The Elk Complex (208-653-2459) is estimated at 111,977 acres and 25% contained. Fire activity was low to moderate most of the day. To better prepare for the Red Flag conditions tomorrow, burnout operations are planned for tonight from north of Pine to Dog Creek campground. Four Hotshot crews will conduct the burnout. This effort will reduce fuels under controlled conditions and hopefully reduce risk of spot fires across the Pine/Featherville Road or South Fork Boise River.
The Pine/Featherville Road remains closed from Highway 20 to just north of Featherville. The communities of Pine and Featherville remain under evacuation orders.
A public meeting will be held tomorrow night (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge in Mountain Home. Representatives from the Incident Management Team, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department, Idaho Power and the American Red Cross will be in attendance.
The Placer Fire is located about 4 miles south of Idaho City in Thorn Creek. It is approximately 100 acres in size and 20% contained. Fire activity is moderate and no structures are currently threatened. Over 100 people are making excellent progress to contain the fire.
The Pony Complex (866-347-0636) is now estimated at 147,806 acres and is 50% contained. On the north flank, the majority of fire activity remains in the Blacks Creek area. Crews tomorrow plan to hold and improve line on the northwest side from Blacks Creek north toward the South Fork Boise River. All other flanks are showing little activity.
Some roads have re-opened in the area of the fire. The remaining road closures include Blacks Creek Road, Anderson Ranch Dam south on the Dixie Creek Cutoff to Highway 20, and Prairie Road/Cow Creek Road north from Highway 20. Mayfield Road is partially closed with no northbound traffic allowed from Blacks Creek.
Incident information for both large fires can be viewed at www.inciweb.org.
The Boise National Forest has initiated a large area closure that extends roughly on the east side from Road 181 to the junction with the Fairfield Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest boundary, including the Pine/Featherville road; north from Atlanta along the Middle Fork Boise Road (Forest Road 268) over to the Deer Park Rental Cabin; then west along Forest Road 327 to Idaho City and Highway 21 on the west. Additionally, the Trinity Lakes Recreation area is closed. The Middle Fork Boise River Road is open from the Spring Shores Marina for residents of Twin Springs and Atlanta and only as long as fire conditions allow.
For specific information and a map, please visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3616/.
Stage I fire restrictions are in effect including no campfires outside of an agency designated recreation site until further notice. For more information, please visit www.blm.gov/id.
There is a Fire Information Center established in Boise which will be staffed from 7 AM to 7 PM. The center can be contacted at 208-384-3266. Personnel at the center will be able to provide general information on large fires in the area.
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