August 14, 2015 Morning Update
Fire Information: 877-608-4028
Start Date Aug. 10
Size in acres 265,000
Percent Containment 10%
Water Tender 6
Total Personnel 402
Summary: The Soda Fire is burning eight miles northeast of Jordan Valley, Idaho in grass and sagebrush. Last night strong winds pushed the fire southeast, causing The Owyhee County Sheriff's Office to RECOMMEND an evacuation for the Wilson Creek area, which includes Givens Hot Springs and Hard Trigger Road. There are no mandatory evacuations currently in place.
High winds during the night caused increased fire activity in the Reynolds Creek and Wilson Creek drainages on the southeast flank of the fire. Over 300 additional resources were put in place last night to reinforce the line through the night.
Today, aircraft, dozers and handcrews will assess the fires growth along the southeast section of fire near the Wilson Creek area.
Firefighters will continue to secure and reinforce the line on the northwestern and western flanks of the fire. There was little growth on the west and northwest edge of the fire last night.
Current Situation: Structures in Reynolds and Wilson drainages are threatened. Fire departments from Owyhee and Canyon County are assisting with structure protection along the Snake River. This is possible with a mutual aid agreement sponsored by Idaho Department of Homeland Security.
The Rocky Mountain Type1 Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander, Todd Pechota will shadow the Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 today in preparation for taking command of the southern section of the fire Saturday morning.
Weather: A Red Flag warning for high winds and low relative humidity is in effect today. Fire behavior will continue to be very active as a cold front begins to move overhead. This will bring a change in wind direction to the south east.
Area Fire Closures: The Owyhee Co. Sherriff’s office issued a road closure August 13 for all roads leading into Silver City, ID. All access points are closed to tourists and recreation vehicles, but roads are open to residents. This closure primary affects the Silver City, Trout Creek, and Cow Creek roads, and is intended to reduce unnecessary traffic in the area.
Upper Reynolds Creek Road is closed, as is the Jump Creek Recreational site and all trailheads from Silver City to Jump Creek. Recreationalists have been encouraged not to recreate on the Owyhee Front due to fire activity and safety concerns. Trail closures are in effect on the Owyhee Front Range.
In Oregon, Succor Creek Road is closed off of Highway 201.
For more fire information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4475/
Media Advisory: At 4:00 p.m. today, a media press briefing on the Soda Fire will be held in front of the National Guard Amory at 432 W. Nevada Ave. in Homedale, Idaho to provide an update on the fire situation. The location will be at the U.S. Army National Guard Amory, 432 W. Nevada Avenue, Homedale, ID 83628. Staging will be established. Contact Public Information Officer, Betsy Coffee at 231-360-7213 for additional information.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and surrounding counties are sensitive to the economic, natural and cultural impacts associated with this fire. Working closely with the local ranchers, cooperators and surrounding community is a high priory for all those managing this fire as we plan for emergency stabilization and rehabilitation both immediately and into the long term.