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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jay Point Fire Update 8/26

Facts at a Glance
 Size:  3,225 acres                                                           Date Started:  08/17/2015       
 Percent Containment:  0%                                           Personnel Assigned: 152  Equipment:  9 engines,  6 dozers, 2 water tenders      
Cause: 
Lightning                                   Aircraft Assigned:  5 helicopters                                       
Cooperating Agencies: U.S. Forest Service; Idaho County

Weather: Today, an inversion suppressed fire activity at lower elevations in the Powell area.  Fire was more active at higher elevations.  High temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to upper 80s, humidity dropped to 14% on the ridges, and winds were westerly at 5 to 15 mph on the ridges.  Tomorrow, there is a slight chance of thunderstorms with dry lightning and associated high outflow winds.

Today’s actions: The fire was active today because it was above the inversion.  It also had higher winds and more solar heating than in the valley.  Crews worked on dozer and hand line construction and provided structure protection in the Powell Ranger Station area.

Tomorrow’s plans: Firefighters will continue with dozer and hand line construction.  They will also conduct firing operations to secure lines if conditions allow.

Smoke Concerns: People adversely affected by the smoke can find information about how to mitigate health hazards at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/ .