The Elk Complex is now estimated at 80,365 and 5% contained. Fire was less active until mid-afternoon today due to a smoke inversion in the area. After the inversion broke, sustained crown runs were observed. Plume dominated fire activity has made parts of the fire inaccessible. Many access roads into the fire area are impassible due to downed power lines, debris and fallen timber. The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office has implemented evacuations in the Pine area. Road closures include the Pine/Featherville Road, Cow Creek Road and Blacks Creek Road. The lodge in Fall Creek and approximately 20 structures were not damaged by the fire, but it is believed there is significant structure loss further up the drainage. Fire officials will gain access to assess the situation as soon as it is safe for them to enter the area.
After multiple days of extreme fire behavior, the Pony Complex was also somewhat less active today due to the heavy smoke inversion. The fire is now estimated at 119,543 and is 20% contained. Flames consumed two cabins and an outbuilding in Syrup Creek this morning. Multiple other residences in Syrup Creek and the Miller Ranch have been successfully defended at this point in time. The Elmore County Sheriff’s office has issued evacuation orders for the community of Mayfield, and the Canyon Creek area. A dozer line was completed today from Cow Creek to Benton trailhead along the northwest flank and a hand crew improved the line.
Public meetings were held tonight in Pine and Mountain Home to update area residents.
Incident information for both fires can be viewed at www.inciweb.org.
The American Red Cross has closed its evacuation shelter at the Good Council Hall in Mountain Home due to lack of use. It will be reopened if necessary.
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 of the Boise River Road is open from the Forest boundary only for residents of Twin Springs and Atlanta as long as fire conditions allow.
For specific information and a map, please visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3616/.
Other fires burning:
The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is managing multiple fires within their jurisdiction:
· The Pilot Fire has burned approximately 11 acres and is 10 miles east of Garden Valley;
· The Missouri Fire is ¼ acre in size and located 2 miles North of Pioneerville
· The Clear Fire is a 1/10 acre in size and located 2 miles Northeast of Pioneerville
· The Jackson Fire is 1 acre in size and located 5 miles Northeast of Placerville
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., and 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.
For more information on Wildfire Smoke and your Health please visit: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/WildfireSmoke/tabid/2172/Default.aspx
Or visit the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality smoke blog: