Update: 8-16-13, Firefighters Make Progress Despite Red Flag Conditions
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Fire Update: 8-16-13
Pendleton, OR: The Vinegar Fire burning in the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area near Vinegar Hill has doubled in size to an estimated 300 acres. The fire continues to burn in steep and rugged terrain in a remote area at the south end of the Umatilla National Forest. Air suppression efforts are going to be the focus of firefighters today.
Sun Valley, ID: The Beaver Creek Fire has now authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Beaver Creek Fire. FEMA funding is now available to support local state authorities, fire suppression, and evacuation costs.
The fire is threatening subdivisions in the area. Evacuations are in effect for Timber Gulch south to and including Zinc Spur on the west side of Highway 75. In addition, all of Greenhorn Gulch and Deer Creek is under mandatory evacuation.
Pre-evacuations notices have been issued for East Fork below Zinc Spur south to the north end of Treasure Lane on the west side of Highway 75.
“Our thoughts go out those whose property has been damaged in these fires,” said BHS Director Col. Brad Richy. “My message to citizens near these fires is to do all you can to create defensible space, listen closely to your local law enforcement agencies, and please evacuate when they ask you to. These fires are moving at high rates of speed, and no amount of property is worth the loss of life.”
“As a result of the wildfires in the area, the Intermountain Gas Company shut-down of its natural gas system in the Deer Creek Road area NW of Hailey remains in place a safety precaution. Intermountain Gas crews are standing by to perform further system shutdowns in the area should the fire situation require such measures. Currently, the 33 gas customers on Greenhorn Road will remain off until the evacuated residents are allowed to return. Incident Command has informed Intermountain that it will probably be late next week before residents are allowed back in to their homes. Intermountain Gas crews will begin restoring natural gas service then, when it’s safe to return. Residents are advised to follow all evacuation orders issued by the Blaine County Sheriff’s department and other State and Federal officials.”
Featherville, ID: The Elk Complex Fire is 125,033 acres and 40% contained. Crews have been taking burned out fuels and placing them behind structures in Pine and Featherville. The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office is escorting Fall Creek, Lester Creek, and Ice Springs homeowners into their neighborhoods for a limited time.
The Pine/Featherville Road remains closed from Highway 20 to just north of Featherville. The communities of Pine and Featherville are still under evacuation orders.
Valley County, ID: The North Fork Fire was discovered yesterday roughly 7 miles north of Deadwood Reservoir in the Bull Creek Drainage. The fire as of last night is 150 acres. 14 smokejumpers are working on the fire with 2 helicopters.
Anderson Ranch Dam, ID: The Pony Complex Fire is 147,881 acres and is 80% contained. Crews are mopping-up hot spots and monitoring the fire.
Jordan Valley, OR: The Juni Fire is roughly 200 acres with 2 engines, 4 dozers, and 2 hand crews to fight the fire.
Silver City, ID: The Sugga fire is located approximately 8 miles southwest of Murphy, north of Silver City. Fire crews have been able to successfully get around it. It is estimated to be 8 acres in size and holding. Currently there are 4 dozers, 2 hand crews, 2 helicopters, and 4 water tenders assigned to the fire. Smoke jumpers were also sent to assist. The fire was contained today at 10:30AM and expected to be controlled later tonight or tomorrow morning.
The Tank fire is 416 acres with very little fire activity today. The fire was contained Thursday at 10PM, now with an expected control at 4PM on Saturday.
The Bachman fire, located 7 miles south of Oreana, was controlled yesterday at 6PM. The fire size is estimated at 200 acres.
Due to high fire activity throughout Idaho, fire officials are urging people to be very cautious when they travel and recreate. For public and fire fighter safety please heed to evacuation orders and road closures.
A road closure is expected soon for Juniper Mountain Road with a road guard on Mud Flat Road due to fire traffic and suppression activities on the Juni fire. Currently, there are no evacuation orders or road closures for the other fires burning in Owyhee County.