Elk Fire Update 8/13 Am
Incident: Elk Complex Wildfire
ELK Fire Update
For Immediate Release: Monday August 13, 2013, 8 a.m.
Incident Information Office: 208-653-2459 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Public Information: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3616/
More Fire Info: Email: ElkComplex2013@gmail.com Twitter: @T1GBIMTHarvey Facebook: Rocky Basin IMT #2
Date Started: August 8, 2013
Location: Prairie/Pine, Idaho
Size: 98,413 acres
Percent contained: 5
Structures lost: 15
Number of Personnel: 405
Water Tenders: 8
Helicopters: 3 heavy, 2 light
Injuries to date: 0
The suppression and management of the Elk Fire is now under a “Unified Command” between Great Basin Team 2 Incident Commander Rich Harvey and Elmore County Sheriff’s Office Mike Barclay. This allows the agencies from the different functional but overlapping geographic jurisdictions to operate within a common framework to jointly determine objectives, plans, and priorities and work together to execute them.
On the west flank of the fire, crews will construct containment lines working north and east from the South Fork of the Boise River toward the community of Prairie. Crews will also improve and burn out direct and indirect line keeping the fire east of Smith Creek Road (FH175).
On the east flank of the fire, firefighters will patrol and extinguish hot spots around structures in Aspen and Lester Creek subdivisions. Crews will continue structure protection and patrols to keep the fire west of developments along the Pine/Featherville Road (FH61).
Today’s weather will be hot, dry and sunnier compared to yesterday. Temperatures will be 85-89 degrees, with minimum relative humidity at 8-12 percent. Winds will be from the west/southwest at 13-17 mph. Ridgetop winds will be stronger today and will help clear smoke earlier on the fire. The ingredients for strong fire column growth and fast rates of fire spread will remain in place for the next several days. Firefighters will be on alert for increased fire activity due to the alignment of terrain features and upslope, up-valley winds in the Pine/Featherville community corridor.
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/