Monthly Archives: July 2017

Updated Fire Report 7/31/2017

PM Update: Pueblo Summit Fire

July 31, 2017

Pueblo Fire Update, Krassel Ranger District

The Pueblo Fire is burning in a steep drainage approximately 3/4 mile south of the Pueblo Summit Trailhead. The fire is estimated to be 10 acres, burning in subalpine fir with moderate fire spread. The fire is moving by single tree torching and spotting.

The fire is outside of, but within a mile of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The Forest has identified values at risk to be the Werdenhoff and Golden Hand mining areas, as well as the Pueblo Summit Road, Big Creek Trailhead and Big Creek administrative site.

The fire was called in by Sheepeater Lookout at 2:30pm Sunday, July 30. The Krassel Ranger District staffed the fire with smokejumpers and have used bucket drops of water from a light and a medium helicopter, and retardant drops from 3 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs).

Additional smokejumpers were assigned, and a 20 person Interagency Hotshot Crew was ordered, and arrived at Big Creek Sunday night.

Photo is from yesterday afternoon,

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Fire info: 208.634.0820

Access to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. Watch out for fire traffic on the South Fork and EFSF Roads from Krassel to YP and from YP on the Stibnite Road to the turn off to Profile Creek Road. The Profile Creek Road is closed at the junction to Big Creek/Edwardsburg.

Profile Road is still closed to the public. Level 1 Evacuation Ordered for Big Creek/Edwardsburg (see below)
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 96 degrees, haze of smoke all day. Overnight low of 47 degrees, clear sky this morning with a slight haze of smoke in the air.
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Road Report posted 7/30
https://yellowpinetimes.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/road-report-july-30/

Map of fire 7/27/2017 from GEOMAC (no growth)
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(click on image to open larger size)

Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25 (no growth)

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

The Fire Camp has moved to Krassel and reduced in size.

Missouri Fire at InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/


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Pueblo Summit Fire

July 30, 2017 444pm

We got a new smoke report from one of our lookouts this afternoon around 2:30. There is a new fire just south of Pueblo Summit. Looks to be 2-3 acres. At about 3:15pm, we put 8 smokejumpers on the fire and they are using 2 helicopters and 3 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) with retardant.

That’s all we know currently, we will keep folks updated as we have more info.

Anthony B. Botello
District Ranger
Krassel Ranger District
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Missouri Fire

Monday, 31 July 2017

Contact Fire Information: 208.634.0820
PayetteFireInformation@gmail.com
http://www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

Start Date: July 15
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 82
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

On Sunday, July 30, 2017, the Missouri Fire was transitioned from a Type 2 Fire Management Team down to a smaller Type 3 Management Team. This was due to decreased fire activity, lower expected fire behavior in critical areas, stronger management lines, and an effort to lower suppression expenses. Fire management will continue the suppression and monitoring process and additional resources are readily available if needed.

The fire size has remained at 1,277 acres for the past week. While growth has stalled and the fire is not fully contained. There has been minimal fire activity, mainly in interior portions of the fire where occasional torching of isolated trees has been observed. It continues to smolder in heavy down fuels within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Allowing fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem benefits the ecosystem. Fire is essential for soil renewal, wildlife habitat, and overall forest health.

The weather trend over the fire area for the next few days will become drier and warmer. However, winds are expected to be generally light hopefully keeping fire behavior and growth low.

In Edwardsburg and Big Creek, crews are clearing trees and brush from around Forest Service facilities and developed sites. Chippers will continue to be used to pulverize the removed trees and brush from both Profile Gap Road and within the community of Edwardsburg and Big Creek. The benefit of chipping is the ability to spread the materials over a large area which decreases the fuel loading. Chippers are still parked on the Profile Gap Road, making travel difficult for even the firefighters working in the area. For this reason, the road does remain closed despite the diminished fire threat along Profile Creek.

Evacuation Status: Level 1 evacuations are still in place for Edwardsburg/Big Creek, primarily due to the work taking place along the principal access route into the community. To the north, the road is passable with high-clearance vehicles, UTVs, and motorcycles; trailers are not recommended. Anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface should take time to consider what they would take in the event they did need to evacuate. The Ready, Set, Go Program (www.wildlandfirersg.org) has helpful tips for preparation.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb. The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed.

YELLOW PINE IS OPEN !

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho
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Level 1 – READY Evacuation Order Issued for Edwardsburg/Big Creek Area

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 430pm

A Level 1 – A Ready evacuation order has been issued for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area by Valley County Sheriff, Patti Bolen. This order is in effect until further notice.

This Level 1 – Ready evacuation order is a result of significant fire activity on the Missouri Fire located between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg. The fire was actively burning yesterday, and is expected to have a continued active fire behavior.

Visit this link for all evacuation levels issued by Valley County:
http://www.co.valley.id.us/departments/sheriffs-office/valley-county-sheriff-evacutaion-policy/
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Recreational access in Big Creek and Edwardsburg

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 2pm

Recreational access to the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area is not closed at this time, however; due to fire activity we strongly suggest that you choose an alternate location for recreational activities. An alternate entry into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is through Thunder Mountain. The Payette National Forest has many great locations for camping, hiking, fishing, etc.

The closure of the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is indefinite, but will open as soon as it is possible. If planning for an alternate route to Big Creek area, be aware that Valley County is warning that due to road damage from winter and spring storms, the Warren-Profile Gap road from Warren to the South Fork is not capable of handling large trucks or vehicles towing trailer. This route comes over Elk Summit into Big Creek. If you choose to take this route be cautious of increased two-way traffic on this narrow, winding dirt road.

Access to Yellow Pine is fully open, and we do not expect traffic to be impacted. Please be drive cautiously as fire vehicles are operating in the area.

Warning sign for Backcountry Travelers

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Payette Wilderness Fires

7/27/2017

The Payette National currently has 5 wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are in a monitor status with no notable fire activity.

Rooster Creek Fire: (.10)acre) Lightning caused and report on July 26. Located 1/2 mile east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob on the McCall Ranger District. No vivible smke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (27 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell’s Ferry. Two fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire is in monitor status.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. No smoke showing currently. In monitor status.

Marble Mountain Fire: (3 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 2 miles southeast of Edwardsburg. Smokejumpers responded to this fire to aggressively prevent it from growing larger and spreading towards Edwardsburg. The fire was declared control and out on July 18.

Rocky Point Fire: (.10 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 10 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 2 mile south of the Salmon River. No smoke is showing on this fire currently, and it is in a monitor status.

For up to date information, please contact the Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600., or the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
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Wildhorse Fire

Monday, July 31, 2017

Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire(#WildhorseFire & #BLMIFDFire)

Start Date: 07/30/2017
Location and Jurisdiction: 6 miles South of Big Southern Butte about 35 miles west of Blackfoot, ID, BLM
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 25,000 acres
Percent Contained: Containment estimated for 7/31 at 8 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Minimal fire activity at the time of this release.
Structures Threatened: No immediate threat to structures.
Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and sage brush.
Fire Crews/Resources: 8 engines, 4 dozers, 1 water tender
Evacuations: None in effect at this time.
Closures: None.

Summary: The fire was reported on 7/30 around 3:30 p.m. and was caused by lightning from a storm that moved over the area with erratic, gusty winds. Crews estimated the fire at 2,000 acres an hour after it was reported. Multiple fire retardant drops were made on the fire last evening. The fire grew quickly due to wind and made large runs through the night due to extreme fire behavior. Fire activity is now minimal and resources will spend the day working to secure the fire perimeter.

Images taken yesterday, 7/30, by Engine Captain Austin Catlin

Link:
http://www.idahofireinfo.com/2017/07/wildhorse-fire.html
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NIFC

July 31, 2017

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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July 30, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times

July 30, 2017 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

There is a new fire up on Pueblo Summit. See updated Fire Report:

Village News:

Heeding the Siren’s Call

At approximately 1pm on Thursday July 27, the siren at the fire hall went off, and it wasn’t a test! However it was not a fire either. They needed some “muscle” to help with an ATV accident up Quartz Creek.

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photo courtesy AF

“On July 27th the Community of Yellow Pine came together in a time of need. Thanks to the Life Flight crew and Cascade EMS for always being there! A huge thanks to Jeff for your quick response, expert care and leadership. To the community of Yellow Pine – everyone involved should be proud of the efforts and support they provided in a challenging situation. Our prayers go out to the patient and family.” – AF

photo gallery on FB:

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July 24, 2017 Missouri Fire Meeting Yellow Pine Community Hall

Meeting started at 1pm and lasted approximately 30 minutes. Attended by at least 23 locals and 10 officials. The IC Team PIO Jessie gave an overview of the fire. Missouri Fire has only grown an acre in the last 2 days, 1277 acres now. They have achieved 25% containment. Fire line constructed from Missouri Ridge on the south flank down to the road. Another fireline along the road and a third line on the north west side from the road up Ryan Creek. They have pumps and sprinklers in place and will leave them for the next crews. The wilderness portion of the fire will be allowed to burn until nature puts it out. We also heard from a fire boss, the Incident Commander in Training, Krassel Ranger Botello and Cascade Ranger Strohmeyer and others (sorry I didn’t get all the names.) Very informative meeting.

They do not expect this fire to impact the Harmonica Festival. Roads leading in to Yellow Pine remain open (watch for increased traffic.) Profile road is closed to the public, but they are allowing local folks from Big Creek out and in with supplies during low traffic times. Still a lot of fire traffic and equipment on that narrow road, and are asking folks not to drive up to look at the fire. The fire team and Midas Gold had dust abatement applied to Johnson Creek road from Wapiti Meadow Ranch to Yellow Pine, then up the back road to Stibnite. That has really helped keep the dust down with all the traffic.

As reported before, the helicopters dumped approximately 50,000 gallons of water on the fire on Saturday and they are approaching 350,000 gallons of water dumped since the fire started. Helicopters are dipping from Fish Lake. They are flying supplies and food in for the crews and using Knox Ranch for refueling. The big fire camp at the Cox ranch has had up to 400 crew and support personnel (and feeding a lot of sandwiches to Vernon’s dog.) Folks are putting in long days, leaving the camp at 6am and not returning until 9 or 10pm. There is a spike camp over in Big Creek, doing structure protection and reducing fuels. They plan to start releasing some of the elite crews for other fires soon. They plan to keep crews around as long as the fire is burning and coordinate with the Payette NF.

Good news, the old cabin up Missouri Creek trail survived the fire, it burned all around the cabin and outhouse tho. The folks from Yellow Pine send a big THANK YOU to the fire crews.

Cascade Ranger Jake Strohmeyer gave an update on the Blowdown project after the fire meeting. The contractor has been hauling logs out of the lower campground. They will start on the golf course when they finish around the campground. And as part of the timber sale, they will clear a helicopter landing pad (for Life Flight) out at the crossroads on the south west side.

Also discussed was the big washout on Gold Gate about 1.4 miles up up the road. Ranger Jake looked into having equipment from the fire camp fix the road, but it wasn’t feasible. Golden Gate road is on the list of roads to be fixed by the Boise NF, but due to the rough winter/spring, the Boise Forest has a lot of other roads ahead of it on the list to fix.

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photo courtesy Payette NF FB

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Profile Road Closed to Big Creek

The closure of the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is indefinite, but will open as soon as it is possible. If planning for an alternate route to Big Creek area, be aware that Valley County is warning that due to road damage from winter and spring storms, the Warren-Profile Gap road from Warren to the South Fork is not capable of handling large trucks or vehicles towing trailer. This route comes over Elk Summit into Big Creek. If you choose to take this route be cautious of increased two-way traffic on this narrow, winding dirt road.

Access to Yellow Pine is fully open, and we do not expect traffic to be impacted. Please be drive cautiously as fire vehicles are operating in the area.
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Yellow Pine Blowdown Update

Thursday (July 27) a report that a loader was loading logs from the far side of the golf course along the EFSF road.

As of Sunday (July 30) there are still a lot of downed trees on the golf course along School Street and in the hole #1 area.
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YPFD News:

There was a YPFD Commissioner Meeting on July 29 at the Community Hall.

Training is on Sundays starting at 11am at the YP Fire Station and open to the community of Yellow Pine. Check with Jeff F. or Ann F. to confirm trainings.

Fire Siren will be tested at noon on the first of each month.
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VYPA News:

Next meeting is August 12th, 2017 2pm at the Community Hall.
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The Corner Announcement

We have the store up and running. We have a ton of items. Here is a small list; Ice Cream, Yogurt, Various other Snacks, small propane bottles, motor oil , sunscreen, bug spray, feminine needs, shampoo, conditioners, toothpastes, toothbrushes, lighters, cell phone chargers. The list goes on and on. Basically a little bit of everything. We also get food orders in three times a week. People have been ordering perishables from us. We can get a wide variety, what we have been selling the most of is, bacon, milk, lettuce, ground beef, berries, bananas, yogurt and similar items. The produce we get is a decent price and great quality. We are also working on getting together other gift shop type items.
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Harmonica T-shirt Request

I would like to send out a request to everyone who might have a T-shirt from the past harmonica festivals. We are missing the following years: 1994, 2002-2014. It would be a donation to the Community Hall. I am hoping to make the Center more inviting and useful. Any suggestions from anyone are also welcome.
My email is: 75hallker @ att.net My phone: 208-633-6270

Thanks so much, Kathleen Hall – VYPA – Member at Large
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H-Fest Aug 4-6 Info:

Honey Dippers brought in the porta potties Sunday (July 30) around lunch time.

YellowPineMapHarpDonations requested: The Silent and Live Auctions are looking for large and small donations for the festival. Contact Lorinne at 633-5555 for details.

The Silent Auction is 1:00-4:00 PM Saturday (Aug 5.) Winning bidders can pick up their items immediately after the Silent Auction. If you like the excitement of a Live Auction, it is Saturday, 7:00-8:00 pm on the South Stage. Your winning bids in these events not only gets you great stuff; it helps ensure the festival continues every year. If you bring items to donate to the auctions, please deliver them to the folks at the Silent Auction booth.

Even though we don’t have an ATM in town, most of the festival fund raisers (auctions, Bingo!, breakfast, T-shirt booth), the local businesses (The Corner & Yellow Pine Tavern), and most of the vendors will accept debit & credit cards at the festival!

There will be a community breakfast on Saturday (Aug 5) and Sunday (Aug 6) at the Community Hall. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 to 11:00 both days. The cost is $5. Menu: Scrambled eggs with diced ham; pancakes; coffee/juice. For just $1 more, you can have blueberry pancakes or add oatmeal.

Saturday (Aug. 5), 5:30 – 7:00 at the schoolhouse museum is the Pulled Pork Dinner. The cost is $7. Menu: Pulled pork sandwich, Cole slaw, chips, ice cream & iced tea or lemonade or water. Proceeds support the museum. Dinner music is provided by David Court.

Advanced Harmonica workshop with Ewald Grabher, is held in the Community Hall at 12:30 on Saturday, Aug 5th. Cost is $10; pay at the door.

Bring the kids to the Huckleberry Stage on Saturday (Aug 5) at 2pm. Let them join Jim Keezer & Carol Carnahan for Children’s Time -some fun-loving, musical entertainment, where the kids are the stars.

