Monday, July 22, 2013 - Summit Fire Update
Incident: Summit Fire Wildfire
July 22, 2013
Contact Fire Information:
208-462-5320 or cell phone 208-741-9262
Summary: The Great Basin Type 2 Team headed by Incident Commander Tracy Dunford (Team 6), assumed management of the Summit Fire at 6 a.m., July 20th. The fire is located approximately 14 miles northeast of Idaho City and 4 miles north of Pilot Peak Lookout, and 8 miles southwest of Lowman. Lightning started the fire on the evening of July 16 and strong winds quickly spread the flames. No structures are threatened. The fire is burning in subalpine fir, lodgepole pine and Douglas-fir with heavy dead and down trees.
Current Situation: Fire crews made excellent progress yesterday laying hose and securing the line on the north end of the fire. With this now secure, the fire has reached 72 percent containment. Crews will continue to work today securing the northeast corner of the fire where there is still some fire activity with the possibility of single and group tree torching in the afternoon.
Rehabilitation efforts have begun on the fire area. The goals of these efforts are to:
Ø Mitigate or eliminate environmental resource impacts caused by fire suppression activities,
Ø Maintain safe road access on previously existing roads and eliminate access on roads that were opened for fire suppression activities,
Ø Minimize erosion losses to maintain soil productivity, and
Ø Protect water quality for streams and watersheds.
Weather: The weather will be warm and very dry today with increased winds. Thunderstorm activity is expected to move into the fire area on Thursday.
Closures: A closure area is in effect for the Summit Fire. For the official closure order, refer to www.inciweb.org/incident/3525
The vegetation continues to dry as the weather stays hotter and drier with no recent moisture and no moisture predicted in the area in the near future. Residents and visitors are encouraged to stay informed of fire conditions, area restrictions, and area closures as they travel and enjoy the area.