Progress Made on East Mountain Fire;
Road Damage Assessment Finds Numerous Rock and Debris Impacts
BOISE, Idaho – Containment is now at 5% on the 26 acre East Mountain Fire about 8 miles southeast of Cascade in the East Mountain area. Full containment is estimated late Sunday.
Nearly 100 fire personnel made progress yesterday building containment lines, installing nearly 15,000 feet of hose and dealing with flare ups, torching trees and spot fires. Late yesterday a 5 acre flare up was cooled by C-130 Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS) air tankers and Single Engine Air Tankers on the northeast flank of the fire.
The fire, which is not threatening structures is challenging due to dense timber stands and numerous spot fires.
Suppression resources today include 2 helicopters dropping water, 4 fire crews, and 3 engines. A “Temporary Flight Restriction” (TFR) is in place at the fire site for a 5 mile radius and 10,500 feet above ground, but that is not impacting the Cascade airport.
Highway 55 is open and there are no impacts to Cascade. The fire is burning on the Boise National Forest, under fire protection by the Southern Idaho Timber Protection Association and Idaho Department of Lands.
New fires – Of the 13 new fires reported over the past two days all but one has been contained.
Flood/Road Impacts – Visitors this weekend will need to drive cautiously and be prepared for narrow passage, downfall and debris on forest roads.
The Middle Fork Boise River road in Elmore County remains closed from Twin Springs upstream for nearly 26 miles to the junction with the Swanholm Road (Forest Road 327). The Rice Creek Road (Forest Road 478) in Valley County is closed (south of Warm Lake). The road to the Graham Guard Station (Forest Road 312) is also closed.