FIRE UPDATE: Ridge Fire grows; Pine Creek Fire nearly contained

July 22, 2013 

The Pine Creek Fire is burning northeast of Boise. It has consumed nearly 3,000 acres since it started July 15. The cause is under investigation.


Last updated at 10:05 a.m. July 22, 2013

Pine Creek Fire

Size: 2,797 acres

Location: About 19 miles northeast of Boise

Cause: Human

Percent contained: 90 as of monday night

Assigned personnel: 242

Details: Crews will spend Tuesday mopping up hot spots and continuing rehabilitation work to the area, including installing water bars on steep slopes, re-establishing road and trail conditions to pre-fire status and protecting water quality for municipal watersheds, according to a news release. Crews also will begin breaking down and hauling away fire equipment and supplies. Some firefighters already have been reassigned to other fires.

Some burning may continue on the interior of the fire boundaries, smoke will still be visible and the area east of Grimes Creek Road remains closed. Grimes Creek Road is open, though motorists should expect fire equipment and fire personnel throughout the area.

Ridge Fire

Size: 3,704 acres

Location: About 15 miles north of Lowman

Cause: Lightning

Percent contained: 10

Assigned personnel: Approximately 318

Details: This lightning caused fire near Lowman grew on Monday, by about 700 acres. It is now burning 3,700 acres, and is 10 percent contained . Closures in the area remain in effect. Containment lines are holding the fire, said officials. They’re anticipating more containment Tuesday. More crew members are expected to arrive.

Crews built more secure containment line along the western flank and construction on additional containment line began along the southern edge. An additional crew joined the line on Monday.

The Incident Management Team’s base camp is set up at Warm Springs Airstrip which is closed to general aviation traffic except for emergencies. There is also a temporary flight restriction over the fire area.

Papoose Fire

Size: 6,504 acres

Location: 40 miles west of Salmon

Cause: Lightning

Percent contained: n/a

Assigned personnel: 40

Details: The Papoose Fire was active Sunday, mainly on the fire’s southern end in Wall Creek. Grass, brush and small stands of timber are burning in rugged, inaccessible terrain above the Middle Fork Salmon River. Four trail closures are in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest North Fork Ranger District in the Papoose Fire area.

Firefighters are patrolling the Middle Fork Salmon River corridor by boat to assess campsites between Big Creek and Goat Creek, removing ground fuels as needed. Boaters are checking in at the Flying B Ranch to coordinate with forest personnel to receive camp and fire information. Boaters are asked to be flexible regarding space-sharing and possible campsite reassignments. >here.

Lodgepole Fire

Size: 650 acres

Location: 10 miles west of Challis

Cause: Under investigation

Percent contained: 2

Assigned personnel: 111

Details: The fire was discovered Saturday and forced the evacuation of the Mosquito Flat Campground and surrounding areas later that afternoon. A Type 2 management team took over command Monday morning. Suppression efforts are high because of the fire’s significant growth potential and the ruggedness of the terrain. The fire is burning in lodgepole pine and Douglas fir forests.

Smoke from the fire, in addition with Boise area fires, is affecting the town of Challis.

Summit Fire

Size: 370 acres

Location: Boise County, just north of Pilot Peak

Cause: Lightning

Percent contained: 93

Assigned personnel: 246

Details: The fire is burning about 14 miles northeast of Idaho City. The middle of the fire to its southern flank is mostly burned through, according to the latest news release, but the fire’s northern edge is still actively burning. The fire is being fueled by subalpine fir and lodgepole pine. No structures are threatened. The Summit Fire’s growth potential has been downgraded to medium.

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