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Grassy Ridge Fire

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Idaho Falls District
Bureau of Land Management
Idaho
Idaho Falls, ID 83401

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Grassy Ridge Fire Update 07/29/2018 8 p.m.

Grassy Ridge Fire Wildfire
News – 7/29/2018

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GRASSY RIDGE FIRE

Fact Sheet Update

July 29, 2018 – 8 P.M.

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Inciweb address Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6047/

Current Fire Information: 970-316-0000 E-Mail address: gbimt3rohrer@gmail.com

Start Date: July 26, 2018 Cause: Lightning Fuels: Grass, sage brush & scattered Pinion Juniper stands

Acres: 97,000(151 square miles) Percent Contained: 20% Total number of personnel: 183

What happened today: Yesterday’s shift in wind direction resulted in a quick change of direction for the fire putting the Town of Dubois in serious threat. Local and Federal firefighting resources worked together to prevent the fire from reaching town including a number of firing or burning out operations along the A2 Road and direct attack when fire activity diminished. Crews worked throughout the night to ensure that the firelines held.

The mandatory evacuation ordered for Dubois was lifted this morning.

Today Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries in consultation with the Incident Management Team opened up the southbound lanes for Red Road to allow campers and others to drive out of the area. The northbound lanes remain closed today for fire and local rancher traffic only to facilitate ranchers in locating and removing their herds to safer allotments/acreage. The A2 Road remains closed as well.

Fire activity remained active this afternoon in the northwest sector of the fire along the A2 Road as firefighters continued firing operations to remove unburnt fuel between fire containment lines and the active main body of the fire. These operations were supported with the aerial application of fire retardant to reinforce the containment lines.

Aerial firefighting operations are a coordinated ballet between water dropping helicopters and an air force of Single Engine Aerial Tankers, (SEATs) and larger tankers. All of these efforts coordinated by an “Air Boss” flying high overhead directing the various operations to keep everyone safe.

To assist with aerial operations the TFR, Temporary Flight Restriction that was initially established to support wildfire operations has been expanded to an elevation of 10’000 feet and 39 Nautical miles (a Nautical mile is 1.1 land miles) East to West and 28 Nautical miles North to South through the center of the fire.

If you fly, we can’t! in the TFR. That includes hobby aircraft such as drones. If a drone is spotted within the TFR during the hours of operation, all aerial activities are halted. Helicopter supply missions, water drops and even if needed, a medical evacuation of injured personnel are grounded. The SEATs and Air Tankers are vectored out of the area to land or placed in a holding pattern until the air is clear, affecting critical firefighting operations. No one is willing to risk damage or a crash because of a hobby aircraft impacting incident aircraft flying at low level.

The good news is that the TFR hours have been modified. Instead of being around the clock, they are now from 8 a.m. in the morning until 10 p.m. at night.

There will be another night of operations along the northern and western sides of the fire as crews patrol and monitor the firelines.

Community Meeting: A Community meeting is being held at 8:30 p.m. this evening at the Lindy Ross Elementary School cafeteria located at 526 S. Oakley St. in Dubois. Members of the Incident Management Team’s Command and Operational Staff will give a briefing on what is going on with the fire and what are the plans for dealing with the fire.

Please check the Grassy Ridge Fire on Inciweb for updated information, the latest maps and photos.