Just a reminder – there is no liquor store in Yellow Pine now. However, beer and wine can still be purchased at The Corner and the Yellow Pine Tavern.

Please remember, county and forest law enforcement will be present. They are watching for drinking while driving, unattended camp fires, and other illegal activities.

The Lost & Found has moved. It is located inside the Yellow Pine Tavern. Please check there for your lost items and deliver any found items. Items in the lost and found will be announced throughout the festival.
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Big Creek Lodge

Breakfast at Big Creek Saturday Aug 5. Breakfasts run from 8-10am, and are $10/plate. Visitors can take a tour of the lodge and enjoy pancakes, ham, eggs and coffee/juice.
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Welch Memorial Golf Tourney 2017

Saturday September 2 at 1pm – Yellow Pine Country Club
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Local Observations:

Monday (July 24) overnight low of 50 degrees, partly cloudy with light smoke this morning, air quality kind of poor. Finches and pine-siskins at the feeders, a couple of hummingbirds. Heard a olive-sided flycatcher and a flicker calling. Swallows still around. Sunny and hot, afternoon thunderheads building and light breezes, high of 94 degrees. Helicopters still flying for the fire. At least one swallow nest still has chicks being fed. This evening the light colored doe was trotting down Dave’s Lane.

Tuesday (July 25) overnight low of 53 degrees, partly cloudy with light smoke this morning. Air quality a mix of smoke and dust. Pine-siskins and a few finches at the feeders, heard the olive-sided flycatcher calling “free beer” and a nighthawk. Swallows swooping and looks like they are feeding chicks in a couple of nest and some on top of the nests. Fire traffic up on the main and back roads. Overcast by 1030am, but partly clear at 145pm and getting hot, high of 91 degrees. Passing storm clouds later in the afternoon and gusty winds, rumble of thunder to the north east (lightning strikes in the fire area.) Got about 2 drops of rain. Light colored doe hanging out in the neighborhood at dusk. Mostly clear at dark and calm.

Wednesday (July 26) overnight low of 47 degrees, roof wet with dew (no rain), mostly clear and good air this morning. Pine-siskins and finches, olive-sided flycatcher and a jay calling. A few swallows still swooping around, didn’t see any activity around the nests this morning. A few hummingbirds visiting the feeders. Clouded up and we had a nice little rain shower after lunch (less than a tenth of an inch) our first measurable rain this month! Clouds broke up and partly clear later in the afternoon and much cooler than it has been, high of 82 degrees. Lots of chipmunks this year, several babies running around now. The light colored doe was hanging out in the neighborhood again this afternoon, going from yard to yard munching on grass. A few swallows swooping this evening and young finches calling from the trees.

Thursday (July 27) overnight low of 51 degrees, mostly cloudy this morning, but starting to clear. Chipmunks and ground squirrels running around. Heard finches and an olive-sided flycatcher calling. Also can hear a chainsaw to the southwest, report that crew was loading logs on the far side of the golf course. Fire siren went off around 1pm and it didn’t sound like the monthly test. Several 4-wheelers and vehicles rushed to the fire hall, then back up the hill followed by the ambulance. Fairly quiet afternoon, light traffic and good air, high of 86 degrees. A report that several people are camped at Golden Gate and Yellow Pine campgrounds. Lots of ATV and Fire traffic on Johnson Creek. A report that the transfer station was empty (and the “burn pile” is growing.)

Friday (July 28) overnight low of 47 degrees, clear sky this morning and good air. A few swallows, jays, finches and hummers around, olive-sided flycatcher calling and a raven. Bumper crop of chipmunks this year. Clouds came in before lunch time. Rained for 6 minutes in the early afternoon, not enough to wet things, and breezy. Partly cloudy later in the afternoon. Not as hot as it has been, high of 84 degrees. Pretty quiet evening after the fire traffic was done. Cooling off after dark.

Saturday (July 29) overnight low of 47 degrees, mostly clear sky and a good amount of dew wetting the roofs. A few finches and pine-siskins at the feeders. Heard the olive-sided flycatcher, a jay and a flicker. Clouds coming in before lunch time. Pretty hot early in the afternoon, high of 96 degrees. Quiet afternoon in the neighborhood, lots of traffic up on the main road and back Stibnite road. A report of a western tanager seen in a yard near the Abstein Subdivision. Almost dark by 945pm, days are getting shorter. Very quiet except for the call of a nighthawk.

Sunday (July 30) overnight low of 50 degrees, clear sky this morning, slight haze of smoke to the north east, dry and not much dew. Not many birds around, could hear the olive-sided flycatcher and a jay calling. Lots of chipmunks running around and fewer ground squirrels. The Honey Dippers were putting out porta potting around lunch time. Hot afternoon with a few clouds and light breezes, high of 96 degrees. Haze of smoke has persisted all day, it may be from fires elsewhere.
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Idaho News:

Comforts of Home: Missouri Fire base camp provides food, showers to firefighters

By Max Silverson for The Star-News July 27, 2017

Fighting a forest fires is hot, sweaty, dirty business, but that doesn’t mean the misery has to last 24 hours a day.

Fortunately, the amenities of a Forest Service base camp offer creature comforts like clean showers, catering services and bathrooms.

Just such a camp has been set up at the Cox Ranch near Yellow Pine to serve as the headquarters for firefighters battling the Missouri Fire.

“Fourteen days is a really long time to go without a shower,” said Sierra Hellstrom, a Forest Service public information officer, about the typical assignment duration for a fire crew.

“We try to bring these in for the comfort of the firefighters as well as those of us in camp,”

The base camp, located on Johnson Creek Road, was set up on July 18, only three days after lightning started the fire, which quickly grew.

The camp is equipped with a full range of services needed to support the management of a large wildfire, inducing logistical support, mapping staff, public information staff and fire scientists as well as a financial department and incident command offices equipped with Wi-Fi and phone connections.

The Forest Service itself does not run all of the facilities, but contracts with private businesses that must be prepared to mobilize quickly.

Just as firefighters must respond to incidents at the drop of a hat, a base camp and the vendors that support it need to be nimble and ready to deploy as soon as they get the call.

Quick Response

Upon hearing about the Missouri Fire base camp assignment, Suzie Stewart of Stewart’s Firefighter Food Catering, based in Lakeview, Ore., was out the door, hauling her portable kitchen and crew of 21 caterers down the highway within hours.

“From the time I got the call until I arrived here and set up and fed dinner was almost 30 hours,” Stewart said.

Once these private vendors are set up, the situation on the ground can change rapidly.

“If the fire is approaching the camp, we’ll pack up quickly,” she said. “Sometimes they’ll take us from one site to another site, chasing the fire.”

Steward’s crew is capable of feeding the government-mandated minimum of 10,000 calories per day for fire crews of up to 500 people at the camp, she said.

Mobilization isn’t the only challenge for contractors. Access roads to remote camps can present significant difficulties.

Jim Anderson owns and operates Rocky Mountain Showers, a portable shower contracting service based in Ronan, Mont., that provides an urbane and comparatively luxurious trailer with 12 showers that looks better suited for a music festival than a backwoods fire camp.

“In this country, you don’t get in a hurry – you can’t,” Anderson said. “Getting into here you really take your time.”

Anderson estimated it took more than two hours to drive the 18 miles from Warm Lake Road at Landmark Creek to the base at the Cox Ranch. Driving the rugged route any faster might have destroyed his equipment.

source The Star-News:
http://www.mccallstarnews.com/
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Confrontation between man and security guard over Idaho public road

Dean Johnson, KTVB July 26, 2017

Boise – It’s no secret that tensions have been building between some outdoor enthusiasts and a Texas company that purchased thousands of acres of land in Adams, Boise, and Valley counties. Land that’s comprised of prime and popular hunting grounds.

A new viral social media post is adding fuel to the fire between the company, DF Development, and Idahoans traveling through its huge swath of private property.

The post shows a man wearing a DF Development shirt telling a driver, who is on a public road, he’s trespassing.

… The man says he was heading up to East Fork Clear Creek, which is in the Boise National Forest, to go camping with some friends. He stopped on Clear Creek Road and that’s when he says the confrontation with the DF Development security guard ensued.

continued:
http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/confrontation-between-man-and-secuity-guard-over-idaho-public-road/459508227
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August 21, 2017 Eclipse

The Star-News July 27, 2017

Cascade is in the path of totality, which will last 1 minute, 55 seconds starting at 11:26:53 a.m., according to http://eclipse2017.org. Smiths Ferry, 20 miles to the south, will see the longest duration of totality in the area at 2 minutes, 12 seconds starting at 11:26.35 a.m.

The path of totality will extend as far north as Donnelly, where the total eclipse will last for 48 seconds starting at 11:27:27 a.m.

source The Star-News:
http://www.mccallstarnews.com/
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Eclipse glasses for sale at the St. Luke’s auxiliary thrift shop

The Star-News July 27, 2017

The St. Luke’s McCall Auxiliary Thrift Shop has certified solar eclipse glasses manufactured by American Paper Optics for sale at $5 a pair.

All proceeds will benefit the Auxiliary’s Margaret Fogg Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards $15,000 in scholarships annually to local students who are pursuing careers in the healthcare field.

Purchase eclipse glasses from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the thrift shop at 216 Lenora St. in downtown McCall.

The total solar eclipse will be visible in the area on Monday, Aug. 21.

Viewers are advised not to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

Viewing is also discouraged through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device even while wearing eclipse glasses.

source The Star-News:
http://www.mccallstarnews.com/
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Cascade fire district has vacancy on commission board

The Star-News July 27, 2017

The Cascade Rural Fire Protection District is seeking applications to fill a vacancy for fire commissioner.

Applicants must live in Zone 3, which is located in the southern area of the fire district in the Clear Creek area. The term for the position expires at the end of the year and the seat will be up for election in November for a four year term.

A letter of intent should be sent to Cascade Rural Fire Protection District, P. O. Box 825, 109 East Pine Street, Cascade, ID, 83611.

For questions contact the district at 382-3200 or crfpdpam @ frontier.com

source The Star-News:
http://www.mccallstarnews.com/
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Driver killed in McCall after crashing into building

by KBOI News Staff Tuesday, July 25th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — A McCall man died after crashing into a building in the city Tuesday afternoon, according to Idaho State Police.

ISP says Craig T. Boswell, 56, of McCall, was driving westbound on Park Street just after 2 p.m. in a 2014 Jeep Cherokee when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with North Mission Street.

Troopers say the Jeep went through the intersection and collided with a building.

ISP says Boswell was taken by ground ambulance to St. Luke’s Medical Center in McCall where he later died.

Troopers say Boswell was not wearing a seatbelt and that they are continuing to investigate the crash.

source:
http://idahonews.com/news/local/driver-killed-in-mccall-after-crashing-into-building
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Emmett Police patrol cars found torched overnight, person of interest identified

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, July 26th 2017


(Photo courtesy Tim Rynearson)

Emmett, Idaho (KBOI) — Four Emmett Police patrol vehicles were found to be set on fire behind city hall, police say.

Officials say the call went into Gem County dispatch for a report of a vehicle fire. The fires were extinguished quickly, police say, and no structures were threatened.

Idaho State Police is investigating the case as arson and a person of interest has been identified.

Emmett PD says there is no threat to the public and the investigation is ongoing.

source:
http://idahonews.com/news/local/photos-emmett-police-patrol-cars-found-torched-overnight
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Mosquito numbers stoke West Nile concerns

Joe Parris, KTVB July 24, 2017

Every summer, Ada County officials urge the community to be aware of mosquito season and West Nile virus, but this week they are asking everyone to pay extra attention to the conditions.

Several mosquito traps have already tested positive for West Nile virus in Ada County this summer.

This week the forecast is calling for rain showers which is expected to create new areas of standing water.

continued:
http://www.ktvb.com/news/health/mosquito-numbers-stoke-west-nile-fears/459150374
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West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Owyhee and Washington counties

by KBOI News Staff Monday, July 24th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Mosquitoes trapped in both Owyhee and Washington counties have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Southwest District Health Department.

Officials say the mosquitoes in Owyhee County were found in the town of Bruneau and the CJ Strike Wildlife Management Area four miles south of Bruneau.

In Washington County, the district says the infected mosquitoes were found in the Weiser Bass Pond location about a mile and a half from the city.

The district says none of the locations are located in a mosquito abatement district and that residents should take extra precautions to avoid being bitten.

Officials also recommend draining any standing water from your property.

source:
http://idahonews.com/news/local/west-nile-virus-found-in-mosquitoes-in-owyhee-and-washington-counties
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Health Advisory: Blue-green algae reported in Brownlee Reservoir

by KBOI News Staff Friday, July 28th 2017

Cambridge, Idaho (KBOI) — The Southwest District Health Department has issued a health advisory for Brownlee Reservoir near the Idaho-Oregon border.

The health district said Friday that recent samples taken from the reservoir show concentrations of bacteria-producing blue-green algae. The advisory is specifically near mile markers 317 and 321 near Morgan Creek.

Blue-green algae occurs naturally, but under some conditions the algae can release toxins into the water that harmful to people and animals.

Tips from Southwest District Health and Idaho Power share these tips where blue-green algae blooms are known to be present.

continued:
http://idahonews.com/news/local/health-advisory-blue-green-algae-reported-in-brownlee-reservoir
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Fire Season:

Campfire Safety

Annually, about half of all wildfires in Idaho are started by humans, and campfires are one of the leading causes. As we move through the fire season please continue to be careful with fire while enjoying all that the Idaho outdoors has to offer. Don’t leave your fire until it is dead out. Remember, if it’s too hot to touch it’s too hot to leave.


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Living with Fire

For more information on how to make your homes, neighborhoods and community’s fire adapted please visit:
http://www.livingwithfire.info/what-can-home?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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Weather, firefighters slow progress of Missouri Fire

Main backcountry access road remains closed

By Max Silverson for The Star-News July 27, 2017

The Missouri Fire near Yellow Pine grew to 1,277 acres as of Wednesday, showing no significant growth since Friday, fire officials said.

Cooler temperatures combined with firefighting efforts and vegetation still holding moisture from heavy winter snowfall at high elevations have combined to lessen the severity of the blaze, officials said.

The fire was started by lightning on July 15 and grew to 625 acres in four days.

The risk to the communities of Yellow Pine, Edwardsburg and Big Creek has diminished for the short term, reports said.

Yellow Pine has a summer population of about 100 people, according to local residents. Edwardsburg contains 35 homes, which are summer cabins only, fire officials said.

The most active parts of the fire were in the interior portions of its boundary, according to the report. While growth has stalled, warmer forecasted temperatures will contribute to conditions that could lead to additional growth of the fire.

The majority of pumps, hoses and containment lines will be left in place until it is determined that the fire has significantly diminished, officials said.

Firefighting efforts have put a priority on protecting Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg as well as preventing the fire’s progression towards the west.

continued The Star-News:
http://www.mccallstarnews.com/
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Robie Creek fire sparked by power lines

by Abigail TaylorSunday, July 30th 2017


An old school bus was destroyed in this fire. (KBOI Staff Photo)

Boise County, Idaho (KBOI) — Authorities say power lines sparked a fire in the area of Robie Creek Saturday evening.

