Nearly 200 fire fighters are battling the blaze, with six crews, five engines, three helicopters and 2 SEATs involved. The focus today will be on the northeast and northwest flanks at the top of the mountain above Highway 17 where hot shot crews will build fireline in the very steep terrain. Additional work will occur on the southwest flank.
The southeast flank which is closest to the Frazier Creek rural subdivision is holding well and fire engine personnel have established fire hose lines in many locations. That area holds about 18 homes. The Boise County Sheriff and Garden Valley Fire Chief have alerted residents in the sub-division of the potential need to evacuate. The fire is about 1/2 mile to the west.
The highway between Banks and Garden Valley is currently open with traffic control from milepost 1.4 and 5.2. Traffic is one lane and is being escorted by a pilot car. Delays are about 10-12 minutes.
The fire is in extremely steep terrain with an elevation change of nearly 3000 feet from the bottom to the top of the fire. It is burning in a mixture of grass, brush and timber.
Rafters on the South Fork Payette River will need to use caution traveling the river where the helicopters are dipping. The river is currently open.
The entire Boise National Forest is very dry and citizens are reminded to be extremely careful with fire and other activities while enjoying the National Forests. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place on the Mountain Home Ranger District. Campfires are only allowed in developed recreation facilities on that District.