Resources: Personnel-337, Engines-12, Helicopters-3, Crews-5, Dozers-4, Water Tenders-11
Start Date: September 6, 2012 Cause: Human; under investigation
Location: East side of US 95 near Lucile, ID – Nez Perce NF and other lands
Weather: Yesterday’s weather was hotter and drier than forecast, contributing to more active fire behavior. A “red flag warning” has been issued for today; with predictions of low humidity and west wind gusting to 35 mph. Uncontrolled fire on the northeast corner and on the east flank is expected to spread significantly to the east. Strong winds will fan the flames that have been sheltered for several days. Low night time humidity, along with strong daytime winds, will continue to push fire down drainages late into the night. As wind direction switches over night, fire will be pushed south. By afternoon today, temperatures will be in the 80-85 degree range, with 15% to 25% humidity. Wednesday is expected to be cooler, and sunny, with lower wind velocity.
Current Status: Yesterday, fire became more active on the north side of North Fork of Slate Creek, but with the assistance of helicopter bucket drops, flames subsided in late afternoon. On the south side, crews made headway with containment lines, and mopping up hot spots. Again, patrol and mop up was the order of the day around most of the fire, while suppression repair continued.
Planned Actions: Today’s plan is to continue the work already in progress around the fire. Mop up and patrol will be ongoing on most fronts, again. Aircraft support will be employed wherever necessary, weather permitting. Suppression repair crews will restore hand lines and dozer lines to natural conditions on the west side, while felling crews remove snags. Mop up of spot fires in North Fork of Fiddle Creek will continue. Processing and removal of heavy fuels and brush along FR 463, and along indirect lines between FR 398 and FR is nearing completion. Patrol and mop up along FR 263 to West Fork of Allison Creek will resume.
Attention hunters: For current fire closure perimeters and units, see Idaho Game & Fish website: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/article/do-fire-closures-leave-you-hunting-spot-hunt.
Closures: Forest Service
The restricted area begins at the Forest Boundary at CR/FR 243, then east along FR 243 to the junction of FR 221 at Four Corners, from the junction of FR 221 and FR 243 south to Rocky Bluff Campground, from the Rocky Bluff Campground south along the Wilderness Boundary to the Salmon River at Carey Creek, from Carey Creek west along the Salmon River and CR 1614 to the Forest Boundary near Island Bar, and then north along the Forest Boundary to CR/FR 243. In addition, FR 309 (Hungry Ridge Road) is closed starting t T28N, R4E, NE ¼ Section 16 south to junction with FR 221 at T27N, R3E, SE ¼ Section 26, Boise Meridian. Also, FR 444 (Gospel Road) is closed starting at T27N, R3E, SE ¼ Section 24, southeasterly to Square Mountain Historical Lookout at T26N, R5E, SE ¼ Section 8, BM.
Owners of property within the closure area who need access to their property may obtain an access permit by contacting the Sheep Fire Liaison Officer (877-608-4027) or the Information Officer (877-599-7716).
For more information on the Sheep Fire: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3240/