It started around 6:15 p.m.

According to police, several nearby homeowners say just prior to seeing plumes of smoke outside that their power was flickering on and off.

The Incident Commander for the Forest Service told KBOI 2News that only a few acres burned but it would have been much worse if they hadn’t gotten there when they did.

They say anytime a fire starts in this area it’s a concern because there are more than 200 surrounding houses.

continued:
http://idahonews.com/news/local/robie-creek-fire-sparked-by-power-lines
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Martin Canyon fire near Bellevue contained, human caused

KTVB July 28, 2017

Bellevue — The Martin Canyon fire, burning three miles east of Bellevue, is expected to be fully controlled by Sunday night.

The fire, which BLM officials say was caused by target shooting, has burned more than 4,000 acres and has temporarily closed Muldoon Canyon.

Officials are urging target shooters to practice only within approved ranges and to always clear the area around your target before shooting.

source:
http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/martin-canyon-fire-near-bellevue-contained-human-caused/460375783
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Brush fire near Amity Road threatened a dozen homes; cause unknown

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, July 26th 2017

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — A small but aggressive brush fire threatened about a dozen homes early Wednesday afternoon.

Boise Fire says the 25-acre brush fire near Amity and Holcomb roads is now in mop up mode. Firefighters from Meridian, Eagle and the BLM assisted Boise Fire to extinguish the fire.

The fire has been ruled accidental, Boise Fire says, but it’s still unclear at this point what caused the fire.

None of the homes received any damage.

source:
http://idahonews.com/news/local/fire-crews-tackling-brush-fire-in-south-boise
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Update: firefighters getting the upper hand on two fires burning in Owyhee County

by KBOI News Staff Friday, July 28th 2017


Photo courtesy Dan Hawkins.

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — The Bureau of Land Management says fire crews are getting the upper hand on two fires burning in Owyhee County.

The Murphy Flat Fire burning about two miles east of Murphy has been stopped. It is no longer advancing. Containment is expected at 8 o’clock tonight (7/29/2017). It was caused by lightning and it’s size is estimated at 997 acres.

The Chaulky Fire, burning near Hemingway Butte is about 135 acres in size. Fire crews expect to have the fire controlled by 6 o’clock tonight (7/29/2017). This fire was also started by lightning.

source:
http://idahonews.com/news/local/blm-responding-to-two-new-fires-burning-in-owyhee-county
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Lumberyard, outbuilding burn in Lagoon Fire

KTVB July 27, 2017

Shoshone — A lumberyard and an outbuilding were destroyed as fire crews battled a wildfire near Shoshone.

The Lagoon Fire, measured at 1,412 acres Thursday afternoon, was sparked by a lightning strike around midnight Tuesday. According to the Bureau of Land Management, crews will assess other structures in the area of the fire Thursday to see whether there is additional damage.

The wildfire spurred evacuations in Shoshone Wednesday as the fire burned nearer to homes. People living on both sides of Highway 93, north to the Grape Creek Subdivision, were urged to get out. Evacuations were lifted that same night after firefighters got the upper hand on the flames.

Highway 75 was shut down for some time Wednesday as well, but has since reopened.

continued:
http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/lumberyard-outbuilding-burn-in-lagoon-fire/459917391
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Lagoon Fire contained Friday night

KTVB July 29, 2017

link:
http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/lagoon-fire-expected-to-be-contained-friday-night/460373814
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Fire causes outages, road closures in Magic Valley

KTVB July 29, 2017

Twin Falls – A section of Idaho Highway 46 was closed and about 4,300 homes and businesses lost power for several hours Saturday afternoon and evening due to a brush fire north of Buhl, in the Snake River Canyon.

Highway 46 was closed in both directions between mileposts 92 in Gooding County and 89 in Twin Falls County Saturday afternoon, according to the Idaho Transportation Department. River Road was also closed. The northbound side of Highway 46 reopened just after 6:30 p.m. ITD indicates that it is also now open to southbound travel.

Southern Idaho Regional Communication says the fire has burned a couple power poles. Idaho Power reported multiple outages due to equipment damage, affecting a total of 4,277 people as of 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Service has been restored.

source:
http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/fire-causes-outages-road-closures-in-magic-valley/460482901
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Idaho mountain fire watch tower closed due to vandalism

7/26/17 AP

Priest Lake, Idaho — An Idaho mountain lookout tower used by authorities to spot fires in the area has been closed due to vandalism.

The Daily Bee reported (http://bit.ly/2w0VHZC ) Tuesday that many items the lookout uses to find and report fires were taken within the past two weeks.

Priest Lake authorities state the lookout is closing due to public safety concerns and because of its remote setting, preparation of the upcoming fire season at Priest Lake and local fire resources being committed to fires in other states.

The Priest Lake Fire Protection District will continue to assess the damage to determine if and when the tower becomes usable again.

The District is home to the only two remaining lookouts operated by the Idaho Department of Lands.

source:
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/07/26/id-fire-lookout-closed-vandalism/
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Lightning starts several fires in eastern Oregon

KTVB July 29, 2017

Vale, Oregon – Lightning started six fires Friday night and five fires Saturday in eastern Oregon, the Vale District Bureau of Land Management said Saturday.

All five of the fires confirmed to have started after Saturday’s lightning event are located in the Owyhee Reservoir area.

continued:
http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/lightning-starts-six-fires-in-eastern-oregon/460469676
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Jumbo airtanker gets approval to fight US wildfires

By Keith Ridler – 7/26/17 AP

Boise, Idaho — Federal officials have given a giant airtanker approval to fight wildfires in the U.S., but a lack of contracts currently limits the aircraft to California and one county in Colorado.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Interagency Airtanker Board issued the 17-month interim approval on Tuesday for the aircraft capable of carrying 19,200 gallons (72,700 liters) of liquid.

Global SuperTanker Services CEO Jim Wheeler said Wednesday the company is close to signing a contract with two states.

“The next step is for us to try to get a contract with the Forest Service,” he said.

continued:
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/07/26/us-jumbo-fire-bomber-2/
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Public Lands:

Payette National Forest July 2017 – September 2017 Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

7/26/2017

Payette National Forest SOPA for USDA Forest Service. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

Here is the link to the Payette NF SOPA web page: Payette NF Schedule of Proposed Actions
https://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/forest-level.php?110412
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Celebration of Smokey’s 73rd Birthday

BOISE, Idaho, July 27, 2017

The Boise National Forest (NF) employees along with partner members of the Treasure Valley Fire Prevention and Safety Co-op, invite the public to join in the celebration of Smokey Bear’s 73 birthday.

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, located (at the corner of Eagle Road and Fairview Avenue) – 1900 N. Records Avenue, Meridian, Idaho 83712 and ends at 1:30 p.m.

“The party is an honorary celebration of Smokey’s years of dedicated service in educating us about the importance of preventing human caused wildfires,” said Boise NF Fire Prevention Officer Terry Carrico.

Activities will be at Pavilion A. (See a map of park and directions on the park’s website at http://www.meridiancity.org/kleinerpark.aspx.

Birthday cookies, along with ice cream provided by the John William Jackson Fund and Meadow Gold Dairy will be served at noon.

Partners of the Treasure Valley Fire Prevention and Safety Co-op include employees from Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands, Boise NF, Boise State University and City Fire Departments from Boise, Meridian and Nampa.

The public will have free admission to the beautiful park. During the event there will be firewise safety information and kids’ activities. Smokey Bear will also be making an appearance!

Further information is available by calling Terry Carrico, at 208-587-7862 or the Boise National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 208-373-4100.
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USFS Regional Intermountain News

July 12 newsletter online here:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFSR4/bulletins/1a989ba
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Critter News:

Nampa woman’s home damaged by Great Dane

by KBOI News Staff Wednesday, July 26th 2017


(Jen Gempler)

Nampa, Idaho (KBOI) — A woman in Nampa came home from work earlier this week to find that her foster dog had made a total mess.

Jen Gempler started taking care of the Great Dane, Boomer, just days earlier.

Gempler has fostered 13 dogs for the non-profit organization Idaho Saint Bernard Rescue.

“Dogs try to get out or they play too hard and something happens. You’re kind of expecting something to happen every once in awhile just so you’re prepared,” Gempler said.

Still she says she was not prepared for this.

continued:
http://idahonews.com/news/local/nampa-womans-home-damaged-by-great-dane
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6 Ways To Protect Your Dog From Summer Heat And Heat Stroke

By Vicki Clinebell

As warmer summertime temperatures approach, it’s important to remember that dogs are vulnerable to injuries and illnesses related to hot weather including heat stroke, sunburn, and foot pad burns. The most dangerous condition is heat stroke, which can cause organ failure, seizures, brain damage, hemorrhages, blindness, convulsions and even death.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are dangerous situations for any dog. Heat exhaustion is generally the early stages when a dog begins overheating. You can often remedy the effects by taking immediate action to reduce the animals’ body temperature and prevent the more deadly heat stroke. Heat exhaustion symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, rapid panting, and the skin inside the ears reddening. Get your dog inside quickly to a cooler area like a basement or near a fan, and offer fresh water. Dampen the skin with lukewarm water and allow it to air-dry.

Heatstroke occurs when the dogs’ normal body mechanisms cannot keep body temperature in a safe range. Dogs don’t have the ability to sweat, and panting can’t fully cool a dog down when they are overheated. A dogs’ normal body temperature is 100-102.5 degrees, a body temperature over 106 degrees is deadly and calls for immediate veterinary assistance. Signs of heat stroke include rapid panting, a bright red tongue, red or pale gums, and thick, sticky saliva. The dog may show depression, weakness and dizziness, vomiting – sometimes with blood, diarrhea, shock, and coma.

continued:
http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/21665-protect-your-dog-from-summer-heat-and-heat-stroke
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Pet talk – Thyroid disease in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Jul 28, 2017 – IME

Hypothyroidism develops from a decrease in circulating thyroid levels in the blood. It is very common in humans and dogs. Thyroid hormone is needed to maintain normal metabolism, hair growth, activity levels, heart function and many bodily functions.

Hypothyroidism develops from inflammation of the thyroid gland, which exists in our neck and is usually caused when our immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. We don’t know why this occurs, but the results cause typical lethargy and hair loss in dogs. Other signs may include reduced stamina, increased sleeping, premature graying of the muzzle, dark pigmentation of the skin and poor appetite.

Blood tests are necessary to diagnose the condition and monitor treatment. Hypothyroidism is treated by supplementation with oral L-thyroxine drugs. Dosages require adjustment in each individual animal, with some dogs requiring once-daily and some twice-daily administration.

continued:
http://www.mtexpress.com/wood_river_journal/features/pet-talk/article_fb63b546-7311-11e7-baa2-cf05672f4414.html
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Black bear euthanized after encounters with Idaho campers

7/24/17 AP

Ketchum, Idaho — Wildlife managers have killed a black bear after a string of encounters with people at a popular Idaho recreation area, including one in which a camper awoke with her foot in the bear’s mouth.

Over the past three weeks, the bear rubbed up against a woman reading a book near a stream and bothered campers as they slept, state Department of Fish and Game spokesman Kelton Hatch said. The woman who had her foot in the bear’s mouth was awakened by the pressure, but she wasn’t injured.

In each instance, the bear was frightened away when campers yelled, Hatch said. But it was clearly habituated to human food and contact.

continued:
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/07/24/us-black-bear-euthanized/
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Black bear or grizzly? Should hunters be tested on knowing the difference?

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review July 26, 2017


(Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

Should Washington bear hunters be tested to prove they can tell the difference between a black bear and a protected grizzly?

That requirement is already in effect in Montana, but just now being considered as a proposal in Washington, where grizzlies are more rare.

Idaho has posted a good Bear Identification course and exam online, and I encourage everyone to check it out, even if you’re NOT a hunter.

continued:
http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2017/jul/26/black-bear-or-grizzly-should-hunters-be-tested-knowing-difference/
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Idaho couple snaps photos of grizzly bear chasing a cyclist

Tasha Cain, KREM July 27, 2017


Cassie Beyer

An Idaho couple brought home pictures from their Canadian vacation people are going crazy over.

Cassie Beyer and her husband Donald Poster were taking scenic photos of the British Columbia wilderness when they saw a grizzly bear chasing a bicyclist down the highway.

continued:
http://www.ktvb.com/news/idaho-couple-snaps-photos-of-grizzly-bear-chasing-a-cyclist/459987294
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Idaho may offer hunting bounties for bad wolves, allow bait

Associated Press, KTVB July 26, 2017

Boise – The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has proposed putting bounties on problem wolves and allowing hunters to lure wolves with bait.

The Capital Press reported Monday that the department’s Wolf Depredation Control Board has discussed how best to take action against the wolves’ high numbers where livestock and big game depredation is most rampant.

Fish and Game Director Virgil Morris says the use of sportsmen who pay for the opportunity to hunt or trap is traditionally the best method to manage wildlife populations.

Morris says wolf-related livestock depredations are at an all-time low, but federal funding to programs aimed at killing problem wolves has been cut, leading to the state, ranchers and sportsmen being left with the bill.

source:
http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/idaho/idaho-may-offer-hunting-bounties-for-bad-wolves-allow-bait/459649220
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Video: Hiking safely with dogs in wolf country

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review July 27, 2017


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With cattle in Washington’s wolf country, ranchers worry

By Lynda V. Mapes – 7/23/17 AP

… No one in Washington has borne the brunt of adjustment to the return of the wolf like the families here. Washington is home to a minimum 115 wolves in an estimated 20 packs. But 11 of those packs are bunched up here, overlapping grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest.

As wolves once again raise their pups this summer, their growing families and appetites raise a specter of dread in ranching country. Last summer, 15 cattle were killed or injured by the Profanity Peak pack — most of which was in turn killed by the state.

Apart from the complications and expense added to their management routines, ranchers are animal people. And they don’t like what they see, either in cattle eaten alive by wolves, or wolves shot dead by the state.

full story:
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/07/23/wa-cattle-washington-wolf-country/
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Wolves from two packs kill calves in northeastern Washington

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review July 25, 2017


Washington officials confirmed a minimum of 20 gray wolf packs in the state at the end of 2016. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Wolves from two different packs — one already targeted for lethal removal — have been associated with new attacks on livestock, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports today.

The Smackout Pack is charged with killing a calf in a private fenced pen in Stevens County — the fifth confirmed depredation by the pack since September. Last week, Jim Unsworth, WDFW director, authorized the killing of some of the Smackout Pack wolves to try to change the cattle killing ways of the pack. The department has not yet reported on those efforts.

Also last week, department staff confirmed that a calf was killed on a grazing allotment in Ferry County.

“The producer uses five WDFW contracted range riders across his grazing areas to discourage conflict with wolves,.” the agency reports.

continued:
http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2017/jul/25/wolves-two-packs-kill-calves-northeastern-washington/
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Washington kills wolf that attacked cattle in Stevens County

7/28/17 AP

Olympia, Wash. — State officials have killed a wolf in northeast Washington to prevent more livestock attacks.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday that one wolf was killed last week. It did not provide details about the killing. Officials say removal operations are continuing.

