Weiser Complex Fire Nears Containment After 38 Days

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The Weiser Complex Fire in the Payette National Forest is now 70 percent contained. The fire, sparked by lightening July 29, has scorched almost 25,500 acres and so far required nine helicopters, 13 engines and almost 615 personnel to battle.

The Raft Fire, now 20 percent contained, received two-tenths of an inch of rain yesterday, giving firefighters a break that allowed them to make significant progress on the fire. The firefighters’ highest priority is to extinguish hotspots still burning in larger Cottonwood trees and enforce the hand line—a small hose used in burning areas to directly apply water onto a fire.

Today, crews will assess the need for a burnout operation to reinforce the containment line in Little Bear Saddle area. That would entail burning 100 acres to consume fuel between the containment line and the fire. The burnout would take place this evening when cool weather and lighter winds can assist firefighters.

At the Hells Canyon Fire, which has been 90-percent contained, crews completed rehabilitation work of dozer lines around the fire. Dozer lines use bulldozers to scrape along the ground, exposing soil. Crews expect the fire perimeter to be fully rehabilitated today.

Community meetings will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. in Cambridge at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall and in Weiser at the Vendome Events Center at 6:30 p.m. to provide updates on the fire.

All roads and trails on the National Forest System lands within the Weiser Ranger District, south and west of Highway 71, remain closed.