Fire Update 8/12/13
Incident: Pony Complex Wildfire
Pony Complex Fire AM Update August 12, 2013
Location: 12 miles Northeast of Mountain Home, ID
Fuels: Grasses, sagebrush and pockets of timber
Observed Fire Behavior: Extreme running fire spread
Assigned Resources: 240 personnel
Evacuations: Residents in the Mayfield area have been allowed back into their homes. The road closures listed below still remain in effect for the general public.
Closures: Blacks Creek Rd., Indian Creek Rd., Anderson Ranch Dam south on the Dixie Creek Cutoff to Hwy 20, Prairie Road/Cow Cr. Rd north from Hwy 20, Mayfield Rd and surrounding access roads
Fire Situation: Fire behavior was moderated slightly yesterday morning due to smoke and an inversion that settled over the incident area. As temperatures increased in the afternoon, the smoke cleared out and firefighters again saw increases along much of the unsecured perimeter. The fire made a push to the east late in the day but spread was held in check by the Mile Marker 111 fire and Highway 20.
Assessment of structures in the fire area continued yesterday. No additional structure loss or damage was found. Fire crews will continue to scout ahead of the fire’s projected movement for additional structure protection needs.
Planned actions for today include continued work on the northwestern and southeastern flanks of the fire where behavior is most active. The fire’s southwestern flank has been secured by dozer line and will continue to be monitored by crews on the ground. To the northeast, the fire has burned down to the South Fork of the Boise River where it remains in check.
Crews will continue scouting along Black’s Creek Road for opportunities to conduct firing operations and hopefully stop the fire’s spread to the northeast.
The safety of firefighters and the public remains of utmost concern. Fire managers are requesting that those wishing to move cattle and/or sheep from threatened areas within the fire perimeter make contact and coordinate through fire operations to ensure their safety.
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