Monday, August 13, 2012

Springs Fire Update

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.  
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
9:00 am
Current Situation: On the north flank of the fire, crews will focus on the area near Zimmer Creek. The fire is still contained between roads 689Y and 691Z, and firefighters will continue to reinforce those roads. The predicted weather conditions for today will test firefighters and containment lines, and firefighters were reminded to remain watchful for rapidly changing fire conditions. On the remaining fire perimeter, crews will continue to patrol and mop up any hotspots that could threaten containment lines. Work continues on the contingency lines between the fire and subdivisions to the north and east.
On the part of the fire south of Banks Lowman Road, firefighters will continue to mop up and fire proof (removing burning material that could fall or roll across the line) the east and south flanks. This is a slow process as crews are identifying all areas of heat within 50 feet of the fire’s edge. Along Highway 55 and Banks Lowman Road, engines are patrolling, mopping up, and identifying hazard trees.
Weather: The Red Flag Warning that was in effect yesterday did not materialize. An inversion remained over the fire area for much of the day which kept fire activity lighter than was expected. The Red Flag Warning continues through tonight at midnight, and all indications are that the Red Flag conditions will materialize today. The inversion is predicted to lift by late morning to early afternoon. Once the inversion lifts, fire activity is expected to increase rapidly. With an increase in fire activity, spotting up to one-third of a mile may occur. The probability of ignition (the likelihood that a spark that lands on receptive fuels will ignite) is 100 percent.
Public Safety~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.
Firefighters are working on clearing hazard trees along Banks Lowman Road. Power may be shut off and the road may be closed temporarily while crews remove hazard trees that threaten the road and power line.
Fire Statistics:
5 miles west of Garden Valley, ID Start Date: August 5, 2012

Size: 6067 acres (based on last night’s infrared flight)

Percent Contained: 30
Total Personnel: 515
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources Include: 4 Type 1 hand crews, 5 Type 2 hand crews, 27 engines, 7 dozers, 7 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 as they become available from the surrounding area.
NOTE: A web album has been created of photos of the Springs Fire. To view photos visit

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