Agency director Jim Unsworth on July 20 authorized killing some members of the Smackout pack after confirming that the animals had repeatedly attacked livestock in Stevens County.

continued:
http://www.therepublic.com/2017/07/28/wa-wolf-killed/
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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third Week of July, 2017
http://kwvrradio.net/main/
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Wolf Education International

Forth week of July 2017

Idaho proposes wolf baiting; mulls bounty on problem wolves
http://wolfeducationinternational.com/idaho-proposes-wolf-baiting-mulls-bounty-on-problem-wolves/

Mexican wolf advocates make final push against recovery plan
http://wolfeducationinternational.com/mexican-wolf-advocates-make-final-push-against-recovery-plan/

More hunting dogs are being killed by wolves in Wisconsin
http://wolfeducationinternational.com/more-hunting-dogs-are-being-killed-by-wolves-in-wisconsin/

Wisconsin officials sued over hunter harassment law
http://wolfeducationinternational.com/wisconsin-officials-sued-over-hunter-harassment-law/
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Elk hunters debate ethics of long-distance shots at big game

Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review July 25, 2017

A story on the ethics of long-distance shooting for big game is among the reasons I’m a fan of the Elk Network website that came online in March, created by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

“Just because you can shoot long, doesn’t necessarily mean you should” presents an issue that’s discussed in a lot of elk camps across the country every season. Tackling the topic online allows elk hunters from other camps to chime in. It’s food for thought and insight, elk hunters among elk hunters.

continued:
http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2017/jul/25/elk-hunters-debate-ethics-long-distance-shots-big-game/
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Swallows: The Songbirds of the Sky

Swallows spend much of their time in the wild blue yonder. Learn the birding basics of where to spot these colorful songbirds when they come down to earth.

By Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman Birds & Blooms

Swallows are different from any other songbird. Their habitat isn’t tied to the woods, meadows or our backyards. Instead, their true home is the sky.

These graceful fliers are constantly on the go, ranging widely to feed on swarms of flying insects. They can live practically anywhere as long as they can find places to build their nests. In fact, those nests determine much about their lives. So let’s take a look at the birding basics of these aerial artists from the viewpoint of where they choose to build their nests and raise their young.

Holes in Trees


(Marie Read) Tree swallows (pictured here) have a beautiful blue sheen to their feathers. Adult females are almost as colorful as males. Juveniles are more brown overall.

Natural holes in dead tree trunks—whether drilled by woodpeckers or left by decay—provide nesting sites for many kinds of birds. Among them are two swallows with snowy white bellies and iridescent backs: the tree swallow, found from coast to coast, and the violet-green swallow, widespread in the West in summer.

Like other cavity-nesting birds, these swallows will also accept nest boxes if you put them up. The tree swallow has benefited from the popularity of bluebirds, because it can use the same size and style of nest box as bluebirds do. Every year, vast numbers of baby tree swallows hatch out of boxes along “bluebird trails”!

continued:
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/birding-basics/swallows-the-songbirds-of-the-sky/
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Why are Hummingbird feeders red?

From Cornell University, All About Birds

It’s not because hummingbirds are inherently attracted to the color red, because these peripatetic featherweights feed on flowers of many colors: white, purple, yellow, red, even ultraviolet colors that we cannot see. But the key here lies in the eyesight of nectar-feeding insects, not hummingbirds. Bees, wasps, and butterflies are better at locating pale-colored flowers than red flowers. In nature, red flowers tend to have more nectar in them, because they are not being visited as often by insects. So hummingbirds are indeed attracted to red, not because they can see it better but because they have learned from experience that red flowers tend to have more nectar than flowers of other colors.

source (FB)
[h/t SMc]
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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
July 28, 2017
Issue No. 839

Table of Contents

* BPA Sets Rates For 2018-19; Includes Surcharge To Recover Costs Associated With Increased Spill For Fish
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439348.aspx

* Hooking Mortality Study Under Way On Cowlitz River, Information Could Help Manage Basin Sports Fisheries
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439347.aspx

* 2017 Snake River Sockeye Return To Lower Snake Dams Nearly Complete, Passage Numbers Low Compared To 10-Year Average
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439346.aspx

* Fall Fishing Opens To Lower Than Usual Fall Chinook, Coho Returns; Season Includes Rolling Steelhead Closures
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439345.aspx

* Bill To Expedite Sea Lion Removal Clears House Natural Resources Committee, Heads To Floor
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439344.aspx

* Study: Environmental DNA Could Help With Accuracy Of Matching Salmonid Species With Redds
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439343.aspx

* Nez Perce Leader Casey Mitchell Sworn In As CRITFC’s New Chairman
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439342.aspx

* To Date Montana Has Intercepted Nine Boats With Invasive Mussels; In 330 Samples, No Detections
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439341.aspx

* Montana FWP Recommending Commission Approve Conservation Easement Purchase For Whitefish Watershed Plan
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439340.aspx

* What To Do About Priest Lake Fishery: Lake Trout? Kokanee? Both? IDFG Wants Anglers’ Views
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439339.aspx

* Science Commentary Identifies Incentives To ‘Open Black Box Of Peer Review’ Of Published Research
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439338.aspx

* National Academies Report: Electric Grid Vulnerable To Natural Disasters, Attacks; Actions Needed To Improve Resiliency
http://www.cbbulletin.com/439337.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Dead animal removal must be handled as priority

One common call we receive at Idaho Department of Fish and Game is about dead wildlife. Several times per week, we receive reports of dead deer, foxes, elk, or even bears. Often, the caller requests that IDFG staff come out to move or remove the carcass. Sometimes, people become frustrated when the carcass is not removed immediately.

Since we receive a lot of “calls for service” at IDFG, we need to prioritize these. Dead wildlife that are causing a hazard on a highway or other main road generally are a high priority. We often work with state or local road departments to move these off to the side of road, and try to coordinate this response pretty quickly.

IDFG may be able to assist with dead wildlife found in yards, driveways, golf courses, or parks, but sometimes cannot get to these quickly because of other, higher priority calls.

Poaching reports, efforts to assist injured wildlife, or needs to accomplish time-sensitive data collection may delay us by a couple of days. Furthermore, the staff at the McCall office is small, and spends time out of contact doing field work, so some days it’s hard to reach the appropriate person for assistance.

In the meantime, keep in mind that is quite acceptable for residents to move or remove the animal. We often recommend that people move small animals themselves: these can be easily bagged and put in the trash.

Larger animals are harder to deal with, but can be dragged into nearby woods or loaded into a truck bed for transport. Moving the animal yourself is often the best option if you find the sight or smell of a carcass very troubling, but staff cannot respond right away.

If you suspect the animal was killed illegally, or observe a bullet or arrow wound, please leave the animal as you found it and contact the local IDFG or Sheriff’s office.

Call the McCall office of Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 634-8137 if you have any questions.

Regan Berkley, Regional Wildlife Manager, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, McCall

posted in The Star-News July 27:
http://www.mccallstarnews.com/
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F&G News Releases

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Deer walks into a grocery store, goes straight to the liquor section

by Alex Ronallo, WLUK Wednesday, July 12th 2017


This still frame taken from surveillance video provided by Festival Foods shows a fawn walking into the Darboy store’s liquor department July 10, 2017. (Courtesy Darboy)

Darboy, Wisc. (WLUK) — Oh, deer, oh deer – this is not a joke.

A white-tailed fawn made quite a spectacle at a grocery store in Wisconsin.

People are really fawning over surveillance camera video of the animal — in Festival Foods’ liquor section.

“It just walked through the door like any other guest.”

continued:
http://idahonews.com/news/offbeat/deer-walks-into-a-grocery-store-goes-straight-to-the-liquor-section
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Tips & Advice:

Tips for summer pest control

Misty Inglet Jul 19, 2017 Local News 8

Pocatello, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Summertime means pest season for homes. It can be a constant battle to keep pesky critters out of the house.

Wasps, spiders, box elder bugs and earwigs are just a few of the common faces found in the summertime. They not only keep homeowners busy, but local pest control companies as well.

“Between about March and end of October is our busy season,” said Joe Hansen, owner of Moxie Pest Control in Pocatello. “So we’re getting somewhere between 20 and 30 calls a day.”

So far this season, Hansen said they have been seeing a lot more earwigs than in past summers.

continued:
http://www.localnews8.com/news/tips-for-summer-pest-control/590362448
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Idaho History July 30, 2017

Esmeralda, Alturas (Elmore) County, Idaho

1863

South Boise had at this time four towns, Esmeralda, Clifden, Rocky Bar and Happy Camp, and about two thousand persons were scattered over the district. A good wagon-road was completed to Boise City in August, by Julius Newberg & Company.

from: Idaho Genealogy The Growth Of Quartz Mining Discoveries
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1864


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1864

The Idaho World. February 25, 1865, Page 4

Mail Routes in Idaho Territory.

16003. From Boise City to Esmeralda, in Alturas county, 100 miles, and back, once a week. Leave Boise City Monday at 6 a.m.; arrive at Esmeralda Wednesday by 6 p.m.; leave Esmeralda Thursday at 6 a.m.; arrive at Boise City Saturday by 6 p.m. Bids for more frequesnt service invited.

source: The Idaho World. (Idaho City, Idaho Territory), 25 Feb. 1865. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Boise News., August 27, 1864, Page 2

Post Office At Esmeralda.

John McLaughlin, Postmaster at Esmeralda, Alturas county, has appointed S. B. Dilly of the firm of Dilly & Dover, Deputy Postmaster. Mr. Dilly writes us that the mail will leave Esmeralda, (Rocky Bar,) for Idaho City every Wednesday morning at 8 o’clock, a.m., and arrive at Idaho city at 2 o’clock p.m. on Thursday. Returning, it will leave Idaho City every Saturday at 8 a.m. and arrive at Esmeralda at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

source: Boise News. (Bannock City, I.T. [Idaho City, Idaho]), 27 Aug. 1864. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Boise News., September 10, 1864, Page 3

South Boise.

We (the Jr.) have been to South Boise, and what is better, we have got back again. In company with two traveling partners we visited, last week, the Bear creek District of Alturas. The road from this city to Rocky Bar or Esmeralda, lives over a very rugged and mountainous country – yet is a much better route from this Basin than any other, is being only forty-eight miles, while by any other route it not less than one hundred and thirty. Starting from Idaho at noon, we succeed in removing a very large sized mountain to our west and arriving at Middle Boise river, at Glaze & Co.’s, where, for $1.50 per meal and $3 a night to hay for our horse, we were generously permitted to sleep on sweet, freshly cured hay, (without charge,) and arose much refreshed in the morning. Starting out from this place at an early hour we ascended the Middle Boise ridge, where we enjoyed a most extensive and beautiful landscape, and appreciated in the highest degree the application of the name of the county – Alturas, for it is certainly in the high heavens.

At noon we stopped an hour and caught nineteen trout in Roaring River. A few miles farther on we stopped at the Mountain house and inquired as to the character of the road before us, to which we were assured in the most matter-of fact manner possible, that it was a ‘perfect water grade all the way in to the ledges.” This was rather a stunner, but being doomed to learn by sad experience what we failed to get by inquiry, we continued our course over the divide between Middle and South Boise, and learned, or at least come to the conclusion that “water grade” (a new term in philosophy) meant the greatest possible angle at which water could be said to run and not make a clear vault of the ground. Guided and impelled onward more by the attraction of gravity than by any motion of our own, we were fortunate enough through a series of somersaults and sliding, to drop promiscuously from a declivity into the town of Rocky Bar.

Rocky Bar is situated in a deep canon [sic] on Bear creek, a mile above the junction with Red Warrior creek on the right, and about a mile and a half from Elk creek on the left. Below the junction of these three creeks the stream takes the name of Feather river, which runs some six or eight miles and empties into South Boise from the west. The name of the town of Rocky Bar, so called from the huge piles of granite rock which literally cover the flat upon which it is located, is gradually being changed, by common consent, to that of Esmeralda, which we suppose is for the purpose of complying with the statutes making Esmeralda the county seat.

Upon the three creeks just mentioned, and the surrounding mountains, are situated the almost innumerable ledges of South Boise. The want of time prevented us from visiting many of the mines – in fact, a week’s time would not be sufficient to see them all. The Esmeralda, Confederate Star, Comstock, Emmett and Independence,” on the north side of Bear creek; The Ada Elmore on the south bank of the same; the Richmond, Silver Star, Golden Eagle, Cuba and flying Dutchman on red Warren, and Ophir on Elk creek are among the leading ledges from which rock has been worked by the arastra process, and found to yield from $75 to $150 per ton.

The arastras – of which there are sixty to eighty in operation – are run by water power, the waters of the various creeks being taken up for this purpose. They are situated at such intervals along the streams as to [almost?] no waste of fall; as soon as the water is released from one mill it is taken out in a ditch and conveyed to another. Among the business firms, without disparagement to any, we would place Cartee & Gates at the head for enterprise and energy. They have a large steam sawmill in operation, which is turning out all the lumber required in the market, – and to which they have recently added a battery of five stamps for crushing quartz – the first in the country – which was to be ready for operation on Tuesday of this week. This will do more towards developing the country and giving us a standard of its wealth than all the arastras now at work.

They intend making their first run from the Alturas ledge, and we shall look with much interest for the result. Dilly & Dover seem to be doing the principal mercantile business. They have a large stock of groceries and provisions, and [?] all, are gentlemen; we should like to see them prosper. we don’t mean to say they have a hotel connected with their business, but they have a most happy faculty of making one feel at home.

Our old acquaintance, Tom Marrin, is also there in the grocery and provision business. We hope he may make a fortune, and if honest dealing will accomplish it he will have as good a chance as any body. A great deal of work is being done in this camp, but the most of it is in the character of representing which consequently adds but little to the general prosperity of the country. We think when a sufficient number of mills get in operation, so as to allow the work now being done to be turned to some account, it will be among the most prosperous camps in the Territory; at present, however, there is but little money in circulation.

After remaining at Rocky Bar a day and a half, we took our departure via the Newberg wagon road, which is in a travelable condition for wagons to within a mile and a half of Rocky Bar. A great deal of work has been done on this road to its intersection with the old Emigrant road – in fact the worst portion for freight teams is from Boise city to Camas prairie, on the immigrant route.

We passed through the sites of Esmeralda (former site) and Marysville, but there being nothing in the former but two empty houses and the latter not having risen to even that importance, we were forced to ride on to see accommodations for the night. The remainder of the trip to Boise city, although fraught with many interesting incidents to ourselves, would probably be of no interest to the public.

Having laid out two nights and partaken of the hospitality of immigrants on one of two occasions, of whom we passed about 300 teams, and traveling the last thirty miles on foot, and the last mile through a succession of potato patches, we arrived at the future Capital – the City of the plains.

Boise city presented quite a lively business-like appearance, owning in some degree to the presence of a great number of immigrant wagons and a general desire for the possession of town-lots. Every man who can rise a dozen boards, a few fence-posts and a pound of mails, seemed to be hammering. if we count all that is fenced and and marked out, we think it is the largest city in the world. However, to lay all imaginary lines and calculations aside, and take only that which is considered a permanency, it is a place of no small pretensions, and the superior agricultural advantages surrounding it would seem to justify the prediction that it will be at no distant time one of the most populous and most permanent towns in the Territory, and for this reason and advantage of geographical position. Although we believe Idaho city will remain for many years the larger town, the majority of the people of the Territory will doubtless sanction the location of the Capital at that place.

source: Boise News. (Bannock City, I.T. [Idaho City, Idaho]), 10 Sept. 1864. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho World. November 26, 1864, Page 3

Errors Corrected.

