August 10 Evening Update
Incident: Elk Complex Wildfire
Transfer of command occurred on both the Elk and Pony Complexes at 6:00 p.m. this evening from the local initial attack resources to the following:
The Elk Complex is being managed by the Type 1 Great Basin Incident Management Team #2 under the command of Rich Harvey and the location of the Incident Command Post (ICP) will be in Pine. Extreme fire behavior was observed today which caused the fire to cross the South Fork of the Boise River multiple times at both Danskin Bridge and Cow Creek. Aerial resources used both retardant and water drops to help crews on the ground with suppression activities.
The Pony Complex is being managed by a Type II Great Basin Incident Management Team #5 under the command of Mike Wilde and the location of their ICP is at the Mountain Home Armory. The fire made an aggressive push towards the west and approximately 200 homes have been evacuated from the community of Mayfield and its surrounding area. Officials with Elmore County went door-to-door to alert residences of the imminent fire danger.
The acreage for both fires is estimated at 90,000 acres;
Elk Complex 30,000 acres
Pony Complex 60,000 acres
Incident information for both fires can be viewed at www.inciweb.org
The following road closures continue to be place:
Blacks Creek Road off I-84 at the Ada/Elmore County line
Indian Creek Road off I-84 at exit 71
Anderson Ranch Dam south on the Dixie Creek Cut-off to Hwy 20
Prairie Road/Cow Creek Road heading north from Hwy 20
Forest Road 128 from Pine to Falls Creek Road
Due to extreme fire behavior, the following area evacuations have been issued by the Elmore County sheriff’s office:
The community of Prairie and Mayfield (which includes Regina, Indian Creek and Baseline);
Anderson Dam Reservoir up Fall Creek Road to Ice Springs Campground then east to Lester Creek Guard Station;
Danskin fire lookout.
The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter at the Good Council Hall in Mt. Home for any residents that have been displaced due to the fires.
The Boise National Forest has initiated a large area closure that extends roughly from the Pine/Featherville road on the east; Forest Road172 and the William Pogue Trail to the north; the Middle Fork of the Boise River to Arrowrock Reservoir; then extending south along the forest boundary to the north side of Anderson Ranch Reservoir. Additionally, the Trinity Lakes Recreation area is closed.
The Anderson Ranch Reservoir, the Middle Fork of the Boise River Road and the Pine/Featherville Road are open to public use.
For specific information and a map, please visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3616/.
Other Fires burning:
The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is managing multiple fires within their jurisdiction:
The Pilot Fire has burned approximately 11 acres and is 10 miles east of Garden Valley;
The Missouri Fire is a ¼ acre in size and located 2 miles North of Pioneerville
The Clear Fire is a 1/10 acre in size and located 2 miles Northeast of Pioneerville
The Boise National Forest demobed seven lighting caused fires today and has two fires that have not yet reached full containment:
The Casner Fire is 1 acre in size and located is 8 miles southeast of Deadwood Reservoir
The Danskin is 2/10 acre in size and located is 6 miles east of Garden Valley
Stage I fire restrictions remain in effect including using a campfire outside of an agency designated recreation site until further notice. For more information, please visit www.blm.gov/id.
There is a Fire Information Center established in Boise which will be staffed from 7 AM to 7 PM., and the center can be contacted at 208-384-3266. Personnel at the center will be able to provide general information on large fires in the area.
For more information on Wildfire Smoke and your Health please visit: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/WildfireSmoke/tabid/2172/Default.aspx