Fire managers are working to move firefighters to that side of the river which has no road access and will require in-part rafting crews across the river.
The approximately 2500 acre Springs Fire growth yesterday to the north is still affecting the closure of Highway 55 about 1 mile north of Banks, from Milepost 80 to 84. Fire has reached the highway in a few locations, and is well established in higher areas above the road. Abundant rock fall is occurring on the highway due to the fire loosening those rocks. Idaho Department of Transportation is coordinating the traffic flow on the highway and it is unknown when it might re-open.
On Highway 17 (Banks – Lowman Road) the area from milepost 1.5 to 5.0 is restricted to one lane and is being escorted by a pilot car. Delays range from 15 to 30 minutes. It may have intermittent periods of closure due to firefighting activity.
The fireline is holding on the east flank, about ½ mile from the Frazier Creek rural subdivision and there are engines, pumps and hoses in place around the approximately 18 structures in that area. Crews made good progress on the entire east and northeast flank yesterday.
There is no estimate of containment and the fire currently is 5 percent contained. A Type 1 Incident Management Team will arrive late today for a briefing on the fire situation in preparation for assuming command of the incident. Nearly 240 fire fighters are battling the blaze, with hand crews, engines, helicopters and air tankers.
Very hot temperatures are anticipated to challenge firefighters again today. 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, but with the new spot fire access will be evaluated today.