LEWISTON - Governor Brad Little flew over the fire complex Tuesday to assess the fire area and observe the fire fighters hard work keeping homes, infrastructure, and property safe. Afterwards he met with National Guard troops and looked over Black Hawk helicopters helping respond to wildfires. The acreage of the Snake River Complex was listed as 108,794 and 87% contained as of Wednesday morning. The complex is located about 20 miles south of Lewiston.
Incident Commander Jeremiah Miller gave a briefing for the Governor and media. The Governor gave words of encouragement and appreciation for the firefighters.
Crews continued to grid to find hot spots for mop up, patrolled the area, and conducted a small back burn operation to strengthen control lines. Gridding is a systematic process firefighters use to discover heat and smoldering for mop up. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry Type 3 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Shawn Turner, took command of the incident this morning. Fresh firefighters start their two-week assignment as others take needed rest.
Officials say crews will continue to grid the active fire area Wednesday and mop up hot spots, patrol control lines, and provide initial attack on new fire starts. The incoming command team expects more firefighters to arrive for assignment later today.
Firefighters will use Unmanned Aircraft Systems to assess the active fire area using Infrared technology. This infrared assessment will help the new team refine short and long term fire control planning.