September 21, 2012 - Wesley Fire Update
Incident: Wesley Wildfire
For Immediate Release
Payette National Forest
Date: Friday, September 21, 2012 Fire Information: 208-347-3799
WESLEY FIRE UPDATE
The Wesley Fire is burning in the headwaters of upper Lick Creek, upper Rapid River and the headwaters of upper Boulder Creek. The fire is currently 11,429 acres.
It was a calm day on the fire yesterday with little movement along the perimeter and less spot fires outside the perimeter. Fire crews were able to improve containment lines while helicopters made good progress with water drops on the southwest portion of the fire. Additional resources were moved to the southwest edge of the fire to concentrate efforts where most needed. Firefighters continue to guard against fire spotting across fire lines and extinguish them when found. In the Rapid River Corridor a number of bridges were wrapped with fire resistant material as an extra precaution against potential fire advancement.
Objectives today are to hold existing containment lines and extinguish any heat still remaining around the northeast and the east side of the fire. Line construction and locating spot fires to extinguish on the southeastern edge is progressing steadily. Fire managers will continue to place additional resources into the southwest portion of the fire to secure the area.
The forecast for Friday calls for temperatures in the 70s and 80s with light winds out of the North to Northeast with tree torching and spotting predicted along the fire perimeter. Air resources will continue to assist fire fighters with water drops as needed.
See the community meeting schedule below for upcoming fire information meetings in New Meadows, and Bear Idaho.
An area closure remains in effect. Maps are posted at information boards, local businesses and post offices.
Community Fire Information Meeting
Friday, September 21, 2012 - New Meadows, Idaho - Meadows Valley High School - 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Bear, Idaho - Bear Community Center - 6:30 p.m.
Start Date: September 9, 2012
Size - 11,429 acres
Injuries to date - 0
Number of helicopters -6
Number of engines - 7
Number of crews - 18
Number ofpersonnel- 628
Structures Lost - 0
Out Buildings Lost - 0