Summit Fire And Pine Creek Fire Nearly Contained


By Paul Johnson

Idaho City, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The Summit Fire, 14 miles northeast of Idaho City has burned 370 acres and is 93-percent contained. The lightning caused fire is currently burning fir, lodgepole f=pine and Douglas-fir with heavy and downed trees. Currently 1 helicopter, 7 engines and 6 crews with a total of 246 people are working the fire. : A fire weather watch has been issued for the area from 6 pm Tuesday evening through 6 pm Wednesday evening. Warm and very dry weather will persist with thunderstorm activity expected in the fire area Wednesday night and Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Pine Creek Fire remains at 2,797 acres and is 90 percent contained. The human-caused fire started July 15, approximately seven miles southwest of Idaho City, Idaho. A total of 242 personnel are on the scene. Firefighters will remain on the Pine Creek Fire to continue rehabilitation of the effects from suppression efforts. They will maintain patrol of the fire area and suppress interior hot spots where it is safe to do so. Central pockets of fuel will continue to smolder and produce minimal amounts of smoke throughout the next few days.

The fire burned at varying intensity over the terrain, producing a mosaic pattern. In some areas within the fire perimeter, the fire burned with such intensity that it consumed all visible vegetation, while in other areas it burned light enough to consume only the vegetation at ground level. This variation in heat and duration allows for regeneration of the vegetation to occur more rapidly. Many of the tree and shrub species are fire-dependent and will prosper in the recently affected ecosystem.

Today’s weather is expected to remain in the mid to upper 90’s with the relative humidity near 10 percent. The winds are predicted to be 5 to 7 miles per hour with higher afternoon gusts. A small amount of moisture may be present in the incoming system, and thunderstorms are possible today and tomorrow.

Grimes Creek Road is fully opened. The area closure does remain in effect until further notice.

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