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Monday, July 30, 2018

Lodgepole Fire management team ramping down

Emmett, Idaho, July 30, 2018 -- As firefighting crews successfully mop-up remaining hot spots and secure containment lines around the Lodgepole Fire, located about 14 miles north of Crouch, resources are being scaled back. On July 26, a local Type 4 Incident Management Team took over fire suppression efforts and are currently overseeing 36 firefighters being supported by one helicopter and two engines.
The fire remains at 1,616 acres and is 80 percent contained. Full containment expected around Aug. 20.
An area closure remains in place for public and firefighter safety. The road to Silver Creek Plunge remains open, as does the Plunge itself and area Forest Service campgrounds.
“Firefighters are feeling good about the progress made and that the fire will remain in the box we have around it, but predicted temperature increases and winds associated with passing storm cells will test our containment lines,” said Emmett District Ranger Richard Newton. “Although resources have been reduced to match our progress, fire personnel will continue to patrol and monitor the fireline. I anticipate that we will be monitoring this incident until we receive enough moisture to completely extinguish the fire.”
The Lodgepole Fire originally was a prescribed fire ignited April 24. Pockets of smoldering heat in heavy fuels, combined with hot and dry weather, resulted in a creeping fire causing smoke to settle into nearby Crouch and threatened to grow outside the project boundary. It was declared a wildfire July 14.
To view closure area maps online, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5929/
For more information contact Mike Williamson, Acting Public Affairs Officer, 208-373-4105.