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Tuesday, August 2, 2016


EASTERN IDAHO WILDFIRE UPDATE

Fire weather for today is sunny, nearly steady temperatures and humilities.  Patchy smoke in the morning.  Tonight, partly cloudy.  Red Flag Warning in effect for low humidity and gusty winds from noon today to 9 PM this evening. Outlook:  August 9th – August 15th,   temperatures to be near normal with precipitation below normal.
 
Resources are currently responding to smoke report near Twin Springs Campground, Northeast of Holbrook, ID on Hess Road.  Three engines and a dozer are responding.
 
Last night resources responded to the Ross Fork Fire, 4 miles East of Fort Hall, ID.  Cause of this 45-acre fire is still under investigation.  Fort Hall and the Bureau of Land Management came together under a unified command.  The fire was contained at 9 PM and control is estimated at 6 PM tonight.  Chubbuck Fire Department responded with two brush trucks, Fort Hall responded with 2 engines and a water tender and federal resources included five engines, two dozers, a water tender, air attack and a load of retardant from two single engine air tankers (SEATS).

No significant changes to the two managed fires by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

The Big Elk Fire is still estimated at 2 acres.  The resources currently assigned to the fire are performing assessments and pretreatments of trailheads and other infrastructure and resources in the fire area.  A web camera was placed on an opposing ridge for fire managers to constantly view the fire behavior throughout the daylight hours. Resources:  1 Engines, 10 Total Personnel   Start Date:  7/26        Cause:  Under Investigation

The Lanes Creek Fire continues to burn about 9 air miles west of Freedom, Wyoming.  Fire staff on the CTNF are managing the fire to meet multiple objectives, including allowing fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem by removing dense conifers and encouraging aspen regeneration.  A web camera allows fire personnel to monitor the fire constantly, while firefighters on the ground have completed pre-treatments to minimize the fire’s potential impact to state and private lands.  The fire has shown little activity since the last mapped perimeter of 116 acres.  Limited resources are assigned to the fire; however, managers are prepared to increase the staffing to meet the needs of the incident.  An Emergency Closure Order is in effect, closing the Lau Creek Trail from the Pine Bar Campground to the confluence of Brush Creek.

 Resources:  1 10-person fuels crew, 10 Total Personnel       Start Date:  6/30         Cause: Lightning

Additional wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.comOne less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.