08/30/2013- Final Fire Update
Incident: Incendiary Creek Wildfire
This will be the last update unless significant activity occurs
Thursday, crews began to rehabilitate some containment lines in cold parts of the fire. Operations Chief Mike Almas said that “we have a real solid line” on the north end of the fire all the way from the dozer line to the confluence of the unnamed drainage and Lolo Creek. Lolo Creek canyon was again patrolled by helicopter. Several trees are still holding heat along the north side of Lolo Creek. A handcrew and helicopter assigned to the Incendiary Creek Fire helped suppress two new lightning-caused fires near Weippe and Greer.
Regular aerial patrols and infrared imagery will be necessary for some time in order to ensure that the fire still has not spotted across Lolo Creek. So far, the fire has not crossed Lolo Creek; it is burning only along the northern side.
Today, crews will continue working on fireline rehabilitation, including pulling back dozer berms, installing waterbars to reduce erosion potential, and leveling hand lines. Crews will continue patrolling for hotspots and spot fires, mopping up along the fire perimeter, and back-hauling equipment that is no longer needed. Fire crews will continue to support local agencies in initial attack.
A Stage 1 Protection Alert remains for residents north of Lolo Creek, in the vicinity of Lolo Creek, Hidden Valley, and Three Mile roads. Residents should remain alert to weather changes and fire behavior, as changed conditions could still result in the need to re-escalate the evacuation status. All road closures and temporary flight restrictions (TFR) around the fire area have been rescinded.
Friday, August 30 is the last operational period for Jim Grant’s Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team. Beginning Saturday, the fire will be managed by a Type 4 team, Incident Commander (IC) Phil Norton, working for CPTPA and the Idaho Department of Lands. Although many crews are being demobilized, three 20-person hand crews, four engines, and a helicopter will remain assigned to this fire in order to ensure containment and aid the local agency with initial attack of new fires. Because crew numbers are reduced, crews will be stationed at Headquarters. The ICP at Fraser Park will be dismantled August 31.
Jim Grant’s IMT thanks all of the cooperating agencies, Canadian fire resources, as well as the communities of Weippe, Orofino, and Kamiah, for their support during this incident.
For more info: For information through Saturday morning, please contact Information Officer Jennifer Costich at 208-435-4963, 208-255-2056 or IncendiaryCreekFire@gmail.com. Beginning Saturday, August 31, please contact Cameron Eck (CPTPA) at 208-476-5612 or Tracy Hasz (Maggie Creek IDL) at 208-935-2141.