The Idaho Enterprise

Official Newspaper of Oneida County and Malad City • Established June 5, 1879

State Fire Update – August 19 – 10:00 a.m.

August 20th, 2013

Acres: 29,827                                                              

Start Date: August 8, 2013

Cause: Lightning                                                        

 Location: 8 miles west of Portage, UT

Containment: 85%                                                      

Fuels: Timber, grass and understory

Terrain: Steep, Rugged                                              

 Resources: Beginning to demobilize                          

Total Personnel: 150-180       

Summary: Effective 6 a.m. Monday, August 19, 2013, the fire is now managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team with Wade Christopherson as the Incident Commander.  “We are very happy with the progress being made,” said Christopherson. “The line is secure and we will be working on rehabilitation efforts and mopping up interior flare ups.”

A final town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the Fire Information Tent located at the Malad City Park. BLM Pocatello Field Manager, Dave Pacioretty and Incident Commander Christopherson will discuss the Type 3 organization, suppression and fire rehab efforts and answer other questions the public may have.

No projected movement is expected outside the established containment lines. The public can still expect to see smoke as interior pockets of fuels continue to burn. Many of the resources working the fire have been released to respond to other incidents. Approximately 150-180 personnel remain on scene to continue mopping up this incident.

For additional information please go to www.inciweb.org

State Fire Update – August 15 – 8:00 p.m.

August 16th, 2013

Acres:  25,400                                     Start date:  August 8, 2013

Cause:  Lightning                                Location:  8 miles west of Portage, UT

Containment: 60%                              Fuels:  Timber, grass and understory

Terrain:  Steep, rugged

Resources:  6 crews, 24 engines, 12 water tenders, 4 dozers

Total personnel: 358                            Available air support:  1 helicopter

Summary: As expected, very active fire behavior occurred today due to varying wind direction and speeds, high temperatures, low humidity, and unstable atmospheric conditions. During the afternoon, a large smoke plume over the Water Canyon area on the northeast side of the fire created its own weather activity that led to extreme fire behavior with several fire whirls.A small spot fire on the northeast corner was quickly contained. Established lines along the north edge of the fire were improved. Burnout in this area was initiated earlier than planned, but successfully kept the fire within containment lines.

Patrol and mop-up will continue on all areas of the fire, and rehabilitation efforts will begin Friday.

For additional information see www.facebook.com/StateFirewww.twitter.com/StateFire and www.inciweb.org.

State Fire Update – August 15 – 9:00 a.m

August 16th, 2013

Acres:  25,400                                     Start date:  August 8, 2013

Cause:  Lightning                                Location:  8 miles west of Portage, UT

Containment: 55%                              Fuels:  Timber, grass and understory

Terrain:  Steep, rugged

Resources:  6 crews, 19 engines, 4 water tenders, 6 dozers

Total personnel: 330                            Available air support:  3 helicopters

Summary:  Firefighters brought the fire down off the ridge in the northwest corner of the fire in the early evening and the night shift successfully kept it within the containment lines. The northeast side of the fire continued its natural progression through the interior pockets of heavy fuel.

Crews worked on the southeastern edge mopping up an area that crossed over containment lines yesterday. They will continue patrolling and mopping up in this area today and collecting GPS data on the locations of dozer lines.

Overnight humidity recovery was lower last night and heat remaining on the ground will create lower humidity today with increased flare-ups in the interior this afternoon. Crews will continue monitoring the containment lines, mopping up hotspots within the interior, and begin planning for rehabilitation of containment lines around the fire.

A second public meeting will be held at the Malad Elementary School Auditorium on Thursday August 15, 2013, at 7:00 pm. The Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief will both be on hand to discuss in detail the recent activity and objectives going forward, and to answer questions from the community.

With additional fire traffic in the area, residents of Malad are asked to exercise extra caution.

For additional information see www.facebook.com/StateFirewww.twitter.com/StateFire and www.inciweb.org.

State Fire Update – August 14 – 8:00 p.m.

