October 10, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Phone: 208-842-2142 Contact: Vickie Guthrie
CURRENT SIZE: 43,540 acres
SITUATION: Lance Carbone’s Type 3 Incident Command Team assumed management control of the McGuire Complex at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. The base camp at York’s field in Red River has been dismantled, and remaining personnel will be based in facilities at the now-closed Red River Ranger Station.
As anticipated, cool weather and shortened burning periods kept fire activity light on Tuesday and gave fire fighters further opportunity to secure lines and mop up some hot spots along the perimeter of the fire. Helicopters continued water drops in the Noble Creek drainage to tighten up that area of the fire. Today crews will continue patrol and mop up, and rehabilitation work will be underway on roads and dozer and skidder lines. The fire will continue to produce smoke that will be trapped much of the day under an inversion.
Although warm dry weather will continue for a few days, the cold front moving in should bring some precipitation by the weekend. It remains to be seen whether it will substantially affect the fire.
Fire restrictions remain in effect throughout the Nez Perce National Forest.
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.