Thunder City and Bear Lake Fire Update, 3 August 2013
Incident: Thunder City Wildfire
Thunder City Fire Public Information Office
Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District
Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-6945
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2013
Initial attack resources are being staged at the Cox Ranch Incident Command Post and are available to fight any new fires ignited by Thursday’s lightning storm. The weather is gradually becoming warmer and dryer.
Thunder City Fire – Information: (832) 380-6564
Start Date: 7/19/2013
Cause: Lightning Holdover
Percent Containment: 15%
Location: The Thunder City Fire is located 4 miles northeast of the Stibnite Mining District on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: The Thunder City Fire is burning inside the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is being managed for multiple objectives, including containment outside of the wilderness and confinement inside the wilderness. The effects of Thursday’s rainstorm were evident yesterday, with only a 5-acre increase in the size of the fire. With slightly warmer temperatures and dryer conditions, an increase in fire activity is expected over the next few days. Today firefighters will be working to secure a ridgeline to the west of the fire in order to prevent the fire from moving outside of the wilderness boundary. The Abajo Wildland Fire Module arrived yesterday and will be assessing and implementing a structure protection plan today in the Thunder Mountain Mining District.
To ensure public safety, fire officials are asking the public to refrain from traveling on the road beyond Monumental Summit, east of Stibnite, because of the threat of fire spread.
A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place surrounding the Thunder City Fire. Johnson Creek airstrip remains open for public use. Please be aware of heavy helicopter activity in the Cox Ranch area along Johnson Creek.
For more information on the Thunder City Fire, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3532/
Bear Lake Fire – Information (832) 380-6564
Start Date: 7/19/2013
Cause: Lighting Holdover
Percent Containment: 0%
Total Personnel: 0
Location: The Bear Lake Fire is located 10 miles northeast of Yellow Pine on the Payette National Forest.
Current situation: The Bear Lake Fire is being managed by a confinement strategy to keep it within the wilderness and minimize impacts to Stibnite, Big Creek, Edwardsburg and Yellow Pine. There has been no change in the Bear Lake Fire over the past 24-hours. The fire is being monitored by air.
Forest Closures: No closures are in effect. Please contact the Thunder City Fire Information Center at (832) 380-6564 for any new information on closures in the fire areas. The Johnson Creek airstrip remains open for public use. The three-day Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival began yesterday and is not expected to be impacted by the fires.
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