81 Structures Burned So Far As The Result Of Elk Fire


By Paul Johnson

Mountain Home, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The elk fire burning between Prarie and Pine continues to burn. So far with 25% containment officials estimate it has burned 116,914 acres. Currently there are 856 personnel fighting the blaze. To date 81 structures have burned, which includes 38 residences and 43 outbuildings. Officials estimate the cost of the fire at $4,667,111.
Today for the east flank of the fire, structure protection will continue for the Pine – Featherville corridor, including keeping the fire west of the developments along the Pine-Featherville Road . Crews will be holding line and patrolling for spots between Toll Gate Creek and Grouse Creek Road (FSRd 166) as a follow-up to last night’s burnout operations. Crews successfully completed a three mile section of burnout behind residences in that area. Mop-up will continue around structures in Aspen, Fall & Lester Creek subdivisions and fall hazardous trees as appropriate. Crews will open Fall Creek Road for access. Idaho Power continues to replace fire weakened poles and to restore power.

West flank of the fire: Firefighters will continue holding, patrolling and mopping up, keeping fire along the South Fork of the Boise River and out of the Prairie area. Crews will provide structure protection for Prairie and Strawberry Loop.

Red Flag Warning is in effect today. The weather will be hotter, drier and windier. Temperatures will be 90-95 degrees, with minimum relative humidity at 5-9 percent. Winds will be from the west/southwest at 10-15 mph.

Evacuations issued by the Elmore County Sheriff’s office remain in effect for the communities of Pine and Featherville. Residents are strongly encouraged to heed the evacuation orders for their own safety.

Road closures are in effect for the Pine/Featherville Road, Cow Creek Road and Blacks Creek Road.

A public meeting will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge in Mountain Home. Representatives from the Incident Management Team, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department, Idaho Power and the American Red Cross will be in attendance.
The Placer Fire is located about 4 miles south of Idaho City in Thorn Creek. It is approximately 100 acres in size and 20% contained. Fire activity is moderate and no structures are currently threatened. Over 100 people are making excellent progress to contain the fire.
The Pony Complex (866-347-0636) is now estimated at 147,806 acres and is 50% contained. On the north flank, the majority of fire activity remains in the Blacks Creek area. Crews tomorrow plan to hold and improve line on the northwest side from Blacks Creek north toward the South Fork Boise River. All other flanks are showing little activity.
Some roads have re-opened in the area of the fire. The remaining road closures include Blacks Creek Road, Anderson Ranch Dam south on the Dixie Creek Cutoff to Highway 20, and Prairie Road/Cow Creek Road north from Highway 20. Mayfield Road is partially closed with no northbound traffic allowed from Blacks Creek.
The Boise National Forest has initiated a large area closure that extends roughly on the east side from Road 181 to the junction with the Fairfield Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest boundary, including the Pine/Featherville road; north from Atlanta along the Middle Fork Boise Road (Forest Road 268) over to the Deer Park Rental Cabin; then west along Forest Road 327 to Idaho City and Highway 21 on the west. Additionally, the Trinity Lakes Recreation area is closed. The Middle Fork Boise River Road is open from the Spring Shores Marina for residents of Twin Springs and Atlanta and only as long as fire conditions allow.

Stage I fire restrictions are in effect including no campfires outside of an agency designated recreation site until further notice.

There is a Fire Information Center established in Boise which will be staffed from 7 AM to 7 PM. The center can be contacted at 208-384-3266. Personnel at the center will be able to provide general information on large fires in the area.

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