Monday, July 21, 2014

Whiskey Complex: 9,600 Acres Burned, One Structure Lost, 40 Percent Containment

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

click to enlarge Fire crews execute a controlled burnout along South Fork Payette River Road. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
  • Boise National Forest
  • Fire crews execute a controlled burnout along South Fork Payette River Road.

After a few lightning strikes were delivered by last night's thunderstorms, the Boise National Forest reports that no new fires have been spotted. Fire officials still have their hands full with the two fires comprising the Whiskey Complex, which have burned more than 9,600 acres. Almost 1,100 personnel are on hand, made up of 33 crews, 41 engines and 10 helicopters. 

One structure—an unoccupied cabin—was lost in the blaze on the night of July 17 on Mineral Mountain. The remote location of the cabin and active fire around it kept firefighters from saving the home, but it's the only structure that's been lost so far.

The latest information on the fires states that "very good progress has been made over the last few days," and the fires are now 40 percent contained. Despite strong winds from last night's thunderstorms, fire lines held and spot fires that did develop are within those lines.

The Grimes Fire is now fully contained, but the Wash Fire continues to challenge fire crews. Fire officials expect cooler temperatures and higher humidity will help reduce fire growth.

Community meetings are continuing tonight and Tuesday night at 6 p.m., at the Centerville Community Center and the Garden Valley High School respectively. Pioneerville and the homes along South Fork Payette River Road remain under voluntary evacuation. Grimes Pass Road is closed north of Pioneerville, along with the South Fork Payette River Road. The Hot Springs Campground is the only forest campground closed. The Banks-to-Lowman Road is open, albeit smoky, and rafting on the river has not been affected. 

click to enlarge This map shows the fire perimeter based on aerial in-fared  photos. - BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
  • Boise National Forest
  • This map shows the fire perimeter based on aerial in-fared photos.

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