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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Payette Fire Information Update - Missouri Fire for July 27

Missouri FIre

Thursday, 27 July 2017
Contact Fire Information:  208.634.0820

Start Date
Cause
Size
Crews
Helicopters
Engines
Total Personnel
July 15
Lightning
1,277 acres
7
3
3
312

Isolated thunderstorms with measurable precipitation once again occurred over the region yesterday.  The afternoon high temperatures were only in the low 70s, with relative humidity in the 40s.  Wind gusts reached 10 – 15 miles per hour.  Today’s weather will be similar to yesterday’s. Isolated thunderstorms are possible again through the afternoon, with scattered storms continuing into the evening.  Temperatures will be lower than yesterday and relative humidity will be higher.

The fire size has remained at 1,277 acres for the past three days.  Fire activity has been limited to interior portions of the fire.  While growth has stalled, the fire is not fully contained.  It continues to smolder in heavy down fuels.  As the weather heats up again, the fuels will dry out and become more susceptible to additional growth.  The recent lightning bust has thus far started two new, small fires, both of which are being suppressed by Payette National Forest fire resources. 

Firefighters continue to work along the Warren-Profile Gap Road, removing trees and brush both to make the road more defendable should the fire move to the north and west again, and also to make the road more passable by large firefighting equipment.  Crews are working with chippers to pulverize the removed trees and brush. The benefit of chipping is that crews have the ability to spread the materials over a large area which decreases the fuel load. The alternative would be to create piles of slash that could then become additional fire hazards in the future. These chippers are parked on the Warren-Profile Gap, making travel difficult for even the firefighters working in the area.  For this reason, the road does remain closed despite the diminished fire threat along Profile Creek.

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 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. 

Closures:  The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area.  Areas east of the Warren-Profile 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.