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Saturday, July 28, 2018

MM73 HWY55 Fire Evening Update - July 28th


(Boise) – Progress continued today towards total containment of the Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 fire near Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. While firefighters strengthened already existing firelines on the entire perimeter, most of the effort was focused on the NE flank of the fire.

Crews worked at finding any hotspots that occurred during burnout operations and conducted extensive mop up procedures to ensure lines are secure. An Initial Attack Group has been identified in order to rapidly address any new fires starting in and around the fire area. As resources begin to transition to fireline repair and removing equipment from secured areas of the fire, motorists may encounter higher numbers of fire vehicles and people working on or near the highway. Please use extra caution and reduce speeds if you encounter them.

Additionally, drivers should be aware of rolling rocks and debris on the highway. The terrain is steep and rocky, and crews have reported that rocks and vegetation on the steep slopes have become unstable due to fire activity. These loose rocks have the potential to roll down onto the highway below. It is imperative for the safety of our firefighters and the public traveling on Highway 55 near the fire area to proceed with extreme caution. Aviation resources will also continue to be utilized to support firefighters on the ground for the Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Fire.

Traffic on the highway or on the river corridor may want to stop and view the aerial operations but are reminded that stopping along the roadway or under flight paths can be hazardous and poses a direct threat to public safety. Please keep moving, and do not stop to view the helicopters working. The fire weather forecast today continues to call for hot and dry conditions with temperatures in the upper 90s and single digit humidity, which will increase the potential for a fire activity. Any source of ignition can and will ignite a wildfire, so ensure trailer chains are not sparking and any hot material is disposed of properly.

Size: ​4,653 acres and 
Percent Contained:​ 80%