Elk Fire Update 8-12 Am
Incident: Elk Complex Wildfire
Elk Fire Update
For Immediate Release: Monday August 12, 2013, 8 a.m.
Public Information: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3616/
Facebook: Rocky Basin IMT #2
Date Started: August 8, 2013
Location: Prairie/Pine, Idaho
Size: 90,249 acres
Percent contained: 5
Structures lost: 14
Number of Personnel: 416
Water Tenders: 10
Helicopters: 1 heavy; 2 ordered
Injuries to date: 1 sprained ankle
A community meeting is scheduled for this evening at 6 pm at the Senior Center in Pine, ID to share updates on current and expected fire behavior and suppression strategies. About 125 folks from Pine and Featherville attended the meeting on Sunday August 11.
An additional 15 structural fire engines arrived last night to assist with structure protection efforts. Firefighters will implement structure and perimeter protection strategies in the Pine and Featherville corridor trying to keep the fire from spreading east of the Pine Featherville Road (FH61). Crews are continuing direct and indirect line construction on the west flank of the fire moving up Smith Creek from Prairie toward Cold Springs. Landowners, permittees and ranchers are in the fire area attempting to locate and move livestock out of the fire area.
Expect smoky conditions until midday, then mostly sunny with a chance for local, isolated thunderstorms. Maximum temperatures will be 85-89 degrees. Minimum relative humidity is expected to be 7-12 percent. Light up-valley and upslope winds will range from 4-8 mph. The fire column is expected to shade parts of the fire affecting fire behavior including the occurrence of sustained crown runs. Active backing and flanking fire are expected.
Evacuations have been implemented by the Elmore County Sheriff’s office for the communities of Pine and Featherville. Residents are strongly encouraged to heed the evacuation orders for their own safety.
Road closures include the Pine/Featherville Road, Cow Creek Road and Blacks Creek Road.
The U.S. Forest Service issued an area closure for the Boise National Forest, view at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3616/