Ed. World – The Boise City “Statesman” contains a letter from one “Jacques,” from Rocky Bar, containing some errors which, as a public journalist, I hope you will refute. He says, “It was understood that there was a mail route established from Boise city to Esmeralda direct,” and then complains that it is carried around by Idaho city. Now Mr. Editor, please state what is the truthful distance over the two routes:

From Boise city to Idaho thirty-five miles; from Idaho to Esmeralda, over the mountains, forty-eight miles – total from Boise city to Esmeralda, via Idaho, eighty-three miles. From Boise city around by the Camas Prairie road, (Newberg’s route,) it is at least ninety miles, most people call it a hundred and ten – I having traveled it think it is the latter.

The Express from Boise city via Idaho to Esmeralda has frequently been carried in thirty-one hours including stoppages. On the other route never less than three days. I think the shortest route is the direct route, and so think the people. Truth.

Idaho City, Nov. 22, 1864.

source: The Idaho World. (Idaho City, Idaho Territory), 26 Nov. 1864. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Alturas County

February 4, 1864 to March 5, 1896.

Although Esmeralda was designated the original county seat, Rocky Bar actually served as county seat from April 4, 1864, until July 6, 1882. Hailey continued as county seat from August 2, 1882, to March 5, 1895, when a legislative act made Hailey county seat of Blaine County.

excerpted from: Counties Which No Longer Exist
Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series Number 11 1962

[Note: Esmeralda was long gone before the area became part of Elmore County.]
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Early Idaho Counties

The general laws passed at the first session of the Idaho legislature were nowise remarkable. Among the special laws I find that Owyhee County was organized December 31st out of the territory lying south of Snake River and west of the Rocky Mountains; and that on the 22d of January the county of Oneida was cut off from its eastern end, with the county seat at Soda Springs. Alturas County was defined as bounded by Snake River on the south, Idaho County on the north, Boise County on the west, and the meridian of 112° on the east, with the county seat at Esmeralda.

source: Access Genealogy – Idaho Political Affairs, 1862 – 1866
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Esmeralda

When Idaho’s territorial legislature set about organizing counties for an area (inhabited mostly by Indians) larger than Texas, not too much information was available concerning vast tracts of mountains and plains. Following Boise Basin gold discoveries of 1862, a new district of South Boise mines had emerged. A separate county was needed, so a huge central mountain area was set aside, with all its mines on its western edge. Some legislative member had heard that a town of Esmeralda had been started in or near Alturas County’s South Boise mines, so it was designated as county seat, February 4, 1864.

That turned out to be a poor choice. Less than a year after it had started, Esmeralda had become a ghost town. Located just west of lower Feather River, where mining did not begin for many years, Esmeralda (later revived as Featherville) was adjacent to Junction Bar. But little was going on there either. So when Alturas County was organized, April 4, 1864, that process took place in Rocky Bar, a mining center. Esmeralda was long forgotten when Featherville finally emerged on that same site.

Since there was an 1864 Esmeralda mine less than a mile from Rocky Bar, that location may have accounted for legislative confusion concerning where to place Alturas County’s government.

source: Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series Number 1061 July 1995
Publications–450 N. 4th Street, Boise, ID 83702–208-334-3428
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Post Office

Esmeralda

Near Feather River. Post office 1864. Replaced by Rocky Bar in 1864.

source: History of the Boise National Forest 1905-1976
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Esmeralda


(text)
… do not contemplate a mail oftener than once a week between this place and Esmeralda. The county of Alturas is as much entitled to a tri-weekly mail as Owyhee or Boise, and before another year passes may contain a population nearly equal to either of them. A weekly mail for that place would not be better than none at all, but before the end of 1866, there will be in that country more than fifty mills, representing a capital of almost half as many …

by Rick Just

There are lots of ghost towns scattered around Idaho. Today’s story is about a town that came and went so fast, it probably doesn’t even rate a proper ghost.

Alturas County was enormous. When it was created in 1864, it included practically all the land between the Snake and Salmon Rivers in the south-central part of the state.

Now, when you create a new county, you always like to name a county seat. About the only thing you really need for a county seat is a town. But Alturas County, with all those thousands of acres, didn’t have a real town, so the legislature invented one. They called it Esmeralda, and it was located on a beautiful plateau near the South Fork of the Boise River, about a mile below what is now Featherville.

Esmeralda was never more than a handful of slap-dash cabins occupied by some early-day prospectors. Its moment of fame was little more than a moment. Two months after it was named the county seat of Alturas County, the county commissioners moved their operation to the new town of Rocky Bar, where gold had just been discovered. The commissioners and prospectors left Esmeralda, and the town just disappeared.

So did the county, eventually. Alturas County existed for over thirty years, but increased population within its boundaries prompted the legislature to split it up into smaller counties in 1896. Smaller, but not small counties. Blaine, Camas, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Elmore, and Minidoka counties were all carved from Alturas.

The map, courtesy of the Idaho Genealogical Society, shows the original boundaries of Alturas County and the counties that split off from it.

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(link to full size large map)

source: Speaking of Idaho history posts are copyright © 2018 by Rick Just. Sharing is encouraged.
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1870 Alturas County

The first mineral surveying in the Territory of Idaho, was let to James H. Slater as Contract No. 1 dated July 18, 1870, for surveying mineral claims in the mineral district of Alturas county.
pg 353

While it is true that many valuable properties continued to produce sufficient gold dust to justify the employment of a large number of men for many years later, yes even up to present writing, yet the great rush had come and gone between the years 1863 and 1870, and those who remained were required to adjust themselves to the changed condition.

During the decade to which reference is made many rich mineral lodes were discovered, carrying lead, silver, gold and copper; especially were the counties of Alturas and Shoshone found to be rich in the precious metals, but owing to lack of transportation, many of the properties which afterwards became famous, had not been sufficiently developed to give employment to many men, hence the attention of new arrivals in the country was directed to its possibilities in agriculture and stock raising.
pg 358

source: “Early History of Idaho” by WJ McConnell 1913 (18 meg)
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1885

Wood River Times. January 26, 1885, Page 3

Alturas’s First Seat.
It was at Esmeralda, a Place Not Even Known To-Day.

Some of the county warrants redeemed last year were so old that they were dated at Esmeralda, which was the first county seat of Alturas. This place was located on Junction Bar, about eight miles from Rocky Bar. But as there remained no inhabitants there, the county officials, one fine day, took it into their heads to move the county seat to Rocky Bar. So, taking up the county records, they rented a place at the Bar, which thus became the seat of the county government. This is how they moved county seats in olden times.

Not a house now marks the spot of the old county seat – Esmeralda – and even the old-timers remember very little about it.

source: Wood River Times. (Hailey, Idaho), 26 Jan. 1885. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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1889

Elmore Bulletin. June 01, 1889, Page 2

Up to 1864 the territory now known as Elmore, Logan and Alturas counties was under the jurisdiction of Boise county. Alturas county was formed by the Legislature of 1863-4, with the county seat located at a point a short distance below Junction Bar and named Esmeralda, but when the appointed officers arrived at Esmeralda they found no houses of any character and consequently proceeded to the town of Rocky Bar, where by general consent the county seat was established, and where it remained until removed by fraud in 1882 to Hailey. But justice and right again prevailed and the old camp is now the proud shiretown of young and vigorous Elmore county.

source: Elmore Bulletin. (Rocky Bar, Idaho), 01 June 1889. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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link to: more articles at Idaho Geneology about Alturas County

Link to Alturas County, Idaho 1864 to 1895
Link to Rocky Bar, Alturas (Elmore) County (part 1 general)
Link to Rocky Bar, Alturas (Elmore) County (part 2 mining)
Link to Rocky Bar, Alturas (Elmore) County (part 3 Transportation)
Link to Rocky Bar, Alturas (Elmore) County (part 4 Newspaper clippings)
Link to Atlanta, Alturas (Elmore) County, Idaho
Link to Wood River, Alturas (Blaine) County, Idaho
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page updated Aug 24, 2020

Updated Fire Report 7/30/2017

Update: Pueblo Summit Fire

Message from Krassel Ranger Botello:
 
We got a new smoke report from one of our lookouts this afternoon around 2:30. There is a new fire just south of Pueblo Summit. Looks to be 2-3 acres. At about 3:15pm, we put 8 smokejumpers on the fire and they are using 2 helicopters and 3 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) with retardant.
 
That’s all we know currently, we will keep folks updated as we have more info.

Fire info: 208.634.0820

Roads:

Access to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. The fire camp is moving to Krassel today. The Profile Creek Road is closed at the junction to Big Creek/Edwardsburg.

Profile Road is still closed to the public. Level 1 Evacuation Ordered for Big Creek/Edwardsburg.

Road Report posted 7/30
https://yellowpinetimes.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/road-report-july-30/
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 96 degrees, overnight low of 50 degrees, clear sky this morning with a slight haze of smoke to the north east, fairly good air quality.
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Map of fire 7/27/2017 from GEOMAC (no growth)
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Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25 (no growth)

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

Sunset at the ICP on Johnson Creek July 28

Missouri Fire at InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/


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Missouri Fire

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Contact Fire Information: 208.634.0820
PayetteFireInformation@gmail.com
http://www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

Start Date: July 15
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 183
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

The fire size has remained at 1,277 acres for the past week. There has been minimal fire activity, mainly in interior portions of the fire where occasional torching of isolated trees has been observed. While growth has stalled, the fire is not fully contained. It continues to smolder in heavy down fuels within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Allowing fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem benefits the ecosystem. Fire is essential for soil renewal, wildlife habitat, and overall forest health.

There has been little change in the weather pattern from the last few days. With lingering moisture, a threat of afternoon and evening thunderstorms remains over the fire area through Sunday then a potential for drier air to move into the fire area on Monday and Tuesday.

In Edwardsburg and Big Creek, crews are clearing trees and brush from around Forest Service facilities and developed sites. Chippers will continue to be used to pulverize the removed trees and brush from both Profile Gap Road and within the community of Edwardsburg and Big Creek. The benefit of chipping is the ability to spread the materials over a large area which decreases the fuel loading. Chippers are still parked on the Profile Gap Road, making travel difficult for even the firefighters working in the area. For this reason, the road does remain closed despite the diminished fire threat along Profile Creek.

Evacuation Status: Level 1 evacuations are still in place for Edwardsburg/Big Creek, primarily due to the work taking place along the principal access route into the community. To the north, the road is passable with high-clearance vehicles, UTVs, and motorcycles; trailers are not recommended. Anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface should take time to consider what they would take in the event they did need to evacuate. The Ready, Set, Go Program (www.wildlandfirersg.org) has helpful tips for preparation.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb. The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed.

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.
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Level 1 – READY Evacuation Order Issued for Edwardsburg/Big Creek Area

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 430pm

A Level 1 – A Ready evacuation order has been issued for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area by Valley County Sheriff, Patti Bolen. This order is in effect until further notice.

This Level 1 – Ready evacuation order is a result of significant fire activity on the Missouri Fire located between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg. The fire was actively burning yesterday, and is expected to have a continued active fire behavior.

Visit this link for all evacuation levels issued by Valley County:
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Recreational access in Big Creek and Edwardsburg

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 2pm

Recreational access to the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area is not closed at this time, however; due to fire activity we strongly suggest that you choose an alternate location for recreational activities. An alternate entry into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is through Thunder Mountain. The Payette National Forest has many great locations for camping, hiking, fishing, etc.

The closure of the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is indefinite, but will open as soon as it is possible. If planning for an alternate route to Big Creek area, be aware that Valley County is warning that due to road damage from winter and spring storms, the Warren-Profile Gap road from Warren to the South Fork is not capable of handling large trucks or vehicles towing trailer. This route comes over Elk Summit into Big Creek. If you choose to take this route be cautious of increased two-way traffic on this narrow, winding dirt road.

Access to Yellow Pine is fully open, and we do not expect traffic to be impacted. Please be drive cautiously as fire vehicles are operating in the area.

Warning sign for Backcountry Travelers

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Payette Wilderness Fires

7/27/2017

The Payette National currently has 5 wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are in a monitor status with no notable fire activity.

Rooster Creek Fire: (.10)acre) Lightning caused and report on July 26. Located 1/2 mile east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob on the McCall Ranger District. No vivible smke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (27 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell’s Ferry. Two fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire is in monitor status.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. No smoke showing currently. In monitor status.

Marble Mountain Fire: (3 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 2 miles southeast of Edwardsburg. Smokejumpers responded to this fire to aggressively prevent it from growing larger and spreading towards Edwardsburg. The fire was declared control and out on July 18.

Rocky Point Fire: (.10 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 10 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 2 mile south of the Salmon River. No smoke is showing on this fire currently, and it is in a monitor status.

For up to date information, please contact the Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600., or the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/

Screen shot of Logan / Coin Mountains from Inciweb
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 7/27/2017, 9:52:33 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho

Total Personnel 15
Size 540 Acres
Planned Actions Actively monitor and point protection.

Thunderstorm activity moved through the area last night and started several fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The largest of these fires, the Ibex Fire, was detected at approximately 3:45 PM on July 24, 2017, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir on the Middle Fork Ranger District. A patrol flight on July 25, estimated fire size at 540 acres. The Ibex Fire is staffed with ten firefighters, one helicopter, while also being monitored by area lookouts and air patrols. “We had several starts generated from the storm that moved over the Wilderness Area late afternoon on Monday,” stated Chuck Mark, Forest Supervisor, “It’s the time of year when we can expect these fires to occur in the dry subalpine, dense, and remote forest we have on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.”

Smoke is being experienced in the surrounding areas and valleys of Challis and Salmon from fires in the region. Continued hot and dry weather with scattered thunderstorms is expected over the next few days.

Updates and information will be provided when significant changes have occurred on the Ibex Fire.

IR Map of Ibex Fire on July 27, 2017 (PDF)

Ibex Fire on July 27, 2017

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Craig Mountain Complex

Idaho Department of Lands

Current as of 7/28/2017, 1:13:36 PM
Date of Origin Saturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 10:00 AM
Location Powerline fire location: Between Cottonwood Creek and Deer Creek,SSW of Winchester, ID. Corral Creek fire is between China Garden Creek and the Snake River.

