Elk Complex Fire Morning Update 8-16-2013
Incident: Elk Complex Wildfire
ELK Fire Update
For Immediate Release: Friday August 16, 2013, 8 a.m.
Incident Information: (208)-653-2459 (staffed from 7 am to 9 pm daily)
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Fire Start Date: August 8, 2013
Location: Elmore County between Prairie and Pine Idaho
Percent Contained: 40%
Incident Resources: 856 personnel including: 15 hand crews, 65 engines, 16 water tenders, 7 dozers, and 10 helicopters
Lost Time Injuries: 1
Structures Lost to Date: 81 total: 38 residences and 43 outbuildings/other
Estimated Cost to Date: $ 6,156,568
Residents and property owners of Fall Creek and Lester Creek are being escorted into the area by the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office at 8 a.m. until noon. Plans for opening the area to residents are being formulated by the Sheriff’s Office.
West flank: Four Hotshot crews are constructing and prepping fireline in the Tiger Creek drainage to tie the northwest flank of the fire into Lava Mountain. A burnout operation along this fireline is planned for Saturday. The remainder of fire perimeter in the Prairie area is being patrolled and mopped up. The goal is to keep the fire along the South Fork of the Boise River and out of the Prairie area. Crews are providing structure protection for Prairie and the Strawberry Loop.
East flank: Structure protection continues for the Pine/Featherville corridor, including keeping the fire west of the developments along the Pine/Featherville Road (FH61). Crews will be holding and patrolling the line for spots between Toll Gate Creek and Grouse Creek Road (FS Rd 166). Mop-up will continue around structures. In the Aspen, Fall Creek and Lester Creek subdivisions, hazardous trees are being felled as appropriate for access and safety. Idaho Power has replaced 45 power poles which were either destroyed or fire weakened to restore power. Power has been restored from the Anderson Ranch Dam to the Pine Senior Center.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect again today. The weather continues to be hotter, drier and windier. Temperatures will be 90-95 degrees, with minimum relative humidity at 5-9 percent. Winds will again be from the southwest at 10-15 mph.
Evacuations and Road Closures:
Evacuations issued by the Elmore County Sheriff’s office remain in effect for the communities of Pine and Featherville. Residents are strongly encouraged to heed the evacuation orders for their own safety.
Road closures are in effect for the Pine/Featherville Road, Cow Creek Road and Blacks Creek Road.
The U.S. Forest Service issued an area closure for the Boise National Forest, view at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3616/