Thursday, July 12, 2012

Boise National Forest Fire Update

July 12, 2012,  at 9 AM                                                                     
David Olson 861-0768

                                              Boise Fire Update

Boise, ID – Idaho Department of Lands and Boise National Forest fire fighters will focus today on completing fire line construction and securing those fire lines already completed on the estimated 210 acre Avelene Fire located near the Clear Creek Sub-division off Grimes Creek Road in Boise County.  (Acreage reported earlier decreased due to better mapping)

The fire remains at 45 percent containment and fire managers commended the excellent work of the nearly 150 firefighters battling the blaze which started Tuesday afternoon.  Excellent support has come from the Clear Creek and Wilderness Ranch Rural Fire Departments.  Full containment is estimated July 13 at 6 PM.

Fire managers remain concerned with the forecasted extremely hot and dry conditions.  The fire has burned actively on the ground but largely stayed out of the tree crowns which have helped firefighters.  

The voluntary evacuation issued yesterday by Boise County Sheriff Ben Roeber remains in effect. The notice remains largely because of concerns with potential increased fire activity this afternoon. Public access on Grimes Creek Road is restricted in the fire area due to smoke and high fire traffic.   

The three fires that started on Tuesday burned together yesterday and the fire is under investigation. 

Four hand crews, nine engines, three helicopters and air tankers will be used today to battle the blaze. Two new crews arrived early this morning.

The C Fire, burning 10 miles east of Donnelly in Valley County is 30 percent contained and 6 fire crews and 2 helicopters will focus today on building additional fire line.  Over 150 firefighters are involved and they made excellent progress yesterday.  A Type 2 Team (Incident Commander Bob Sommer) assumed command of the fire this morning.  The fire is on Boise National Forest land, but is within the Southern Idaho Timber Protection Association fire response area.  Full containment of the fire is anticipated July 13 at 6 PM.  (end)

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