Trinity Ridge Fire Update
Date started: August 3, 2012
Number of Personnel: 1,126
Location: Featherville, Idaho
Crews: 3 Type 1, 22 Type 2
Size: 90,664 acres
Engines: 62 Dozers: 2
Percent Contained: 5%
Water Tenders: 23
Estimated Containment: 10/01/12
Helicopters: 3 Type 1, 2 Type 2 and 3 Type 3
Injuries to Date: 5
Structures Lost: 4 Outbuildings Lost: 4
Cost to Date: $11,824,185
The Elmore County Sheriff has ordered an evacuation of the Featherville area from Featherville to the Paradise
area because of thick smoke and reduced visibility due to the Trinity Ridge Fire. Pine Featherville Road is now closed
to all but Fire and emergency traffic. An Evacuation Center has been set up by the Red Cross at the Pine Senior Center
and the Pines Resort.
Today’s Events: There will be a community meeting today at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center in Pine. Crews will
continue building handline ahead of the fire in the northwest and southwest areas of the fire. A small group of
firefighters will remain in Rocky Bar to monitor fire activity and work on clearing rock and debris from the roads.
Firefighters will continue to prepare defensible space and hand lines in the Featherville and Pine areas. No firing
operations have been conducted in Featherville at this time due to unfavorable weather conditions. Thunderstorms are expected today which may cause gusty and shifting winds around the fire. An additional helicopter from the National Guard was added yesterday to support the fire for possible medical emergencies.
The fire was active to the south yesterday moving into the area of Big Trinity Campground and Green Creek to the south.
Crews made progress constructing handline along Dog Mountain Ridge southeast of the fire. A small burnout operation
was conducted on the northwest flank of the fire to strengthen the section of fireline between the Middle and North
Fork Boise Rivers near Barber Flat.
Yesterday, thunderstorms moved over the fire area which created gusty and erratic winds. Lightning from the
thunderstorm also sparked a small fire in Robert’s Gulch east of Featherville. Firefighters staged nearby were able to
quickly extinguish the flames that burned about a quarter of an acre.
Closures and Public Safety:
Evacuations: Dutch Creek, Swanholm, Weatherby and Queen River Campground have all been evacuated. Many roads are currently closed as outlined in the Boise National Forest Trinity Ridge Fire Road Closure Order Number 0402-00-22 signed by Boise and Sawtooth Forest Supervisors on August 16th, 2012.
The road closure is in effect at the following locations:
-Road 227 at the county line east of Baumgartner Campground (Campground is closed)
-Intersection of Highway 20 and FH 61 (Pine-Featherville Rd)
-Intersection of Lester Creek Rd and Lake Creek Rd
The roads, as described above, enter into areas with ongoing wildfire activity. The area is closed for public safety and
protection from hazards associated with wildfire.