Thunder City and Bear Lake Fire Update, 6 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 6, 2013
Winds are expected to be lighter and temperatures slightly higher on Tuesday, with low to moderate fire activity. 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: 86
Location: The Thunder City Fire is located 4 miles northeast of the Stibnite Mining District on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: As a warming and drying trend continues, fire activity is slowly increasing on the Thunder City Fire, with single-tree and group-tree torching observed about an hour earlier on Monday from the day before. The fire is burning within the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness. On Monday, the fire continued pushing down into Trap Creek on the east flank, with spotting on the southeastern perimeter. On the northeast flank, grass and brush carried fire upslope, indicating that fine fuels are drying out after last week’s rain. With the arrival of dry, unstable air, the fire could potentially grow larger or exhibit erratic behavior by mid-week. Some trail closures are expected, with full details available later Tuesday. Firefighters will again monitor the west flank and be prepared to take action if the fire pushes up against the wilderness boundary.
Because of the threat of fire spread, fire officials are asking the public to refrain from traveling on the road beyond Monumental Summit, east of Stibnite.
The Temporary Flight Restriction surrounding the Thunder City Fire has been lifted. Please be aware of heavy helicopter activity in the Cox Ranch area along Johnson Creek. 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 – Information (832) 380-6564
Start date: 7/19/2013
Cause: Lightning holdover
Percent containment: 0
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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