September 30, 2012 - Wesley Fire Update
Incident: Wesley Wildfire
Payette National Forest
Date: September 30, 2012
Contact: Wesley Fire Information 208-347-3799 www.inciweb.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Wesley Fire is 71% Contained
Start Date: September 9, 2012
Size: 15,289 acres
Injuries to Date: 0
Number of helicopters: 5
Number of Engines: 6
Number of crews: 8
Number of personnel: 403
Structures Lost: 0
Out Buildings Lost : 0
The Wesley Fire is now 71% contained with the northwest portion of the fire still burning in the Rapid River drainage. It will continue to slowly spread upslope and up canyon with the most movement to the north and down the Rapid River drainage. This northwest quarter will be monitored by air, due to steep, remote, and hazardous topography. The current acreage is 15,289.
Fire crews have secured the containment line on the west side of the fire toward Bear Saddle. Recovery crews are removing fire hose and other unneeded equipment. Resource crews will continue rehabilitation along fire lines today. Rehabilitation is another component to successful fire management as it helps to minimize soil erosion and replace needed topsoil to disturbed areas. These efforts can help reduce sediment flows during spring runoff and promote regrowth of natural vegetation.
A Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire at 6 a.m. this morning. Due to increased containment of the fire, the fire closure area has been reduced on the east and southeast side. Refer to inciweb.org for the latest closure order and map.
Sunday's weather forecast is sunny, warmer, and dry with temperatures up to 75 degrees. Winds will be west to northwest 5 -12 mph. Warm and dry conditions will persist through Tuesday.