Saturday, July 20, 2013

Summit Fire update 7/20

7/20/2013 at 10:40 AM

The Summit Fire in Boise County is an estimated 260 acres in size and 20 percent contained.  The fire is located approximately 14 miles northeast of Idaho City and 4 miles north of Pilot Peak, or 8 miles southwest of Lowman.

The Type 2 (regional) Great Basin Team 6 Incident Management Team took over management of the fire this morning under Incident Commander Tracy Dunford.  An Incident Command Post (ICP) will be staged in Crouch, at the same location where the Springs Fire ICP was placed in 2012.

The middle of the fire to its southern flank is mostly burned through, but the northern flank of the fire is still active and spotting.  Approximately 250 fire personnel and aerial resources will work today to secure line already constructed and will focus on catching spots on the northern flank.  Weather today will be hot and dry with low relative humidity, typical summer conditions that make fighting fire challenging in subalpine fir and lodgepole pine - the fuels that are feeding this fire.

Now that the weekend is here, recreationists in the area are encouraged to check fire information for closed areas of the Boise National Forest.

Lightning started the Summit Fire on Tuesday evening and strong winds spread the flames quickly.  No structures are threatened. 

Information about the fire is being updated online at this link:

Emily Callihan, Idaho Department of Lands 

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