Thunder City Fire Update July 25,2013
Incident: Thunder City Wildfire
Thunder City and Bear Lake Fire Information, Payette National Forest
Contact: 208-315-3410 (Cell phone at Cox Ranch)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2013
Thunder City Fire:
Start Date: July 19, 2013 Cause: Lightning holdover Acres: 535 Containment: 15%
Helicopters: 8 Engines: 0 Crews: 6 Total Personnel: 297
Location: The Thunder City Fire is 4 miles northeast of the Stibnite Mining District on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: The Thunder City Fire is burning both inside and outside of the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is being managed for multiple objectives including suppression outside of the wilderness and confinement inside the wilderness. Activity on the fire increased yesterday during the afternoon burning period heating up along the north perimeter.
Crews are making good progress mopping-up along the west line outside the wilderness boundary. Very few smokes were visible. Crews will continue to mop up and patrol this perimeter today. Consistent with wilderness tactics, progress was made by crews along the south flank using a combination of direct and indirect actions, available topographic features, fuels, and weather to confine the southward movement. Crews are scouting opportunities on the north perimeter to check the forward movement. The fire was backing and spotting to the northeast with the typical wind patterns. Aerial resources will be assisting with water bucket drops and resupplying firefighters. The structural assessment group and local Forest fire personnel are scouting infrastructure protection needs in the Thunder Mountain historical mining area. Due to the increasing threat of isolated thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, an initial attack group has been made available to respond to any new starts.
The weather pattern is setting up for slightly cooler temperatures today. The chances of isolated thunderstorms increase throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Along with the thunderstorms is the increased potential of erratic winds that could increase fire behavior.
The Incident Command Post located east of the community of Lake Fork will move today to Cox Ranch along Johnson Creek.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place surrounding the Thunder City Fire. Johnson Creek airstrip remains open for public use.
For more information on the Thunder City Fire, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3532/
Bear Lake Fire:
Start Date: July 19, 2013 Cause: Lightening holdover Acres: 31 Containment: 31%
Helicopters: 0 Engines: 0 Crews: 0 Personnel: 8
Location: The Bear Lake Fire is 10 miles to northeast of Yellow Pine on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: Activity on the Bear Lake Fire increased yesterday afternoon and continued into the night. For the first time in several days the fire became active and spread south. The fire is currently staffed with 8 members of a Fire Module.
Forest Closures: No closures are in effect at this time. Please contact the Thunder Mountain Fire Information Center for any new information on closures in the fire areas at 208-315-3410. The Johnson Creek airstrip remains open for public use. The Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival is still planned to take place August 2nd - 4th and is not expected to be impacted by these fires.
Public Meetings: A public meeting is scheduled for today, Thursday, July 25st at 11 am at the Yellow Pine Community Center.
Members of the public that are interested in receiving Fire Information Updates directly are encouraged to send an e-mail note to email@example.com requesting that their e-mail address to be added to the fire information mailing list. Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @PayetteForest.