DIXIE, ID - On Monday, July 26, the Type 3 Northern Rockies (NR) Team managing the Dixie and Jumbo Fires provided an update on fire growth and containment operations. According to the update, the Dixie Fire was last estimated at 38,571 acres and 18% contained after growing by approximately 1,339 acres yesterday. The Jumbo Fire was last estimated 2,044 acres after growing 77 acres yesterday, and is 0% contained.
The Dixie Fire increased 1,339 acres yesterday, and is now an estimated 38,571 acres with 18% containment. The fire is growing to the south along the Salmon River and around the Blowout and Mammoth Mountain areas.
The primary focus continues to be holding and strengthening approximately 10 miles of fireline along the Forest Road 1190 / Jack Mountain Road to the North of the fire, and northeast along Forest Road 421 in the Mallard Creek area. Strategic firing operations, from the past three days, are holding and crews are working to prevent fire movement north. A slop over along the Jack Mountain Road within the Red River drainage has mechanical contingency firelines in place, and firefighters are preparing to go direct.
The Dixie Fire has not crossed the Salmon River but did move approximately ¾ mile south along the steep riverbanks. It is slowly flanking south and if conditions allow it to align with topography and southerly winds it could threaten the communities of Dixie and Comstock. Residents are reminded of the evacuation orders outlined below.
Fire professionals are evaluating tactics in preparation of projected fire movement and monitoring with aerial and ground personnel. They are also working to keep Forest Roads open and safe to travel on in the area.
The Jumbo saw an increase of 77 acres yesterday, and is now estimated at 2,044 acres. The fire sits at 0% containment and fire professionals are monitoring it. The fire continues to be evaluated for further actions.
Salmon River Recreation Advisory
Boaters on the Salmon River are directed to stop at White Water Ranch for updated fire information prior to continuing downriver. Expect active fire on the north side of the river from Allison Ranch south to Mackay Bar. Designated camping areas along the fire are open for camping, however, be alert for rolling, flaming debris on river canyon slopes. - The Dixie Fire increased 1,339 acres yesterday, for a total of 38,571 acres. The fire is growing to the south along the Salmon River and around the Blowout and Mammoth Mountain areas. The fire is at 18 percent containment.