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Monday, August 24, 2015

Cougar Fire Suppression Activity Increases

BOISE, Idaho – One new fire was tackled yesterday, the Toll Fire nine miles northeast of Boise. Preliminary mapping indicates it is 5 acres in size, with firefighters planning to have dug a hand line completely around it by tonight.

The winds now are light as an upper level ridge builds over Idaho. Warm Lake Highway 22 is open but continues to have low 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 highway could be closed at any time by the Valley County Sheriff if fire activity increases. 

Cougar Fire (832 acres; 48% contained, 411 personnel) – The containment line along the edge of the fire closest to Warm Lake Highway 22 has held up well despite some windy days. Helicopters will be utilized today to drop water on the fire’s still-hot eastern flank. The fire’s southeastern flank has entered the area burned in 2007, keeping the fire on the forest floor and improving suppression.

Light winds are expected to assist a larger helicopter contingent deliver water onto the fire’s interior hot spots and along the eastern flank.  Yesterday’s arrival of 80 firefighters prompted the move of a remote spike camp to a more suitable location that shortens daily travel times and thus improves safety. The fire is about 20 miles northeast of Cascade. Specific information on road conditions and the 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, orhttp://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html 

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a state-wide burn ban. They are requesting that the public curtail campfires and all burning outside of fire suppression activities.

Map link showing contained and uncontained fire lines: