Crews made great progress on the fire yesterday and there was minimal fire activity despite the high winds that accompanied the cold front. Containment is now at 40%. Today crews working to the west of Hawley Mountain Road expect to finish gridding for hidden heat and begin removing hose lays. The crews on the east side of the fire expect to complete constructing direct hand line around the fire today and are continuing to mop-up and secure the control line. Timber felling teams remain in place to mitigate hazard trees. A suppression repair plan to prevent erosion on the disturbed ground is being finalized.
The fire is located ½ mile south of the Hawley Mountain Lookout, 4 miles northwest of Placerville, 7½ miles northeast of Horseshoe Bend, and 8 miles southeast of Garden Valley. No structures are immediately threatened.
The suppression of the fire is a joint effort between the Idaho Department of Lands, the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. There are currently 336 personnel assigned to the incident including 11 hand crews.
Hawley Mountain Road 374 is temporarily closed at the 307 junction to all non-fire traffic. Water tenders and road graders continue to maintain the road. Recreationists are asked to avoid roads northwest of Placerville so as not to impede firefighting efforts.
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19firefighters are implementing a number of protection measures including social distancing, wearing face masks, daily screening, limiting the size of camps, and minimizing contact with local communities.
For more information call the Fire Information Line at 208-719-1705.