Little Queens Final Update ~ Friday, August 30,2013
Incident: Little Queens Wildfire
Start: August 17, 2013
Location: Atlanta, ID
Cause: Under Investigation
Size: 23,551 acres
Assigned Resources: 1 20-person crew, 4 helicopters, 5 engines, 4 water tenders, 4 camp crews, and overhead personnel. Total-195
Fire Situation: The southern spread of the fire toward the community of Atlanta has been halted. The remainder of the fire to the west and northwest has potential to grow but will eventually run into previously burned areas (Rabbit Creek, Hot Creek and Trinity Ridge Fires). The northeast and east flanks of the fire have potential to grow. These areas have scattered natural barriers adjacent to the fire. The east flank of the fire has potential paths for fire spread, following stringers of timber, with low potential to spread into the Middle Fork of the Boise River drainage east of Atlanta. Due to the rugged and remote nature of the terrain, the fire will continue to be monitored and action will only be taken when necessary and safe to do so.
Periodically, columns of smoke are expected to be seen as the fire moves in the upper Queens River drainage and Black Warrior Creek area. Areas with burning logs and snags will remain until a season ending event, either rain or snow, occurs.
An area closure remains in place for the fire area and adjacent land.
As the team demobilizes, some of the firefighting resources will remain under the direction of a Type 3 Incident Commander who will direct the tactics and maintain resources to manage the fire.
On Saturday August 31, the James Creek Road, along with the Middle Fork Road will reopen to public traffic. This will occur at 2 p.m. Travelers are asked to use extreme caution due to potentially heavy fire traffic leaving the area. Travelers using the Middle Fork Road between Weatherby airstrip and Atlanta must stay alert, drive slow, and watch for potential hazards from rolling rocks and burning material as well as trees falling across the road.