portion of the fire. Suppression repair continues along the western edge, following the suppression repair plan.

The Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team will hold a community meeting in Idaho City at the Basin Elementary School on Friday, September 7 at 5:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for the public to meet fire management officials from the Alaska team and receive current updates on the fire situation.

Southern Portion of the Fire Area:

Progress continues as more fireline is declared contained and the fire operation moves towards patrol and monitor status. This has led to a modification of the area closure and the opening of the Pine-Featherville road, as well as the road to Baumgartner campgroud, to all traffic beginning at 7 a.m. today.

The corridor from Pine to Featherville and up Cayuse Creek will now be in patrol status from the road. Air resources will be monitoring areas of the fire, as some uncontrolled line exists in the Boiler Grade Creek area along Road 126. To the south and west, crews will need one more day of mop-up in the Green Creek basin before turning the area from Trinity Lakes down to the South Fork Boise River over to patrol status by aircraft. Fire crews continue rehabilitation efforts on dozer and hand lines, as well as slash chipping, road grading and snag falling.

Beth Lund, Incident Commander for Great Basin Team #1, wants to thank all those that have made this effort a success. She would like to specifically thank the Sheriff’s Department, Idaho National Guard, and the local residents for their patience and support.

 

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human
Date of Origin Friday August 03rd, 2012 approx. 01:14 PM
Location 2 miles Northwest of Featherville, ID
Incident Commander Kurth

Current Situation

Total Personnel 978
Size 145,788 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 drainages to the confluence of the North Fork of the Boise River and the Middle Fork of the Boise River with creeping, smoldering, and backing fire… Trinity Ridge: Fire continues to back and flank in unsecured areas and interior islands. Heavy fuels continue to burn out. Fire activity picks up after the inversion lifts around noon and isolated torching occurs where winds and slope align. The perdominant fire spread is towards Green Creek(south). Fire behavior is minimal where it runs into older burns.
Significant Events Trinity Ridge West: Division B/C, Continue to monitor slop over in Division C in the Middle Fork. Continue to mop up south of Middle Fork in Division J. Continue to mop up and secure in big 5, Repeat, Pete, and Sheep Creek drainages. Patrol and support crews. Contingency Group continue construction of contingency line north to Rabbit Creek. Minimal impact, brush out one chain, minimal tree removal and limb large trees. Structure Group monitor Pine Creek Fire and stage for inital attack. Suppression Repair coordinate with forestry and operations for work on the west side of the fire following the suppression repair plan. Trinity Ridge: Type 1 crews making good progress in mopping and securing control line in Divisions A, S, W, and X. Monitor rehab of control lines in most divisions. Rehab and road clearing operations are continuing. Area closures remain in effect.

Outlook

Planned Actions Trinity Ridge West: Division B: Prep Middle Fork road from fire scar southwest towards Sheep Rock drainage. Use T1 aircraft to slow fire progression towards Middle Fork River. In the Big 5, Repeat and Pete drainages, crews will cold trail and mop up from H56 toward roaring river A/B Break. Division C: Patrol and mop up burnout along hand line and Middle Fork River Contingency Group: Continue prep of contingency line. Limb and thin ladder fuels to 1 chain deep from line (greater if needed). Brush access roads, helispots and safety zones where needed. Identify sections of lines not accessible to engines or skidgines and plan for hose lays. Division E/J: Unstaffed. Rehab Group: Use rehab plan standards on areas designated by forest. Structure Group: Work with local officials to establish structure protection plan as approved by OPS Road Group: Keep roads maintained for incident use… Trinity Ridge: Improve and mop up controlled line in Div. A, S, W, and X to secure the south flank. Continue rehab of control lines. Air resources are still needed fot fire suppression on uncontrolled line, securing controlled line and backhaul of equipment. Forest highway 61 will open to the public but the area closure will remain in place. This closure will be amended in near future.
Growth Potential Remains extreme if fire escapes containment lines.
Terrain Difficulty High
Remarks Trinity Ridge West: All structures identified as threatened are in Boise County. The Idaho Air National Guard is providing personnel and equipment to staff road closures and provide a hoist capable medevac helicopter for the incident… Trinity Ridge: The Trinity Ridge incident is in Unified command with the Elmore County Sheriffs Office. The Idaho National Guard is providing personnel and equipment to staff numerous road checkpoints and provide a hoist capable medevac helicopter for the incident.
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#TrinityRidge #IDFire Incident Overview ^NH

Incident Overview

The Trinity Ridge Fire is increasingly slowing, cooling and diminishing in intensity.

Along the western flank of the fire, crews are continuing to prepare the Middle Fork Road for the fire’s approach. Helicopters are being used to slow the fire’s movement toward the Middle Fork of the Boise River. Hotshot crews have completed firelines in the Pete, Repeat, Big Five and Sheep Creek drainages and are shifting their work to securing the fire edge and mopping up.

On the northern side, fire activity in West Warrior Peak is being patrolled and monitored by air. Crews are also using brush-shredding equipment to finish a contingency fireline from Thorn Creek Butte to Rabbit Creek Summit.

