September 26, 2012 Wesley Fire Update
Incident: Wesley Wildfire
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Fire Information: 208-347-3799
The Wesley Fire is now 42% contained.
The Wesley Fire has had minimal fire activity since receiving rain last Sunday the 23rd. Most of the fire perimeter had little to no growth. It is still located in the headwaters of upper Lick Creek, upper Rapid River and the headwaters of upper Boulder Creek and, to the northwest; the fire has burned passed Echols Creek to where Granite Fork Creek meets Lake Fork Creek.
Fire crews made good progress yesterday gaining ground with fire line construction from Bear Creek working north towards the Twin Lakes area. As the east side of the fire becomes more secure crews are being moved to the west side by Bear Creek reinforcing fire crews already there. In the east and northeast area of the fire perimeter, recovery crews have been removing unnecessary fire hose and equipment from the fire. On the southern flank crews are making good headway to extinguish any remaining hot spots and to secure the fire line. Resources will begin rehabilitation from suppression actions, such as returning fire line back to a more natural state.
Today's objectives are to continue building fire line in the southwest corner of the fire working north towards the Twin Lakes area. On the eastern area of the fire, crews will continue to hold and improve line along Forest Road 079. Crews throughout the fire will continue constructing line and extinguishing hot spots with support of helicopter water drops.
The forecast for Wednesday and the next few days will be sunny and warm with temperatures expected to be 70-75 degrees, with little wind predicted.
An area closure remains in effect. Maps are posted at information boards, Ranger Districts, local businesses and post offices.
Community Fire Information Meeting
Thursday, September 27, 2012 - New Meadows, Idaho - Meadows Valley High School - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, September 28, 2012 - Bear, Idaho - Bear Community Center - 6:30 p.m.
Start Date: September 9, 2012
Size - 15,233 acres
Injuries to date - 0
Number of helicopters -7
Number of engines -26
Number of crews - 31
Number of personnel- 837
Structures Lost - 0
Out Buildings Lost - 0