Porcupine Complex Daily Update 09.27.2012
Incident: Porcupine Complex Wildfire
Red River Ranger District
September 27, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Information Officer: Brian Harris
Info Phone @ (208) 842-2725
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
G-mail account: email@example.com
Incident: The Porcupine Complex was started by lightning on 8/9.
Location: The Porcupine Complex is 25 miles east of Elk City, ID.
Agency Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Cooperating Agencies: Idaho County Sheriff's Department
Incident Command Post: (ICP) is located at the old Red River Ranger Station.
Current Size: 32,297 acres Containment: 0% Structures Threatened: 5
Yesterday: Mostly sunny conditions with higher temperatures, lower relative humidity and light winds resulted in increased fire activity that added 1,304 acres to the Porcupine Fire. Crews mopped up along the north of Forest Road 285 and removed hazardous trees along Forest Road 468. Crews began protection efforts for Observation Point Campground, Magruder Saddle Trailhead and Kim Creek Saddle Trail Head.
Today: The high pressure system over the fire will continue with sunny conditions, higher temperatures and low relative humidity. Potential fire spread will be low, with the greatest spread potential on the far southern perimeter. Crews will remove hazardous trees near roads, monitor fire activity, provide point protection for values at risk and mop up any areas of immediate concern. Crews are using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) which focus on creating the least impact upon the forest while effectively achieving firefighting objectives consistent with land and resource management objectives.
Road Closures: The Magruder Corridor Road (Forest Road 468) is closed from its junction with the Green Mountain Road (Forest Road 285) to Observation Point for public safety due to fire activity. Through traffic to and from Montana to Idaho is closed.
Area Closures: Special Area Closures are in effect for the 581 and 575 trails. The spur road going up to Burnt Knob lookout has also been closed. On the Nez Perce National Forest, Forest Road 285 is open with possible delays; Forest Road 357 is open; Forest Road 468 is open from its junction with Forest Road 222 to its junction with Forest Road 285. The remainder of Forest Road 468 is closed; Forest Trail 501 is open from 14-Mile Trailhead to Bargamin Creek; the 14-Mile Trailhead and Granite Springs Campgrounds are open. On the Bitterroot National Forest, Forest Road 468 is open from the West Fork Guard Station to Observation point, but is closed from Observation Point for the remainder of the Magruder corridor.
Special Notice: For Porcupine Fire photos visit: http://www.photobucket.com/porcupinefire
For further information, including specific details regarding the Area Closure, visit the InciWeb website: http://inciweb.org/incident/3171/