Total Personnel 91
Size 50,395 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%

Craig Mountain Complex Daily Update – July 28, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5376/37035/

Craig Mountain Complex Final Map – July 28, 2017

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5376/
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Boise District Fire Update

For Immediate Release: July 29, 2017 10:00am
Contact: Boise District BLM Fire Information (208) 384-3378
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire #BODFire

Chaulky Fire

• Located approximately eight miles northwest of Murphy, Idaho
• Approximately 135 acres
• Ignited by lightning
• Crews will continue to mop up throughout the rest of the day
• Resources on scene: Four engines and one water tender
• Contained at 11:00pm on 7/28/2107
• Estimated control time is 6:00pm on 7/29/2017

Murphy Flat Fire

• Located approximately two miles east of Murphy, Idaho
• Approximately 997 acres
• Ignited by lightning
• Progress of the fire has been stopped and crews will continue securing the fire perimeter throughout the day
• Resources on scene: Seven engines, two dozers, one water tender, one helicopter and two hand crews
• Estimated containment time is 8:00pm on 7/29/2017

For More Information

• Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
• Wildfires across the country, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov
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Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update

July 29, 2017

Lagoon Fire

Located two miles west of Shoshone
Size: 1,412 acres
Contain: 7/28/2017, 8:25 p.m.
Control: 7/30/2017, 8 p.m.
Resources: six engines, three hand crews, two dozers, two overhead, one camp crew
Fuel type: grass, brush
Fire behavior: none
Structures: a lumberyard and one outbuilding were burned by the fire.
Cause: lightning

Crews are monitoring and mopping up hotspots.


(Photo BLM)

Lumberyard, outbuilding burn in Lagoon Fire
KTVB July 27, 2017
story:
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Martin Canyon Fire

Located three miles east of Bellevue
Size: 4,024 acres
Contain: 7/26/2017, 6 p.m.
Control: 7/30/2017, 6 p.m.
Resources: one Twin Falls District BLM engines, one Sawtooth National Forest engines, four hand crews, one camp crew, four overhead, one dozer
Fuel type: grass, mountain shrub, Douglas fir, aspen
Fire behavior: none
Structures threatened: no

Closures

Muldoon Canyon is closed to recreation and camping
Cause: human – target shooting

Access to the Muldoon Canyon Road is being restricted and the area is closed to recreation and camping. Please do your part to prevent human caused wildfires by restricting target practice to within approved ranges and remember to always clear the area around your target before taking aim.

For More Information, Kelsey Brizendine, Fire Information and Prevention Officer, kbrizendine@blm.gov 208-308-5991

Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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Road Report July 30

Yellow Pine: Dust abatement applied on the main street and on the back Stibnite road. However, residential streets are very dusty. Please drive respectfully. Watch out for fire traffic, kids and deer in the roads – it is summer time in Yellow Pine.

Johnson Creek road: Last report was Johnson Creek road is in good shape, getting washboardy in the Halfway and Rustican areas. Watch for ATV and UTV traffic. Fire camp is moving to Krassel today (Sunday.)

South Fork / EFSF Road: Last report is that route is in good shape. EFSF road is getting washboardy. Watch for Fire Traffic between Krassel and Yellow Pine.

Lick Creek: Road is open. No current report.

Profile Creek Road: Closed to the public due to fire traffic and chipper operations.

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open, no current report.

Big Creek to Warrens: Open to smaller vehicles, but not to large trucks and trailers. Watch for extra traffic due to Profile road being closed.

Deadwood Summit: Road open and reported to be rough.

Golden Gate: Road up Golden Gate Hill is only passable on foot due to large deep wash-out about 2/3rds of the way up.

Recreational access in Big Creek and Edwardsburg:

Recreational access to the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area is not closed at this time, however; due to fire activity we strongly suggest that you choose an alternate location for recreational activities. An alternate entry into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is through Thunder Mountain. The Payette National Forest has many great locations for camping, hiking, fishing, etc.

The closure of the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is indefinite, but will open as soon as it is possible. If planning for an alternate route to Big Creek area, be aware that Valley County is warning that due to road damage from winter and spring storms, the Warren-Profile Gap road from Warren to the South Fork is not capable of handling large trucks or vehicles towing trailer. This route comes over Elk Summit into Big Creek. If you choose to take this route be cautious of increased two-way traffic on this narrow, winding dirt road.

Access to Yellow Pine is fully open, and we do not expect traffic to be impacted. Please be drive cautiously as fire vehicles are operating in the area.
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Weather Reports July 23-29

July 23 Weather:

At 830am it was 55 degrees, clear sky above smoke inversion. At 215pm it was 94 degrees. At 7pm it was 88 degrees. At 850pm it was 75 degrees and clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 24, 2017 at 08:30AM
Partly cloudy, light smoke
Max temperature 95 degrees F
Min temperature 50 degrees F
At observation 59 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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July 24 Weather:

At 830am it was 59 degrees, partly cloudy and light smoke. At 2pm it was 93 degrees, mostly cloudy (tall w/dark bellies.) At 745pm it was 85 degrees. At 9pm it was 77 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 10pm it looked like it was starting to clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 25, 2017 at 08:30AM
Partly cloudy, light smoke
Max temperature 94 degrees F
Min temperature 53 degrees F
At observation 61 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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July 25 Weather:

At 830am it was 61 degrees, partly cloudy and light smoke. Overcast by 1030am. At 145pm it was 87 degrees and partly clear, little breezes. Dark clouds to the north east around 530pm, distant thunder rumbling (lightning strike map showed a couple of hits between YP and Edwardsburg.) Another dark cloud coming from the south west and getting a little breezy at 630pm. Distant thunder at 640pm, gusty breezes. Closer thunder (and more often) by 655pm. Bigger gusts at 720pm, still rumbling thunder. Smell of rain at 740pm, still rumbling thunder, 2 drops of rain, looked like rain falling to the south, but not hitting the ground. No thunder after 8pm, clouds breaking up and 71 degrees, storm moved to north east. At 850pm it was 67 degrees and light breezes. At 945pm it was 63 degrees and mostly clear. At 11pm it was 60 degrees, clear (thin high haze of smoke) and calm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 26, 2017 at 08:30AM
Mostly clear
Max temperature 91 degrees F
Min temperature 47 degrees F
At observation 54 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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July 26 Weather:

At 830am it was 54 degrees, mostly clear, a good amount of dew and calm. At 1115am it was 75 degrees and high thin clouds coming in. Dark cloud by noon. At 1230pm it was 80 degrees, overcast and sprinkling. Thunder 1241pm and sprinkles. Steady rain falling just before 1pm and getting a little gusty. Not raining at 125pm, thunder rumbling. At 145pm it was 66 degrees and lightly misting (probably lasted 10-15 minutes.) Measured 0.07″ precip. At 310pm it was 75 degrees and cloudy. Clouds breaking up and clearing late afternoon. At 820pm it was 70 degrees and partly cloudy. At 10pm it was 66 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 27, 2017 at 08:30AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 82 degrees F
Min temperature 51 degrees F
At observation 55 degrees F
Precipitation 0.07 inch
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July 27 Weather:

At 830am it was 55 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 930am it was partly clear. At 130pm it was 84 degrees and partly cloudy. At 430pm it was 82 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 930pm it was 69 degrees and partly cloudy. At 1150pm it was 60 degrees and partly cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 28, 2017 at 08:30AM
Clear
Max temperature 86 degrees F
Min temperature 47 degrees F
At observation 54 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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July 28 Weather:

At 830am it was 54 degrees and clear. Clouds with dark bellies building by 11am. At 110am it was 83 degrees and mostly cloudy. Big drops of rain falling 218pm to 224pm and breeze (not enough to wet the table.) At 3pm it was 80 degrees and dark clouds. Clouds breaking up later in the afternoon. At 6pm it was 83 degrees and partly cloudy. At 840pm it was 72 degrees and partly cloudy, very light breeze.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 29, 2017 at 08:30AM
Mostly clear
Max temperature 84 degrees F
Min temperature 47 degrees F
At observation 56 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
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July 29 Weather:

At 830am it was 56 degrees, mostly clear (a few tiny ragged bits of clouds) and a good amount of dew. High hazy clouds building by 11am. At 145pm it was 93 degrees and partly clear (clouds and some haze), looks like some of the haze may be smoke. At 4pm it was 92 degrees and mostly cloudy. At 830pm it was 80 degrees, partly cloudy and calm. At 945pm it was 70 degrees and calm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time July 30, 2017 at 08:30AM
Clear
Max temperature 96 degrees F
Min temperature 50 degrees F
At observation 56 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Fire Update 7/29/2017

Fire info: 208.634.0820

Roads:

South Fork of the Salmon River Road will be Closed today (July 29) from 730am to 230pm in support of the annual 4 Summit Challenge bicycle event. The event route includes the South Fork Road from the turn-off at Warm Lake highway in the Boise National Forest to the Reed Ranch airstrip/campground in the Payette National Forest. Road closures will be signed and staffed at both ends of the closure. Penny Springs, Poverty Flat and 4 Mile campgrounds will be impacted by the road closure, but will remain open for camping – motorized vehicles will not be able to exit the campgrounds during the closure to ensure the safety of cyclists and motorists. Alternate routes to reach or depart from the Yellow Pine area are Johnson Creek or Lick Creek roads. For more information please contact Brian Harris: 208-634-0784

Profile Road is still closed to the public. Level 1 Evacuation Ordered for Big Creek/Edwardsburg (see below)

Access to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. Watch out for fire traffic on Johnson Creek Road from the Cox Ranch to YP and from YP on the Stibnite Road to the turn off to Profile Creek Road. The Profile Creek Road is closed at the junction to Big Creek/Edwardsburg.
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 84 degrees and we received a short rain shower after 2pm (not enough to get wet.) Partly cloudy later in the afternoon and a high of 84 degrees. Overnight low of 47 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning, a fair amount of dew and good air quality.
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Updated Road Report posted 7/26
https://yellowpinetimes.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/road-reports-july-26/

Map of fire 7/27/2017 from GEOMAC (no growth)
20170727MissouriGeomacMap-a
(click on image to open larger size)

Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25 (no growth)

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

Sunset at the ICP on Johnson Creek July 28

Missouri Fire at InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/


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Missouri Fire

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Contact Fire Information: 208.634.0820
PayetteFireInformation@gmail.com
http://www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

Start Date: July 15
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 256
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 47%

Tomorrow the management of the Missouri Fire will be transitioned from Great Basin Type 2 Team 4 over to a Type 3 Incident Management Team out of Wyoming. The Incident Command Post at Cox Ranch on Johnson Creek Road will be dismantled and a new camp will be established at the Krassel Work Center on the South Fork of the Salmon. The incoming team is smaller and is more appropriate for the size and complexity of the incident at this time. The Type 3 Team will take over all aspects of the management of the fire while still working with the Payette National Forest to ensure that all objectives are being met, including restoring forest health by enabling fire to play its natural role in the landscape.

Yesterday started out clear and clouds quickly developed by mid-day, culminating in a light rain on the fire. Today drier air is moving into the area; however, there is still a 20% chance for afternoon thunderstorms. Temperatures will top out in the low 80s with humidity in the high teens to low 20s. Winds will be light.

Crews are still working on fuel reduction on the Warren-Profile Gap Road and around Forest Service sites and structures in Edwardsburg and Big Creek. A large chipping operation is taking place on the Warren-Profile Gap Road, and in turn, is blocking the road. Because of this, the road closure will continue at a minimum through the weekend. With the decreased threat to Edwardsburg, Valley County will no longer serve in Unified Command with the Incident Management Team.

Evacuation Status: Level 1 evacuations are still in place for Edwardsburg/Big Creek, primarily due to the work taking place along the principal access route into the community. To the north, the road is passable with high-clearance vehicles, UTVs, and motorcycles; trailers are not recommended. Anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface should take time to consider what they would take in the event they did need to evacuate. The Ready, Set, Go Program (www.wildlandfirersg.org) has helpful tips for preparation.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb. The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed.

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.

This is the final fire update from Great Basin Team 4. Future updates will come from the Type 3 Team.

Thank you to the communities and neighbors who have worked with us over the past 10 days!
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Level 1 – READY Evacuation Order Issued for Edwardsburg/Big Creek Area

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 430pm

A Level 1 – A Ready evacuation order has been issued for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area by Valley County Sheriff, Patti Bolen. This order is in effect until further notice.

This Level 1 – Ready evacuation order is a result of significant fire activity on the Missouri Fire located between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg. The fire was actively burning yesterday, and is expected to have a continued active fire behavior.

Visit this link for all evacuation levels issued by Valley County:
http://www.co.valley.id.us/departments/sheriffs-office/valley-county-sheriff-evacutaion-policy/
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Recreational access in Big Creek and Edwardsburg

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 2pm

Recreational access to the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area is not closed at this time, however; due to fire activity we strongly suggest that you choose an alternate location for recreational activities. An alternate entry into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is through Thunder Mountain. The Payette National Forest has many great locations for camping, hiking, fishing, etc.

The closure of the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is indefinite, but will open as soon as it is possible. If planning for an alternate route to Big Creek area, be aware that Valley County is warning that due to road damage from winter and spring storms, the Warren-Profile Gap road from Warren to the South Fork is not capable of handling large trucks or vehicles towing trailer. This route comes over Elk Summit into Big Creek. If you choose to take this route be cautious of increased two-way traffic on this narrow, winding dirt road.

Access to Yellow Pine is fully open, and we do not expect traffic to be impacted. Please be drive cautiously as fire vehicles are operating in the area.

Warning sign for Backcountry Travelers

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Payette Wilderness Fires

7/27/2017

The Payette National currently has 5 wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are in a monitor status with no notable fire activity.

Rooster Creek Fire: (.10)acre) Lightning caused and report on July 26. Located 1/2 mile east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob on the McCall Ranger District. No vivible smke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (27 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell’s Ferry. Two fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire is in monitor status.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. No smoke showing currently. In monitor status.

Marble Mountain Fire: (3 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 2 miles southeast of Edwardsburg. Smokejumpers responded to this fire to aggressively prevent it from growing larger and spreading towards Edwardsburg. The fire was declared control and out on July 18.

Rocky Point Fire: (.10 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 10 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 2 mile south of the Salmon River. No smoke is showing on this fire currently, and it is in a monitor status.

For up to date information, please contact the Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600., or the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/

Screen shot of Logan / Coin Mountains from Inciweb
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 7/27/2017, 9:52:33 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho

Total Personnel 15
Size 540 Acres
Planned Actions Actively monitor and point protection.

Thunderstorm activity moved through the area last night and started several fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The largest of these fires, the Ibex Fire, was detected at approximately 3:45 PM on July 24, 2017, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir on the Middle Fork Ranger District. A patrol flight on July 25, estimated fire size at 540 acres. The Ibex Fire is staffed with ten firefighters, one helicopter, while also being monitored by area lookouts and air patrols. “We had several starts generated from the storm that moved over the Wilderness Area late afternoon on Monday,” stated Chuck Mark, Forest Supervisor, “It’s the time of year when we can expect these fires to occur in the dry subalpine, dense, and remote forest we have on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.”

Smoke is being experienced in the surrounding areas and valleys of Challis and Salmon from fires in the region. Continued hot and dry weather with scattered thunderstorms is expected over the next few days.

Updates and information will be provided when significant changes have occurred on the Ibex Fire.

IR Map of Ibex Fire on July 27, 2017 (PDF)

Ibex Fire on July 27, 2017

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Craig Mountain Complex

Idaho Department of Lands

Current as of 7/28/2017, 1:13:36 PM
Date of Origin Saturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 10:00 AM
Location Powerline fire location: Between Cottonwood Creek and Deer Creek,SSW of Winchester, ID. Corral Creek fire is between China Garden Creek and the Snake River.

