Read U.S. Western Wildfires Messages
Containment goals were reached on 11 large fires in six geographic areas. Five new large fires were reported in the Eastern Great Basin, Western Great Basin and Southwest Areas. Numerous lightning-caused new starts were reported in the Northwest Area until late in the evening. Initial attack activity elsewhere was light to moderate. Lightning activity is forecast to decrease today, but gusty winds will challenge containment efforts in the Rocky Mountain states. A team from the National Interagency Fire Center is traveling to Ft. Hood, Texas to begin training the Army's 20th Engineers Battalion, commanded by LTC Shumway. The battalion will deploy to Missoula on 8/13. Arriving in Boise today will be 79 firefighters from Australia and New Zealand. They will attend briefings and training tomorrow and may be dispatched to fires as early as 8/13.
Good Luck and condolences to all the physically fit firefighters braving this devastating firestorm of a summer. Godspeed to your efforts. From a former Wyoming Wildland Firefighter Manager, John Hardman(JHardman7@excite.com).My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.