FIRE UPDATE McGuire Complex
October 9, 2012 8:00 a.m.
CURRENT SIZE: 43,540 acres
PERSONNEL & RESOURCES: 352 personnel, 5 crews, 19 engines, 1 dozer, 2 skidgens, 4 excavators, 2 skidders, 6 water tenders, and 3 helicopters.
SITUATION: Fire activity remained light yesterday and the same is expected for today. Fire fighters and equipment are being released and this will continue for the next few days. The Nez Perce National Forest resumes management of the fire today at 6:00 p.m with Lance Carbone as the Incident Commander. The cool weather and shorter daylight hours, will result in lower fire behavior and limited spread. In other parts of the fire, roads and firelines are being rehabilitated by hand crews and equipment. Engines will continue to patrol and mop up hot spots near the fireline. Through the rest of the week, temperatures are expected to increase and by this weekend chances of rain or snow increase as well.
The 222 road is now open between Red River to Dixie. Other roads now open are the 421 and 233 Roads. People using the open national forest lands in the vicinity of the fire can expect to see smoke within the interior of the fire which will settle in valley bottoms at night. Much of the interior of the fire has “islands” of unburned brush and trees which will continue to smoke until major rain or snow storms. Windy days will help disperse the smoke.
Fire restrictions are still in place.
1,907,071 gallons of water have been dropped on the fire during the last 12 days. The perimeter of the fire has not changed for the last four days.
The information contact will be through the Elk City Ranger District, 208-842-2142, Vickie Guthrie.
NOTE TO THE COMMUNITY: From Incident Commander Greg Poncin…..Thank you all – for your patience, understanding and advice during the McGuire Fire. You have a great community that came together during this fire. Some communities aren't able to do that, especially for this kind of duration – 44 days. During our management of the fire we had over 800 people and 8 helicopters fighting the fire. That is a lot of parts moving at once and we completed the assignment with very few, minor, injuries. Our primary objective is always firefighter and public safety and the outcome is good when we can achieve that. It appears there will be a turn in the weather this weekend and you will finally get some rain. Enjoy what is left of fall and have a good winter.
EVACUATIONS: All communities in the vicinity of the fire are now at Stage 1 evacuation alert. They include: Comstock, Concord, Cook Ranch, Dixie, Elk City, Mallard Creek Ranch, Orogrande, Red River and Red River Hot Springs. This is the lowest level of evacuation notice. If evacuation levels are increased again, due to increased fire activity, every attempt will be made to notify residents and businesses in the affected communities.
FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: Airstrips that are now open include Dixie, Dixie Guard Station and Orogrande. The Temporary Flight Restrictions remain 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. Note the new phone number is 208-842-2142 as above.