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Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 27 Morning Boise NF Fire Update

 One new fire, called the Curlew Fire, started last night in the Anderson Ranch Reservoir area, specifically in a remote area in the upper Curlew Creek drainage.  It is less than ¼ acre and will be staffed this morning with helicopter rappel firefighters.  Lightning occurred last night in the Pine and Featherville areas.  Lookouts and air detection flights will search today for new fire starts.

Cougar Fire (1,237 acres; 85% contained, 200 personnel) – After successful burn out operations over the past few days, the fire perimeter has not changed.  There is a fire line around the entire fire perimeter and hose lines surround most of the fire. There are an estimated 24 miles of hose lines! 

Hot burning areas, such as snags and unburned pockets of vegetation within the fires interior, remain a concern if high winds develop which could scatter hot embers outside the containment lines. The west flank is very secure as firefighters have mopped up 300 feet into the burn.  Crews and other resources continue to be slowly released to support other fires. A Burned Area Emergency Response team currently is assessing the burned area.

Citizens at the community meeting yesterday at the North Shore Lodge fully support the work done to date. The Warm Lake Highway 22 is open but continues to have impaired visibility at times due to smoke that is both local and from the two fires north of Cascade.


The area closure, west of Warm Lake, remains in effect. The fire is about 20 miles northeast of Cascade. Specific information on road conditions and Forest closure is available at:http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4541.


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place for the Boise National Forest.  Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is prohibited except within an agency designated recreation site and only within an agency provided structure, Further information is available at: Boise National Forest web site, or athttp://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html