Thunder City and Bear Lake Fire Updates
Incident: Thunder City Wildfire
Thunder City and Bear Lake Fire Information, Payette National Forest
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2013
Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Doug Johnson IC, is currently managing the Thunder City and Bear Lake fires for the Payette National Forest.
Thunder City Fire:
Start Date 7/19/2013 Cause Lightening Holdover Acres 494 Containment 10%
Helicopters 4 Engines 0 Crews 6 Total Personnel 259
Location: The Thunder City Fire is 4 miles northeast of the Stibnite Mining District on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: The fire is burning both inside and outside of the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness and is being managed for multiple objectives including suppression outside of the wilderness. Very light to no wind over the fire area yesterday resulted in little perimeter growth on the Thunder City Fire. Crews were shuttled in by helicopter and worked securing lines and extinguishing hot spots. Firefighters spent last night spiked out near the fireline to get an early start working this morning. Food and supplies were sling-loaded to the crews by helicopter.
Last night’s infra-red flight over the fire area indicated very few heat sources on the western perimeter outside of the wilderness area. Crews will continue to mop up and patrol this line today. The infra-red showed pockets of heat along the northwestern corner of the perimeter inside the wilderness boundary. Crews will concentrate efforts to check fire movement towards Stibnite Mine using minimal impact suppression tactics (MIST) and natural barriers. Along the southern perimeter, crews will work the fire’s edge from the wilderness boundary into Sugar Creek using MIST and natural barriers. Aerial resources will be assisting as needed with water bucket drops and resupplying firefighters. A structural assessment group is meeting with local Forest fire personnel to discuss the protection needs of the Thunder Mountain historical mining area.
Weather is predicted to be slightly cooler with a small increase in humidity that should assist the firefighting efforts. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms predicted for today.
To ensure public safety, there is no traffic being allowed on the road beyond Monumental Summit east of Stibnite due to the threat of fire spread.
The Incident Command Post located east of the community of Lake Fork will be moved over the next several days to Cox Ranch along Johnson Creek. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place surrounding the Thunder City Fire. Johnson Creek airstrip remains open for public use.
For more information on the Thunder City Fire, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3532/
Bear Lake Fire:
Start Date 7/19/2013 Cause Lightening Holdover Acres 20 Containment 0%
Helicopters 0 Engines 0 Crews 0 Total Personnel 8
Location: The Bear Lake Fire is 10 miles to northeast of Yellow Pine on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: There was minimal fire activity on the Bear Lake Fire yesterday. The fire is staffed with 8 members of a Fire Module to monitor activity and limit fire spread. Aerial resources are assisting as needed.
Forest Closures: No closures are in effect at this time. Please contact the Thunder Mountain Fire Information Center for any new information on closures in the fire areas at 208-634-5299. The Johnson Creek airstrip remains open for public use. The Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival is still planned to take place August 2nd - 4th and is not expected to be impacted by these fires.
Public Meetings: A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 25st at 11 am at the Yellow Pine Community Center.
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