Trinity Ridge Fire Weekly Update
Snow is covering some sections of Forest Service roads. Drivers should use caution and watch out for rolling rocks, falling trees and limbs during high winds. All road work will finish up next week.
New Closures - Mountain Home Ranger District:
As of November 9, 2012 a new closure area is in effect for the Mountain Home Ranger District that only includes Big Roaring Campground, Little Roaring Campground and Wagontown Loop Road (FS Road #183 and its sub roads). All other areas previously closed on the Mountain Home Ranger District are now open.
Closures - Idaho City Ranger District:
The Browns Creek Trail (#48) remains closed starting at the Middle Fork Boise River going north. The Hot Creek Trail (#47) is open to foot traffic only.
Burned Area Emergency Response:
Forest crews and contractors are making good progress with emergency rehabilitation for watershed protection and road and trail repairs adjusted for the snow accumulations at higher elevations. Crews installed 14 new culverts on various roads including FS Road #255, FS Road # 290, FS Road #172 and FS Road #183.
Drivers can expect up to two hour delays on some of these forest roads while crews continue to install new culverts.
Aerial straw mulching planned for nearly 2,000 acres this fall is delayed due to issues that developed during the contracting process. Work will likely finish next spring.
Size: 146,832 acres
Percent Containment: 100%
|Date of Origin||Friday August 03rd, 2012 approx. 01:14 PM|
|Location||7 miles Northwest of Featherville, ID|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday October 15th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber: Lodgepole Pine, Sub-Alpine Fir, Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine
Focus is on fire rehabilitation. Some of the earlier rehabilitation work along roads has required follow-up cleaning. Major roads, trails and culverts continue to be graded, water barred or cleaned.
Work to complete the emergency rehabilitation for watershed protection and road and trail repairs is going well. That includes road grading to improve drainage, and cleaning road ditches and culverts of debris. The work already done helped prevent road damage from the first seasonal heavy rain. Also some water bars are being built to help slow the flow of water coming down roads or trails. Other significant work will be to prepare culverts for higher water flows by upgrading their size or removing them which is beginning. Other work will include cultural resource protection, hazard tree falling and public safety signing. The focus is to protect critical values such as life, property, and natural or cultural resources that may have imminent risks. Work must be completed one year from the date of containment, and workers are trying to get much of the work done before heavy snows. Snow melt in the spring is considered the time of most risk due to water runoff and potentially higher water flows.
There are no Fire Restrictions in effect.