Grangeville, ID— Dry conditions and high fire danger continue to persist across the Clear/Nez Fire Zone and central Idaho. A summary of Stage 1 Fire Restrictions and current closures for the Clear/Nez Fire Zone can be found under Public Notices at:
Red River Ranger District –
The Porcupine Fire Complex remains active. The complex is estimated at 11,000 acres. Roughly six miles of Magruder Road #468 is impacted by fire, including about one-half mile near Sabe Saddle. Travel continues to be restricted along the road; however, firefighters are attempting to have the road open for travel between 10:00 a.m. and noon each day.
The McGuire Fire Complex is being managed by Shawn Pearson’s Northern Rockies Type II Incident management Team. For current information on this complex of fires please see the attached fact sheet.
Moose Creek Ranger District –
Fires continue to burn in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness under point protection status. New flight data information on the larger fires includes:
- Ditch Fire - 9029 acres – the main heat is on western flanks, moving in the direction of Archer mountain. The Selway trail is open between Shearer and Running Creek.
- Vista Fire - 5398 acres - spreading primarily on western flank. The Selway trail is still closed in the Vista fire area.
- Square Rock - 3360 acres - grew on north and southeast.
- Moose Ridge - 582 acres - most heat is on the east flank, spot to the north east is 102 acres and spreading north.
- Trout Peak - 66 acres - spreading north and east.
- Pettibone - 7931 acres - the most intense heat is along the western flank in Bear Creek, scattered heat on southern flank near Gardiner Fork. Structure protection is still in place on Paradise bridge.
Powell Ranger District –
The Powell SBW Fire Complex is being managed by Diane Hutton’s Wildland Fire Management Team. For current information on this complex of fires please see the attached fact sheet.
For additional information regarding listed fires please visit: http://www.inciweb.org/.
McGuire Fire Complex
Red River Ranger District
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
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
G-mail account: email@example.com
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)
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”
Powell SBW Complex Fire
Contact: Bob MacGregor
Date Started: 7/20/2012
Total Personnel: 143
Cause: Multiple Lightning Strikes
Size: 36,440 Acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Injuries to Date: 0
Resources: 1 Type 1 Helicopter, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 5 engines, 1 Type 1 crew, 2 Type 2 IA crews, 1 Type 2 crew, 2 feller-bunchers, 1 skidder, 2 skidgines, and 1 water tender.
Location: The complex consists of three main and numerous small fires situated in an arc running southeast to southwest of the town of Powell, Idaho, straddling the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundary. The three main fires are named from east to west as: Fern, Cedar and Freeze Out Queen.
Yesterday’ Activities: The weather continued to assist firefighters by limiting fire behavior. This lack of fire behavior had been forecast by Incident Meteorologist Dave Lipson based on the predicted Haines Index. The Haines Index is a measure of the potential for wildfire growth centered on the temperature difference between various levels of the atmosphere (stability) and the moisture content of the lower atmosphere. It was developed in 1998 by Donald Haines, a Forest Service Research Meteorologist and is rated on a scale of 2 to 6 with 6 having a high potential of fire growth and anything less than 4 having a very low potential. The Haines Index across the Powell SBW Complex was a 3 on Wednesday and the fire behavior reflected that by moving slowly, mostly backing up hills with occasional torching. There was a short crown run near the Bear Mountain Lookout when fuel, weather and ignition conditions lined up favorably, the Sky Crane helicopter was able to drop water on this flare-up and knock it down. The burnout and further strengthening of the fuel break continued along Beaver Ridge and made good progress. Firefighters in the Highway 12 corridor established lookouts to track the progression of the Freeze Out Queen fire toward the Highway and make sure it did not spot across to the north side. In order to get personnel the most up to the date weather information a Remote Automatic Weather Station (RAWS) was established on Johnson Saddle that can be reached via handheld radios to get real-time localized weather conditions.
Today’s Activities: The weather situation should be similar to Wednesday with a Haines Index of 3, so fire growth will be limited. The inversion is forecast to lift about 1:00 p.m. when the smoke in the valleys should clear out. Operations on Thursday will be to continue the Beaver Ridge burnout and fuel break strengthening and to continue to monitor the progression of the fire toward the Highway near Warm Springs Trailhead.
For Updates follow this incident at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3226/