Friday, July 18, 2014

Whiskey Complex Containment is Slow Going

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

click to enlarge Fire crews work to clear brush along South Fork Payette River Road. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
  • Boise National Forest
  • Fire crews work to clear brush along South Fork Payette River Road.



The Whiskey Complex Fires containment reached five percent this morning with the help of an additional ten engines, three hand crews and four helicopters that arrived on scene yesterday. The lightning-caused fires have burned 5,740 acres near Garden Valley since July 13. 



According to the latest from the Boise National Forest, fire behavior specialists said the fires are burning fuels more typical of late August conditions. That shows how dry the vegetation is, challenging suppression efforts.



The Wash Fire remains one-and-a-half miles from Pioneerville, with strong efforts focused on holding that southern flank along Forest Road 395. The road is being used as the holding point, so firefighters are paying special attention to where the fire has crossed it. An additional camp for fire crews has been established in Centerville, housing about 115 people.

click to enlarge The Preacher Fire was sparked by lightning on July 14. - INCIWEB
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  • The Preacher Fire was sparked by lightning on July 14.


The 30-acre Blue Jay Fire, burning 17 miles east of Lowman, should be fully contained by tonight. 



Ten homes in Pioneerville and 60 homes along South Fork Payette River Road remain under voluntary evacuation. All campgrounds in the forest other than the Hot Springs Campground remain open, along with the Banks to Lowman Road. Rafting on the South Fork is not being impacted by the fires, but boaters need to be aware of helicopters dipping from the river in immediate fire areas.



There will be another public meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Centerville Community Center. About 80 people attended the meeting last night in Garden Valley.



Additionally, the 33,864-acre Preacher Fire burning ten miles northeast of Richfield in the Twin Falls district is expected to be fully contained by tonight. A red flag warning is in effect for the fire area due to gusty winds and low humidity. 



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