by Andrew Crisp
Some crews and resources used to battle the 145,000-acre Trinity Ridge fire will move on to other blazes in Idaho, according to Boise National Forest officials.
After costing most than $36.9 million, the Trinity Ridge fire is now 60 percent contained, and the command team has placed portions of the fire in aerial monitoring status. Personnel will also begin rehabilitation efforts in some areas, including Burned Area Emergency Response work.
Those tasks include stabilizing soils, working to limit erosion and moving sediment, and other activities to limit the effects of fire suppression on the environment. Crews will also attempt to prevent the spread of noxious weeds growing in burned areas.
Roads to Baumgartner campground and the Pine-Featherville Road opened to all traffic on Thursday, Sept. 6, after the Boise National Forest reduced the size of the closure area. A current map of the closure area is available via Inciweb.org.
The Forest Service has an expected containment date of Oct. 1.
Some of the crews involved will return to university classes after spending a summer battling wildfires. University of Idaho and Boise State students were allowed a late return to classes, to fulfill their firefighting duties.