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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mile Marker 14 Final Update

This will be the final update for the incident unless significant activity occurs.
Released 7/25/16:
Boise, ID – Despite triple digit heat, gusty winds and single digit humidity, firefighters made excellent progress on fire line construction over the past 24 hours. On Sunday July 24th, hotshot crews finalized line construction and secured the fire perimeter from Lucky Peak summit, towards the high bridge at Lucky Peak Reservoir. Engines continued to mop up and patrol the southern portion of the fire while bulldozers began rehabilitating the dozer line put in during initial attack. The fire has reached 100% control.


Internal smoke may still be visible from Highway 21 during the daylight hours as small islands of grass, sage and timber on the northern portion of the fire continue to smolder. Crews will continue to mop up and monitor these areas of heat. “There will continue to be a firefighter presence on the Mile Marker 14 Fire as crews continue to mop up hot spots and patrol the fire perimeter. However, as fire objectives are met we will begin to release vital resources to assist fire suppression activities on neighboring incidents.” said Incident Commander Steve Jimenez.


Highway 21 continues to be open in both directions near the fire impacted area.  The public is encouraged to slow down and use caution as they travel through the burned area due to continuing work by fire crews along the roadway from Mile Marker 13 north to the high bridge on Highway 21. In addition, the public is reminded to drive safely as they may encounter a variety of fire fighting equipment traveling the Highway 21 corridor as they transition to other incidents.


As a fire prevention measure, remember to check all equipment, keep up on required maintenance, and inspect your vehicle regularly to minimize breakdowns/mechanical failure in fire prone areas.