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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Payette Fire Update - Missouri Fire, July 29th

Missouri FIre
Saturday, 29 July 2017
Contact Fire Information:  208.634.0820

Start Date
Cause
Size
Crews
Helicopters
Engines
Total Personnel
July 15
Lightning
1,277 acres
5
3
2
256

Tomorrow the management of the Missouri Fire will be transitioned from Great Basin Type 2 Team 4 over to a Type 3 Incident Management Team out of Wyoming.  The Incident Command Post at Cox Ranch on Johnson Creek Road will be dismantled and a new camp will be established at the Krassel Work Center on the South Fork of the Salmon.  The incoming team is smaller and is more appropriate for the size and complexity of the incident at this time.  The Type 3 Team will take over all aspects of the management of the fire while still working with the Payette National Forest to ensure that all objectives are being met, including restoring forest health by enabling fire to play its natural role in the landscape.

Yesterday started out clear and clouds quickly developed by mid-day, culminating in a light rain on the fire.  Today drier air is moving into the area; however, there is still a 20% chance for afternoon thunderstorms.  Temperatures will top out in the low 80s with humidity in the high teens to low 20s.  Winds will be light.

Crews are still working on fuel reduction on the Warren-Profile Gap Road and around Forest Service sites and structures in Edwardsburg and Big Creek.  A large chipping operation is taking place on the Warren-Profile Gap Road, and in turn, is blocking the road.  Because of this, the road closure will continue at a minimum through the weekend.  With the decreased threat to Edwardsburg, Valley County will no longer serve in Unified Command with the Incident Management Team.

Evacuation Status:  Level 1 evacuations are still in place for Edwardsburg/Big Creek, primarily due to the work taking place 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.