BOISE, ID - The Trinity Ridge Fire, which started Friday, burned very actively today and has grown to an estimated 1300 acres. The continual challenge to fire fighters is how the fire burns in pockets of heavy timber.
Even with extensive air tanker use throughout Saturday, the fire pushed through retardant lines today, due largely to spot fires that were started by the hot embers lofted into the sky when individual or groups of trees completely torched. Ignition probability when the hot embers land on the forest floor is 90 percent according to fire managers.
The fire, about 10 miles northwest of Featherville in Elmore County and 5 miles west of Rocky Bar, is zero percent contained and there is no estimate of containment.
It is being fought by approximately 120 firefighters, 5 engines, two helicopters, 3 Single Engine Air Tankers and C-130 MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) that are operating out of the Boise airport. Additional fire crews that were ordered are moving to the Incident Command Post, which will be south of Pine. A Type 2 Regional Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire Monday at 6 AM.
The fire is located in remote country and currently there are no structures threatened, but fire managers believe this fire has the potential to grow quite large due to the very dry conditions in the area, the terrain and the type of fuel it is burning in.
Many roads into the area have been closed, but access is open to Pine, Featherville, the Trinity Recreation Area, and the James Creek Road to Atlanta. The public is asked to avoid the closed areas due to the fire operations. Further information on the closed areas, and updated fire information is at www.inciweb.org.
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.