Fire Update, July 22
Incident: Ridge Fire Wildfire
Fire activity and growth yesterday was the lowest since the fire started. Pockets of heat inside the perimeter continue to burn and the resulting smoke drifted northeast. There was no increase in acreage due in part to two heavy helicopters dropping water on any areas of potential fire spread. Several spot fires started in new fuels downwind and were also targeted.
Currently the northeast edge of the burn is 10 miles southwest of Bull Trout Lake Campground which is the nearest recreation area at risk. The fire’s progress toward the campground slowed as the eastern flank moved into the burn scars from the Red Mountain and Castro fires. Continued slowing in fire behavior in thinner vegetation along the eastern front will make firefighting efforts safer.
Crews built more secure containment line along the western flank and construction on additional containment line began along the southern edge. No injuries have been reported.
Tonight, fire managers from the Boise National Forest and the Incident Management Team will host a public meeting in Stanley to provide information about the fire and to answer questions. The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Stanley Community Center.