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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Mesa Fire Update - August 14th



Rabbit Foot Fire Update - August 14th AM



Chesterfield Fire 8.14.2018 AM Update


For Immediate Release: August 14, 2018 8:30 a.m.
Contact: Fort Hall Emergency Operations Center, 208-237-0137

Chesterfield Fire Update
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info
(#ChesterfieldFire)


Start Date: 08/13/2018 early morning

Location and Jurisdiction: Approximately 1 mile north of Chesterfield Reservoir on Fort Hall Reservation. Has now burned onto private and BLM lands.

Cause: Under investigation

Fire Size: estimated 2,500 acres

Percent Contained: 50%, containment estimated for 8/15/18
  
Fire Behavior: Fire is creeping, but expected to pick up as the day heats up.

Structures Threatened:  No structures threatened

Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass and brush in steep terrain.

Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 2 brush trucks, 9 smokejumpers and 3 dozers. Ordering air resources for the day.

Evacuations:  No evacuations.

Closures:  No closures.

Summary: The Chesterfield Fire started the morning of 8/13/2018 approximately one mile north of Chesterfield Reservoir on Fort Hall Reservation. Fire managers report that there is line around a large portion of the fire, but the south, southeast portion of the fire is in steep, difficult terrain for firefighters to access. Fire behavior subsided overnight due to lower temperatures and high humidities allowing firefighters and dozers to get indirect line around the southeast corner of the fire. Today, firefighters and dozers will work to secure the fire perimeter and complete line around the south portion of the fire. Fire activity is expected to pick up as the day heats up with most of the fire activity occurring on the south, southeast portion of the fire.  

Monday, August 13, 2018

Rabbit Foot Fire Update - August 13 PM

Summary: Great Basin Incident Management Team 2 (GBT2), Tony DeMasters, Incident Commander, assumed control at 0600 this morning. Today’s firefighting efforts focused on maximizing limited resources to set-up for future success. Crews are using roads, natural features, and changing fuel types to help establish anchor points as well as constructing indirect fire lines. The Silver Creek Road on the western flank is being improved, using feller-bunchers to cut and remove timber and other heavy fuel. Existing fire scars are also being utilized as potential areas to anchor firelines and provide opportunities for greater success to engage the fire. This change of vegetation can be advantageous to suppression efforts, moderating fire behavior and allowing for more favorable conditions. Firefighter and public safety remain the top priority of this incident.

The public may see engines taking structure assessments far away from the fireline as a contingency measure for future planning, however, these communities are not currently threatened.
 
The fire continued to burn aggressively today in a northeast direction, and large columns of smoke were visible late afternoon and into the evening.  While at the time of this report, the reported acreage remains the same as this morning’s update, but a substantial increase is expected tomorrow after the expected Infrared mapping flight tonight.

Weather: High temperatures into the mid-80s, low relative humidity 12-15%, and SW winds 8-15 mph with gusts to 25 will continue to produce active fire behavior throughout the area.

Closures: Stage One Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest and Bureau of Land Management, as well as the State. Fire related road/area/trail/campground closure orders remain in effect.  For more information go to Inciweb or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/).  Closures may expand due to new fire growth.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for non-incident aircraft including drones remain in effect. Pilots see NOTAM #8/6037.

Rattlesnake Fire Update - Firefighter Injuries

Yesterday evening, two crew members from the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew were injured by a burning snag while conducting fire suppression activities on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire, burning near Pollock, Idaho on the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest.

The two firefighters were moved from the fire line to awaiting ambulances that transported them to a hospital in McCall, Idaho. Both firefighters were treated and released from the hospital.  One was released to go home and the other will be taken to a burn facility in Salt Lake City for additional care.

The Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew is an experienced hand crew trained to work in steep, rugged terrain. Their preparation, combined with the advanced planning and qualified Incident Management Team medical personnel on scene, resulted in a safe extraction that was well implemented.

We send our thoughts for a speedy and safe recovery to the firefighters and thank the local community for continued support of the firefighters who remain engaged in managing the Rattlesnake Creek Fire.

For updates regarding the Rattlesnake Creek Fire, please visit the following links:
Facebook: @RattlesnakeCreekFire

Chesterfield Fire


For Immediate Release: August 13, 2018 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Fort Hall Emergency Operations Center, 208-237-0137

Chesterfield Fire Update
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info
(#ChesterfieldFire)


Start Date: 08/13/2018 morning
Location and Jurisdiction: North of Chesterfield Reservoir on Fort Hall Reservation and a small portion of State land

Cause: Under investigation

Fire Size: estimated 1,500 acres

Percent Contained: 30%, containment estimated for 8/14/18 at 9 p.m.
  
Fire Behavior: Running and very active. Moving to the east.

Structures Threatened:  No structures threatened

Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass and brush in steep terrain.

Fire Crews/Resources: 6 engines, 3 dozers, 3 single air tankers, 2 heavy air tankers, 1 helicopter and 2 fireboss planes.

Evacuations:  No evacuations.

Closures:  No closures.

Summary: The Chesterfield Fire started the morning of 8/13/2018 approximately one mile north of Chesterfield Reservoir on Fort Hall Reservation. Fire managers report that there is line around a large portion of the fire, but the east, southeast portion of the fire is in steep, difficult terrain for firefighters to access. The east, southeast portion of the fire is very active and burning in the Rocky Canyon area. Multiple retardant and water drops are being made to slow the fire’s progress. Planes and helicoptors are scooping water from the Chesterfield Reservoir.


Mile Marker 319 Fire Update - August 13th



The fire was reported on August 10 at 7:30 P.M. east of Highway 95, West of Hatwai Creek, at the top of the Lewiston Grade. Fire size was estimated to be about 166 acres.

No evacuations were required.


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions continue to be in effect for this area as of Friday, 8/10. Stage 1 Restrictions prohibits the building of any campfires outside of a permanent agency owned fire structure as well as smoking. Smoking: prohibits smoking except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Update - August 13th


Mesa Fire Update - August 13th




Rabbit Foot Fire Update - August 13th AM