Progress Noted On Elk Complex Fire Despite Red Flag Conditions


By Paul Johnson

Elmore County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The Red Flag Warning is still in effect, but firefighters are making excellent progress on the 2 largest fires in the area. The Elk and Pony Complexes have each shown strong increases in containment despite the dry conditions and high temperatures.
The Elk Complex is estimated at 125,033 acres and 40% contained. Crews have installed a wide strip of black line (burned out fuels) behind the structures in Pine and Featherville. With the Red Flag Warning again today, firefighters will focus on holding the east flank from crossing the Pine/Featherville Road, and be alert for possible spotting. Governor Butch Otter will visit the fire area today.
The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office is escorting Fall and Lester Creeks and Ice Springs homeowners into their neighborhoods this morning. Due to safety concerns, residents will have a limited amount of time in the area before being escorted out.
The Pine/Featherville Road remains closed from Highway 20 to just north of Featherville. The communities of Pine and Featherville are still under evacuation orders.
The North Fork Fire, which was discovered yesterday, is approximately 7 miles north of Deadwood Reservoir in the Bull Creek drainage. The fire as of late last night was 150 acres. 14 smokejumpers worked the fire late yesterday afternoon, along with 2 helicopters. Today 3 crews will be shuttled to the fire, which is in a remote location. It is burning within the 2007 Cascade Complex and is not threatening any structures.
The Placer Fire is located about 4 miles south of Idaho City in Thorn Creek. It is approximately 108 acres in size and 50% contained. Estimated containment is tomorrow.
The Pony Complex is now estimated at 147,881 acres and is 80% contained. The fire is in the mop-up and monitor stage on all flanks except for the area near Blacks Creek Road on the northwest flank. Crews worked yesterday to extinguish remaining hot spots near Anderson Ranch Dam and around the Danskin Lookout. Resources will be released over the next few days.
The Juni Fire was reported two days ago approximately 32 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, OR. It has grown to 200 acres. 2 engines, 4 dozers, 2 hand crews, a helicopter and smokejumpers are assigned to fight the fire.

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