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Fire Update August 27, 2010 - Afternoon

The Jesse Fire is burning in the headwaters of Jesse Creek seven miles northwest of Salmon. Fire is just east of the Ridge Road within the Salmon City watershed.

One fire fighter was injured by a falling snag Friday afternoon. He was flown by helicopter to Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon where he was treated and was expected to spend the night.

The 15 to 25 acre fire is burning in a northerly direction high in the drainage and is not a threat to the community of Salmon at this time. No structures are currently at risk.

One heavy air tanker and two single engine air tankers are dropping retardant on the fire today. The retardant drops are being done within Forest Service guidelines to ensure no retardant gets into live streams.

Two helicopters are doing bucket drops on the fire. Three engine crews are also in place.

Two 20 person hot shot crews, ten smoke jumpers, and four members of local hand crew are on the fireline.

The initial attack personnel will transition to a Type III incident command team Saturday morning.

Contact: Kent Fuellenbach (208)756-5145, e-mail kfuellenbach@fs.fed.us


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