9-7 Trinity Ridge Fire Update
Incident: Trinity Ridge Fire Wildfire
Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of firefighters over the last month the command team is placing portions of thefire in aerial monitoring status. Crews and resources have been freed up to relocate from the Trinity Ridge fire to other fires in the state and around the nation.
Personnel are making good progress mopping up and securing control lines. Firefighters continue to patrol roads and utilize lookouts to monitor areas of unburned heavy fuels. Progress continues on the contingency line north to Rabbit Creek. Suppression repair activities are beginning throughout the burned areas. Resources are available to assist the forest with any new initial attack activity.
The Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team will hold a community meeting in Idaho City at the Basin Elementary School tonight at 5:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for the public to meet fire management officials from the Alaska Incident Management team. Current fire updates and details of the suppression repair plan will be provided.
Suppression Rehabilitation Plan:
As the Trinity Ridge Fire moves into its final stages, the focus shifts to rehabilitation. Rehabilitation efforts will be directed towards mitigating impacts from fire suppression activities and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work. Rehabilitation tasks include restoring fire lines and disturbed areas, cleaning campgrounds and trailheads used by fire crews, maintaining safe road and trail conditions, and protection of cultural resource sites. Tasks for BAER includestabilizing soil; controlling water, sediment and debris movement; preventing impairment of ecosystems; and mitigating significant threats to health, safety, life property and downstream values at risk. Preventing the spread of noxious weeds will be another significant focus of all rehabilitation and BAER work. Fire managers will work closely with Boise National Forest resource specialists to coordinate these efforts. For more information about BAER, visithttp://www.nifc.gov/BAER/Page/NIFC BAER.html.
The Pine-Featherville road, as well as the road to Baumgartner campground, opened to all traffic yesterday, September 6. The Boise National Forest reduced the size of the closure area around the fire effective September 6, 2012. The revised area closure is 0402-00-0024 (Revision #6) dated September 5, 2012. Details and a map of the current closure are available on Inciweb: http://inciweb.org/incident/map/3088/2/