Ridge Fire Update July 31
Incident: Ridge Fire Wildfire
Location: 14 miles Northeast of Lowman, ID
Size: 5,263 acres
Fuels: Subalpine Fir with intermixed Lodgepole Pine and Douglas Fir
Observed Fire Behavior: Fire behavior yesterday remained minimal with creeping, smoldering and single tree torching.
Assigned Resources: 350 personnel
8 twenty person fire crews
Fire Situation: Yesterday, the fire burned additional acres into the Red Lakes burn of 2006. Helicopters with water drops helped secure the area. Smoke is still visible within the interior of the fire on the north end. This is due to piles of dead and down logs that are burning. Over the last few days the fire experienced windier conditions, which was a good test to see what the fire was going to do. Jason Butler, Operations Section Chief said, “a few things showed up so we still have some work to do.” Crews will continue to work towards containment on the northwest and northeast flanks of the fire.
Along the west side of the fire, mop-up was complete and crews began the process of suppression repair of the area. Suppression repair is the process of restoring fire lines by placing debris, limbs, installing water bars, and displaced soil onto hand lines.
As crews reach their 14 day assignment they will be demobilizing to their home units. Crews will be replaced as needed.
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