Howard Fire Update Friday Morning August 23, 2013
Incident: Howard Fire Wildfire
August 23, 2013
CAUTION: Rafters and boaters using the main Salmon River are advised to use caution in the area of Elkhorn Creek. Helicopters will be dipping buckets and filling with water out of the main Salmon during the next few days.
Location: 11 miles east of Riggins, and 2 miles south of the main Salmon River. The fire is on BLM lands under the fire protection of the Payette National Forest.
Current Situation: The fire is burning in extremely steep terrain on the Salmon River breaks. As of Thursday evening, firefighting efforts had been highly effective increasing containment of the fire to 40%. Fire suppression activities yesterday kept the fire in check with only minimal growth as it continued to creep and smolder. Today firefighters continue to construct and improve fire line. In addition to working on extremely steep terrain, the firefighters are also dealing with falling trees and loose and rolling debris.
After last night’s thunderstorm, weather on Friday is expected to be clear and mostly sunny. Of concern to firefighters is the possibility of wind gusts reaching up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
The general public, rafters, and jet-boaters should be advised of the Howard Fire and ongoing fire suppression activities in the vicinity of the Salmon River and main Salmon River road. Helicopters are flying low and withdrawing water from the Salmon River at Elkhorn Creek. And there is increased traffic due to fire suppression activities and hauling of supplies along the main Salmon River road from where it leaves the highway through to Howard Ranch. Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in effect.
For more information on the Howard Fire, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3694/