BOISE, Idaho – No new fires were reported last night in the Boise NF.
The dry and warm weather is slated to extend through Wednesday, with strengthening southwesterly winds aloft and increasing moisture. Warm Lake Highway 22 is open but continues to have low visibility at times due to smoke that is both local and from the two fires north of Cascade. The area closure, west of Warm Lake, remains in effect. The highway could be closed at any time by the Valley County Sheriff if fire activity increases or if there are other complications.
Cougar Fire (914 acres; 48% contained, 359 personnel) - The fire’s acreage increased somewhat yesterday due to a successful planned burn of ground fuels that will impede the fire’s southeastern growth. The team today will conduct a burning operation north of the fire’s “fingers,” one that will clear the landscape of potential fuels up to the Warm Lake Highway. A smaller incident management team, a “Type 3 team,” began a day’s transition this morning with the current team. They will take over fire suppression operations at 6 AM tomorrow; later tomorrow there is a community meeting, 3 PM, at the North Shore Lodge.
The fire is about 20 miles northeast of Cascade. Specific information on road conditions and Forest closure is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4541
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place for the Boise National Forest. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is prohibited except within an agency-designated recreation site and only within an agency provided structure. Further information is available at: Boise National Forest web site, or http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a state-wide burn ban. They are requesting that the public curtail campfires and all burning outside of fire suppression activities.