Ought-7 Fire burning along U.S. 12 near Kooskia | News
The estimated 150-acre Ought-7 Fire located 13 miles east of Kooskia in Idaho County is burning in light fuels along U.S. Highway 12.
The fire started at 3 a.m. Thursday between mile posts 85 and 86 along U.S. 12. Initial resources on the fire were able to protect two structures that were immediately threatened. There are structures in the area but currently no structures are threatened. Firefighters caught the fire mid-slope this morning but the flanks upstream and downstream are active.
The Idaho Transportation Department has issued an alert to motorists on U.S. 12, between Suttler Creek and Swan Creek Road, to drive with extreme caution. Information on the traffic alert can be found at this link: http://id.carsprogram.org/IDmessenger/googlemap.jsf?pk=509242
Fire managers are responding to the Ought-7 fire with heavy initial attack. Aerial resources on the fire include 1 heavy air tanker, 4 single engine air tankers, 4 helicopters, and air attack. On the ground, there are 2 dozers, 3 water tenders, assorted line personnel, and 12 engines working the fire, including 4 engines to protect structures from Kooskia Rural Fire District, Ridgerunner Rural Fire District, and Kamiah Rural Fire District. Other cooperators include the U.S. Forest Service.
The fire is being managed by the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Maggie Creek Forest Protective District under Incident Commander Josh Harvey. A Type 3 incident management team from the IDL is on order and is expected to take over management of the fire Friday morning under Incident Commander Jason Svancara.
A web page for the Ought-7 fire has been set up at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3698/.