The Elk Complex (208-653-2459) is estimated at 116,914 acres and 40% contained. Multiple smoke columns could be seen above the Elk Complex today as the fire exhibited extreme behavior. However, most of the burning occurred within the interior of the fire, not threatening any more structures. The northeast flank of the fire has been successfully herded into last year’s Trinity Ridge fire scar. Crews have been able to increase the containment primarily on the southwest flank around Prairie, and also along the reservoir to Pine.
The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office is planning to escort Fall and Lester Creeks and Ice Springs area homeowners into their burned over neighborhoods beginning tomorrow morning. Residents will first have a safety briefing from a fire official to warn them of the hazardous conditions that still exist. They will then have a limited amount of time to do what is needed before being escorted back out. Homeowners should wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and bring gloves and a hard hat. Homeowners only should meet at 8 a.m. at the Anderson Dam Road turnout at Highway 20. Also, people with bee allergies should be aware that swarms have been displaced and are very active.
The Pine/Featherville Road remains closed from Highway 20 to just north of Featherville. The communities of Pine and Featherville are still under evacuation orders.
New-The North Fork Fire began earlier today approximately 7 miles north of Deadwood Reservoir in the Bitter Creek drainage. The running, wind-driven fire is currently 50 acres. Resources working on the fire include smokejumpers, air tankers and helicopters. More information is forthcoming.
The Placer Fire is located about 4 miles south of Idaho City in Thorn Creek. It is approximately 108 acres in size and 50% contained. Fire activity is low and no structures are threatened.
The Pony Complex (866-347-0636) is now estimated at 147,881 acres and is 80% contained. Fire behavior was low today, with creeping and smoldering. Though the fire had limited growth, it continues to threaten the Blacks Creek Road area. Crews are improving line along the road on the northwest flank. Some resources will soon be released to other fires.
Some roads have re-opened in the area of the fire. The remaining road closures include Blacks Creek Road (residents allowed, fire dependent), Anderson Ranch Dam at Highway 20, and Prairie Road/Cow Creek Road (Prairie residents allowed, fire dependent), Indian Creek/Simco. Mayfield Road is partially closed with no northbound traffic allowed from Blacks Creek.
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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