Howard Fire Update August 24, 2013
Incident: Howard Fire Wildfire
Howard Fire Update
August 24, 2013
CAUTION: Rafters and boaters using the main Salmon River are advised to use caution in the area of Elkhorn Creek. Helicopters will be filling buckets with water out of the main Salmon during the next few days.
Start Date: 8/17/2013
Percent Contained: 65%
Wildland Fire Modules: 2
Total Personnel: 86
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. By Friday evening firefighters were able to contain 65% of the fire and expect to have the fire fully contained by August 26th. There was no additional fire growth Friday, though the fire continues to creep and smolder within the existing fire area. Firefighters have been putting in a great effort given the challenges they face with extremely steep terrain, burning snags and rolling debris. Saturday firefighters will be mopping-up, improving fire line and they will begin rehabilitating areas affected by suppression activities.
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/