Sheep Fire Update September 29, 2012
Incident: Sheep Fire Wildfire
Current Size: 47,648 acres Containment: 41%Resources Assigned: Personnel - 390, Engines-16, Helicopters - 5, Crews - 5, Dozers -5, Water Tenders-13Start Date: September 6, 2012 Cause: Human, under investigationLocation: East side of US 95 near Lucile, ID - Nez Perce NF and other landsRick Kusicko's Regional Northern Rockies Incident Management Team assumed command of the Sheep Fire on September 29th at 6:00 a.m. The Incident Command Post for the fire will continue to be at the White Bird fairgrounds, off US 95 on Rodeo Drive, south of White Bird.Current Status: Yesterday, a warm, sunny morning changed to cool, cloudy sky by mid-afternoon, and light rain showers were widespread over the fire. The damp, cool weather kept fire from coming out of the drainage in West Fork of Allison Creek. The two spot fires in Fiddle Creek were checked, and mop up was initiated. North of Old Adams Ranger Station, skidding and processing of woody material continued. Woody debris was chipped along FR 2008, and the chipper was moved to FR 243. The containment line from Patrol Point west was patrolled.Planned Actions: Mop up of both spot fires in Fiddle Creek will be completed today. Patrol and mop up one chain deep will be the order of the day along the east side of Allison Creek, and along FR 263 to West Fork of Allison Creek. Suppression repair will continue on dozer lines and hand lines south of Fiddle Creek. On the north side, the entire containment line will be patrolled, and any hotspots will be mopped up. Along FR 463, processing of woody material and removal of logs and slash will continue. Crews will also process fuels along indirect line between FR 398 and FR 221.Private landowners who have suffered damage from the Sheep Fire may contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service at (208)983-1046 ext. 109. The NRCS may be able to provide some services for you. Also, the Idaho Department of Lands can provide reforestation technical assistance (208-924-5571). Businesses impacted by wildfires may contact the SBA (Small Business Administration) to apply for Economic Injury Disaster loans at (800)659-2955, or www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.Weather: Today's temperatures will range from 60 to 70 degrees, relative humidity 35% to 40%, and wind west at 15-18 mph. A cloudy morning will change to a clear sky in the afternoon.Attention hunters: For current fire closure perimeters and units, see Idaho Game & Fish website: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/article/do-fire-closures-leave-you-hunting-spot-hunt.Closures:Forest ServiceThe restricted area begins at the Forest Boundary at CR/FR 243, then east along FR 243 to the junction of FR 221 at Four Corners, from the junction of FR 221 and FR 243 south to Rocky Bluff Campground, from the Rocky Bluff Campground south along the Wilderness Boundary to the Salmon River at Carey Creek, from Carey Creek west along the Salmon River and CR 1614 to the Forest Boundary near Island Bar, and then north along the Forest Boundary to CR/FR 243. In addition, FR 309 (Hungry Ridge Road) is closed starting t T28N, R4E, NE ¼ Section 16 south to junction with FR 221 at T27N, R3E, SE ¼ Section 26, Boise Meridian. Also, FR 444 (Gospel Road) is closed starting at T27N, R3E, SE ¼ Section 24, southeasterly to Square Mountain Historical Lookout at T26N, R5E, SE ¼ Section 8, BM.For more information on the Sheep Fire: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3240/###Fire UpdateSheep Fire877 599 7716Saturday, September 29, 2012 8 a.m.