Elk Fire Update - 8/13 Pm
Incident: Elk Complex Wildfire
ELK Fire Update
For Immediate Release: Tuesday August 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Incident Information: (208)-653-2459 (staffed from 7 am to 9 pm daily)
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Fire Start Date: August 8, 2013
Location: Elmore County between Prairie and Pine Idaho
Size: 98,413 acres
Percent Contained: 10%
Incident Resources: 631 personnel includes: 9 hand crews, 62 engines, 10 water tenders, 6 dozers, 7 helicopters
Lost Time Injuries: 0
Estimated Cost to Date: $2,667,111
Mandatory evacuation orders now include the residents of Featherville. A shift in wind direction to a more westerly component has greatly increased fire activity above the Pine/Featherville corridor. Alternate egress out of the corridor has been compromised. Red Cross evacuation center is the Good Old Council Hall in Mtn. Home at 440 E. 8th North.
Structure assessments are on-going. The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office has identified 71 structures that have been lost within the fire area. The Fall Creek assessment identified 53 of those structures. The exact type of structures has not been determined. Once identified, the Sheriff’s Office will contact owners. This may take a few days. No structures have been lost in the Pine/Featherville area.
Today’s Activity: In the Smith Creek area near Prairie, crews hustled to contain the fire after it made a run out of the S. Fork Boise river canyon. Near the headwaters of Smith Creek, crews worked to construct dozer and handline towards Lava Mtn. Fire activity increased to the point where crews had to back off and reassess another plan to reach Lava Mtn.
Extreme fire behavior including sustained crown runs caused a 30,000+ ft. plume over the fire. Fire operations managers have delayed tonight’s planned burnout operation behind houses, not wanting to cause a more intense fire which could cause spotting across the S. Fork Boise River. Structure protection prep is continuing tonight through the river corridor to the Green Creek subdivision. From Twin Pines subdivision through to Pine, mop up and hot spotting is continuing and rehab is beginning. Interior pockets of fire will continue to burnout.
Weather:A Red Flag Warning is being issued by the Weather Service for Wednesday, with Red Flag conditions on Thursday and Friday for extremely dry and volatile fire conditions. Today’s weather was hot, dry and sunnier with a shift in winds to the west/southwest. Thunderstorm development along with winds has created concerns across the northern half of the fire area.
Evacuations and Road Closures: Mandatory evacuations for all residents in the Pine/Featherville corridor was implemented by the Elmore County Sheriff’s office. Residents are strongly encouraged to heed the evacuation orders for their own safety. Road closures include the Pine/Featherville Road, Dixie cutoff, Cow Creek Road and Blacks Creek Road.
Area Closures: The U.S. Forest Service issued an area closure for the Boise National Forest, view at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3616/