Am August 21 Elk Fire Update
Incident: Elk Complex Wildfire
ELK Fire Update
For Immediate Release: Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:30 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
Size: 131,046 acres – no change from yesterday
Percent Contained: 85%
Incident Resources: 450 personnel including: 5 hand crews, 25 engines, 10 water tenders, 3 dozers, and 2 helicopters
Lost Time Injuries: 1
Structures Lost to Date: 83 total: 38 residences and 45 outbuildings/other
Estimated Cost to Date: $ 9,510,202
A community meeting is planned for today at 11 am at the Pine Senior Center. Members of the Incident Management Team and the Forest Service will share information about the successful fire fight and burned area rehabilitation efforts underway.
As suppression objectives are being met, firefighting resources are being released to assist other firefighting efforts in the west. The Great Basin Incident Management Team #2 will transfer command of the Elk Fire to a smaller firefighting organization effective at 6 am on Thursday, August 22, 2013.
Throughout the fire area, firefighters will patrol and mop-up all heat that poses a threat to the containment lines or any structures. Unnecessary equipment and trash will be removed.
Under the guidance of Forest Service resource advisors, fire crews will restore constructed containment lines by placing debris, limbs, and displaced soil to help conceal them. Where needed, water bars will be constructed to divert flowing water and prevent erosion.
Hot, dry conditions are forecast for today, with a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms this afternoon. Maximum temperatures will be in the high 80’s. Minimum relative humidity is expected to be 14-18 percent. Light up-valley and upslope winds will range from 7-11mph.
The Forest Service has issued a revised fire area closure. View at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3616/.