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Pine Creek Fire Grows By 400 Acres

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By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The 1,944 acre Pine Creek Fire grew just under 400 acres Thursday. The increase was due to a combination of increased fire behavior and directed burnout operations.
Here are the facts. The human caused fire is 40 percent contained. There are 3 helicopters, 9 engines, 1 dozer and 11 crews with a total of 370 personnel on the scene.

This morning the Grimes Creek Road is closed beyond the intersection with Clear Creek Road north to New Centerville while fire crews complete the burnout begun yesterday. This temporary closure is a precautionary safety measure for both the firefighters working in the area and the public. The management team anticipates being able to reopen the road by 5 o’clock this evening. Drivers are advised that the road may be closed again at any time depending upon the fire’s status.

Some fire resources began work early this morning to complete burnout operations, securing the perimeter at Grimes Creek Road north of Macks Creek. Crews will continue working along the Grimes Creek Road extinguishing hot spots and mitigating the potential for debris to roll downhill, where it could block the road or spread fire to previously unburned areas.

Today’s weather is expected to be hotter and drier than yesterday. Temperatures are predicted to reach near 100 degrees with the low relative humidity remaining at 8 percent. This hot, dry, and unstable weather pattern is expected to remain throughout the weekend while winds stay light and variable.

As the fire approached the constructed bull dozer line on the north end of the fire, crews began burnout operations in an attempt to slow the fire’s progress to the east and north. Some fire resources will remain on scene until the early morning hours both to monitor the fire’s progress and also to complete the burnout operation with the goal of securing the perimeter at Grimes Creek Road north of Macks Creek by morning.

South of Clear Creek Road, crews worked along the Grimes Creek Road extinguishing hot spots and mitigating the potential for debris to roll downhill, where it could block the road or spread fire to previously unburned areas. One of the Type 1 helicopters assigned to the Pine Creek Fire was used to support the Summit Fire today.

Yesterday’s weather was hotter and drier than yesterday, as was predicted. Temperatures reached a high of 95 degrees and the low relative humidity was 8 percent. This hot, dry, and unstable weather pattern is expected to remain throughout the weekend while winds stay calm.

Residents and visitors are advised to be cautious of the increased traffic volume in the area of the fire. Smoke and dust along the Grimes Creek Road will affect visibility. Traveling with headlights on is recommended. An area closure does remain in effect.


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