In the southern quadrant of the fire, crews have secured the flank and are now mopping up and monitoring the fire. Helicopters will continue to cool hotspots in isolated areas where the fire skipped pockets of fuel. Overall, the southern and eastern flanks of the fire are looking increasingly secure.

Weather conditions today are expected to continue to be warm and dry over the fire area. Winds today are going to be calmer after the passage of yesterday’s front.

The Alaska Type 1 incident management team will hold a community meeting in Idaho City at the Basin Elementary School on Friday, September 7 at 5:00 p.m. Today’s community meeting in Pine will be the final scheduled informational meeting for the Pine and Featherville areas.
The Boise National Forest is reducing the size of the closure area around the fire, effective Thursday, September 6. Details will be posted on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/ For a map of the current Closure, go here: 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 2 miles Northwest of Featherville, ID
Incident Commander Lund And Kurth

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,181
Size 145,787 acres
Percent Contained 56%
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 : Overall, fire activity has diminished. Fire behavior is minimal where it runs into old burns. Some interior islands of fuel continue to burn. The only significant heat shown by the infrared flight last night was in the extreme north end of the fire.
Significant Events: West side: Crews are now mopping up fire and securing the edges in tributaries of Middle Fork of Boise River. Southwest side: Mopping up and using helicopters to cool fire in pockets of unburned fuel. South and east sides: mop-up. North side: low fire activity; fire being monitored by air.

Outlook: 

Planned Actions: Hand crews are shifting to mop-up and monitoring fire in Sheep, Pete, Repeat, and Big Five creek drainages. Lines west of Featherville and Pine are in mop-up status. Secure other divisions and backhaul equipment no longer needed.
Growth Potential: Remains extreme if fire escapes containment lines.
Terrain Difficulty: High
Remarks: Residents only allowed into Featherville with proof of residency. The Trinity Ridge Fire is being managed under two Type 1 Incident Management Teams (Kurth and Lund), but the fire management activity is being summarized here. The Trinity Ridge Incident is in Unified Command with the Elmore County Sherriff’s Office. The Idaho National Guard is providing personnel and equipment to staff numerous check points. Containment percent up to 56% today.

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#TrinityRidge #IDFire Area Closure ^NH

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FOREST SERVICE
BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
MOUNTAIN HOME RANGER DISTRICT
IDAHO CITY RANGER DISTRICT

AREA CLOSURE

Trinity Ridge Fire – Revision #6

For Public Safety

PROHIBITIONS:

Pursuant to 36 CFR � 261.50 (a) and (b), the following act is prohibited on all lands as described in this order, all within the Mountain Home and Idaho City Ranger Districts, Boise National Forest. This Order will be in effect on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 0700 and shall remain in effect until further notice.

·1. Going into or being upon an Area. 36 CFR 261.52(e)

EXEMPTIONS:

Pursuant to 36 CFR � 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this order:

·1. Persons with a special use authorization or other Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this Order;

·2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty; and

·3. Federal or State administrative personnel in the performance of an official duty.

·4. When given permission by a road guard, owners of private property may travel through the closure area on pre-determined routes, for the sole purpose of ingress and egress of their private property.

·5. When given permission by a road guard, Twin Springs owners and their guests may travel from Slide Gulch to the Twin Springs Resort for the sole purpose of ingress and egress.

AREA DESCRIPTION:

The Trinity Ridge Fire Closure Area (including all roads and trails within the fire area) is described as beginning at the intersection of Forest Highway 61 (A.K.A. Pine-Featherville Road) and the Sawtooth and Boise National Forest boundary (A.K.A. the intersection of Sawtooth NFS Road 227 and the Sawtooth and Boise National Forest Boundary), located at Township 3 North, Range 10 East, Section 11; then continuing Northerly along the Boise National Forest and Sawtooth National Forest boundary to the intersection with National Forest System (NFS) Trail 064 (A.K.A. Trail Creek Trail), located at Township 4 North, Range 11 East, Section 2; then continuing Northerly along (and excluding) NFS Trail 064 to its intersection with NFS Road 289 (at Trail Creek Trailhead) located at Township 5 North, Range 11 East, Section 16; then continuing Northerly along (and excluding) NFS Road 289 (A.K.A. Yuba River Road) to the junction of NFS Roads 289 and 268 (A.K.A. Middle Fork Boise River Road), located at Township 5 North, Range 11 East, Section 4; then continuing Westerly along (and excluding) NFS Road 268 to where the road crosses the Middle Fork Boise River (at the Atlanta Power Station), located at Township 5 North, Range 11 East, Section 5; then continuing Westerly along the Southern edge of the Middle Fork Boise River to a point directly South from the NFS Trail 053 trailhead (A.K.A Black Warrior Creek Trailhead), located at Township 6 North, Range 10 East, Section 32; then due North across the river and NFS Road 268 to the NFS Trail 053 trailhead; then continuing Northerly along (and excluding) NFS Trail 053 to the junction of NFS Trail 051, located at Township 6 North, Range 10 East, Section 11; then continuing Northwesterly along (and excluding) NFS Trails 051 and 052 to the intersection of NFS Trails 052 and 050, located at Township 7 North, Range 10 East, Section 19; then continuing Northeasterly along (and excluding) NFS Trail 050 to its junction of NFS Trail 057 (A.K.A. North Fork Boise to Johnson Creek Trail), located at Township 7 North, Range 10 East, Section 21; then continuing Westerly along (and excluding) NFS Trail 057 to the junction with NFS Road 348 (A.K.A. Bear River Road), located at Township 7 North, Range 9 East, Section 28; then continuing Northwesterly along (and excluding) NFS Road 348 to the junction of NFS Roads 348 and 384 (A.K.A. Crooked River Road), located at Township 7 North, Range 8 East, Section 8; then continuing Northwesterly along (and excluding) NFS Road 384 to its junction with Idaho State Highway 21, located at Township 7 North, Range 7 East, Section 10; then continuing Southwesterly along the Southeastern edge of Idaho State Highway 21 (excluding the access roads and campground boundaries of Edna Creek Campground, Hayfork Campground, Bad Bear Picnic Area, and Ten Mile Campground) to Ten Mile Campground located at Township 7 North, Range 6 East, Section 35; then directly Southeast to the Southeastern edge of Mores Creek; then Southwesterly along (and excluding) Mores Creek to a point where NFS Road 304 (A.K.A. Pine Creek Road) crosses over Mores Creek, located at Township 6 North, Range 5 East, Section 36; then continuing Southeasterly along (and including) NFS Road 304 to the junction of NFS Roads 304 and 203, located at Township 5 North, Range 6 East, Section 22; then continuing Southwesterly along (and including) NFS Road 203 to the junction of NFS Road 203 and NFS Road 377 (A.K.A. Cottonwood Creek Road) located at Township 4 North, Range 5 East, Section 10; then Southerly along (but excluding) NFS Road 377 to the junction of NFS Road 268 (A.K.A. Forest Highway 82 – Middle Fork Boise River Road) located at Township 3 North, Range 5 East, Section 2; then Easterly along (but excluding) NFS Road 268 to the junction of Forest Road 213 (A.K.A. Slide Gulch) located at Township 4 North, Range 6 East, Section 28; then Southeasterly along (but excluding) Forest Road 213 to the junction of NFS Road 217 located at Township 3 North, Range 6 East, Section 24; then Easterly along (and including) NFS Road 217 to the Devils Creek Trailhead located at Township 3 North, Range 8 East, Section 14; then Northerly along (and including) NFS Trail 128, becoming NFS Trail 127 to its junction with NFS Trail 126 located at Township 3 North, Range 7 East, Section 1; then Southerly along (and including) NFS Trail 126 to the junction of NFS Trail 125 located at Township 3 North, Range 8 East, Section 17; then continuing Easterly along (and including) NFS Trail 125 to the junction of NFS Trail 125 and NFS Road 129 (AKA. Upper Lava Mountain Trailhead), located at Township 3 North, Range 8 East, Section 13; then continuing Southerly along (and including) NFS Road 129 to the junction of NFS Roads 128 and 129, located at Township 2 North, Range 9 East, Section 20; then continuing along (and including) NFS Road 128 to the junction of NFS Roads 128 and 123, located at Township 2 North, Range 9 East, Section 28; then Southeasterly, becoming Northerly along (and excluding) NFS Road 128 to its junction with Forest Highway 61 (A.K.A. Pine-Featherville Road) located at Township 2 North, Range 10 East, Section 30; then continuing Northerly along (and excluding) Forest Highway 61 back to the point of origin.

The above described Area (including all roads and trails within the Area) are located on National Forest System lands within the administrative and proclaimed boundaries of the Mountain Home and Idaho City Ranger Districts within the Boise National Forest.

PURPOSE:

The Area as described above, enter into an area with ongoing wildfire activity (Trinity Ridge Fire). This area is closed for public safety and protection from hazards associated with wildfire.

IMPLEMENTATION:

·1. This Order will be in effect on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 0800 and shall remain in effect until further notice.

·2. A map identifying the closure area is attached and made part of this Order.

·3. Violation of the above prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual, or $10,000.00 for an organization, and/or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months. 16 U.S.C. �551; 18 U.S.C. �� 3571(b)(6), 3581 (b)(7).

·4. This Order supersedes any previous Order(s) prohibiting the same, or similar acts prohibited by this Order in the areas (and/or roads, trails) covered by this Order.

·5. Further information regarding this Order may be obtained at the Mountain Home Ranger District located in Mountain Home, ID, telephone number (208) 587-7961, the Idaho City Ranger District located in Idaho City, ID, telephone number (208) 392-6681, and the Boise National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Boise, ID, telephone number (208) 373-4100

Done at Boise, ID this 5th day of September, 2012

/S/ Cecilia R. Seesholtz

CECILIA R. SEESHOLTZ

Forest Supervisor

Boise National Forest

Order Number: 0402-00-24

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