Lodgepole Fire Grows 220 Acres and Containment Improves
Incident: Lodgepole Wildfire
The fire grew an additional 220 acres yesterday and displayed short runs on the west side of Twin Peaks. This area is in monitor status due to the steepness of terrain and thick dead and down timber that causes extreme risk to firefighters. Helicopters provided water drops to cool the area and moderate fire behavior. The fire increased containment and is now at 74 percent.
Handcrews continue to improve handline constructed in White Valley Creek by removing snag trees and reducing risk to other handcrews that will be working in the area in the days ahead. A hoselay is established that will help firefighters with mopping up thick timbered areas.
All aviation resources flew today to support ground crews with controlling spot fires and hotspots where there is still active fire behavior. The Temporary Flight Restriction that was in place was modified down to within one mile of the northern fire perimeter.
Significant rehab work continues along the eastern and northern perimeter of the fire. Fire crews are working to rehab dozer lines in the Darling and Eddy Creek areas and are also removing equipment and signs posted by fire traffic.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for dry and windy conditions with Haines Index of 6.
A community meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m at the Challis Middle School Auditorium. Great Basin Team III members will speak about recent fire activities and discuss the plan to turn the fire back to the local agencies. All are welcome to attend.
Resources on Fire: There are currently 532 personnel on this incident, including the following resources:
TYPE 1 HELICOPTERS (HEAVY)
TYPE 2 HELICOPTERS (MED.)
TYPE 3 HELICOPTERS (LIGHTS)