August 15th, 2013

Acres:  24,107                                                Start date:  August 8, 2013

Cause:  Lightning                                    Location:  8 miles west of Portage, UT

Containment: 55%                                   Fuels:  Timber, grass and understory

Terrain:  Steep, rugged

Resources:  6 crews, 19 engines, 4 water tenders, 6 dozers

Total personnel: 330                                    Available air support:  3 helicopters

Summary:  Today, a planned burnout operation began in the northwest corner of the fire with hand firing of timber, juniper, grass and sage fuels at the top of the ridge. The fire progressed downhill at a moderate pace with helicopter air support making water drops along the containment line. Larger smoke plumes were seen in the afternoon hours as the planned burnout moved northerly and easterly into heavier interior fuels in steep and rugged terrain.

The northeastern side of the fire experienced increased burn activity and large smoke plumes within the interior through the natural progression of the fire. The fire crossed over a containment line on the southeastern side of the fire near the intersection of Limekiln Hollow and Portage Canyon Roads last night. Crews worked through the day and contained it to approximately 80 acres.

The fire is expected to burn well into the night in the northwest planned burnout area and continue natural progression on the northeast corner.

A second public meeting will be held at the Malad Elementary School Auditorium on Thursday August 15, 2013, at 7:00 pm. The Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief will both be on hand to discuss in detail the recent activity and objectives going forward, and to answer questions from the community.

We would like to recognize the Malad Elementary School and the Onieda School District who have provided their facilities for the use of the Incident Management Team.

For additional information see www.facebook.com/StateFire, www.twitter.com/StateFire and www.inciweb.org 

State Fire Update – August 14 – 9:00 a.m.

August 14th, 2013

Acres:  22,949                                    Start date:  August 8, 2013

Cause:  Lightning                               Location:  8 miles west of Portage, UT Containment: 50%

Fuels:  Timber, grass and understory

Terrain:  Steep, rugged                       Resources:  7 crews, 13 engines, 3 water tenders, 3 dozers

Total personnel: 266                          Available air support:  2 helicopters

Summary: Firefighters continued to prepare the northwest section for a burning operation to secure the fireline there.  Burnout operations will be implemented when conditions are appropriate. A double dozer line has been constructed on the northeast section of the fire to prepare for a future burning operation between the lines to secure the perimeter while reducing the potential burning on the interior of the fire.

With increased temperature and decreased humidity forecast, along with unstable atmospheric conditions, extreme fire behavior is expected today on the State Fire north of Portage, Utah and southwest of Malad, Idaho.  Firefighters anticipate large plumes of smoke to develop over the fire, particularly during the afternoon hours.  Most of this will arise from very active fire in the interior of the fire where large amounts of unburned fuel remain.

A public meeting was held in Malad, Idaho yesterday with approximately 100 residents in attendance. They received a briefing on the current fire activity and the plan for the suppression efforts from Operations Chief Everett Phillips and Incident Commander Bea Day of the Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team.

For additional information see www.facebook.com/StateFire, www.twitter.com/StateFire and www.inciweb.org.

State Fire – August 13 Evening Update

August 14th, 2013

 

Acres:  22,054                                    Start date:  August 8, 2013

Cause:  Lightning                               Location:  8 miles west of Portage, UT Containment: 50%

Fuels:  Timber, grass and understory

Terrain:  Steep, rugged                       Resources:  7 crews, 13 engines, 3 water tenders, 3 dozers

Total personnel: 266                          Available air support:  2 helicopters

Summary: Today, the firefighters improved and held the control line on all sides of the fire.  The north side of the fire is expected to have the most activity as it backs down to the flats.  Flare ups may occur in sage and result in a very rapid increase in spread rate and flame length.  On the southeast side of the fire, burning will continue to move to the north, burning down north facing slopes and running up southerly facing slopes.  The fire will continue to burn actively well into the night.

