Missouri Fire Update July 18, 2017

Local Observations:
This morning it was pretty smoky in Yellow Pine. Poor air quality persisted until after lunch time. As of 145pm it was 86 degrees, partly cloudy, light breezes and no smoke in the air. We can see a helicopter flying back and forth above VanMeter Hill with a bucket making trips to the fire from the west.
I will keep our Local Events page updated with currents stats:

Map showing approx location of fire (click on map for larger size)

Update from Brian Harris Payette NF 1pm July 18

No size increase from the 600 acres reported yesterday. We do have active fire burning, but yesterday and so far today, those flames are within the 600 acre fire perimeter. Internal burning, or burning out fuels within the perimeter of the fire are what we refer to this as. The fire is about half way in to the wilderness and half way out of the wilderness. Our specific concerns are in steering the fire away from Edwardsburg/Big Creek, not allowing the fire to move south toward Yellow Pine and maintaining access via the Warren-Profile Gap Road.

WE do have an Area Closure in effect for the immediate fire area on the east side of the Warren-Profile Gar Road. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect above the fire.

We do have a Type 2 Incident Management Team that will be sitting up the Incident Command Post at Cox Ranch. That setup is progressing today. The team will shadow our local Type 3 team today, then fully take over the fire tomorrow morning at 0600.

InciWeb info:

Basic Information
Current as of 7/18/2017, 9:45:00 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Saturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 10:30 AM
Incident Commander Cline (IC3)/Taylor (IC3T)

Current Situation
Total Personnel 68
Size 600 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 5%
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 07:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber/Brush. Heavy mixed conifer, heavy snag component.
Significant Events
Active, torching, short-range spotting, isolated torching

Planned Actions
Implementation of the Type 2 Team, continue to focus efforts on the southern flank with the intention of establishing a solid anchor point. Additional efforts on the western flank while confining fire growth within the Wilderness to the east.
Projected Incident Activity
Substantial fire growth due to steep terrain, heavy fuels and snags making firefighting efforts extremely difficult. Estimate 500-700 acres.
Full suppression strategy likely on all non-Wilderness lands. Suppression efforts on fire within the wilderness boundary and not threatening non-Wilderness lands unlikely. Point protection strategy planned for inholdings within the Wilderness boundary, as well as any identified environmentally sensitive areas.

Current Weather
Weather Concerns
Continued hot and dry weather, no precipitation likely. Weather patterns are not likely to offer any aid in firefighting efforts in the next 72 hours.


Missouri Fire from the Profile Gap Road on July 17
Posted on: 07/18/17 01:49 pm