Hess Creek Fire Update 6/29/2019

Fire Statistics

Location: 12 miles northeast of Livengood
Start Date: June 21
Size:  45,000 acres
Containment: 0%
Total Personnel: 20                                                                                   
Cause:  Lightning

Current Situation:

Due to continued heat and wind, the Hess Creek Fire grew significantly yesterday, burning into the black spruce vegetation. The thick smoke from both this fire, as well as fires in the surrounding area, makes accurate mapping difficult to do safely. Acreage and mapping will be updated as soon as possible.   

After the Nevada Incident Management Team (IMT) took command of the fire yesterday, they were able to get operations personnel on the ground to begin preparation for structure protection. The team is currently identifying structures that are not mapped, and creating a plan for the level of protection for these structures. Due to the size, fire managers do not intend this to be a full-suppression fire, but rather focus firefighting efforts mainly on protecting resources and values at risk.

Due to fire growth, fire managers gained more accessibility to the fire perimeter, allowing them to identify natural barriers crews can use to create a firebreak. After the team completes structure protection assessment, implementation of the Point Protection Plan will begin. The handcrews on order will work to implement the plan, as well as constructing firebreak in the path of the fire on the identified natural barriers.

Fire Behavior:  

Fire is predicted to continue growing actively on the west and southwest edges of the perimeter, and is visible from the Livengood area. The north and east perimeter have minimal fire activity and are holding at natural barriers. Residents and visitors will continue to see heavy smoke through today, as the fire continues to spread. Fuels remain receptive to burning due to the continued hot and dry conditions

Weather:

Near Red Flag conditions are expected to continue today. There will be one day of the warming and drying trend. A frontal storm is predicted starting Sunday bringing cooler, wetter weather to assist fire managers in suppression tactics. Growth of the fire is expected to lessen due to the predicted rain showers. Gusty winds associated with thunderstorms could influence the fire direction and rate of spread.

Public Awareness:

Due to these continued hot and dry conditions and fire growth, the public should remain aware of current fire conditions. Know before you go! See the most recent information on the Hess Creek Fire here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6404/

Also, as we’re coming into the Fourth of July weekend, the public should be careful that their recreational activities do not ignite a fire.

Nevada Team 2 Incident Management Team- Carrie Thaler, Incident Commander

Information: 208-269-4413

Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6404/

Email: hesscreekfire2019@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BLMAFS

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