Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pine Creek Fire Tops 2,700 Acres, 60 Percent Contained

Posted By on Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM

The Pine Creek Fire, suspected of being human-caused, has burned since July 15.
  • The Pine Creek Fire, suspected of being human-caused, has burned since July 15.

Firefighters will spend their Sunday patrolling containment lines and mopping up hot spots at the Pine Creek Fire, which has now burned 2,700 acres.

Fire managers said Sunday morning that the Pine Creek blaze, about 15 miles northeast of Boise, is 60 percent contained.

Much of Sunday's efforts will be focused on areas within 150 feet from the fire's containment line. Part of the rehabilitation process will include relocating slash piles that were created during the fuel reduction work prior to the burnout operations. The piles will be relocated to the east side of Grimes Creek Road at the Clear Creek intersection.

Grimes Creek Road is open, although intermittent closures will occur throughout the day as crews work along the containment lines.

Sunday's forecast calls for more sunny and hot conditions with high temperatures close to 100 degrees. Winds are projected to increase slightly, with afternoon gusts reaching 15 mph. The minimum humidity is estimated to remain at 10 percent.

While public land west of Grimes Creek Road and north of Pine Creek remains open, camping will not be permitted until further notice.

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