Contact Fire Information:
208-392-9329 or 208-741-9262
Start Date: 10/10/2015 Cause: Under Investigation Size: 4,202 acres Percent Contained: 35%
Resources: 5 Helicopters, 17 Engines, 11 Crews, and 2 Dozers Total Personnel: 394
Summary: The Walker Fire started Saturday afternoon approximately eight miles southwest of Idaho City in Boise County. Due to high winds on Saturday the fire quickly spread from approximately 65 acres to 2500 acres overnight. The fire is burning on land that is managed by the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Southwest Forest Protective District and the Boise National Forest.
Based on an IR flight (USFS Infrared (IR) line scanning aircraft) flown last night the Walker Fire is now estimated to be 4,202 acres in size. The fire continued to burn to the north yesterday advancing towards Rattlesnake Creek drainage. As temperatures rise above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the smoke cap (layer of smoke sitting above the fire and in the drainages) lifts, and terrain driven winds in the drainage bottom increase up to gusts of 15 – 16 miles per hour; fire behavior increases each day.
More crews arrived at fire camp throughout the day yesterday, some from as far away as California, and will join the firefighting efforts this morning; bringing the total number of personnel currently assigned and working on the fire to 394. Fire crews have been able to complete a containment line along almost the entire southern edge of the fire bringing containment of the fire to an estimated 35 percent. Today the firefighters will continue to patrol, mop-up and secure the southern flank of the fire. A focus of the firefighting effort is to hold and contain the fire on the west side of the 311 Road. Firefighters will continue securing and prepping the 311 road today as a fire break and containment line.
We are asking the public to exercise extreme caution while recreating and hunting in the woods. As the Walker Fire demonstrates, the grasses, duff, and forest litter are still extremely dry (for this time of year) and very capable of fueling and carrying fire when ignited.
Continued warm and dry weather with light winds is expected for the remainder of the week.
Residents in the areas of Macks Creek, Wolf Creek, and Pine Creek are still under an evacuation order. Road closures and national forest closures remain in effect. Additional information is available on the Inciweb page for the Walker Fire at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4637/.