Thunder City and Bear Lake Fire Update, 12 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 12, 2013
Winds will be lighter and shift to the southwest this afternoon, bringing moist, unstable air into the fire area. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon and evening. A Red Flag Warning for lightning has been issued for the fire area from 2 to 10 p.m. today. The lighter winds will allow smoke from fires burning in southwestern Idaho to settle into valleys in the Yellow Pine, Big Creek and Warm Lake areas. 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
Location: The Thunder City Fire started 4 miles northeast of the Stibnite Mining District, and is now burning in Trap Creek and the West Fork of Monument Creek in the Frank Church Wilderness on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: Fire growth today is again expected to be eastward through spotting toward Roosevelt Lake, with some activity on the northwest flank. With warm temperatures, low humidity and light afternoon winds, single-tree torching is possible in heavier timber by early afternoon. If the thunderstorms produce outflow winds, some group-tree torching is possible after 3 p.m.
For more information on the Thunder City Fire, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3532/
Forest Closures: Because of the threat of fire spread, closures are now in effect for the Thunder Mountain Fire. Thunder Mountain Road is closed at Monumental Summit. The #005 Trail is closed from the Monumental trailhead north to the junction with the #064 Trail. The #004 Trail is closed from the junction of the #065 Trail northeast of Cougar Peak to Monumental Creek.
Bear Lake Fire – Information (832) 380-6564
Monitored by Air
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. Acreage has remained unchanged for more than a week. The fire is being monitored by air.
Forest Closures: No closures are in effect for the Bear Lake Fire.
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