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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Motorway Complex and Jay Point-Boulder Update 8/30 am

Motorway Complex                      Jay Point Fire               Boulder Fire
Date Started: 8/14                         Date Started: 8/17         Date Started: 8/11
Cause: lightning                              Cause: lightning           Cause: lightining 
Size: 17,154 acres                         Size: 3,753 acres          Size: 4,279 acres
Containment: 40%                         Containment: 0%         Containment: 0%
Personnel: 540                              Personnel: 106             Personnel: 30
Cooperating Agencies: U.S. Forest Service, Idaho County, Idaho Department of Lands, Idaho State Police, Idaho Transportation Department, Idaho County Light & Power, Clearwater County
A Public Meeting will be held Today, August 30 at 5 p.m. at the Three Rivers Resort and Motel at Lowell, Idaho.

Weather:  Moisture yesterday reduced fire behavior. The western area of the complex received a tenth of an inch of rain, and Jay Point and Boulder areas received hundredth of an inch of rain. Cooler air is expected to move into the area, today bringing a renewed chance of rain. Relative humidity will remain higher, ranging from 40 to 60 percent.

 Wood Rat: Firefighters will take advantage of the change in weather and begin constructing direct hand line in areas where possible. The main focus of today’s operations will be on securing residences north of Highway 12 near Mile Marker 85 and Reflection Inn where the fire backed down the hill. Firefighters will continue to work on connecting a fireline from the Suttler Creek Road down to Highway 12. Resources will shift today to the southern areas of the fire where most private residences are located.

Slide Fire:  A heavy equipment task force will begin to construct indirect contingency line should the fire continue to move toward Lowell. Due to successful firing operationsFriday, firefighters will be able to construct direct fire line in the northwest area of the fire. Helicopters will continue to support ground resources in this effort. Structure protection will remain in place around the Fenn Ranger Station. Rolling debris and snags remain a concern for protecting structures. Thirty-two plastic culverts along the Selway road were damaged due to the fire activity. The National Forest will begin replacement of these culverts today.

Jay Point and Boulder Fires:  Feller Bunchers and other heavy equipment are being used to open up the 5646 Road above Powell as a way to access the fire. A short video of how a feller buncher assists in fire operations can be seen at this linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0IzqRBl8PM . Today’s operations will focus on constructing fireline from Social Corner to the east along the Tom Buell Road to stop the fire’s movement toward Powell and Western Pacific timber lands. Firefighters will continue to work on the Boulder fire. Crews are doing prep work which entails thinning, trimming and debris removal,around Lolo Hot Springs should the fire burn into Montana.