McCall, ID - A lightning storm moved through the west side of the forest early this morning igniting two wildfires on the Council and New Meadows Ranger Districts in the Lick Creek Lookout area. The Aspen Fire (20N, 1W, Sec. 11NENE) is currently about one acre and long range spotting is occurring due to windy conditions. The Wesley Fire (20N, 2W, Sec. 6SWNE) is about 100 acres and it is also spotting.
A Type 3 Team has been activated to manage the Wesley Fire and additional resources have been ordered to assist in managing both fires. Extremely dry and windy conditions are expected to continue throughout the day. Aerial retardant and water drops are being used to slow the spread of both fires and smokejumpers are working to establish an anchor point on the Wesley Fire.