Trinity Ridge Fire Update 9-18-2012
Incident: Trinity Ridge Fire Wildfire
Date started: August 3, 2012
Number of Personnel:101
Location: Featherville, Idaho
Crews: Type 2: 2
Size: 146,832 acres
Engines: 4 Dozers: 1
Percent Contained: 70%
Estimated Containment: 10/01/12
Helicopters: Type 2: 1, Type 3: 2
Injuries to Date: 14
Structures Lost: 4 Outbuildings Lost: 9
Cost to Date: $40,954,289
Fire behavior within the Trinity Ridge fire has moderated significantly. All areas of the fire perimeter where we have been able to safely insert crews and engage in suppression have been contained. The remaining uncontained areas of the fire perimeter are being monitored by ground and air; the vast majority of these areas are located adjacent to previous fire areas or natural rock barriers,. Previous recently burned areas and rock barriers can act as a fire break, making the further spread of the fire into or past these areas less likely. It is anticipated that these remaining uncontained areas will continue to burn until significant precipitation is received. Helicopters will be utilized to cool hot spots when needed. Smoke may be visible in areas of the fire as interior pockets of fuel continue to burn.
The Idaho City landing strip is reopened and available for use.
A revised area closure (Order No. 0402-00-0025, Revision #7) is in effect. Details and a map of the current closure area are available at the closures section of this webpage. The roads in the closure area that have been opened are for through traffic only. Please be aware that firefighters and related equipment may be working in the area. Drive cautiously with headlights on at all times. The public is not to leave their vehicles while driving on roads through the closed area due to fire related hazards. The Idaho National Guard continues to man control points within the closed area.
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 closed to public use. The area of 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.