October 10, 2012
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Fire Information: Idaho City Ranger District: 208.392.6681
Mountain Home Ranger District: 208.587.7961
The fire is under the direct management of each Ranger District. A few pockets of hot areas continue to smolder and occasionally flare up within the fire perimeter with isolated smokes visible. Firefighters have continually cooled areas near major roads for the past couple of weeks and the cooler days and longer nights are helping to diminish the hot spots. The fire acreage has not increased.
Fire managers monitor uncontained areas of the fire perimeter particularly those adjacent to previous fire areas or natural rock barriers. It is anticipated these remaining uncontained areas will smolder and burn until significant precipitation is received.
Forest Road 172 from Featherville towards the junction with Forest Road 129 will open October 10 (today). Also, Forest Road 129 from that junction will open north on October 10 to the junction with Forest Road 156 (Phifer Creek Road). The District Rangers for Idaho City and Mountain Home Ranger Districts will continue the few area closures due to the continued fire activity – that includes about 25,000 acres in the southern portion of the fire (Trinity Lakes Recreation Area) and east towards Pine. Also, about 10,000 acres remains closed in the West Warrior Mountain area north of the Middle Fork Boise River. A map and details of these areas are at www.inciweb.org. Hunters also can access a link at Idaho Department of Fish and Games website regarding fire closure areas throughout the state at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/article/do-fire-closures-leave-you-hunting-spot-hunt
Burned Area Emergency Response:
Funding was approved for $4.5 million dollars to complete emergency rehabilitation for watershed protection, road and trail repairs, and noxious weed treatments. Work has already begun. A big project is to apply straw mulch using helicopters on about 1900 acres which is likely to begin in about two weeks. That work will be focused in the Trinity, Rainbow and Lost Man Creeks. The other significant work will be to improve culverts by cleaning the immediate area of debris, upgrading their size, or removing them. This is done due to the likelihood of increased water flows which could exceed the culvert size and overrun the road. Other work will be done on trails, with cultural resource protections, hazard tree falling and public safety signing. Resource experts including soil scientists, hydrologists, fishery and wildlife biologists, recreation managers, engineers and cultural resource specialists assessed the fire effects and developed the needs for emergency and immediate response over the past few weeks.
Size: 146,832 acres
Percent Containment: 75%
Estimated Containment: 10/15/12