Mccan Fire Morning Update
Incident: Mccan Fire Wildfire
McCan Fire Morning Update
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Contact Fire Information: 877.608.0120
Fire activity on the McCan Fire did increase slightly yesterday afternoon when gusty winds from the storms moving to the north blew into the fire area. The majority of the visible smoke is coming from burning in strings of timber well inside the fire perimeter and mainly consists of single trees or small groups of trees torching. In response to strong winds after midnight, fire engines responded to protect structures in active fire areas and patrolled until day resources arrived this morning.
Today, a dozer will be used to open up the road in Corral Creek in order to facilitate access for firefighters into the northern perimeter of the fire. This will also allow for the delivery of supplies and equipment to support the firefighters. Some rehabilitation work will begin along the southern portion of the fire, where containment has already been accomplished.
Today’s weather is expected to once again be similar to yesterday; winds should die down by the afternoon. Thunderstorms are anticipated, but not in the immediate vicinity of the fire. The atmospheric instability is causing winds at 20,000 feet to mix with surface level winds, leading to the smoky morning inversions.
The McCan Fire’s Incident Command Post continues to support the firefighting resources working on the western branch of the Beaver Creek Fire. Between the two fires, 7 helicopters are assigned and being shared, with missions – such as passenger transport, supply delivery, and water drops – being prioritized by the operational managers from both fires, who are working together closely.
Closures The area closure includes the entire Fairfield Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest.
Community Meeting There will be a community meeting tonight at 7:00 PM at the American Legion Hall in Fairfield. Members of the incident management teams from the McCan, Beaver Creek, and Elk Fires will provide information. Representatives from Twin Falls District BLM and the Sawtooth National Forest will also be in attendance.