The Wesley Fire continues to burn in the headwaters of upper Lick Creek, upper Rapid River and the headwaters of upper Boulder Creek. The fire is currently 12,276 acres.
It was a calm day on most of the fire yesterday with little movement along the perimeter and fewer spot fires outside the perimeter. Fire crews were able to improve existing containment lines while helicopters made good progress with water drops on the southwest portion of the fire. Additional resources continue to be moved to the southwest edge of the fire to concentrate efforts where most needed. Firefighters are staying diligent picking up spot fires across fire lines and extinguishing them when found.
Objectives today are to improve containment lines and extinguish any remaining heat up around the northeast area of the fire. On the southeastern edge crews are locating spot fires and extinguishing them when found. Fire managers continue to place additional resources into the southwest portion of the fire to secure the area. Air resources are assisting fire fighters with helicopter water drops.
The forecast for Saturday is partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of light rain and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be 75-82 degrees in the afternoon with 3-7 mph southerly winds gusting up to 15. Fire activity may increase a little today due to instability in the atmosphere.
An area closure remains in effect. Maps are posted at information boards, local businesses and post offices.
Community Fire Information Meeting
Today, September 22, 2012 – Bear, Idaho – Bear Community Center - 6:30 p.m.
Definitions: “Fire Break”, a fire break or fireline is a gap in vegetation or other combustible material that acts as a barrier to slow or stop the progress of a wildfire. A fire break may occur naturally where there is a lack of vegetation or “fuel” such as a river, lake, or canyon or a manmade road. “Going Direct” is working the fireline right next to the fire, when safe to do so, “Indirect” is falling back from the fires edge when too dangerous..
Start Date: September 9, 2012
Size – 12,276 acres
Injuries to date - 0
Number of helicopters - 6
Number of engines - 7
Number of crews - 22
Number of personnel - 715
Structures Lost - 0
Out Buildings Lost - 0