September 11, 2012 7:30 a.m.
Information Officers: Ted Pettis, Katie Knotek, John Daugherty, Alyse Cadez
Info Phone @ (208) 842-2725 w/ answering machine
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Incident: The fire complex consists of the McGuire (contains the former Bagely Fire) and Herman wildland fires which were all started by lightning on 8/27.
Location: Five miles west of Dixie, ID.
Agency Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests
Cooperating Agencies: Idaho County Sheriff’s Department
Incident Commander: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT). The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the old Red River Ranger Station, with fire camp located in the York field at Red River.
Current Size: Complex is 24,602 acres (McGuire 24,000 and Herman 2)
Containment: 2% S
Structures Threatened: 623
Status: The fires are burning in stands of sub alpine fir & lodgepole pine with a large component of dead and down beetle-killed trees. There is very poor access to the fire areas with limited safety zones for firefighters. The Herman Fire located in the Gospel Hump Wilderness is monitored daily with smoldering fire activity. Structure protection has been established in the Dixie and Orogrande areas. Stage 2 Evacuation Warnings have been issued for the Red River and Mallard Creek/Cook Ranch areas. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office issued Stage 3 Evacuation Requests for the residents of Orogrande on 8/28 and Dixie/Comstock on 9/03.
Yesterday’s Activities: Smoke shaded the fire through early afternoon and strong westerly winds did not develop as forecasted. Crews held the fire on the north end of Dixie in the Crooked Creek area, completing dozer line directly on the fire edge from Road 1188 to Road 9527 toward Dixie Summit. Firefighters also held the fire west of the 222 Road. Helicopters dropped water on hot spots in both of these areas, supported by aircraft dropping retardant. Three engines and support staff were staged at Dixie overnight. Structure preparation continues in Red River and the Mallard/Cook Ranch area. Engines and staff are staged for structure protection at Dixie, Comstock and Orogrande.
Current Resources: fourteen 20-person crews, twenty-nine engines, four dozers, twelve water tenders, and four helicopters. Total personnel: 532.
Today’s Activities: Crews will continue to improve the line on the south perimeter from Road 311 to upper Crooked Creek. Structure protection and improvements at Dixie, Comstock, Orogrande, Red River, and Mallard Creek/Cook Ranch remain the highest priority. Crews will continue to patrol for spots along Road 222.
Restrictions/Closures: An Area Closure around the fire area is in effect for public safety. The Area Closure includes closure of Road 222 except for local residents of Dixie/Comstock. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
For further information, including specific details regarding the Area Closure, visit: www.inciweb.org; Select “McGuire Complex”