Idaho fire gets NIMO team

Halstead Fire in Idaho

The lightning-caused Halstead Fire northwest of Stanley, Idaho, is mapped at 5,047 acres. Resources assigned include six T1 crews, two T2 crews, two T1 helicopters and a T3 helicopter, two T6 engines, and two T4 engines.

Halstead Fire in Idaho
Halstead Fire in Idaho

The fire started on July 27 between Beaver Creek and Marsh Creek; it’s burning in subalpine fir and lodgepole pine. Firefighters are building fuel breaks along Beaver Creek Road; they’ve reported single and group tree torching on the fire. Houseman’s National Incident Management Organization team took command of the fire early this morning.

An Emergency Area Closure was issued yesterday for all access points to the Cape Horn Area, all access to the Seafoam Bubble, all access to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness east of the Middle Fork Wild and Scenic River Corridor, east of Bluebunch Ridge, and north of Lola Creek, the area northwest of the Knapp-Loon Trail and west of the Pinyon-Feltham Road. In addition, the Pinyon Peak Road in its entirety is closed.

3 thoughts on “Idaho fire gets NIMO team”

  1. Can someone please explain why a NIMO Team and not a real Type 1 or Type 2 Team, its not like we don’t have plenty of highly qualified, experienced teams available at present.

  2. Not sure what you’re asking there, Uncle Louie? What do you mean by a “real” team? Do you know the difference between a T1 team and a NIMO team?

  3. Uncle Louie,

    Sometimes NIMO teams are assigned on fires that are expected to have longer durations than normal or local complexities that must be addressed. They will often supplement their “team” with local expertise (local, state, and federal overhead) to accomplish their assigned mission under the “Delegation of Authority”.

    The local Agency Administrators and Staff (Line Officer and FMO) must have thought that a NIMO Team was the most appropriate management structure… Or do you think otherwise?

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