Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Trinity Ridge Firefighting Effort Now Includes National Guard

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

More than 1,171 personnel are battling the Trinity Ridge Fire

More than 1,000 firefighters and support personnel made progress Monday on several fronts of the Trinity Ridge Fire, which has now scorched 94,718 acres. Unfortunately, a cold front is forecast to move through the region today, which may result in winds shifting to the south/southwest. A Red Flag warning has been issued for 10 a.m. through midnight because of possible thunderstorms and gusty, erratic winds after the front passes through.

Meanwhile, more than 100 members of the Idaho National Guard arrived in the Pine-Featherville area Monday night to assist in the firefighting efforts. The soldiers are expected to provide security for the area and stay on the alert in case emergency evacuations, via helicopter, are necessary. The Guard will be taking over security checkpoints at roadblocks beginning Wednesday. The Guard have set up at the Deer Creek Boat Launch and are expected to be on location for at least two weeks.

The Pine-Featherville Road remains closed to all but fire and emergency traffic.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will join Adj. Gen. Gary Sayler and Col. Brad Richy, director of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, on a helicopter tour of the wildfires later today.

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