Sheep Fire Daily Update - September 8 - 10:00 A. M.
Incident: Sheep Fire Wildfire
FIRE SUMMARY: Eastern Montana Type 2 Incident Management team under the direction of Incident Commander Stan Benes assumed command of the Sheep Fire on Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. The fire is approximately 1000 acres with no containment. It is located east of U. S. Highway 95 near Lucile, Idaho. Rugged, steep terrain makes firefighting very difficult in this area. Firefighter and public safety is and will remain the highest priority on this fire, followed by the protection of residences, buildings, and other infrastructure.
CURRENT STATUS: Four engines, four helicopters, five crews, and miscellaneous overhead are assigned to the fire. The fire is established in Sheep Gulch and working to the east and south. Residences and structures are threatened in the Lucile area. Dry fuels, predicted low relative humidity of 11-14%, and high temperatures are expected to produce very active fire behavior today. The goals today are; keep the fire east of Highway 95, continue structure protection and mop-up along Highway 95, and extinguish all spot fires outside of the main fire perimeter.
Many cooperating agencies are aiding in the firefighting effort including: Clearwater- Nez Perce National Forest, Cottonwood BLM Field Office, IDL Payette Lakes Area, and Idaho County Sherriff's Department,
BACKGROUND: The Sheep Fire started Thursday morning, September 6. Initial attack resources were deployed immediately. No residences or structures were lost. The fire spread rapidly into Sheep Gulch, growing to approximately 500 acres in the first 24 hours.
· Sheep Fire Information: 208-839-2113
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