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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Command changes on West Scriver Fire

BOISE, Idaho –The West Scriver Fire is now estimated to be approximately 500 acres. The growth in the fire is attributed to remapping the perimeter to include all the spots that occurred yesterday. There currently are 3 dozers, 1 water tender, 1 engine, 1 hotshot crew and 4 Type 2 crews, supported by multiple air resources. 135 firefighters are on-scene. A Type 2 incident management team was ordered yesterday and will briefed this afternoon and take over the fire. Smoke can be seen from Hwy 55 near Smiths Ferry and from the Garden Valley/Crouch area.

Fire behavior observed yesterday included isolated tree torching and ¼ to ½ mile spotting ahead of the main fire. With low relative humidity recovery fire behavior remained active through the night. Gusty outflow winds, extremely dry fuel conditions, snags and rough terrain continue to make firefighting efforts difficult.  Firefighters were able to establish an anchor point and start working on the left flank of the fire.

The fire is located approximately 13 miles north of Crouch, Idaho. It is approximately half on Idaho Department of Lands’ (IDL) state endowment lands. The other half is on Boise National Forest lands. The fire is being managed by the Southern Idaho Timber Protection Association (SITPA). The incident team will provide strong integrated leadership across the fire, which will likely be burning for several days.

The Wolf Fire grew somewhat last night, now at approximately 52 acres. The fire is located 8 miles east of Jackson Peak and about 1 mile west of the Sawtooth Wilderness. Two Interagency Hot Shot crews and eight smoke jumpers are tackling the fire, for a total of 48 personnel.

The only active fire in the Forest is the Bridge Fire, near Silver Creek Lookout, contained yesterday at 2:00 PM.