Update 11pm, 8/26/19
The Shawnee Peak Fire is currently burning 40 acres in a remote area of the Lost Creek Wilderness. Today crews attempted to gain access to the fire on the ground as helicopters and fixed wing aircraft did aerial recon and used bucket drops to help slow the fires growth. The area that the fire is burning in is very steep and rugged with very limited access. Firefighters report this evening that the fire is currently smoldering and creeping with isolated torching. A video of an aerial recon has been added below.
Tomorrow firefighters will be shuttled in via helicopter to asses the strategies and tactics to ensure the safety of the planned operations as firefighter safety is always priority. Helicopters will be utilized to both shuttle crews to the fire and for bucket drops on the fire. There will be a task force of engine crews that will be doing structure assessment and preplanning in and around the community of Shawnee which is still approximately 4 miles from the fire.
Update 9pm, 8/26/19
Numerous additional crews have been ordered for the Shawnee Peak Fire. There are now a total of 3 Hotshot crews assigned to this fire. One of those crews is currently working the fire and the others will arrive tomorrow. 2 additional hand crews have been assigned to the fire and will also arrive tomorrow (8/27). Several additional helicopters have also been ordered and will be working the fire tomorrow.