Monday, August 13, 2012

Springs Fire 65% Contained

Springs Fire Update

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team- Bill Hahnenberg, Incident Commander   
Information Center: 384-3266
Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

August 13, 2012
8:00 pm                          
Current Situation:   As a result of the good work by firefighters, the fire is now 65 percent contained.  The northwest, west, much of the south, and half of the east flanks are now contained.    An inversion remained over the fire area for much of the day which provided the firefighters the opportunity to build direct handline on portions of the north flank.  Crews will work to improve this line and continue line construction along the northeast perimeter.  Firefighters also continue to make progress on the contingency lines between the fire and subdivisions to the north and east.  Good progress was also made today on the part of the fire south of Banks Lowman Road.  Crews continue to build containment lines on the southeast flank, and mop up the remaining fire perimeter.  
Weather:  A Red Flag Warning is still in effect until midnight tonight.  An inversion remained over the fire area for much of the day which kept fire activity light.  Monsoonal moisture is moving up from the south, but will remain south of the fire area.  High pressure from the south and low pressure north of the fire will cause breezy conditions over the next two days. 
Public Safety:  Boise County has established an evacuation notification line that residents can call.  A brief recorded message will update the caller on the status of any evacuations or other notifications.  The number to call is 208-462-0552.
An information station has been set up at the Terrace Lakes maintenance shop (across from the golf course).  The station is staffed with personnel providing fire and preparedness information.
Fire Statistics:           
Location: 5 miles west of Garden Valley, ID                             Start Date: August 5, 2012      
Size:  6070 acres                                                                      Percent Contained: 65
Total Personnel: 543                                                               Cause:  Under Investigation

Resources Include: 4 Type 1 hand crews, 5 Type 2 hand crews, 29 engines, 9 dozers, 10 water tenders and overhead personnel.

Air Resources: 3 helicopters that are used for initial attack are currently being used to support the incident.  Additional air resources are assisting from other fires and adjacent forests.
 NOTE:  Web albums have been created for the Springs Fire.  To view photos visit and
 **I have created a Facebook page for firefighters on our incidents. I share with them the thank you notes that we receive  from our incidents. If you would like to share your words of thanks, please contact me. Brenda

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