Sheep Fire Update, September 23, 2012
Incident: Sheep Fire Wildfire
Start Date: September 6, 2012 Issue date: September 23, 2012
Cause: Human, under investigation Location: On the east side of Highway 95 near Lucile, ID
Current Size: Approximately 45,291 acres Containment: 37%
Sheep Fire Information Phone Number: 1-877-599-7716 and 1-877-608-4027
Resources Assigned: The Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team lead by Doug Turman, and managing the incident, currently consists of 30 engines, 5 helicopters, 13 crews, 13 dozers, and 13 water tenders (approximately 618 personnel). The Incident Command Post is located at the White Bird Rodeo Grounds.
Current Status: On the south side, fire was active Saturday near Southwest Butte. The southernmost extension of the fire remains between Allison Creek and West Fork of Allison Creek. Contingency line was constructed west of West Fork of Allison Creek. On the north flank crews were pulled back yesterday as a precautionary measure, due to increased fire activity on the south aspect below Dairy Ridge. Fire on the northeast corner moved toward the burnout at Patrol Point. Feller/buncher operations continued north from old Adams Ranger Station, removing trees and creating defensible space west of FR 221. The west side of the fire remained in suppression repair status. Structure protection was put in place around Slate Point Lookout. Helicopters were grounded yesterday, due to smoke limiting visibility.
Planned Actions: Suppression repair and rehabilitation will continue from Crawford Creek to north of Slate Creek. Mop up and patrol will be ongoing from Slate Creek north to Patrol Point. Feller/buncher operations will continue along FR 221, moving north from the old Adams Ranger Station. Skidders will remove felled trees. Along the southern flank crews will continue containment efforts and build contingency lines on the most stubborn portion of the fire, north of Chair Point Lookout. Around the remainder of the fire, direct and indirect line construction will continue, including preparation for possible burnout operations if the necessity and opportunity arises. Structure protection will be maintained where appropriate. Helicopters will be used to drop water where necessary, conditions permitting.
Closures: The restricted area begins at the Forest Service Boundary at FR (Forest Road) 243, then east along FR 243 to the junction of FR 221 at Four Corners; from the junction of FR 221 and 243 south to Rocky Bluff Campground; from Rocky Bluff Campground south along the Wilderness Boundary to the Salmon River (T24N, R4E, NE ¼ Section 3) at Carey Creek; from Carey Creek west along the Salmon River and FR 1614 to the Forest Boundary near Island Bar (T24N, R2E NW ¼ Section 18), and north along the Forest Boundary to Forest Road 243. FR 309 (Hungry Ridge Road) is closed starting at T28N, R4E, NE Section 16 south to junction at FR 221 at T27N, R3E, SE, Section 26. FR 2025 (Skookumchuck Road) is closed at the Forest boundary. FR 444 (Gospel Road) is closed starting at T27N, R3E, SE, section 24, southeasterly to Square Mountain Historical Lookout at T26N, R5E, SE, Section 8.
The BLM has issued a closure to all boating on the Salmon River from the Lucile boat ramp downriver to Twin Bridges for public health and safety.
Weather: Today’s winds will be from the southeast at 6-15 mph, switching to northwest in late afternoon. The relative humidity will be about 24%; and the predicted temperature is 75 degrees. The incident meteorologist reports that there is a good chance of wetting rain on the south side of the fire today into tomorrow morning. This may slow fire activity.
Remarks: Motorists are urged to use caution, resist stopping at pull-outs and drive slowly along Highway 95 from Lucile, ID north to the Incident Command Post (ICP) near the Slate Creek Ranger Station. Fire and aircraft traffic will be working along the river corridor near Lucile, and smoke will reduce visibility. River recreationists are asked to avoid using the Lucile boat pull-outs after 4:00 p.m. to reduce congestion and interference with fire suppression operations.
Cooperating Agencies: Bureau of Land Management Cottonwood Field Office, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, Idaho Department of Lands Payette Lakes Area, Idaho County Sheriff, Idaho County Emergency Services, USFS Salmon River Ranger District and several local volunteer Fire Departments.
Additional fire information can be found on Inciweb: www.inciweb.org