Mcguire Complex Fact Sheet - September 4
Incident: Mcguire Complex Wildfire
McGuire Fire Complex
Red River Ranger District
September 4, 2012 7:30 a.m.
Information Officers: Ted Pettis, Katie Knotek, Alyse Cadez
Info Phone @ (208) 842-2725 w/ answering machine
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Incident: The fire complex consists of the McGuire (contains the former Bagely Fire) and Herman wildland fires which were all started by lightning on 8/27.
Location: Five miles west of Dixie, ID.
Agency Jurisdiction: USDA Forest Service, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Cooperating Agencies: Idaho County Sheriff's Department
Incident Commander: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT). The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the old Red River Ranger Station, with fire camp located in the York field at Red River.
Current Size: Complex is 15,802 acres (McGuire 15,800 and Herman 2)
Containment: 5% Structures Threatened: 316 (Orogrande and Dixie/Comstock)
Status: The fires are burning in stands of sub alpine fir & lodgepole pine with a large component of dead and down beetle-killed trees. There is very poor access to the fire areas with limited safety zones for firefighters. The Herman Fire is located in the Gospel Hump Wilderness with smoldering fire activity. Helicopter water bucket drops are available for suppression activities. The Idaho County Sheriff's Office issued Evacuation Requests for the residents of Orogrande on 8/28 and Dixie/Comstock on 9/03.
Yesterday's Activities: Fire activity increased early yesterday afternoon as the overnight inversion lifted and the relative humidity dropped to the low teens. The fire progressed further east past Burpee Mountain, approaching Road 1188, and there was continued heat on the north flank in Vetter Creek. Six loads of retardant was dropped north of Dixie to support structure protection efforts in the Dixie area.
The IMT conducted a community meeting in Dixie with approximately 70 local residents attending. Due to increased fire activity, the IMT requested the Idaho County Sheriff's Office to upgrade the Dixie/Comstock area to a Stage 3 Evacuation Request. Local residents were notified of this action yesterday afternoon.
Current Resources: nine 20-person crews, fourteen engines, one skidgine, four dozers, two water tenders, and three helicopters. Total personnel: 374.
Today's Activities: The winds are predicted to be out of the northwest at 5-10 mph. Heavy air tankers from Missoula are available if fire progresses southeasterly toward Dixie. All fire crews will be continuing structure protection work in the Orogrande, Dixie/Comstock, and Red River areas.
Restrictions/Closures: An Area Closure around the fire has been expanded by the Red River Ranger District for public safety and now includes a closure of Road 222 except for local residents. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect surrounding the McGuire Complex fire area. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
For further information, including specific details regarding the Area Closure, visit: http://www.inciweb.org/; Select "McGuire Complex"