Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - Summit Fire Update
Incident: Summit Fire Wildfire
July 23, 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: Dunford’s Type 2 team will be transitioning today with a Type 3 team. The Type 3 team with assume command of the Summit and Pine Creek Fires at 6 pm this evening. Crews have worked hard to build line and secure the fire perimeter and have reached 93 percent containment. As fire resources leave the area for other assignments, this fire will maintain 2 crews, 2 engines and 2 helicopters as they work toward full containment of the fire. The two helicopters will be shared between the Summit and Pine Creek Fires.
Rehabilitation efforts continue 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: FIRE WEATHER WATCH: A fire weather watch has been issued for the area from 6 pm Tuesday evening through 6 pm Wednesday evening. Warm and very dry weather will persist with thunderstorm activity expected in the fire area Wednesday night and Thursday.
Closures: A closure area is in effect for the Summit Fire. For the official closure order, refer to www.inciweb.org/incident/3525