by Andrew Crisp
A blaze burning 12 miles outside of New Meadows has scorched more than 9,000 acres, requiring approximately 483 personnel to help fight the blaze, according to fire officials.
The Wesley Fire continues to burn in the headwaters of upper Lick Creek, according to a release from the National Incident Command Team. The fire extends to upper Rapid River and the headwaters of upper Boulder Creek, encompassing the Lick Creek lookout. Edges of the fire continue to move north and northeast.
Crews plan to establish fire lines along the east side from Lick Creek to the Rapid River Saddle, as well as up the northeast side toward Ant Butte and the old North Star Butte burn scar. Fire lines on the south side are holding.
The lightning-caused fire threatens 22 structures and has required the use of four helicopters, nine engines, 12 crews, one dozer and seven water tenders. It is currently 8 percent contained.
Weather forecasts call for a northerly flow to push a high-pressure system out of the area early next week. The dry summer has created tinder-box conditions, which have allowed for several major fires, including the massive Trinity Ridge fire that is still burning near Pine and Featherville, as well as the Mustange Complex fires near Stanley.