Update to Ridge Fire burning near Lowman
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Firefighters were successful on Sunday as no fire progression occurred. Crews and aerial support worked diligently to keep the fire within the perimeter. Most of the fire activity was on the northeast corner.
Firefighters continue to mop-up, secure fire lines and build additional lines where needed. The Cat Lakes area will be staffed by a division supervisor and safety officer since rugged terrain and falling trees make it unsafe for crews to work. Fire spread is minimal is this area.
Helicopters supported the crews on the ground with water drops and began hauling extra equipment back down to base camp.
Yesterday afternoon smoke became visible in the area. Current satellite imagery shows the smoke coming from large fires in Oregon and California.
The fire yesterday was most active on the northwest corner where a portion of the fire burned a pocket of fuel on the west slope of Red Mountain. Today’s strategy will be to cool and contain that area before forecasted winds arrive on the fire tomorrow.
Crews have been successful in putting almost 10 miles of hose on the east side of the fire to
assist with hot spots and mopping up. According to David Olson of the Boise National Forest, "Since the start of the fire on 7/17 up until July 24th, a half million gallons of water have been put on the fire, 70,000 pounds of cargo have lifted to and from the fire, and 350 people have been shuttled in and out of the fire area."
A specialized planning unit has been assigned to the fire to identify effective strategies to protect
White Bark Pine and Bull Trout habitat potentially affected if the fire continues to progress that
The Ridge Fire, burning about fourteen miles northeast of Lowman, is only about ten percent contained, said spokesman Dave Olson of the Boise National Forest.
The lightning-caused fire has so far burned a little over 3,700 acres in subalpine fir and lodge pole pine.
Seven crews (totaling 140 crew firefighters), six helicopters, heli-rappellers, and miscellaneous overhead personnel have been assigned to the fire.
So far, there have been no evacuations.
“Monday’s fire activity was concentrated in the northern portion of the burn near Red Mountain and Cat Lakes. The fire progressed north into a portion of the old Red Mountain burn area from 2006,” said Olson in a news release. “Fire activity in the old burn was still carrying, but much lower in intensity.”
Crews continued constructing containment lines on the west flank where the fire’s advance has been stopped. Line construction will continue to progress northward where containment work has begun near Red Mountain. Additional crews will be assigned to that part of the fire.
“Helicopters are still working many of the spot fires which are continuing to occur downwind of the fire, to the north and east,” Olson added. “Seven fire crews -- 140 firefighters -- are staying overnight on the fire line and working toward full containment of the fire. No injuries have been reported.”
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