Total Personnel 91
Size 50,395 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%

Craig Mountain Complex Daily Update – July 28, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5376/37035/

Craig Mountain Complex Final Map – July 28, 2017

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5376/
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Boise District Fire Update

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2017 9:00pm

Contact: Boise District BLM Fire Information (208) 384-3378
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire #BODFire

At around 7:00pm this evening BLM resources responded to two wildfires in Owyhee County near Murphy, Idaho. No structures are threatened at this time.

Chaulky Fire

• Located approximately eight miles northwest of Murphy, Idaho
• Approximately 50 acres
• Ignited by lightning
• Progress of the fire has been stopped and crews are working hotspots
• Resources on scene: four engines, one dozer, one water tender
• Estimated containment is 11:00pm on 7/28/2017

Murphy Flat Fire

• Located approximately two miles southwest of Murphy, Idaho
• Approximately 500 acres
• Ignited by lightning
• Crews are working to stop the progress of the fire
• Resources on scene: seven engines, one dozer, one water tender and two hand crews

For More Information
• Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
• Wildfires across the country, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov
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Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update

July 29, 2017

Lagoon Fire

Located two miles west of Shoshone
Size: 1,412 acres
Contain: 7/28/2017, 8:25 p.m.
Control: 7/30/2017, 8 p.m.
Resources: six engines, three hand crews, two dozers, two overhead, one camp crew
Fuel type: grass, brush
Fire behavior: none
Structures: a lumberyard and one outbuilding were burned by the fire.
Cause: lightning

Crews are monitoring and mopping up hotspots.


(Photo BLM)

Lumberyard, outbuilding burn in Lagoon Fire

KTVB July 27, 2017

story:
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Martin Canyon Fire

Located three miles east of Bellevue
Size: 4,024 acres
Contain: 7/26/2017, 6 p.m.
Control: 7/30/2017, 6 p.m.
Resources: one Twin Falls District BLM engines, one Sawtooth National Forest engines, four hand crews, one camp crew, four overhead, one dozer
Fuel type: grass, mountain shrub, Douglas fir, aspen
Fire behavior: none
Structures threatened: no

Closures

Muldoon Canyon is closed to recreation and camping
Cause: human – target shooting

Access to the Muldoon Canyon Road is being restricted and the area is closed to recreation and camping. Please do your part to prevent human caused wildfires by restricting target practice to within approved ranges and remember to always clear the area around your target before taking aim.

For More Information, Kelsey Brizendine, Fire Information and Prevention Officer, kbrizendine@blm.gov 208-308-5991

Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 7/25/2017, 3:58:47 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident Commander Wimer

Current Situation
Total Personnel 12
Size 862 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Fire Update – July 24
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/36871/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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Fire Update 7/28/2017

Roads:

South Fork of the Salmon River Road will be Closed July 29 from 730am to 230pm in support of the annual 4 Summit Challenge bicycle event. The event route includes the South Fork Road from the turn-off at Warm Lake highway in the Boise National Forest to the Reed Ranch airstrip/campground in the Payette National Forest. Road closures will be signed and staffed at both ends of the closure. Penny Springs, Poverty Flat and 4 Mile campgrounds will be impacted by the road closure, but will remain open for camping – motorized vehicles will not be able to exit the campgrounds during the closure to ensure the safety of cyclists and motorists. Alternate routes to reach or depart from the Yellow Pine area are Johnson Creek or Lick Creek roads. For more information please contact Brian Harris: 208-634-0784

Profile Road is still closed to the public. Level 1 Evacuation Ordered for Big Creek/Edwardsburg (see below)

Access to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. Watch out for fire traffic on Johnson Creek Road from the Cox Ranch to YP and from YP on the Stibnite Road to the turn off to Profile Creek Road. The Profile Creek Road is closed at the junction to Big Creek/Edwardsburg.
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 86 degrees, mostly to partly cloudy. Overnight low of 47 degrees, clear sky this morning and good air quality.
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Updated Road Report posted 7/26
https://yellowpinetimes.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/road-reports-july-26/

Map of fire 7/27/2017 from GEOMAC (no growth)
20170727MissouriGeomacMap-a
(click on image to open larger size)

Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25 (no growth)

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

Payette Nat’l Forest Jul 21
Firefighters lay hose on the #MissouriFire. Firefighters continue to hold and improve lines to prevent fire spread.

Missouri Fire at InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/


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Missouri Fire

Friday, 28 July 2017

Contact Fire Information: 208.634.0820
PayetteFireInformation@gmail.com
http://www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

Start Date: July 15
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 306
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 45%

The fire size has remained at 1,277 acres for the past week. There has been minimal fire activity, mainly in interior portions of the fire where occasional torching of isolated trees has been observed. While growth has stalled, the fire is not fully contained. It continues to smolder in heavy down fuels within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Allowing fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem benefits the ecosystem. Fire is essential for soil renewal, wildlife habitat, and overall forest health.

Yesterday started out partly cloudy, and quickly became mostly cloudy by afternoon. A few thunderstorms impacted the region, accompanied by little to no precipitation. Afternoon temperatures were in the 70s, with relative humidity ranged from 35 – 45%. Today, expect partly cloudy skies, winds gusting 10 – 15 miles per hour, warmer temperatures, and lower relative humidity. As the daily high temperatures increase each day in the extended forecast, the fuels will dry out and become more susceptible to additional growth.

Firefighters finished cutting and thinning trees and brush along the east side of Profile Gap Road yesterday. In Edwardsburg and Big Creek, crews are clearing trees and brush from around Forest Service facilities and developed sites. Chippers will continue to be used to pulverize the removed trees and brush from both Profile Gap Road and within the community of Edwardsburg and Big Creek. The benefit of chipping is the ability to spread the materials over a large area which decreases the fuel loading. Chippers are still parked on the Profile Gap Road, making travel difficult for even the firefighters working in the area. For this reason, the road does remain closed despite the diminished fire threat along Profile Creek.

Evacuation Status: Level 1 evacuations are still in place for Edwardsburg/Big Creek, primarily due to the work taking place along the principal access route into the community. To the north, the road is passable with high-clearance vehicles, UTVs, and motorcycles; trailers are not recommended. Anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface should take time to consider what they would take in the event they did need to evacuate. The Ready, Set, Go Program (www.wildlandfirersg.org) has helpful tips for preparation.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb. The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed.

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.
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Level 1 – READY Evacuation Order Issued for Edwardsburg/Big Creek Area

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 430pm

A Level 1 – A Ready evacuation order has been issued for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area by Valley County Sheriff, Patti Bolen. This order is in effect until further notice.

This Level 1 – Ready evacuation order is a result of significant fire activity on the Missouri Fire located between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg. The fire was actively burning yesterday, and is expected to have a continued active fire behavior.

Visit this link for all evacuation levels issued by Valley County:
http://www.co.valley.id.us/departments/sheriffs-office/valley-county-sheriff-evacutaion-policy/
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Recreational access in Big Creek and Edwardsburg

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 2pm

Recreational access to the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area is not closed at this time, however; due to fire activity we strongly suggest that you choose an alternate location for recreational activities. An alternate entry into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is through Thunder Mountain. The Payette National Forest has many great locations for camping, hiking, fishing, etc.

The closure of the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is indefinite, but will open as soon as it is possible. If planning for an alternate route to Big Creek area, be aware that Valley County is warning that due to road damage from winter and spring storms, the Warren-Profile Gap road from Warren to the South Fork is not capable of handling large trucks or vehicles towing trailer. This route comes over Elk Summit into Big Creek. If you choose to take this route be cautious of increased two-way traffic on this narrow, winding dirt road.

Access to Yellow Pine is fully open, and we do not expect traffic to be impacted. Please be drive cautiously as fire vehicles are operating in the area.

Warning sign for Backcountry Travelers

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USDA Forest Service Region 4 Payette Fire Information Update

Contact: Brian Harris 208-634-6945
July 27, 2017 PM Update

McCall, Idaho – Five new wildfires have been reported over the past few days within the Payette Interagency Dispatch area. Two of these wildfires are human caused.

Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association responded this afternoon to an abandoned campfire 1.5 mile east of Cascade along the Warm Lake Road. Resources remain on seen to ensure the fire is out.

The 17 acre Kleinschmidt Fire is human caused and located along the Kleinschmidt grade, approximately ½ mile east of the Snake River – Council Ranger District. This wildfire is contained at this time and fire personnel remain on scene to continue to work on hot spots, and mop-up the interior of the containment lines.

Two lightning caused wildfires were ignited in the Edwardsburg area. The Logan Creek Fire is located 1 mile east of Profile Peak, and the Coin Fire is located 1 mile east of Profile Gap. The Coin Fire is within the wilderness, but together with the Logan Creek Fire and as both potentially threatened Edwardsburg, they were managed under full suppression strategies with the objective to prevent the wildfires from reaching Edwardsburg. Both of these wildfires were held to .10 of an acre and are controlled – the Coin Fire has also been declared out. The Rooster Creek Fire is located just east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob and within the wilderness area. This wildfire is being managed under a natural resource strategy, however; no smoke has been visible for the remainder of today.

Interagency fire managers would like to remind people to be careful with fire. Burn permits are required for burning on private lands every year from May 10 through October 20. This time period has been designated as the closed season for fires in the state of Idaho. During the closed season, it is unlawful for any person to set, or cause to be set, a fire without first having obtained a Burn Permit. State of Idaho Burn Permits may be obtained from the local protective district fire warden, or from the State of Idaho Burn Permit website. Campfires, unless specifically prohibited during periods of critical fire danger, may be set without a Burn Permit. For more information, please visit this page: http://www.sitpa.org/burn-permits-fqs.html For burn permits, visit the page: http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/Home.aspx

Fire Restrictions: There are currently no campfire restrictions with the Payette Fire Restrictions zones with includes National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands, and private lands.

Missouri Fire: Fire activity on the Missouri Fire on the Payette National Forest continues to be low, with no notable growth of the fire. This wildfire is both inside and outside of the wilderness and is being managed under multiple strategies. The parts of the wildfire that could threaten the communities of Edwardsburg and Yellow Pine are managed under a suppression strategy, while the remaining part of the wildfire is under a natural resource benefit strategy. For more information of this wildfire visit InciWeb at http://www.co.valley.id.us/departments/sheriffs-office/valley-county-sheriff-evacutaion-policy/

Payette National Forest:

Council Ranger District:

* Kleinschmidt Fire: (27 acres) Started July 26. Located along the Kleinschmidt Grade, ½ mile east of the Snake River. This wildfire is contained at this time, and fire personnel remain on scene to continue to work on hot spots, and mop-up the interior of the containment lines.

McCall Ranger District:

* Rooster Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Started July 25 by lightning. These wildfire is ½ mile east of he South Fork of the Salmon River and northeast of Smith Knob. No visible smoke was seen from this wildfire today. This will be the last report on this wildfire.

Krassel Ranger District:

* Logan Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Started July 26 by lightning. The Logan Creek Fire is located 1 mile east of Profile Peak outside the wilderness area. This wildfire was managed under a full suppression strategy due to its potential threat to Edwardsburg. The wildfire is controlled at this time.

* Coin Fire: (.10 acres) Started July 25 by lightning. The Coin Fire is located within the wilderness area, but due to its potential threat to Edwardsburg is being managed under a full suppression strategy. The fire is controlled and declared out at this time. The Coin Fire is located 1 mile east of Profile Gap

* Missouri Fire: (1277 acres) Started July 15 by lightning. Located 8 miles northeast of Yellow Pine along the Warren-Profile Gap Road. No significant fire growth today. A Level 1 READY evacuation has been put in place by Valley County for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area. A road closure is in effect for the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg. Visit this link for more information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

* Lemhi Fire: (27 acres) Lightning caused and reported 7/16, within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Located 3.5 miles downstream of Campbell’s Ferry. This wildfire is managed under a natural resource benefit strategy and is currently staffed with two firefighters.

Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association:

* Far South: (abandoned campfire) Human caused.. Located 1.5 miles east of Cascaded along the Warm Lake road. This fire is contained and being monitored by personnel on scene.

Bureau Of Land Management: No new fires reported.

Idaho Department Of Lands: No new fires reported.

Members of the public that wish to receive Daily Fire Updates are encouraged to self-subscribe by clicking this link: https://goo.gl/R2fDJr It only take a minute to subscribe, and updates are delivered via email or via text to your smart phone.

The Fire Information Hotline 208-634-0820 is updated with new information as it becomes available. Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. To find out about other fires not listed here go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov or http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com.

Payette Wilderness Fires
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/

Screen shot of Logan / Coin Mountains from Inciweb
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 7/27/2017, 9:52:33 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho

Total Personnel 15
Size 540 Acres
Planned Actions Actively monitor and point protection.

Thunderstorm activity moved through the area last night and started several fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The largest of these fires, the Ibex Fire, was detected at approximately 3:45 PM on July 24, 2017, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir on the Middle Fork Ranger District. A patrol flight on July 25, estimated fire size at 540 acres. The Ibex Fire is staffed with ten firefighters, one helicopter, while also being monitored by area lookouts and air patrols. “We had several starts generated from the storm that moved over the Wilderness Area late afternoon on Monday,” stated Chuck Mark, Forest Supervisor, “It’s the time of year when we can expect these fires to occur in the dry subalpine, dense, and remote forest we have on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.”

Smoke is being experienced in the surrounding areas and valleys of Challis and Salmon from fires in the region. Continued hot and dry weather with scattered thunderstorms is expected over the next few days.

Updates and information will be provided when significant changes have occurred on the Ibex Fire.

IR Map of Ibex Fire on July 27, 2017 (PDF)

Click to access 2017_07_27-10.09.56.761-CDT.pdf

Ibex Fire July 25

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Craig Mountain Complex

Idaho Department of Lands

Current as of 7/27/2017, 6:59:35 PM
Date of Origin Saturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 10:00 AM
Location Powerline fire location: Between Cottonwood Creek and Deer Creek,SSW of Winchester, ID. Corral Creek fire is between China Garden Creek and the Snake River.

Total Personnel 91
Size 50,395 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 95%

Craig Mountain Complex Update – July 27, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5376/36990/

Craig Mountain Complex Map – July 27, 2017

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5376/
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Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update

July 28, 2017

Lagoon Fire

Located two miles west of Shoshone
Size: estimated 1,412 acres
Contain: 70% contained, full containment set for 7/28/2017, 8 p.m.
Control: 7/30/2017, 8 p.m.
Resources: ten engines, one Sawtooth National Forest initial attack crew, one hotshot crew, four handcrews, three dozers, six overhead, one air attack, one camp crew, one water tender
Fuel type: grass, brush
Fire behavior: smoldering
Structures: a lumberyard and one outbuilding were burned by the fire.
Cause: lightning

The fire held through the night with minimal activity. Crews are continuing to mop up hot spots and improve containment lines.

