9-4 Trinity Ridge Fire Update
Incident: Trinity Ridge Fire Wildfire
Along the western flank of the fire, crews are continuing to prepare the Middle Fork Road for the fire's approach. Helicopters are being used to slow the fire's movement toward the Middle Fork of the Boise River. Four Hotshot crews are fighting the fire directly along its western flank, in the Pete, Repeat, Big Five and Sheep Creek drainages.
On the northern side, fire activity in the Weatherby and West Warrior Peak is being patrolled and monitored by air. Crews are also using brush-shredding equipment to create a contingency fireline from Thorn Creek Butte to Rabbit Creek Summit.
In the southern quadrant of the fire, crews have finished most of the active fire line construction and are shifting their focus to mop-up and using helicopters to cool hotspots in isolated areas where the fire skipped pockets of fuel. Overall, the southern and eastern flanks of the fire are looking increasingly secure.
Weather conditions today are expected to continue to be warm and dry over the fire area. Firefighters are bracing for the passage of a weak front across the fire during the late afternoon hours today. This front could trigger winds gusting to 15-20 mph from the northwest.
The Elmore County Sheriff lifted the evacuation order for the area from Featherville to Paradise on Sunday, September 2.
There is a large closure area around the fire. Details are outlined in the Boise National Forest Trinity Ridge Fire Area Closure Order Number 0402-00-23 signed by Boise and Sawtooth Forest Supervisors on August 29th, 2012. Details are on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3088/16582/.
For a map of the Closure, go here: http://inciweb.org/incident/map/3088/2/.