The Elk Complex (208-653-2459) is estimated at 98,413 acres and 10% contained. The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office began evacuating the community of Featherville at 5 p.m. today. The fire activity had picked up in that area, and fire officials were concerned that the fire could hook around and throw spots across the river. The Pine/Featherville Road is now closed from Highway 20 to just north of Featherville. Pine remains under evacuation orders. Crews started early today performing burnout operations around Pine, but were forced to stop when the smoke lifted and hotter, drier weather prevailed. The long-term goal for the north side of the fire is to herd it into the burn scar from last year’s Trinity Ridge fire.
An assessment team began work in the Fall Creek area today to determine the status of all structures in the canyon. That information will be released by the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office when completed.
The thunderstorm that rumbled through the Boise area early this morning ignited multiple new fires, including four on the Boise District BLM in Owyhee County. The largest is the Tank Fire located south of South Mountain at approximately 300 acres. Another new start occurred about 6 miles south of Idaho City on Idaho Department of Lands property. The Placer Fire is growing quickly and is about 75 acres at this writing. All fires have crews, engines and tankers assigned.
The Pony Complex (866-347-0636) is now estimated at 143,900 acres and is 40% contained. Despite passing thunderstorms and dense smoke, firefighters were able to make some progress in containment today. Burnout operations were conducted along Cow Creek Road in an attempt to keep the fire from crossing Blacks Creek. Firefighters will remain on the fire line tonight improving and securing lines.
Road closures include Blacks Creek Road, Indian Creek Road, Anderson Ranch Dam south on the Dixie Creek Cutoff to Highway 20, Prairie Road/Cow Creek Road north from Highway 20, Canyon Creek/Immigrant Road, Regina/Baseline Road, Mayfield Road and surrounding access roads.
Incident information for both large fires can be viewed at www.inciweb.org.
The Boise National Forest has initiated a large area closure that extends roughly on the east side from Road 181 to the junction with the Fairfield Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest boundary, including the Pine/Featherville road; north from Atlanta along the Middle Fork Boise Road (Forest Road 268) over to the Deer Park Rental Cabin; then west along Forest Road 327 to Idaho City and Highway 21 on the west. Additionally, the Trinity Lakes Recreation area is closed. The Middle Fork Boise River Road is open from the Spring Shores Marina for residents of Twin Springs and Atlanta and only as long as fire conditions allow.
For specific information and a map, please visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3616/.
Stage I fire restrictions are in effect including no campfires outside of an agency designated recreation site until further notice. For more information, please visit www.blm.gov/id.
There is a Fire Information Center established in Boise which will be staffed from 7 AM to 7 PM. The center can be contacted at 208-384-3266. Personnel at the center will be able to provide general information on large fires in the area.
For more information on Wildfire Smoke and your Health please visit: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/WildfireSmoke/tabid/2172/Default.aspx
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