08/22/2013 Daily Fire Update
Incident: Incendiary Creek Wildfire
The Incendiary Creek Fire started Sunday, August 18th and is currently burning along the northern side of Lolo Creek, between an unnamed tributary on the north and Lolo Creek Road to the south, approximately five miles southwest of Weippe, Idaho. The fire is burning in steep, rugged canyonlands, spreading both up-canyon (Lolo Creek) and making short, uphill runs.
Jim Grant’s Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team began managing the fire Tuesday, August 20th, at 6:00a.m. An Incident Command Post has been established at Fraser Park, along Highway 11.
Managers worked with local officials and agency administrators to develop a population protection plan, identifying contingency opportunities as well as management action lines related to fire spread and the potential need for evacuations. Public meetings in the various affected communities are on-going. Numerous residents gathered at Fraser Community Hall on Wednesday, and a similar meeting is scheduled for the Glenwood-Caribel Volunteer Fire Station on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Late Wednesday crews, with support from numerous air resources, were successful in completing line construction around the southern end of the fire (nearest homes). However, with approaching thunderstorms and the associated gusty winds, that line will likely be tested over the next two days, so fire managers do not yet consider this line solid containment line. Along the northern flank of the fire, crews also were successful in getting the initial phases of line construction complete down to Lolo Creek. Crews and engines continued to improve and mop-up along fire lines constructed along the eastern flank of the fire.
Thursday, firefighters will continue to try to improve fire lines around the northern, eastern, and southern flanks of the fire, as well as patrol for spot fires across those lines. Thursday through Friday, weather forecasts show high potential for erratic, gusty winds and downdrafts, which will likely test many of the fire lines and could cause spot fires to ignite across lines. Incident Commander Jim Grant reiterated that “firefighters need to remain vigilant and ensure safe work while trying to implement our containment strategies”.
Closures: For public safety, the Clearwater County Sheriff’s office has closed access to several roads in the fire area, including portions of the Three Mile Road, between Schmit Mill Road and Lolo Creek Road, as well as portions of Lolo Creek Road, from Three Mile Road to just south of the Idaho County line. In addition, a Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect surrounding the fire area.
Evacuations: Wednesday, August 21st, 7:00 a.m., Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders for thirteen residences north of Lolo Creek, south of Three Mile Road, in the Lolo Creek Road and Hidden Valley Road areas.
For more info: For information, please contact Information Officers, Jennifer Costich, Bob Bayer, or Jeff Edmonds at 208-255-2056, 208-435-4963, or IncendiaryCreekFire@gmail.com. Closures and announcements will also be posted on www.inciweb.nwcg.org ; from the drop down menu, select “Incendiary Creek”.