October 11, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Phone: 208-842-2142 Contact: Vickie Guthrie
CURRENT SIZE: 43,540 acres
SITUATION: The McGuire Complex is winding down. The few remaining pumps and hoses will be pulled from the fire today, while crews continue to tighten lines and mop up heat along the perimeter. Rehabilitation work to repair suppression damage is underway, with a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team assigned to perform those operations.
The fire will continue to issue smoke from the interior until doused by heavy rainfall or snow. Visitors to the Forest are reminded that the “interior” includes those areas along roadways through the fire, specically including Road 222 to Dixie.
Weather sources are now indicating a chance of rain on Friday, with a 70% chance of wetting rain on Saturday. This could be a “fire season ending event.” Fire fighters have had a long hard summer of work and are looking forward to going home and staying there for a while.
Stage One fire restrictions remain in effect throughout the Nez Perce National Forest and Idaho County.
EVACUATIONS: The communities of Comstock, Concord, Cook Ranch, Dixie, Elk City, Mallard Creek Ranch, Orogrande, Red River and Red River Hot Springs remain under a Stage 1 evacuation alert, the lowest level of evacuation notice.
FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: Airstrips that are now open include Dixie, Dixie Guard Station and Orogrande. Officials are moving to lift the Temporary Flight Restrictions that are currently in place.
CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS: For detailed road and area closure information, see www.inciweb.org/incident/3219. Detailed updated closure maps have been distributed throughout the area of the fire and in Grangeville, along with fire restrictions.
ADDITIONAL NOTICE: The Gmail account for this fire will cease to be monitored after Friday, October 12, 2012.