Little Queens Update ~ Tuesday, August 27,2013
Incident: Little Queens Wildfire
Start: August 17, 2013
Location: Elmore County, Atlanta, ID
Cause: Under Investigation
Size: 23,273 acres
Fuels: Timber (litter and understory), Sub-alpine fir, Douglas-fir, pine
Assigned Resources: 7 20-person crews, 8 helicopters, 14 engines, 1 dozer, 7 water tenders, 2 camp crews and miscellaneous overhead personnel-Total Personnel: 380
Observed Fire Behavior: Running, with group tree torching 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. Firefighters are working active fire along Middle Fork road (FS -268) falling hazardous tress. Rolling rocks and debris continue to impact the road, causing hazardous conditions for firefighters working on the road.
Fire Situation: An inversion remained over the fire until approximately 1:30 p.m. yesterday. As the inversion lifted, firefighters resumed aerial and ground ignition from established control lines and terrain features west of Atlanta in the Queens River drainage on the north side of the Middle Fork Boise River.
Approximately 8 miles of control line have been established from the north side of Atlanta toward the west, down the Middle Fork of the Boise River drainage to the ridge west of Synder Creek. The burnout operations along the FS-268 tied into the old Hot Creek Fire burn area of 2003.
Burnout operations will continue today along the west of Synder Creek ridge to the north using ground ignition, aided by helicopter if need. Heavy helicopter bucket-drops are available if needed.
Firefighters continue to patrol and mop-up hot spots (areas with fire) around the fire perimeter north of Atlanta and along the Middle Fork road.
In the community of Atlanta, crews continue to remove the excess hose, pumps and water tanks from the interior of the town. The structures engines will return to their home units today. The hose lays and supporting water pumps on the town’s perimeter remain in place, where needed.