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.


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.


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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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:
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lagoon Fire contained Friday night

KTVB July 29, 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Public Lands:

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


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
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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:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third Week of July, 2017
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Wolf Education International

Forth week of July 2017

Idaho proposes wolf baiting; mulls bounty on problem wolves

Mexican wolf advocates make final push against recovery plan

More hunting dogs are being killed by wolves in Wisconsin

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.

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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”!

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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
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

* Hooking Mortality Study Under Way On Cowlitz River, Information Could Help Manage Basin Sports Fisheries

* 2017 Snake River Sockeye Return To Lower Snake Dams Nearly Complete, Passage Numbers Low Compared To 10-Year Average

* Fall Fishing Opens To Lower Than Usual Fall Chinook, Coho Returns; Season Includes Rolling Steelhead Closures

* Bill To Expedite Sea Lion Removal Clears House Natural Resources Committee, Heads To Floor

* Study: Environmental DNA Could Help With Accuracy Of Matching Salmonid Species With Redds

* Nez Perce Leader Casey Mitchell Sworn In As CRITFC’s New Chairman

* To Date Montana Has Intercepted Nine Boats With Invasive Mussels; In 330 Samples, No Detections

* Montana FWP Recommending Commission Approve Conservation Easement Purchase For Whitefish Watershed Plan

* What To Do About Priest Lake Fishery: Lake Trout? Kokanee? Both? IDFG Wants Anglers’ Views

* Science Commentary Identifies Incentives To ‘Open Black Box Of Peer Review’ Of Published Research

* National Academies Report: Electric Grid Vulnerable To Natural Disasters, Attacks; Actions Needed To Improve Resiliency

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:
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F&G News Releases


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.”

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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.


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