Fire Update 8/13/13 Pm
Incident: Pony Complex Wildfire
Pony Complex Fire PM Update August 13, 2013
Location: 12 miles Northeast of Mountain Home, ID
Size: 143, 900
Fuels: Grasses, sagebrush and pockets of timber
Observed Fire Behavior: Extreme running fire spread
Assigned Resources: 342 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: There was no reported change in acreage today due to smoke and thunderstorms in the area making aerial mapping unattainable. Fire behavior today remained active, running through grass and sage while backing across timbered areas. Some single tree torching and short range spotting was observed.
The fire is slowly progressing north, towards Blacks Creek. Crews, along with air support, are pre-treating along Blacks Creek Road in preparation for the arrival of the fire as it backs down the canyon. These efforts are to hold the fire at Blacks Creek Road. Firefighters will continue to construct and improve fire lines on the northwest portion, from Blacks Creek north towards the South Fork of the Boise River, engaging directly where possible. Crews worked to improve and secure lines on the southeast and southwest flanks.
Fire suppression repair activities have begun on the west flank. Suppression repair is a process of restoring fire lines by placing debris, limbs, installing water bars, and displaced soil onto hand lines.