8-8 Fire Update
Incident: Ridge Fire Wildfire
Ridge Fire Slowly Burning
BOISE, Idaho – The Ridge Fire, located about 14 miles northeast of Lowman, continues to show some activity with some interior burning, and in the past few days just outside of the fireline built earlier on a site near the west flank.
A 50 acre spot fire is burning on the west flank, in the upper Clear Creek drainage. That fire was caused by trees torching inside the fireline, which cast embers outside of the line, starting the new fire.
Yesterday a twenty person fire crew arrived in the area, and is establishing a fireline, using what is called an anchor point to begin. The hope is then to work along the fire flanks and contain it. They will have pumps and hose using water from Clear Creek, but as they get higher above the creek will rely on helicopter support and digging fire line.
Two additional fire crews have been ordered, and two helicopters worked Wednesday to cool and slow the spot fire movement. One helicopter is committed for today.
The fire has burned 5315 acres and is 45 percent contained.
Elsewhere, most of the perimeter is cool with no, or minimal smokes showing. There continues to be some torching of trees and under burning just south of the Castro and 8-mile Creek junction, with very slow movement south in that area. The old Castro Fire (2011) is acting as a fuel buffer, and holding any easterly movement of the fire. In addition, the old 8-Mile Fire (2009) to the south is a barrier.
Today, there is a Red Flag warning for lightning which could spark new fires, and create gusty erratic winds. Fire managers are preparing for this event. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect, which prohibits campfires except in a designated campground. Further information is available at the Lowman Ranger Station at 208-259-3361