National Incident Management Team in Command of Whiskey Complex
BOISE, Idaho – The National Incident Management Team, led by Rich Harvey, has assumed command of the Whiskey Complex as of 6 AM this morning. They will work in a unified command structure with the Garden Valley Fire Department. This team has been to the Boise National Forest working on the Elk Complex last year, and the Trinity Ridge Fire in 2012.
The Whiskey Complex consists of 3 large fires in the Garden Valley area which have been challenging to suppress following an intense lightning storm late Sunday nightdue to high temperatures, windy afternoon conditions and very dry fuels.
An area closure has been established around the three fires extending to points near Placerville, Centerville and Pioneerville. The Hot Springs Campground is closed.
The 970 acre Wash Fire about 3 miles east of Garden Valley continues to have a Boise County Level 2 Voluntary evacuation in effect, but firefighters have reduced the threat to those homes through burning of fuels in their immediate area and building fire line. Today the focus will be continued mop up around the homes and keeping the fire from moving west. The fire was active last night.
The 270 acre Grimes Fire about 5 miles east of Garden Valley continues to have a Boise County voluntary evacuation for the 10 homes in the Pioneerville area. This fire is very challenging due to the steep and inaccessible terrain. Firefighters will continue to build fireline focusing on the west flank.
The 260 acre Calder Fire about 4 miles east of Garden Valley is in remote, inaccessible, steep and challenging country. A spot fire late yesterday has been contained.
The 85 acre Blue Jay Fire 17 miles east of Lowman, in a remote area with no structure threats, was active late yesterday. Smokejumpers and hot shot crews are battling the blaze.
The Banks to Lowman Road, Highway 17, is open but at times smoky and travelers need to use caution. The Garden Valley Rural Fire Department has a contact line for local residents at 208-462-3175 and Boise County has an evacuation hotline number at 208-462-0552. Further information is available by contacting Boise National Forest Public Affairs Officer David Olson at 861-0768 or atwww.inciweb.nwcg.gov.