There is one known remote cabin in the area, but it is not threatened.
The aggressive firefighting effort today included about 200 fire personnel. Aerial resources were heavy throughout the day, with 2 helicopters, 2 heavy air tankers, and 5 single engine air tankers making retardant and water drops to assist ground crews. Ground resources included 2 engines (with 4 more arriving this evening) and 8 20-person hand crews (with 3 more hand crews pending).
Firefighters continued to work tonight until about 9 p.m. and then were taken off the line for safety since conducting night operations in the types of fuels in the area is not safe. The fire is burning in subalpine fir and lodgepole pine, fuels that easily torch and spot into adjacent stands of trees. Temperatures tonight in the area will drop into the 60s with light winds. Friday’s weather is predicted to be hot and dry with light winds.
The Type 2 (regional) Great Basin Team 6 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will arrive in Boise on Friday. It will take over management of the fire Saturday morning under Incident Commander Tracy Dunford.
Lightning started the fire on Tuesday evening and strong winds spread the flames quickly.
The fire is burning on Boise National Forest lands that are provided fire protection by the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Southwest Forest Protective District.
Information about the fire is being updated online at this link: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3525/