Location: 8 miles west of White Bird, ID
Jurisdiction: Craig Mountain Fire Protection District
Cooperating Agencies: Other cooperating entities include the United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Idaho County
Incident Commander: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT)
Current Size: Approximately 2,600 acres
Strategy: Full Suppression
Structures Threatened: 30
Structures Lost: 0
Structure Protection: Ongoing
Previous 24 hours: The fire doubled in size overnight. Fire activity was extreme in Getta Creek and firefighters focused on structure protection. Yesterday, around noon the fire behavior became so erratic that fire crews had to change tactics and move from structure protection to constructing fire line. Helicopters and retardant ships successfully protected the structures and suppressed three spot fires that had crossed Getta Creek to the north.
Planned Actions: Firefighting conditions in the Highrange Fire remain extremely challenging because of high temperatures, low humidities, steep ground, tight canyons and homes in the area. Fuels are primarily grass, though today the fire will be moving into heavier timber. As conditions permit, crews will again focus on protecting structures in the Getta Creek area and line construction in both Getta Creek and Joseph Plains. Tenatively, the incident management team will host a public meeting in Whitebird at 7:00 pm at the local Whitebird High School.
Special Messages/Closures: The Stage 3 evacuation for Getta Creek remains and residents should leave immediately. The Stage 2 evacuation remains in place for people living south of Scully Creek Road on Joseph Plains. Residents in this area should be ready to leave at a moments notice. No Closures are in place. Residents and recreationalists living in and/or visiting the area are encouraged to stay informed of the changing conditions. We appreciate the the public’s help in assisting with our efforts by reducing their speed when traveling roads in the affected area(s).