Lemhi County Evacuation Status Adjusted as of 09/06/12
Incident: Mustang Complex Wildfire
Fire Information: 208-865-2207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
LEMHI COUNTY SHERIFF ADJUSTS EVACUATION LEVELS ALONG HIGHWAY 93 CORRIDOR - COMMUNITY MEETING TONIGHT AT NORTH FORK COMMUNITY CHURCH
Due to recent fire behavior and the fire's current location in relation to U.S. Highway 93 and associated residences, the Lemhi County Sheriff has revised the evacuation levels along the highway corridor from North Fork, ID to Lost Trail Pass on the Idaho/Montana border. The revisions are effective at the time of this news release and will remain in place until further notice. Local residents, business owners, and visitors should understand that further changes to evacuation levels may occur at any time based on the growth and directional spread of the fire. The revised evacuation levels are now as follows:
From North Fork Fire Department at Mile Post 326.5 and south on Highway 93, all homes remain at Evacuation Pre-Level 1 Alert.From North Fork Fire Department at Mile Post 326.5 and north on Highway 93 to Quartz Creek at Mile Post 339.6, all homes in the Highway 93 corridor are at Evacuation Level 2. This includes the Town of Gibbonsville and the Dahlonega Road community. From Quartz Creek at Mile Post 339.6 and north on Highway 93 to Lost Trail Pass, all homes are at Evacuation Level 1.
The Hulls Creek, Hughes Creek, and Ditch Creek communities remain at Evacuation Level 3.The Sheep Creek community is now at Evacuation Level 2.
The existing Evacuation Level 3 for Indian Creek and Sage Creek residents remains in effect.At Evacuation Level 1, preparation is critically important and should include precautionary movement of persons with special needs, movement of mobile property, pets and livestock. If conditions change, every attempt will be made to notify residents and businesses.
At Evacuation Level 2, conditions indicate a good probability that hazards associated with the approaching fire will severely limit our ability to provide emergency service protection. This is a situation where dangerous conditions exist that may threaten residents and/or residences. Residents must be fully prepared to leave at a moment's notice. This may be the only notice residentsreceive - every attempt will be made to advise residents and businesses as conditions change.
At Evacuation Level 3, residents are STRONGLY ADVISED to leave their property immediately as there is immediate threat to life and safety. By Section 46-1008 of the Idaho Code, with the signed proclamation by Governor Otter, an immediate evacuation of the area is required. The Sheriff will use all reasonable means to evacuate residents from the area and residents will not be allowed to return until conditions are safe (If you choose to ignore this evacuation level, understand that emergency services may not be available.).
Community Meeting: Mustang Complex fire managers, the Lemhi County Sheriff, and North Fork Fire Protection District will host a Community Meeting at the North Fork Community Church today, September 6, 2012. The meeting will start at 7:00 p. m. Information on the fire, current suppression strategies, and the revised evacuation levels along the Highway 93 corridor will be addressed. Time will also be allotted to allow attendees to ask questions about these and other fire-related topics.
For more information on evacuation preparation, please visit http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/. Additional evacuation preparation tips can be found in a September 4th Mustang Complex news release posted on Inciweb.
For information on the National Forest road, trail and area closures, visit http://www.inciweb.org/incident/closures/3100/.
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