Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Springs Fire Update August 15 a.m.

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

August 15, 2012
8:00 am                          

Current Situation: Today firefighters will continue to focus efforts on the remaining uncontained fire perimeter.  On both the north and southeast flanks, crews will use established hose lay and water drops from helicopters to cool down areas of identified heat. 

Dozers will work to complete the remaining 1.5 miles of contingency line closest to the fire today.  In addition to creating the contingency lines, firefighters will be placing portable tanks along the lines.  The  tanks are being pre-positioned in the event that fire activity increases.

Weather:  Slightly cooler temperatures are predicted after a weak front passed through the area last night.  This afternoon winds are predicted to be out of the northwest at 10 to 15 with gusts up to 25.  Firefighters were advised that erratic winds could be present in valleys as the winds pick up.

Public Safety:    The public is asked to not stop along Highway 55 or Banks Lowman Road through the fire area or where firefighters and aircraft are working (including where helicopters are dipping out of the river).   Firefighters need to focus on their fire suppression tasks and additional traffic can distract them from their mission. 

Much of the smoke that residents are seeing is coming from fires burning to the west of us in other states.

 Places to Get More Information:  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.  In addition, information boards have been established at the Garden Valley Work Center (Forest Service), Crouch Market,  Garden Valley Post Office, and Terrace Lakes Club House.

Evacuation Notification Line: 208-462-0552                     Website:

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Community Meeting:  A community meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 10:00 am at the Incident Command Post in Garden Valley.

 Fire Statistics:           

Location: 5 miles west of Garden Valley, ID                             Start Date: August 5, 2012      

Size:  6150 acres                                                                      Percent Contained: 65

Total Personnel: 593                                                               Cause:  Under Investigation

Resources Include: 4 Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 30 engines, 10 dozers, 11 water tenders, and

                                  overhead personnel.

Air Resources: 1 Type 1 helicopter.  Three additional 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.  If there are new fire starts, these resources may be taken to help with initial attack.

 Fire Term of the Day:   Hose Lay- Arrangement of connected lengths of fire hose and accessories on the ground, beginning at the first pumping unit and ending at the point of water delivery.

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