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Friday, July 27, 2018

MM73 HWY55 Fire Update - July 27th


The Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Fire near Gardena showed little movement to the east overnight due to cooler overnight temperatures and higher humidities found along the Payette River Corridor. Crews continued to work through the night constructing fire line along the eastern perimeter while mopping up the southern area along Highway 55.  Today, crews will continue to construct fire line to the east with support from water dropping helicopters which will continue to take advantage of the main Payette River and its close proximity to the fire area. 
 
At 6:00 am this morning, Great Basin Incident Management Team #2 (DeMasters) will assume command of the Mile Marker 73 Highway 55. The addition of the incident management team to the fire will secure additional personnel and equipment which will allow local resources to be released for other initial attack activity in their local response area.

Highway 55 is reopened with a pilot car leading traffic, alternating directions using one lane. With weekend traffic, long delays of over 60 minutes are expected throughout the weekend. The public is also reminded that numerous hazards exist along Highway 55 including fire personnel, helicopters dipping water from the river and the possibility of falling rock and debris loosened by the fire. Drivers need to be aware of the possible hazards and drive with caution.

The fire was reported Wednesday, July 25th, at approximately 4 P.M.  The cause is under investigation.