Aerial and ground recons will continue. A Type 3 Incident Commander will take over the fire Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:00 a.m. Two engines and one hotshot crew remain.
A long-term fire management plan was developed which includes defined management action points (MAPs). When the fire reaches MAPs, fire managers will take appropriate pre-defined actions to mitigate fire spread. Firefighters and equipment will be scaled back or increased as needed. Smoke may continue to be visible until there is a significant weather change.
The fire is located a few miles north of Howe, ID on the Lost River Ranger District in the southern end of the Lemhi Mountain Range. It started August 31, ignited by lightning.
|Date of Origin||Wednesday August 31st, 2011 approx. 02:30 PM|
|Location||8 miles north of Howe, ID|
|Incident Commander||Marty Adell|
Variable including Douglas fir, subalpine fir, whitebark pine, sage brush and grass
Smoldering and creeping fire spread with single tree torching and short range spotting.
The Black Canyon Fire incident base camp was vacated Tuesday, Sept. 6. A Type 3 Incident Commander takes over command of the fire Wednesday, September 7, at 6:00 a.m. This will be the last formal Update for this incident.
Aerial and ground recons will continue. Interior islands continue to burn out, resulting in visible smoke in the area. Two engines and one hotshot crew remain to be ready for direct attack if conditions allow on safer, more level terrain. Protection of private structures and grain fields located south of the fire continues.
Growth potential remains high as long as the weather stays warm and dry. Smoke may continue to be visible until there is a significant weather change.
Rugged, steep and rocky.
The long-term fire management plan is in place. It includes defined management action points (MAPs). When the fire reaches MAPs, fire managers will take appropriate pre-defined actions to mitigate fire spread. Firefighters and equipment will be scaled back during quiet periods of the fire, or added as needed should fire activity increase. Because of the steep, inaccessible terrain, exposure to snags and other hazards, firefighter exposure will continue to be limited. Fire management decisions are based on a balance of concerns for the safety of the public and firefighters, the values threatened by the fire, forecasted weather, and expected fire behavior. Foremost in the decision making process is the safety of all, with the lowest risk/greatest gain decision which includes reducing the risk of fire adversely impacting private and public property and infrastructure. Smoke may continue to be visible until there is a significant weather change. Fire behavior consists of smoldering, creeping and occasional single tree torching. The burn severity throughout the fire area is creating a mosaic, reducing fuel accumulations and burning some of the stressed or standing dead trees. Essentially the fire will benefit resources in the long run. The last fire in this area was over half a century ago.
|Wind Conditions||6-11 mph N|