Thunder City July 27 Update
Incident: Thunder City Wildfire
Thunder City and Bear Lake Fire Information, Payette National Forest
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2013
The Thunders City Information Center now has a hardline telephone 877-325-6905. Please call with questions or concerns.
A fire update will be provided daily to interested individuals at 10:00 am at the community bulletin board area in Yellow Pine, Idaho.
The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at Cox Ranch along Johnson Creek near Yellow Pine.
The Warm Lake Road (Hwy 22) will be closed from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm from the Warm Lake Lodge to Landmark for the 4 Summit Challenge bike race. Larger fire traffic vehicles will be held until after the race is completed and not allowed to use the South Fork Road.
Thunder City Fire:
Start Date July 1, 2013 Cause Lightning Holdover Acres 712 Containment 15%
Helicopters 7 Crews 6 Engines 0 Total Personnel 333
Location: The Thunder City Fire is 4 miles northeast of the Stibnite Mining District on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: The Thunder City Fire continues to burn both inside and outside of the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is being managed for multiple objectives including suppression outside of the wilderness and confinement inside the wilderness. Two crews were flown off the fire line from spike camp back to the incident command post yesterday. These resources will be made available for other wildfire assignments. Very few smokes were visible yesterday on the west and southern flanks including down into the Sugar Creek area. Crews will continue to rehabilitate any containment lines, suppression impacts, and spike camps. Crews are tracking the active northwest flank movement confining the fire within the wilderness boundary. On the east flank, the fire also continues to actively burn on the backside of Rainbow Ridge. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir, igniting trees, and sending embers aloft into surrounding unburned vegetation furthering the fire growth. Aerial resources resumed activities after the thunderstorms passed assisting with water bucket drops and resupplying firefighters. The structural assessment group is completing the assessments and defensible space treatments around infrastructure and values at risk in the Thunder Mountain historical mining area. This group will also be available to assist with initial attack and to respond to any new fire starts.
A Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) was flown in and situated on Cinnabar Peak, near the Stibnite Mining District. The station is supplying real time weather information.
To ensure public safety, fire officials are asking the public to refrain from traveling the road beyond Monumental Summit east of Stibnite due to the threat of fire spread.
A weed washing station for vehicles has been set-up south of ICP to reduce the risk of spread of noxious weeds.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place surrounding the Thunder City Fire. Johnson Creek airstrip remains open for public use. Please be aware of heavy helicopter activity in the Cox Ranch area along Johnson Creek.
For more information on the Thunder City Fire, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3532/
Bear Lake Fire:
Start Date July 19, 2013 Cause Lightning Holdover Acres 53 Containment 0%
Helicopters 0 Crews 0 Engines 0 Total Personnel 8
Location: The Bear Lake Fire is 10 miles to northeast of Yellow Pine on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: Original objectives for the Bear Lake Fire included minimizing spread of the fire to the south and west in the wilderness area. However, considering current and expected fire behavior, location of the fire, risk to fire fighters and to align with wilderness values, the decision was made to monitor this fire by aerial reconnaissance. Long term plans are being developed and management action points identified to confine the fire to the wilderness area and minimize impacts to the Stibnite, Big Creek, Edwardsburg and Yellow Pine. As necessary, suppression actions will be taken to achieve this objective. The Fire Module of 8 firefighters is hiking out of this area today.
Forest Closures: No closures are in effect at this time. Please contact the Thunder City Fire Information Center for any new information on closures in the fire areas at 877-325-6905. 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.
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