September 6, 2012 7:30 a.m.
Information Officers: Ted Pettis, Katie Knotek, John Daugherty, Alyse Cadez
Info Phone @ (208) 842-2725 w/ answering machine
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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 17,002 acres (McGuire 17,000 and Herman 2)
Containment: 5% Structures Threatened: 316 (Orogrande and Dixie/Comstock)
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 is located in the Gospel Hump Wilderness with smoldering fire activity. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office issued Evacuation Requests for the residents of Orogrande on 8/28 and Dixie/Comstock on 9/03.
Yesterday’s Activities: Fire activity was influenced by more westerly winds creating active burning on the south and east flanks. Fire behavior included group torching with short range spotting. A dozer line was progressed around the south flank near the 1188 Road toward the 311 Road. A Skycrane heli-tanker was also used to drop water on this area of the fire. Protection work was continued along the 1188 Road. Fire crews continued structure protection (setting up sprinklers, hoses & pumps) in the Orogrande and Dixie/Comstock areas and assessments and some fuel treatments in the Red River area.
Current Resources: Twelve 20-person crews, twenty-seven engines, one skidgine, four dozers, seven water tenders, and four helicopters. Total personnel: 390.
Today’s Activities: Winds are predicted to shift to the north/northwest at 7 to 12 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. The dozer line developed in the head of Olive Creek will be extended to the west toward the 311 Road along the south fire perimeter. Protection work on the 1188 Road will be continued northeast toward the 222 Road. Dip site improvements in Orogrande, structure protection work in Dixie/Comstock, and assessments and fuel treatments in the Red River areas will all be continued today. A community meeting is scheduled for tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Elk City Ranger Station.
Restrictions/Closures: An Area Closure around the fire has been expanded by the Red River Ranger District for public safety and now includes a closure of Road 222 except for local residents. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the McGuire Complex fire area. 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”