Tomorrow, firefighters will continue to hold and improve control lines.  On the north and east side of the fire, they will prepare dozer lines for potential burnout operations and burnout as conditions allow. Firefighters will continue to hold and mop-up on the south end of the fire.

For additional information see www.inciweb.org or www.facebook.com/StateFire.

State Fire Update – August 13, 2013 – 9:00 a.m.

August 13th, 2013

Acres:  21,000                                                Start date:  August 8, 2013

Cause:  Lightning                                    Location:  8 miles west of Portage, UT

Containment: 45%                                    Fuels:  Timber, grass and understory

Terrain:  Steep, rugged                        Resources:  7 crews, 15 engines, 14 water tenders, 4 dozers

Total personnel: 223                                    Available air support:  3 helicopters

Summary: The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team, Bea Day Incident Commander, assumed responsibility for the direction of the suppression efforts on the State Fire at 6:00 a.m. this morning.  Please note the above change of the fire information phone line.

Driven by strong, gusty winds, the State Fire was very active Monday, running and torching.  Low relative humidity and dense dry fuels contributed to the extreme fire behavior.  Firefighters have established a secure line around the south side of the fire, tying dozer line into established roads, securing the line at the heel of the fire.  The fire grew on the north, east and west sides during the day.  Firefighters on the east flank of the fire tied the west dozer lined into Allridge Canyon.

A public meeting will be held this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Malad Elementary School, 250 W. 400 North, Malad, Idaho.  A report will be provided on the progress of the fire and the plan for its suppression.

For additional information see www.facebook.com/StateFire 

State Fire – Second Update: August 12, 2013

August 13th, 2013

Portage, Utah – The current estimated fire size is 21,000 acres and is approximately 45% contained.

This morning, fire activity was low which gave handcrews, engines, air resources and dozers an opportunity to get on the hill to continue constructing and improving containment lines. This was significant for fire suppression objectives before the clouds moved away from the area giving the sun opportunity to heat things up and increase fire activity in the afternoon.  By 4:00 PM, a huge smoke column originated from the Gardner Canyon region on the east side of the fire between the towns of Portage and Samaria. This was projected by fire resources as the plan for this area was to bring the fire out of the heavy timber in steep rocky terrain to strategically placed containment lines. Structure protection group were placed near the ranch homes and outbuilding in this area and will continue to monitor it throughout the night.
Resources assigned to the incident include two Type 1 helicopters (Black Hawks), one Type 3 helicopter, four dozers, two tenders, ten Type 6 engines, one Type 1 hotshot crew, and six Type 2-IA hand crews. Incident fire personnel total is 250.

Tomorrow, the Arizona Central West Zone National Type 2 Incident Management Team (Incident Commander Bea Day) will take over management of the State Fire in the morning, August 13th, at 6:00 AM.

For additional information visit the www.utahfireinfo.gov.

Malad High School Athlete to continue career at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

July 30th, 2013
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Brian Roedl

     Brian Roedl’s commitment to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was a decision he knew would shape more than just his college career, but the foundation for his next forty years. His determination to play basketball at the collegiate level led to his decision to join NCSA Athletic Recruiting, an exclusive recruiting network that provides student athletes with the opportunity and technology to be proactive in their recruiting process. Not only did Brian have the tools he needed for the recruiting process, NCSA also educated him on the steps he needed to take to achieve his goal.

      Brian has demonstrated the true meaning of “student-athlete.” Earning a 3.6 GPA, Brian has taken several honors and AP classes while keeping is grades up. He plans to pursue a degree at the university located in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

     As a two-year varsity athlete, Brian was named 1st Team All-Conference in 2012 and 2011.

     Brian’s self-motivation and trust in the recruiting process has rewarded him with the opportunity to play basketball as a Whitewater Warhawk and earn a meaningful degree that will allow him to succeed in the future.

     If you would like more information about Brian, please visit his recruiting profile at: http://recruit-match.ncsasports.org/clientrms/profile/recruiting_profile/774748.

The Idaho Enterprise

Official Newspaper of Oneida County and Malad City • Established June 5, 1879