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Update: First State firefighters battle blaze in Idaho’s Payette National Forest

Department of Agriculture | Forest Service | Date Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013



Status Update from Payette National Forest

With the National Fire Preparedness Level hitting the maximum of 5 on a 5-point scale for the first time since 2008, a crew of 19 wildland firefighters trained by the Delaware Forest Service are on the front lines of a fire in Idaho’s Payette National Forest. U.S. Forest Service officials say the Delaware crew is now assigned to the Howard Fire, a small blaze ignited by lighting in the rugged terrain east of Riggins, Idaho and south of the Salmon River.

 

 

Delaware's wildfire crew is assigned to the Howard Fire in Idaho's Payette National Forest - east of Riggins, Idaho.
Delaware’s wildfire crew is assigned to the Howard Fire in Idaho’s Payette National Forest – east of Riggins, Idaho.

Information on Howard Fire

The Howard Fire is located 8 miles east of Riggins, Idaho on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land under protection of the Payette National Forest and is being managed by the Payette National Forest. It was started by lightning on August 18. The fire is currently around 200 acres but expected to grow – characterized by multiple tree torching and active surface fire spread.. Fire crews and aerial resources are focused on the north flank of the fire to provide a containment line to prevent further fire spread into Elk Horn Creek. Total personnel on the fire: 125.

 Trail closures will be in effect for Broken Leg Trail and Lava Butte Trail – both are motorized ATV trails.

 Current weather at the fire: wind –  10 mph SW; temperature – 92 degrees; humidity – 18%

Payette National Forest, U.S. Forest Service
800 West Lakeside Ave.
McCall, ID 83638

Incident Contact: Brian Harris
Phone: 208-634-6945

Twitter: @PayetteForest #HowardFire @DelawareForests @inciweb
Facebook: www.facebook.com/delforestservice
Aerial view of Idaho's Howard Fire
Aerial view of Idaho’s Howard Fire at 3:00pm on August 20, 2013

Contact: John Petersen, DFS Community Relations Officer
john.petersen@delaware.gov
302-698-4552 (office) 302-233-8180 (cell)

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Update: First State firefighters battle blaze in Idaho’s Payette National Forest

Department of Agriculture | Forest Service | Date Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013



Status Update from Payette National Forest

With the National Fire Preparedness Level hitting the maximum of 5 on a 5-point scale for the first time since 2008, a crew of 19 wildland firefighters trained by the Delaware Forest Service are on the front lines of a fire in Idaho’s Payette National Forest. U.S. Forest Service officials say the Delaware crew is now assigned to the Howard Fire, a small blaze ignited by lighting in the rugged terrain east of Riggins, Idaho and south of the Salmon River.

 

 

Delaware's wildfire crew is assigned to the Howard Fire in Idaho's Payette National Forest - east of Riggins, Idaho.
Delaware’s wildfire crew is assigned to the Howard Fire in Idaho’s Payette National Forest – east of Riggins, Idaho.

Information on Howard Fire

The Howard Fire is located 8 miles east of Riggins, Idaho on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land under protection of the Payette National Forest and is being managed by the Payette National Forest. It was started by lightning on August 18. The fire is currently around 200 acres but expected to grow – characterized by multiple tree torching and active surface fire spread.. Fire crews and aerial resources are focused on the north flank of the fire to provide a containment line to prevent further fire spread into Elk Horn Creek. Total personnel on the fire: 125.

 Trail closures will be in effect for Broken Leg Trail and Lava Butte Trail – both are motorized ATV trails.

 Current weather at the fire: wind –  10 mph SW; temperature – 92 degrees; humidity – 18%

Payette National Forest, U.S. Forest Service
800 West Lakeside Ave.
McCall, ID 83638

Incident Contact: Brian Harris
Phone: 208-634-6945

Twitter: @PayetteForest #HowardFire @DelawareForests @inciweb
Facebook: www.facebook.com/delforestservice
Aerial view of Idaho's Howard Fire
Aerial view of Idaho’s Howard Fire at 3:00pm on August 20, 2013

Contact: John Petersen, DFS Community Relations Officer
john.petersen@delaware.gov
302-698-4552 (office) 302-233-8180 (cell)

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