Wesley Fire Update - September 13, 2012
Incident: Wesley Wildfire
Great Basin Team 7, Doug Crocker IC
WESLEY FIRE UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
Date Started: 09/09/2012
Total Personnel: approx. 267
Structures: 22 threatened
Location: 12 miles NW of New Meadows, ID
Injuries to Date: 0
Size: 4,082 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Resources: 3 Helicopters; 5 Engines; 5 Crews; 1 Dozer; 5 Water tenders
The Wesley Fire continues to burn in upper Lick Creek, upper Rapid River and upper Boulder Creek, encompassing the Lick Creek lookout. The fire is estimated at 4,082 acres moving north and northeast.
Fire is expected to slowly work its way downhill throughout the day. However, increased fire activity is anticipated due to a shift to a more normal W-SW wind flow and lower relative humidifies. Firefighters will continue to guard against fire spotting across fire lines.
There was minimal growth on the fire yesterday due to wind from the north helping to push the active fire back into the burned area. The fire continues to actively burn in the heavy downed fuels that are extremely dry. Fire managers took advantage of a couple of cooler weather days to build control lines and establish anchor points along the southern portion of the fire and continue up the east side of the fire as the most active fire is now occurring on the north and east sides of the fire.
Objectives today include keeping the fire west of Forest Service Road 079, to secure an anchor point along the southern portion of the fire and to continue line construction to protect Hells Canyon and the Boulder Creek drainage.
The forecast calls for a warming trend with low relative humidity. Air resources will continue to assist fire fighters with retardant and water drops as needed.
A series of public meetings are scheduled to provide information updates as follows:
Thurs. Sept. 13 7:00 pm Salmon River High School in Riggins (Wesley and Sheep Fire updates)
Fri. Sept. 14 7:00 pm. New Meadows High School
Sat. Sept. 15 1:00 pm Council American Legion Hall
Sat. Sept. 15 7:00 pm McCall-Donnelly High School
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions and road closures are in effect. For inquiries, contact McCall Ranger District at (208)634-0400 or New Meadows Ranger District at (208)347-0300.
Note: Building or maintaining an open fire outside campgrounds or picnic areas is prohibited.
Safety of firefighting personnel and public is of the highest priority.