Lagoon Fire

Lumberyard, outbuilding burn in Lagoon Fire
http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/lumberyard-outbuilding-burn-in-lagoon-fire/459917391
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Martin Canyon Fire

Located three miles east of Bellevue
Size: 4,024 acres
Contain: 7/26/2017, 6 p.m.
Control: 7/30/2017, 6 p.m.
Resources: two Twin Falls District BLM engines, one Sawtooth National Forest engines, one type two hand crews, one type one hand crews, one camp crew, four overhead
Fuel type: grass, mountain shrub, Douglas fir, aspen
Fire behavior: smoldering
Structures threatened: no

Closures

Muldoon Canyon is closed to recreation and camping
Cause: human – target shooting

Access to the Muldoon Canyon Road is being restricted and the area is closed to recreation and camping. Please do your part to prevent human caused wildfires by restricting target practice to within approved ranges and remember to always clear the area around your target before taking aim.

For More Information, Kelsey Brizendine, Fire Information and Prevention Officer, kbrizendine@blm.gov 208-308-5991

Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 7/25/2017, 3:58:47 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident Commander Wimer

Current Situation
Total Personnel 12
Size 862 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Fire Update – July 24
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/36871/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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PNF Evening Fire Update 7/27/2017

USDA Forest Service Region 4 Payette Fire Information Update

Contact: Brian Harris 208-634-6945
July 27, 2017 PM Update

McCall, Idaho – Five new wildfires have been reported over the past few days within the Payette Interagency Dispatch area. Two of these wildfires are human caused.

Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association responded this afternoon to an abandoned campfire 1.5 mile east of Cascade along the Warm Lake Road. Resources remain on seen to ensure the fire is out.

The 17 acre Kleinschmidt Fire is human caused and located along the Kleinschmidt grade, approximately ½ mile east of the Snake River – Council Ranger District. This wildfire is contained at this time and fire personnel remain on scene to continue to work on hot spots, and mop-up the interior of the containment lines.

Two lightning caused wildfires were ignited in the Edwardsburg area. The Logan Creek Fire is located 1 mile east of Profile Peak, and the Coin Fire is located 1 mile east of Profile Gap. The Coin Fire is within the wilderness, but together with the Logan Creek Fire and as both potentially threatened Edwardsburg, they were managed under full suppression strategies with the objective to prevent the wildfires from reaching Edwardsburg. Both of these wildfires were held to .10 of an acre and are controlled – the Coin Fire has also been declared out. The Rooster Creek Fire is located just east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob and within the wilderness area. This wildfire is being managed under a natural resource strategy, however; no smoke has been visible for the remainder of today.

Interagency fire managers would like to remind people to be careful with fire. Burn permits are required for burning on private lands every year from May 10 through October 20. This time period has been designated as the closed season for fires in the state of Idaho. During the closed season, it is unlawful for any person to set, or cause to be set, a fire without first having obtained a Burn Permit. State of Idaho Burn Permits may be obtained from the local protective district fire warden, or from the State of Idaho Burn Permit website. Campfires, unless specifically prohibited during periods of critical fire danger, may be set without a Burn Permit.
For more information, please visit this page: http://www.sitpa.org/burn-permits-fqs.html
For burn permits, visit the page: http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/Home.aspx

Fire Restrictions: There are currently no campfire restrictions with the Payette Fire Restrictions zones with includes National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands, and private lands.

Missouri Fire: Fire activity on the Missouri Fire on the Payette National Forest continues to be low, with no notable growth of the fire. This wildfire is both inside and outside of the wilderness and is being managed under multiple strategies. The parts of the wildfire that could threaten the communities of Edwardsburg and Yellow Pine are managed under a suppression strategy, while the remaining part of the wildfire is under a natural resource benefit strategy. For more information of this wildfire visit InciWeb at http://www.co.valley.id.us/departments/sheriffs-office/valley-county-sheriff-evacutaion-policy/

Payette National Forest:

Council Ranger District:

* Kleinschmidt Fire: (27 acres) Started July 26. Located along the Kleinschmidt Grade, ½ mile east of the Snake River. This wildfire is contained at this time, and fire personnel remain on scene to continue to work on hot spots, and mop-up the interior of the containment lines.

McCall Ranger District:

* Rooster Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Started July 25 by lightning. These wildfire is ½ mile east of he South Fork of the Salmon River and northeast of Smith Knob. No visible smoke was seen from this wildfire today. This will be the last report on this wildfire.

Krassel Ranger District:

* Logan Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Started July 26 by lightning. The Logan Creek Fire is located 1 mile east of Profile Peak outside the wilderness area. This wildfire was managed under a full suppression strategy due to its potential threat to Edwardsburg. The wildfire is controlled at this time.

* Coin Fire: (.10 acres) Started July 25 by lightning. The Coin Fire is located within the wilderness area, but due to its potential threat to Edwardsburg is being managed under a full suppression strategy. The fire is controlled and declared out at this time. The Coin Fire is located 1 mile east of Profile Gap

* Missouri Fire: (1277 acres) Started July 15 by lightning. Located 8 miles northeast of Yellow Pine along the Warren-Profile Gap Road. No significant fire growth today. A Level 1 READY evacuation has been put in place by Valley County for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area. A road closure is in effect for the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg.

Visit this link for more information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

* Lemhi Fire: (27 acres) Lightning caused and reported 7/16, within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Located 3.5 miles downstream of Campbell’s Ferry. This wildfire is managed under a natural resource benefit strategy and is currently staffed with two firefighters.

Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association:

* Far South: (abandoned campfire) Human caused.. Located 1.5 miles east of Cascaded along the Warm Lake road. This fire is contained and being monitored by personnel on scene.

Bureau Of Land Management: No new fires reported.

Idaho Department Of Lands: No new fires reported.

Members of the public that wish to receive Daily Fire Updates are encouraged to self-subscribe by clicking this link: https://goo.gl/R2fDJr It only take a minute to subscribe, and updates are delivered via email or via text to your smart phone.

The Fire Information Hotline 208-634-0820 is updated with new information as it becomes available. Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest.

To find out about other fires not listed here go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov or http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com.

Fire Update 7/27/2017

**Note**

Roads:

South Fork of the Salmon River Road will be Closed July 29 from 730am to 230pm in support of the annual 4 Summit Challenge bicycle event. The event route includes the South Fork Road from the turn-off at Warm Lake highway in the Boise National Forest to the Reed Ranch airstrip/campground in the Payette National Forest. Road closures will be signed and staffed at both ends of the closure. Penny Springs, Poverty Flat and 4 Mile campgrounds will be impacted by the road closure, but will remain open for camping – motorized vehicles will not be able to exit the campgrounds during the closure to ensure the safety of cyclists and motorists. Alternate routes to reach or depart from the Yellow Pine area are Johnson Creek or Lick Creek roads. For more information please contact Brian Harris: 208-634-0784
source:

Profile Road is still closed to the public. Level 1 Evacuation Ordered for Big Creek/Edwardsburg (see below)

Access to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. Watch out for fire traffic on Johnson Creek Road from the Cox Ranch to YP and from YP on the Stibnite Road to the turn off to Profile Creek Road. The Profile Creek Road is closed at the junction to Big Creek/Edwardsburg.
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 82 degrees, we received 0.07″ of rain between 1245pm and 2pm with gusty winds and thunder. Lightning strike map showed a couple hits on Johnson Creek ridge. Didn’t notice any smoke during the night and good air quality this morning. Overnight low of 51 degrees, mostly cloudy this morning, but starting to clear off.
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Updated Road Report posted 7/26:
https://yellowpinetimes.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/road-reports-july-26/

Map of fire 7/24/2017 from InciWeb (no growth):
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Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

July 25 Weather Balloon Launch

Missouri Fire at InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/


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Missouri Fire

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Contact Fire Information: 208.634.0820
PayetteFireInformation@gmail.com
http://www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

Start Date: July 15
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 312
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 31%

Isolated thunderstorms with measurable precipitation once again occurred over the region yesterday. The afternoon high temperatures were only in the low 70s, with relative humidity in the 40s. Wind gusts reached 10 – 15 miles per hour. Today’s weather will be similar to yesterday’s. Isolated thunderstorms are possible again through the afternoon, with scattered storms continuing into the evening. Temperatures will be lower than yesterday and relative humidity will be higher.

The fire size has remained at 1,277 acres for the past three days. Fire activity has been limited to interior portions of the fire. While growth has stalled, the fire is not fully contained. It continues to smolder in heavy down fuels. As the weather heats up again, the fuels will dry out and become more susceptible to additional growth. The recent lightning bust has thus far started two new, small fires, both of which are being suppressed by Payette National Forest fire resources.

Firefighters continue to work along the Warren-Profile Gap Road, removing trees and brush both to make the road more defendable should the fire move to the north and west again, and also to make the road more passable by large firefighting equipment. Crews are working with chippers to pulverize the removed trees and brush. The benefit of chipping is that crews have the ability to spread the materials over a large area which decreases the fuel load. The alternative would be to create piles of slash that could then become additional fire hazards in the future. These chippers are parked on the Warren-Profile Gap, making travel difficult for even the firefighters working in the area. For this reason, the road does remain closed despite the diminished fire threat along Profile Creek.

Evacuation Status: Valley County has issued Level 1 evacuations for Edwardsburg/Big Creek, primarily due to the active fire along the principal access route into the community. To the north, the road is passable with high-clearance vehicles, UTVs, and motorcycles; trailers are not recommended. Anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface should take time to consider what they would take in the event they did need to evacuate. The Ready, Set, Go Program (www.wildlandfirersg.org) has helpful tips for preparation.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb. The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed.

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.
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Level 1 – READY Evacuation Order Issued for Edwardsburg/Big Creek Area

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 430pm

A Level 1 – A Ready evacuation order has been issued for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area by Valley County Sheriff, Patti Bolen. This order is in effect until further notice.

This Level 1 – Ready evacuation order is a result of significant fire activity on the Missouri Fire located between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg. The fire was actively burning yesterday, and is expected to have a continued active fire behavior.

Visit this link for all evacuation levels issued by Valley County:
http://www.co.valley.id.us/departments/sheriffs-office/valley-county-sheriff-evacutaion-policy/
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Recreational access in Big Creek and Edwardsburg

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 2pm

Recreational access to the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area is not closed at this time, however; due to fire activity we strongly suggest that you choose an alternate location for recreational activities. An alternate entry into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is through Thunder Mountain. The Payette National Forest has many great locations for camping, hiking, fishing, etc.

The closure of the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is indefinite, but will open as soon as it is possible. If planning for an alternate route to Big Creek area, be aware that Valley County is warning that due to road damage from winter and spring storms, the Warren-Profile Gap road from Warren to the South Fork is not capable of handling large trucks or vehicles towing trailer. This route comes over Elk Summit into Big Creek. If you choose to take this route be cautious of increased two-way traffic on this narrow, winding dirt road.

Access to Yellow Pine is fully open, and we do not expect traffic to be impacted. Please be drive cautiously as fire vehicles are operating in the area.

Warning sign for Backcountry Travelers

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Payette Wilderness Fires

Current as of 7/19/2017, 4:44:08 PM

The Payette National [Forest] Idaho Department of Lands > currently has 4 wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are in a monitor status with no notable fire activity.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. No smoke showing currently. In monitor status.

Marble Mountain Fire: (3 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 2 miles southeast of Edwardsburg. Smokejumpers responded to this fire to aggressively prevent it from growing larger and spreading towards Edwardsburg. The fire was declared control and out on July 18.

Rocky Point Fire: (.10 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 10 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 2 mile south of the Salmon River. No smoke is showing on this fire currently, and it is in a monitor status.

Lemhi Fire: (25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell’s Ferry. No growth reports – no fire growth – no smoke currently showing. Fire is in monitor status.

For up to date information, please contact the Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 7/27/2017, 9:52:33 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho

Total Personnel 15
Size 540 Acres
Planned Actions Actively monitor and point protection.

Thunderstorm activity moved through the area last night and started several fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The largest of these fires, the Ibex Fire, was detected at approximately 3:45 PM on July 24, 2017, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir on the Middle Fork Ranger District. A patrol flight on July 25, estimated fire size at 540 acres. The Ibex Fire is staffed with ten firefighters, one helicopter, while also being monitored by area lookouts and air patrols. “We had several starts generated from the storm that moved over the Wilderness Area late afternoon on Monday,” stated Chuck Mark, Forest Supervisor, “It’s the time of year when we can expect these fires to occur in the dry subalpine, dense, and remote forest we have on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.”

Smoke is being experienced in the surrounding areas and valleys of Challis and Salmon from fires in the region. Continued hot and dry weather with scattered thunderstorms is expected over the next few days.

Updates and information will be provided when significant changes have occurred on the Ibex Fire.

IR Map of Ibex Fire on July 27, 2017 (PDF)

Ibex Fire July 25

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Craig Mountain Complex

Idaho Department of Lands

Current as of 7/26/2017, 9:38:57 AM
Date of Origin Saturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 10:00 AM
Location Powerline fire location: Between Cottonwood Creek and Deer Creek,SSW of Winchester, ID. Corral Creek fire is between China Garden Creek and the Snake River.

Total Personnel 211
Size 49,395 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 95%

Craig Mountain Fire Update – July 26, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5376/36940/

Craig Mountain Complex Map – July 25, 2017

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5376/
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Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update

July 26, 2017

Lagoon Fire

Located two miles west of Shoshone
Size: estimated 700 acres
Contain: undetermined
Control: undetermined
Resources: Notch Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association, five Twin Falls District BLM engines, one Sawtooth National Forest hand crew, one dozer, three overhead, one air attack, several air resources
Fuel type: grass, brush
Fire behavior: moderate
Structures threatened: yes
Cause: undetermined

The Lagoon Fire was reported last night around midnight. Resources worked through the night, fighting the blaze. Rocky terrain, difficult access and approaching thunderstorms are causing challenging conditions for fire fighters. Additional air and ground resources have been ordered.

Lagoon Fire

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Martin Canyon Fire

Located three miles east of Bellevue
Size: estimated 4,072 acres
Contain: estimated 7/26/2017, 6 p.m.
Control: estimated 7/28/2017, 6 p.m.
Resources: four Twin Falls District BLM engines, two Sawtooth National Forest engines, three dozers, one water tender, four type two hand crews, four type one hand crews, one camp crew, eight overhead, one air attack, four single engine air tankers, three helicopters, two scooper planes
Fuel type: grass, mountain shrub, Douglas fir, aspen
Fire behavior: moderate
Structures threatened: no immediate threat but structures in the area

Closures:

* Muldoon Canyon Road from the entrance of EE-da-ho Ranch to Muldoon
* Muldoon Canyon Road from the Little Wood Reservoir Dam to Muldoon
* Muldoon Canyon is closed to recreation and camping

Cause: human – target shooting

Access to the Muldoon Canyon Road is being restricted and the area is closed to recreation and camping. Please do your part to prevent human caused wildfires by restricting target practice to within approved ranges and remember to always clear the area around your target before taking aim.
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Antelope Valley (Final update)

Located eight miles south west of Murtaugh
Size: 68 acres
Contain: 7/25/2017, 7 p.m.
Control: 7/26/2017, 7 p.m.
Resources: two engines
Fuel type: grass, brush
Fire behavior: moderate
Structures threatened: no
Cause: undetermined

For More Information, Kelsey Brizendine, Fire Information and Prevention Officer, kbrizendine@blm.gov 208-308-5991

Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 7/25/2017, 3:58:47 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident Commander Wimer

Current Situation
Total Personnel 12
Size 862 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Fire Update – July 24
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/36871/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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