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Midnight Fire Update

Midnight Fire Update released by the Idaho Forest Service

Total Personnel: 119    Engines: 2        Dozers: 1          Forest Masticators: 2      Helicopters: 1

Water Tender: 5          Crews: 2


Firefighters continue to hold, secure, and improve fire lines. They continue to search for, map and control sources of heat and mitigate safety concerns.  The Midnight Fire did not see any additional growth yesterday; however, the burn is spotty and there are still interior fuel sources and heat.  Good work and coordination continued along the contingency line as fire personnel work to implement plans for resource protection.


Firefighters will continue to hold, secure, and improve fire lines. They will continue to identify and control sources of heat and mitigate safety concerns. The work on the contingency line is important because one ember could provide a new ignition source.


The weather pattern is expected to continue through Wednesday with hot and dry conditions. Relative humidities remain in the low 20s, with moderate overnight recoveries. Winds are predicted to be light, and terrain driven.  An afternoon thunderstorm could be possible.  

The expected fire behavior remains similar to what we have seen in the past few days. It is described as moderate with smoldering, single tree torching, and group torching. As temperatures increase with the heat of the day so will fire behavior.

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There are currently no closures in place, but please use caution while enjoying your national forest. Firefighting traffic is expected to be heavy along FSR # 244 (Lighting Creek Road) and FSR# 284 (Elk City Wagon Road) between China Point and Lytle Cow Camp.