Little Queens Fire Update-08242013
Incident: Little Queens Wildfire
Start: August 17, 2013
Location: Elmore County, one mile northwest of Atlanta, ID
Cause: Under Investigation
Size: 16,212 acres
Fuels: Timber (litter and understory), Sub-alpine fir, Douglas-fir, pine
Assigned Resources: 8 20-person crews, 5 helicopters, 19 engines, 1 dozer, 6 water tenders, 2 camp crews and miscellaneous overhead personnel-Total Personnel: 387
Observed Fire Behavior: Running, with passive crown fire and mid-range spotting
Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Atlanta, ID. Firefighting forces are allowed ingress and egress to Atlanta in the course of their duties. Neither the public nor residents are allowed to enter Atlanta at this time for public safety reasons.
Fire Situation: The fire made a significant push to the southeast late in the day August 22. This fire movement made it unsafe for firefighters to directly attack the fire. Yesterday, to stop the fire’s spread toward Atlanta, firefighters initiated a burnout operation using a helicopter and ground crews.
A burnout operation is a fire suppression tactic to remove fuel (grasses, leaves, needles, brush) located between an advancing fire and an established constructed fire line or natural barrier. Weather conditions, slope, the amount of accumulated fuels, time of day, resource availability, and firefighter safety are all considered prior to initiating a burnout operation.
The intent of a burnout operation is for the fire to slowly move from the established control line toward the advancing main fire to effectively remove the unburned fuel. This tactic widens the established control line, reduces the potential fire intensity, and can make containment and control more successful for firefighters.
Yesterday’s burnout operation widened about a mile of the indirect fireline northeast of Atlanta. Plans are to continue the burnout operation toward the west today.
Firefighters monitored the progress and intensity of the burnout through the night. Structure protection operations will continue in the community of Atlanta, ID.
More information and photos on this incident is available at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3681