ITD contributes to firefighting efforts
ITD reorganization the past year helped to elevate its emergency program and positions the department well as a major resource in battling raging wildfires throughout the state.
A combination of state and federal agencies worked this week to contain more than 30 wildland fires throughout Idaho. The seven largest fires consumed nearly 700,000 acres.
The largest active fire is the Mustang Complex in the North Fork Ranger District. It had scorched nearly 300,000 acres as of Sunday (Sept. 16). The fire was about 16 percent contained, with full containment estimated by Sept. 30.
Fire experts considered the 155,677-acre Halstead Fire near Stanley about 50 percent contained, with full containment expected by mid-October. The Trinity Ridge Fire northwest of Featherville was 64 percent contained at 146,677 acres. Firefighters projected containment by Oct. 1.
Other active fires include Powell SWB Complex in the Selway-Bitteerroot Wilderness (44,928 acres), Mcguire Complex near Dixie (26,502), Sheep Fire near Lucile (23,861 acres) and the Wesley Complex in the Council/New Meadows Ranger District (4,356).
ITD’s Emergency Program Manager Bryan Smith said the department committed assets and/or personnel to most of the fire suppression efforts, including: