Trinity Ridge Fire Update 9-13-12
Incident: Trinity Ridge Fire Wildfire
Trinity Ridge Fire
For Immediate Release: September 13, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Fire Information (Main): 720.237.4966
Fire Information (Pine/Featherville area): 208.653.2164, 208.653.2584
Boise National Forest: 208.373.4100
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Date started: August 3, 2012
Number of Personnel:264
Location: Featherville, Idaho
Crews: Type 1: 0, Type 2: 1
Size: 146,677 acres
Engines: 10 Dozers: 1
Percent Contained: 64%
Water Tenders: 9
Estimated Containment: 10/01/12
Helicopters: Type 1: 0, Type 2: 1, Type 3: 3
Injuries to Date: 14
Structures Lost: 4 Outbuildings Lost: 9
Cost to Date: $39,956,175
The Boise National Forest is reducing the size of the current closure in the area of the Trinity Ridge fire due to good progress in containment of the fire. The new closure order reopens approximately 272,000 acres to public use. Approximately 202,000 acres remain closed. The revised area closure 0402-00-0025 (Revision #7) will be in effect September 14, 2012 at 0700. Details and a map of the current closure will be available at http://inciweb.org/incident/closures/3088/
The remaining closed area is restricted due to continuing fire-related hazards, including smoldering ground fuels, burning stumps, the potential for further interior burns, and the risk posed by standing dead trees. Recreation access, including trail connections, was considered in reducing the closure area. The Forest wants to provide maximum access and use of public lands while also ensuring public safety. The public is advised to not leave their vehicles while driving through the closure area and to drive cautiously with their lights on. Be on the lookout for fire crews and equipment while using these roads.
The Boise National Forest is working with local governments (Elmore & Boise Counties) to safely reopen roads through the closure area while continuing to provide for public safety. Recreation facilities that remain closed include: all facilities in the Trinity Lakes Recreation area, Troutdale Campground, Ninemeyer Campground, and Hot Creek Trailhead near FR 156. All trails within the fire closure area remain off limits to the public use. The trail system on the north/south ridgeline between Rabbit Creek and Thorn Butte lookout will have heavy equipment and a fire crew continuing work on the contingency line until early next week. For the safety of the public and the firefighters, please avoid the area.
Fire crews have completed containment line around 64% of the fire. Portions of the fire perimeter remain uncontained. Fire suppression efforts will continue to keep the fire from progressing. Visible smoke is anticipated from interior pockets of unburned vegetation.
The process of breaking down camp and removing equipment and supplies will continue throughout the next few days as crews and overhead personnel are demobilized. Transfer of command of the Trinity Ridge Fire will take place on September 14, 2012 to a Type 3 organization managed by the Boise National Forest.