September 27, 2012 Wesley Fire Update
Incident: Wesley Wildfire
For Immediate Release
Payette National Forest
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012 Fire Information: 208-347-3799
The Wesley Fire is now 53% contained.
The Wesley Fire had minimal fire activity yesterday. Most of the fire perimeter had 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. The current acreage is 15,263.
Fire crews continued to make good progress yesterday, gaining ground with fire line construction from Bear Creek and working north towards the Twin Lakes area. Crews from the east side of the fire are being moved to the west side by Bear Creek to reinforce fire crews already there. In the east and northeast area of the fire perimeter, recovery crews have been removing fire hose and equipment no longer needed. 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 patrol line along Forest Road 079. The removal of fire hose and equipment and the rehabilitation of fire line will also be a priority today.
The forecast for Thursday will be sunny and warm with temperatures expected to be 72-78 degrees with winds out of the south to southwest 5 to 10 mph.
An area closure remains in effect. Maps are posted at information boards, Ranger Districts, local businesses and post offices.
Community Fire Information Meeting
Today, 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 - 15,263 acres
Injuries to date - 0
Number of helicopters - 5
Number of engines - 20
Number of crews - 26
Number of personnel - 723
Structures Lost - 0
Out Buildings Lost - 0