Highway 55 traffic flows are not affected at the current time, and the Valley County Sheriff is presently working with the Incident Commander and the Idaho Department of Transportation on highway traffic needs.
The fireline is holding on the east flank, about ½ mile from the Frazier Creek rural subdivision and crews continue to work along that east flank which is a priority area. No other structures are threatened.
There is no estimate of containment due to the quickly changing conditions. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered due to the increasing complexities of the incident.
Nearly 200 fire fighters are battling the blaze, with seven crews, five engines, three helicopters and air tankers as requested by the Incident Commander.
Very hot temperatures and gusty canyon winds are challenging firefighters today.
The highway between Banks and Garden Valley is currently open with traffic control from milepost 1.4 and 5.2. Traffic is one lane and is being escorted by a pilot car. Delays today are about 20 minutes.
The fire is in extremely steep terrain with an elevation change of nearly 3000 feet from the bottom to the top of the fire. It is burning in a mixture of grass, brush and pockets of timber.
Rafters on the South Fork Payette River will need to use caution traveling the river where the helicopters are dipping. The river is currently open.
The entire Boise National Forest is very dry and citizens are reminded to be extremely careful with fire and other activities while enjoying the National Forests. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will likely be expanded to include the entire Boise National Forest later in the week. Under Stage 1, campfires are only allowed in developed recreation sites and smoking restrictions apply.
Editor’s Note: A Public Information Officer will be at the Banks Store for on-site information