Little Queens Update ~ Wednesday, August 28,2013
Incident: Little Queens Wildfire
Start: August 17, 2013
Location: Elmore County, Atlanta, ID
Cause: Under Investigation
Size: 23,273 acres
Fuels: Timber (litter and understory), Sub-alpine fir, Douglas-fir, pine
Assigned Resources: 6 20-person crews, 7 helicopters, 10 engines, 7 water tenders, 4 camp crews and miscellaneous overhead personnel Total Personnel: 353
Observed Fire Behavior: Moderate, included creeping with group tree torching and short-range spotting
Evacuations: The Elmore County Sheriff will lift mandatory evacuations for Atlanta, ID residents only today at 10 a.m. This will be the only opportunity for residents to return, until such time as the area is open for the general public. Proof of residency will be required. Residents are to meet at Rocky Bar/James Creek Road at 10 a.m.; they will then be escorted in to Atlanta using the James Creek Road. When returning to their homes, residents will need to be prepared to remain a few days. There will not be an opportunity to leave and return at this time.
The Middle Fork road remains closed to the public as firefighters work active fire along the road falling hazardous trees and moping up hotspots. Rolling rocks and debris continue to impact the road, causing hazardous conditions.
Fire Situation: The southern spread of the fire toward the community of Atlanta, and west along the Middle Fork of the Boise all the way down to the 2003 Hot Creek fire has been halted.
Yesterday crews completed ground ignition operations and established control lines west of Atlanta. Ten miles of containment line are now established from the north side of Atlanta to the west down Middle Fork Road, reducing the risk to the town of Atlanta.
Today, holding and mop-up will continue along the Middle Fork Road. Helicopter water drops will be used on spots on the east flank of the fire. Protection will continue on historic structures and forest infrastructure within the fire perimeter and west of the fire. Fire suppression repair activities on firelines, roads, and hose lays will begin as fire conditions allow.
Crews will begin removing hose lays and supporting water pumps on the perimeter of Atlanta.