Monday 9/17 Powell Sbw Complex Update
Incident: Powell Sbw Complex Wildfire
POWELL SBW FIRE COMPLEX
Monday, September 17, 2012
Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
Contact: Molly Puchlerz Phone # (208)942-0303
Date Started: 7/20/2012 Total Personnel: 76
Cause: Multiple Lightning Strikes Size: 48,224 Acres
Percent Contained: 0% Injuries to Date: 2
Resources: 1 Type 1 Helicopter, 7 Engines, and 2 Water Tenders.
Location: The complex consists of three main and numerous small fires situated in an arc running southeast to southwest of the town of Powell, Idaho, straddling the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundary. The three main fires are named from east to west as: Fern, Cedar and Freeze Out/Queen.
Yesterday' Activities: With the clearing of the smoke and the increased visibility a reconnaissance flight of the complex was conducted. Moderate fire behavior was observed, with creeping surface fire and group torching observed. Ground operations continued patrols along the Beaver Ridge containment line, along the Lochsa River, north of the Freeze Out/Queen fire, and around the Elk Summit guard station and campground area. Last night's infrared flight showed that the complex grew by 1,152 acres; the majority of that growth was on the Fern fire.
Today's Activities: A high atmospheric system will continue to clear some of the smoke out the river corridor today. With today's weather conditions, fire behavior should be similar to yesterday. With increased visibility helicopters may be utilized to cool down any active fire along the Highway 12 corridor and/or recon the fires. Ground forces will continue to patrol Beaver Ridge, the Elk Summit area and the Highway 12 corridor.
Remarks: Reminder to Forest Visitors, there is still an area closure and trail closures in place for Powell SBW complex.
· For more information click "Closures" on Inciweb.org