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Highrange Fire at 45 percent containment

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Highrange Fire at 45 percent containment

By C. J. Gish. CREATED Aug 11, 2014

The nearly 4,700-acre Highrange Fire near Grangeville is now at 45 percent containment.

The fire, started by lightning on August 3, is 20 miles southwest of Grangeville and eight miles west of White Bird, Idaho. It is approximately 4,679 acres with containment with 357 personnel, eight crews, 18 engines, two dozers, three water tenders, two skidgens, and two helicopters fighting the blaze.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are in place.

Structures Threatened: 30, Structures Lost: 3, one shed was lost in the Getta Creak area and two secondary buildings in the 4th of July Springs area.

Previous 24 hours: The fire continues to creep and smolder on the west half, and still exhibits active fire behavior with isolated group and single tree torching on the south and east flanks. A firing operation in the southeast portion of the fire was completed successfully. There was very little fire activity inside the fire lines, with a little heat showing on Getta Creek’s fire lines.

Planned Actions: Today crews will focus on mop up and patrol on the western half of the fire and the fire edge will continue to be secured around structures. Crews will hold and secure the south and east lines established by firing operations.

Strategic Discussion: Smoke from the nearby Somers Fire has created some shade over the fire allowing resources to take advantage of conditions to strengthen and secure control lines; however, excessive heat and very low humidity, in addition to steep terrain and difficult access, will continue hampering containment efforts. Sunday it was 106 degrees and 9% humidity in the valley bottoms and today it should be a bit hotter and dryer. Good chance of moisture and thunderstorms on Tuesday.

Special Messages/Closures: The Stage 3 evacuation for Getta Creek remains in place. There are no Closures.

Please reduce your speeds and use extreme caution when traveling on area roads.
Residents and recreationalists living in and/or visiting the area are encouraged to stay alert for changing fire conditions.