22 July 2013
Contact Fire Information: (208) 392-9893 or (208) 940-0642
The Pine Creek Fire remains at 2,797 acres and is 80 percent contained. Beginning tomorrow, Kidd’s Type 2 Incident Management Team will be transitioning command to a local Type 3 Incident Commander.
Today crews will continue mopping up hot spots, progressing further into the interior of the fire, and mitigating resource impacts caused by fire suppression activities. Some of the rehabilitation work includes installing water bars on steep slopes, re-establishing road and trail conditions to pre-incident status, and protecting water quality for municipal water sheds. Firefighters will also continue relocating slash from fuel reduction that was done prior to the burnouts and begin breaking down and hauling out equipment and supplies. Some resources were released this morning and were reassigned to other fires, and the command staff will continue to evaluate staffing needs and release resources as necessary.
Today’s weather is expected to be a bit cooler than the past couple days with high temperatures reaching 95 degrees and the minimum relative humidity at 10 percent. The winds are predicted to be 5 to 8 miles per hour with afternoon gusts reaching 18 miles per hour. Interior pockets of green vegetation may continue to burn and produce minimal smoke over the coming days.
Grimes Creek Road is fully opened, although travelers need to use caution as firefighters will still be in the area completing post-suppression work. The area closure does remain in effect. For more information on the closure area and the Pine Creek Fire, visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3514/.