Approaching Wildfire May Cause Delays Along Highway 93 in Lemhi County, Ida
Incident: Mustang Complex Wildfire
Fire Information: 208-865-2207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Approaching Wildfire May Cause Delays Along Highway 93 in Lemhi County, Idaho
As the Mustang Fire continues to burn eastward towards Highway 93, the Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, Idaho Transportation Department, and other cooperating agencies are planningfor possible traffic delays in the event the fire burns to the highway. The affected stretch of Highway 93 is that portion connecting North Fork, ID to Lost Trail Pass on the Idaho/Montana border. Travelers of this major north-south artery may experience delays for any number of reasons including active wildfire immediately adjacent to the highway, defensive burnout operations along the road shoulder, dense ground-level smoke, rock slides or roll-out of burning debris, and burning snags falling onto the road. Agencies will make a concerted effort to minimize delays by having personnel and equipment standing by to assist with fire suppression, debris clearing, and tree felling along the highway corridor. Travelers along this route should be prepared toadjust their schedules accordingly.
If Highway 93 is subject to delays, Inciweb and other agency websites, local media, email lists, and other forms of communication will be used to keep area residents and visitors apprised of the extent of road delays and travel conditions. Transportation department electronic signs would be used to alert Highway 93 travelers to current road conditions. The Idaho Transportation Department (http://itd.idaho.gov/) and Montana Department of Transportation (http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/) websites can also be used to determine where road delays are occurring. Motorists should note that reduced travel speeds may be required along with the use of pilot cars should lane closures be in effect or dense smoke be prevalent.
For more information on the fire, contact the Mustang Complex Fire Information Center at 208-865-2207, or visit the Center which is located at the North Fork Fire Station in North Fork,Idaho. The Center is presently open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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