The fire is 438 acres and is 50% contained. The west side of the fire is secure, and crews are beginning suppression repair activities to prevent erosion on the soil disturbed by hand line construction. The crews on the east side of the fire are extending hose lays to aid mop-up and increase the depth of the control line. Timber felling teams remain in place to mitigate hazard trees.
An unauthorized aircraft entered the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)over the fire early yesterday. This was the third intrusion into the restricted airspace in the past week. Unauthorized aircraft entering the airspace create dangerous conditions for aerial resources ground crews and may force firefighting aircraft to disengage from the fire until the airspace is clear. All aviators are reminded to check the FAA’s Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) before traveling near the fire area.
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.