Public meeting scheduled Wednesday evening for Incendiary Creek Fire
A public meeting will be held Wednesday evening at 7 in the Fraser Community (Grange) Hall for Three Mile Rd. area residents to discuss the situation with the lightning-caused Incendiary Creek Fire that has been burning in Lolo Creek Canyon since Sunday.
Thursday evening at 7, a public meeting is scheduled at the Glenwood-Caribel Volunteer Fire Station for worried landowners south of Lolo Creek in the Glenwood, Woodland and Caribel Rd. areas. Other community meetings may be forthcoming.
Clearwater County Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation order for 13 homes north of Lolo Creek, south of Three Mile Rd., in the area if Lolo Creek and Hidden Valley roads early Wednesday morning. Tuesday they had issued pre-evacuation warnings for approximately 20 residences north of Lolo Creek, in the Three Mile Road area. Additional fire spread late Tuesday, to the southeast of Incendiary Creek, further intensifying the situation and prompted many residents in the area to self-evacuate.
The fire is at about 280 acres and 0 percent contained Wednesday. While crews have made significant progress in trying to catch the head of this fire, Operations Section Chief Randy McKenzie said, "We have a critical day ahead of us." Heavy fuels up-canyon along Lolo Creek and a predicted approaching frontal passage with gusty winds still pose a threat for potential fire spread.
The wildfire is currently burning along the northern side of Lolo Creek, between an unnamed tributary on the north and Incendiary Creek area to the south, approximately five miles southwest of Weippe. The fire is burning in the bottom canyon lands, spreading both up-canyon (Lolo Creek) and making short, uphill runs.
Jim Grant's Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team began managing the fire Tuesday, at 6 a.m. An Incident Command Post is being set up at Fraser Park, along State Highway 11.
Managers worked with local officials and agency administrators to develop a population protection plan, identifying contingency opportunities as well as management action points related to fire spread and the potential need for evacuations.
Steep, rugged, terrain is hampering attempts for direct line construction. However, crews building line and performing burnout operations have been paralleling up-canyon fire spread. Full suppression efforts will continue to be implemented wherever feasible.
Road closures in the fire area were instituted for public safety by CCSO. They include portions of Three Mile Rd. between Schmidt Mill Road and Lolo Creek Rd. In addition, a temporary flight restriction is also in effect surrounding the fire area.
There are 133 personnel assigned to the fire including four 20-person hand crews. There are seven engines, two dozers, one water tender and two helicopters working on the blaze.
According to Clearwater County Emergency Management Coordinator Don Gardner Weippe Rural Fire Department and Sunnyside Rural Fire Department are providing structure protection and sprinkler systems are set up surrounding threatened homes. CCSO Search and Rescue members are providing check points for road closures. Gardner, as well as Sheriff Chris Goetz and Chief Deputy Rick Miller are working closely with the fire management team.
Besides CCSO and Emergency Management, other cooperating agencies include: Clearwater County Commissioners, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Idaho County Emergency Management, Idaho County Sheriff's Office and Weippe and Sunnyside Rural Fire Districts.
Besides Window on the Clearwater, updates will be posted on www.inciweb.nwcg.org. From the drop down menu, select "Incendiary Creek". Information Officer, Jennifer Costich can be reached at 208-255-2056 or IncendiaryCreekFire@gmail.com.
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