Little Queens Fire Update 08-31-13
Incident: Little Queens Wildfire
Little Queens Update Saturday, August 31,2013
Start: August 17, 2013
Location: Atlanta, ID
Cause: Under Investigation
Size: 25,338 acres
Assigned Resources: 1 Hand crew, 4 Type 6 Engines, 2 Helicopters, Various Overhead, and Camp Crew
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 that could reduce the fire’s spread. 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.
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.
Today, fire crews will continue to mopup and secure firelines along the Middle Fork Road. Fire progression will continue to be actively managed along the west and east flanks. Due to the rugged and remote nature of the terrain, action will only be taken when necessary and safe to do so.
One outbuilding located in Black Warrior Creek identified as the Overlook Mill ruins was lost despite aggressive firefighting efforts.
An area closure remains in place for the fire area and adjacent lands this includes areas located in the Boise and Sawtooth National Forest.
The James Creek Road, along with the Middle Fork Road has been reopened to public traffic. Travelers are asked to use extreme caution due to fire traffic continuing to patrol the fire area. Travelers using the Middle Fork Road between Weatherby airstrip and Atlanta must stay alert for potential hazards from rolling rocks and burning material as well as trees falling across the road.
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