Firefighters made excellent progress on the Timber Butte Fire overnight.
No structures or residences are considered threatened at this time. The perimeter of the fire is boxed in either by roads or retardant lines. Today firefighters will dig hand lines and use dozers to reinforce retardant lines already in place. The fire is still estimated to be at least 7,000 acres.
Approximately 200 fire personnel will continue to fight the fire today, mostly with ground resources including five crews, 15 engines, and two dozers. Aerial resources will be ordered if needed.
The Gem County Sheriff is restricting traffic at the intersection of Brownlee and Liberty Roads due to heavy traffic from fire vehicles and equipment.
A Type II Interagency Incident Management Team has been ordered, which adds additional experienced fire managers and increases the fire’s priority in receiving needed resources.
The incident command post is set up at the Sweet-Montour School in Sweet.
The fire started August 9 in the late afternoon. The cause is under investigation.
It is burning in an area protected by the Idaho Department of Lands Southwest Forest Protective District. Cooperators include local fire departments, county sheriffs, Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Land Management.