Boise NF Fires: The four lightning holdover fires reported yesterday were fought by helitack firefighters, hotshot crews and engines. One is controlled this morning. All were less than 3/4 acre in size and posing no containment issues. Air detection flights and fire lookouts are searching the forest for new starts, which were anticipated following the lightning storm Tuesday night.
Mack Fire (estimated 270 acres, 80% contained, 180 personnel, 7 crews, two dozers): There was minimal fire activity on the Mack Fire Friday and crews made good progress. They were able to get a line around the fire and expect to reinforce that line to fully contain the fire within the next 36 hours.
Whiskey Complex (9446 acres, 95% contained): Due to interior burning Incident Commander Rich Harvey has moved containment of the complex to 95%. Additional mop up is occurring to ensure those hot spots do not cross the fire line. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has begun field assessing a portion of the burned area to determine resource damage and potential mitigation measures. Closures and Evacuations: Boise County Sheriff has lifted all evacuations. Effective today, the Forest Area Closure for the Whiskey Complex has been reduced. The reduced closure is bounded by the Grimes Pass Road, Forest Road 395 (closed), Alder Creek Road and the South Fork Payette River Road. There is a new Forest area closure around the Mack Fire. Detailed information and a map is
· Open – Grimes Creek Road, Alder Creek Road and Highway 17 (Banks to Lowman);
· Open only to local residential traffic - Grimes Pass Road; South Fork Payette River Road
· Closed - Forest Road 395
Further information is available at 384-3266 or at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov.