Aerial and ground based firefighting resources are continue to attack the Hells Canyon and Raft Fires today. The Hells Canyon Fire only gained 10 acres (9,373 total acres) and is 85% contained. The Raft is at 12,000 acres, only 8% contained and is actively burning within Benton Creek within the Weiser Ranger District of the Payette NAtional Forest. The smoke Column from the Raft Fire could be seen from as far away as Boise and McCall.
The Weiser Ranger District has implemented an Area Closure for the southern part of the District that is threatened by the fire and mandatory evacuations are in effect. Four campgrounds in the Forest have been closed – the Spring Creek, Kawanis, Justrite and Paradise Campgrounds. Campers were evacuated yesterday evening, along with several hunting camps within the closure area.
A Type 2 Incident Management team with Mike Whalen as the Incident Commander is in place and will take command of the fire on Sunday. Beginning Sunday, the fires will be referred to as the Weiser Complex. Highway 71 from Cambridge to Brownlee Reservoir remains open as does the Mann Reservoir campground.
Recreationists that planned to head to the area are advised to monitor the fires, be mindful of the closed area, and to contact the Weiser Ranger District for an update on recreation limitations – 208-549-4200. Follow the fires on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3712/ and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3711/
Members of the public interested in receiving fire information updates are asked to send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @PayetteForest.
|Date of Origin||Thursday August 29th, 2013 approx. 01:00 PM|
|Location||20 miles northwest of Weiser.|
|Incident Commander||Type 3 Ic|
Brush, grasses, stringers of timber.
The fire is currently actively burning in heavy timber stands in Benton Creek. Structures in Sturgill Creek are threatened and the fire has spotted across the Rock Creek Road north of Bear Butte.
Structure protection is taking place in Sturgill Creek.
Aaerial and ground resources are esential to gaining containment of the fire.
|Wind Conditions||25 mph SW|