Lodgepole Fire Information
Following an afternoon thunderstorm that created downdraft winds west of the Lodgepole Fire, smoke was pushed east into the Salmon River Valley. Light, southerly winds are in the forecast tonight, which will push smoke north, possibly reaching Salmon. Active fire behavior is likely to occur overnight tonight and tomorrow. Smoke will reduce visibility on the roadways. Please use caution when driving Highway 93 and in the surrounding communities of Challis and Salmon.
Lodgepole Fire Information
Contact Fire Information: 208-879-1249 Hours: 7a.m. – 8 p.m.
Lodgepolefire2013@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/lodgepole.wildfire
Date of Detection: July 20, 2013
Current Size: 20,257 acres
Location: 10 miles West of Challis, ID
Legal Description: 44° 31’ 42” x 114° 27’ 27”
Resources on Fire: There are currently 787 personnel on this incident, including the following resources:
TYPE 1 HELICOPTERS (HEAVY) 4
TYPE 2 HELICOPTERS (MED.) 3
TYPE 3 HELICOPTERS (LIGHTS) 2
The Phoenix National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team along with Great Basin Incident Command Team 3, Mike Whalen IC, took of management of the fire at 6 a.m. this morning.
Yesterday there was a slight run to the northwest due to afternoon winds that gusted up to 31 mph. However, fire personnel were able to catch and hold it with the loss of only about 200 acres. Hand crews continue to construct hand line. The weather remains warm and dry with a red flag warning for the afternoon and evening. There is a slight chance of dry, afternoon thunderstorm that could impact fire behavior.
The terrain is steep, rugged and difficult to access. Hand crews and engines are being supported by numerous aerial resources. The south end of the fire is looking good and mop-up and rehab started on the dozer lines.
Closure Area in Effect:
Emergency Area Closure Order Number 04-13-13-552 went into effect July 29th to provide protection to forest visitors from current fire safety hazards.
Closed Areas Include:
· All roads and trails interior to closure area
· West Fork Morgan Creek #4143 and #4234
· Mill Creek Campground
· Mosquito Flat Campground
Open areas include:
· All designated State, Forest and BLM roads defining the perimeter of the closure area
· Trails: #4114, 4149,4151, 4152
· State Highway 93
· Morgan Creek Road
Salmon, Idaho: Recently, the Salmon-Challis National Forest hosted a Fire Assessment Workshop for Area Cooperators. Members from the Phoenix National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) helped organize and facilitate the meeting. The primary focus of NIMO is the management of complex wildland fires. In addition to complex fire management, these teams have year-round "non-incident" duties in support of Fire and Aviation Management, including training. Personnel from the Intermountain Regional Office in Ogden, Utah also made presentations.
Participants from Idaho Power, Lemhi County Commissioners, Lemhi County Sheriff, Lemhi County Fire Protection District, the Mayor of Salmon, North Fork Fire Protection District, the Salmon Field Office Bureau of Land Management, and the Salmon-Challis National Forest Employees took part in the workshop.
The agenda covered an ice breaker for participants, a welcome and introduction session, an overview of the Chief of the Forest Service’s letter of direction for the 2013 fire season, a review of risk management and risk assessment, and then a simulation of a fire on the Salmon-Challis National Forest where participants broke into groups and did a risk assessment exercise and discussed management options, considerations, and concerns with the group.
For further information on the workshop, please call Jim Tucker, Operations Staff Officer for the Salmon-Challis National Forest at 208-756-5100.
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