Issue date: September 14, 2012
Cause: Human, under investigation
Location: 7 miles north of Riggins, near Lucile, ID
Current Size: Approximately 23,861 acres
Sheep Fire Information Phone Number: 1-877-599-7716 and 1-877-608-4027
Community Meeting: Community Meeting is held every other day at White Bird IOOF Hall starting
Friday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Resources Assigned: The Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team lead by Doug Turman is managing the incident. Assigned resources include: 36 engines, 7 helicopters, 14 crews, 6 dozers, and 9 water tenders (approximately 591 personnel). The Incident Command Post is located at the White Bird Rodeo Grounds.
Current Status: Firefighters made great progress yesterday while moderate growth was observed on the fire perimeter. On the northwestern edge, crews successfully tied hand and dozer lines onto preexisting roads. On the eastern perimeter access was limited due to poor visibility, steep terrain and other hazards. The southwestern boundaries were patrolled and mopped up; crews recorded GPS readings to plan future actions. On John Day and Slate Creek drainages, structure protection work was performed. Pete Ready Creek area had many resources allocated to isolate and contain the 75 acre spot fire. Night crews continued to patrol and mop up.
Planned Actions: Continue to gain containment and slow down fire advancement. Scouting access locations and reconnaissance of the eastern perimeter is of precedence. Red flag warning is issued for today due to low relative humidity and high winds especially at ridge tops. Firefighter and public safety remains the priority.
Closures: Current road closures are as follows on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest: The restricted area begins at the Forest Boundary at Forest Road 2025, east to Forest Road 243, and east along Forest Road 243 to the junction of Forest Road 221 at Four Corners. From the junction of Forest Road 221 and 243 south to Rocky Bluff Campground. From Rocky Bluff Campground south along the Wilderness Boundary to the Salmon River (T24N, R4E, NE ¼ Section 3). From Carey Creek west along the Salmon River and Forest Road 1614 to the Forest Boundary near Island Bar (T24N, R2E NW ¼ Section 18), and north along the Forest Boundary to Forest Road 243.
The BLM has issued a closure to all boating on the Salmon River from the Lucile boat ramp downriver to Twin Bridges for public health and safety.
Weather: The ridge of high pressure will break down today, producing increasing southwest winds along with continued warm and extremely low humidity. The temperature will be warmer at 84 – 89 below 3000 ft. and 79 – 84 above 3,000 ft. The relative humidity will remain low between 7 – 15 percent across all elevation. High winds are forecasted to potentially reach 20 mph in the afternoon. A weak dry cold front will move through the region tonight.
Remarks: Motorists are urged to use caution, resist stopping at pull-outs and drive slowly along Highway 95 from Lucile, ID north to the Incident Command Post (ICP) near the Slate Creek Ranger Station. Heavy fire and aircraft traffic will be working along the river corridor near Lucile. River recreationists are asked to avoid using the Lucile boat pull-outs after 4:00 p.m. to reduce congestion and interference with fire suppression operations.
Cooperating Agencies: Bureau of Land Management Cottonwood Field Office, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, Idaho Department of Lands Payette Lakes Area, Idaho County Sheriff, USFS Salmon River Ranger District and several local volunteer Fire Departments.
The fire is listed on Inciweb: www.inciweb.org