Thunder City and Bear Lake Fire Update, 5 August 2013
Incident: Thunder City Wildfire
Thunder City Fire Public Information Office
Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District
Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-6945
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2013
The weather today is expected to be similar to yesterday’s conditions, but with gusty winds of up to 26 mph this afternoon. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are now in effect in most of southwest and central Idaho. For a detailed map and more information, visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.blm.gov/southwest/firerestrictions.htm.
Thunder City Fire – Information: (832) 380-6564
Start date: 7/19/2013
Cause: Lightning holdover
Percent containment: 15
Total Personnel: 108
Location: The Thunder City Fire is located 4 miles northeast of the Stibnite Mining District on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: The Thunder City Fire is burning inside the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is being managed for multiple objectives, including containment outside of the wilderness and confinement inside the wilderness. On Sunday, the fire grew by just 13 acres. With similar weather conditions predicted for today, the fire is expected to continue its slow push down into Trap Creek on the east flank. A passing upper-level disturbance will bring gusty winds of up to 26 mph to the fire area this afternoon, with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Firefighters will again monitor the west flank and be prepared to take action if the fire pushes up against the wilderness boundary. Crews in the Thunder Mountain Mining District will continue to clear brush and complete wrapping of structures with fire-resistant materials.
Because of the threat of fire spread, and to ensure public safety, fire officials are asking the public to refrain from traveling on the road beyond Monumental Summit, east of Stibnite.
A Temporary Flight Restriction 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 – Information (832) 380-6564
Start date: 7/19/2013
Cause: Lightning Holdover
Percent containment: 0 percent
Helicopters: Monitored by Air
Total Personnel: 0
Location: The Bear Lake Fire is located 10 miles northeast of Yellow Pine on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: The Bear Lake Fire is being managed by a confinement strategy to keep it within the wilderness and minimize impacts to Stibnite, Big Creek, Edwardsburg and Yellow Pine. There has been no change in the Bear Lake Fire over the past 24-hours. The fire is being monitored by air.
Forest Closures: No closures are in effect. Please contact the Thunder City Fire Information Center at (832) 380-6564 for any new information on closures in the fire areas. The Johnson Creek airstrip remains open for public use.
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