Fire Update: Pine Complex Making Progress; Elk Complex Still Active
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The smoke inversion is likely to lift earlier in the day than it has over the last several days. This would mean a longer active burning period and another difficult day for firefighters.
The Elk Complex Fire is estimated at 111,977 acres and 10% contained. Extreme fire behavior yesterday caused a 30,000+ ft. plume over the fire. Crews will focus on the northwest section of the fire, constructing line and moving the fire’s edge into last year’s the "scar" left by the Trinity Ridge fire. They will also focus on structure protection along the Pine/Featherville corridor. Concern remains high for possible spot fires across the east side of the South Fork Boise River.
The Pine/Featherville Road remains closed from Highway 20 to just north of Featherville. Pine and Featherville are under evacuation orders.
The structure assessment team working in the Fall Creek area has determined that 53 structures were destroyed when the Elk fire made a run through there last Saturday night. A total of 71 structures have been damaged by the fire. The exact type of structures lost has not yet been determined.
The Placer Fire is located about 6 miles south of Idaho City in Thorn Creek. It is approximately 100 acres in size and 10% contained. Three crews, three engines and two bulldozers are working to contain the fire.
The Pony Complex is now estimated at 143,900 acres and is 40% contained. The majority of fire activity remains in the Blacks Creek area. The southern and western flanks are showing little activity. Crews worked yesterday to secure line from Willow Creek down to Chicken Creek. Limited burnout operations were performed around structures in the drainage with the intent to preserve as much grazing land as possible.
Road closures include Blacks Creek Road, Indian Creek Road, Anderson Ranch Dam south on the Dixie Creek Cutoff to Highway 20, Prairie Road/Cow Creek Road north from Highway 20, Canyon Creek/Immigrant Road, Regina/Baseline Road, Mayfield Road and surrounding access roads.
Incident information for both large fires can be viewed at www.inciweb.org.
The Boise National Forest has initiated a large area closure that extends roughly on the east side from Road 181 to the junction with the Fairfield Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest boundary, including the Pine/Featherville road; north from Atlanta along the Middle Fork Boise Road (Forest Road 268) over to the Deer Park Rental Cabin; then west along Forest Road 327 to Idaho City and Highway 21 on the west. Additionally, the Trinity Lakes Recreation area is closed. The Middle Fork Boise River Road is open from the Spring Shores Marina for residents of Twin Springs and Atlanta and only as long as fire conditions allow.
Stage I fire restrictions are in effect including no campfires outside of an agency designated recreation site until further notice. For more information, please visit www.blm.gov/id.
There is a Fire Information Center established in Boise which will be staffed from 7 AM to 7 PM. The center can be contacted at 208-384-3266. Personnel at the center will be able to provide general information on large fires in the area.
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