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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fire Activity increases on Wolf and West Scriver fires

BOISE, Idaho – High winds have increased fire activity on two of six fires on the Boise National Forest.

West Scriver is the largest of the fires at approximately 250 acres, and it continues to present some problems due to poor access and heavy timber. Increasingly warm weather may increase fire activity as the day progresses. Crews are attempting to construct hand line around the fire which requires cutting a path through the forest and then digging a trench. The fire is located approximately 13 miles north of Crouch Idaho. The fire is burning west-northwest and headed towards state and private lands. The West Scriver Fire transitioned to a Type 3 Incident Command at 4:00 PM yesterday. This will provide additional logistical support to the fire which will likely be burning for several days. 

The Wolf Fire increased from 8 acres and is now at 50 acres. The fire is located 8 miles east of Jackson Peak and about 1 mile west of the Sawtooth Wilderness. This fire also received the 30 mph winds that the other fires on the Boise National Forest received and created multiple spots on the ground. This fire is on very steep rugged terrain and is burning in thick fir stands. A second hot shot crew will be joining the other on-site firefighters today.  This crew was freed up by the successful suppression activities on the fires near the Silver Creek lookout.

The other 4 fires (Koppes, Bridge,Ucon and Peace) remain the same. Koppes and Peace fire have been called controlled as of 9:00 PM yesterday.

Bob Shindelar, Boise National Forest Fire Chief states, “There’s a lot of competition for firefighting resources across the Northwest, with fires in Idaho, California and Oregon.  Our success depends on us effectively using the resources we have on-hand for initial attack.”