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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Missouri Fire Update - July 22nd

Saturday, 22 July 2017
Contact Fire Information:  208.634.0820

Start Date
Cause
Size
Crews
Helicopters
Engines
Total Personnel
July 15
Lightning
1,262 acres
12
6
5
403



The majority of the fire growth over the past two days has been to the northeast, up the Missouri Creek drainage, and within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.  Minimal fire activity was observed yesterday.  Moderate, terrain-driven winds caused some tree torching.  Generally, the fire continues to back down hill towards the Warren-Profile Gap Road.  Firefighters did not conduct their planned burnout operation yesterday because operational managers did not deem it necessary in light of the decreased fire growth.  The likelihood of it achieving the desired goals was very low.

The containment line stretching from Profile Creek southeast to Missouri Ridge is about halfway complete.  Firefighters anticipate good success in fully containing that section of fire perimeter very soon.  Because the Missouri Fire is being managed to achieve multiple objectives, including allowing fire to play its natural role in the wilderness area, full containment of the fire will not be reached until significant moisture reaches the fire area, likely this fall.  Areas of the fire outside of the wilderness will be contained, and the fire will be continually monitored by firefighters who will take necessary actions to limit damage to property, archaeological sites, infrastructure, and other values that may be threatened by the fire.

Valley County Sheriff’s Office continues to work in unified command with the Great Basin Incident Management Team 4.  They are evaluating the road closure and Level 1 evacuations enacted for Edwardsburg/ Big Creek on a daily basis.  The closure and evacuation notice will be lifted only when it is safe to do so for both the public and the firefighters. 

Evacuation Status:  Valley County has issued Level 1 evacuations for Edwardsburg/Big Creek, primarily due to the active fire along the principal access route into to the community.  To the north, the road is passable with high-clearance vehicles, UTVs, and motorcycles; trailers are not recommended.  Anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface should take time to consider what they would take in the event they did need to evacuate.  The Ready, Set, Go Program (www.wildlandfirersg.org) has helpful tips for preparation.  A simple way to remember necessities is with the 5 Ps:  People and Pets, Papers, Prescriptions, Pictures, and Personal Computers. 

Closures:  The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area.  Areas east of the Warren-Profile Gap Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek are closed.  Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb.  The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed. 

For more information:  Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest.  Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr.  Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest.  Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation.  And visit www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.