Lodgepole Incident Management Plans Transition Back to The Local Unit
Incident: Lodgepole Wildfire
Crews completed mopping up the White Valley Creek Drainage yesterday with the assistance of aviation resources. Firefighters backhauled hoselays, portable pumps and hardware. They will continue to do so today and expect to have all supplies removed by the end of shift.
Rehabbing dozer lines continued yesterday with the guidance of the Salmon-Challis Resource Advisor.
The Lodgepole fire released 132 people yesterday to give other area wildfires critical resources. The remaining resources will continue to mop up the White Valley Creek Drainage and backhaul supplies no longer needed.
A community meeting was held at the Challis Middle School last night to recap the events of the Lodgepole fire. Seventeen community members attended.
A transfer of command back to the local unit is scheduled to take place Saturday, August 17. A Type 3 organization will remain in place to finish rehabilitating line and to monitor the fire to ensure it does not cross established containment lines. There will be five hand crews, four engines, one medium helicopter and other local agency initial attack resources in place to support the Type 3 organization.
The area closure and road closures will remain in place until all supplies and equipment are removed from the fire perimeter. After that time, the BLM and U.S. Forest Service will revise the closure to include only the fire area. This may occur as early as Monday, August 19.
This will be the final update from the Incident Management Team. Future Fire information can be found at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/scnf/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/ cid=stelprdb5377386.
Mike Whalen’s Type 2 Incident Command Team 3 would like to thank the community of Challis for their hospitality and generous support of the wildland firefighters.