Fire Update 8/7/2017

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Smoke is impacting much of Idaho. The public can monitor smoke at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/

Smoky conditions expected to continue this week across the Pacific NW from British Columbia wildfires. Possible improvement next weekend. Stay tuned! Credit: NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“The reason it’s so smoky is that the clockwise circulation around the huge high pressure system has been pulling smoke from the wildfires in Canada and Montana. We’re also getting some of that bad air from Washington as well as the 2017 fire season in the West may be one of the worst in recorded history.”
http://www.cdapress.com/article/20170807/ARTICLE/170809855
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to be implemented in Treasure Valley and West Central Mountains

BOISE, Idaho – August 7, 2017

With the threat of wildfire danger increasing throughout southwest Idaho, local wildland fire management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective August 11, 2017 beginning at 12:01 a.m. They will remain in effect until further notice. These restrictions are intended to decrease the chance of any preventable fires in the designated areas.

Stage 1 restrictions prohibit fires, campfires, or camp stoves in areas other than designated recreation sites with approved fire structures. Stage 1 also prohibits smoking in open areas except when stopped in sites that are free of flammable materials with a radius of at least 3 feet of barren soil or in developed recreation sites.

The identified areas going into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions include private and public lands protected by the Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment Lands within:

* Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley and Washington counties

* Within Washington County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Mann Creek Reservoir

* Within Valley County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade

* Within Elmore and Boise counties, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch reservoirs

For a map of the Treasure Valley and West Central Mountain Zones, visit:
Idaho Fire Information http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

Treasure Valley Fire Restrictions Zone – All of Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette and Washington counties. Portions of Boise County including the administrative boundary of Lucky Peak Lake to Arrowrock Dam, south shore of Arrowrock Reservoir and that portion of Elmore County that lies south of the South Fork Boise River to Anderson Ranch Dam, south along Anderson Dam Road (FS Rd 134) to Highway 20, east on Highway 20 to the Elmore/Gooding County line south to Interstate 84. The Treasure Valley Restriction area is bounded by the Idaho/Oregon boundary to Oreana then follows the Bachman Grade to Triangle and continues east-northeast of the Owyhee Front to the Bruneau River. The northern boundary begins near Weiser, Idaho and follows Highway 95 to Indian Valley, then generally follows the Little Weiser River to the Payette and Boise National Forest boundary lines.

West Central Mountains Fire Restrictions Zone – Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment Lands within Elmore County, Boise County, and Valley County to include all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade. From the point where the Boise National Forest boundary intersects State Highway 20 near Dixie following the Boise National Forest boundary west and north along the ridge of the Danskin to Boise Front foothills and extending north encompassing the Idaho Department of Lands to its intersection back with the Boise National Forest boundary near Sagehen Reservoir. The far northern boundary includes all Boise National Forest lands, excluding the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All lands north of Sagehen Reservoir including Tripod Mountain and West Mountain within the North Fork Payette River drainage north to near Tamarack Resort.

With the fire season well underway, these restrictions are intended to keep visitors to public lands safe as well as preventing unwanted human-caused wildland fire. If you are planning a visit to public lands in these areas, please visit the following link for current fire restrictions:

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html
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Missouri Fire

8/7/2017, 2:59:08 PM

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

Start Date: July 15
Incident Commander Eddie Taylor/
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 52
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

The Missouri Fire has not been active for a 2 week timeframe. The portion that is within the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness is being managed under a strategy of wildfire for resource benefit. The portion outside of the wilderness area is being monitored.

The Krassel airstrip remained closed for a few more days.

The Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is now open to the public, but motorists are advised to watch for fire equipment and dump trucks in the area. Some delays may occurs as equipment is in the area. Valley County has lifted the Level 1 -Ready Evacuation Order for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area. The area closure that was implemented by the Forest has been lifted.

This lightning-caused fire started on the Missouri Ridge on July 15. Firefighting resources quickly responded with ground crews and fire aviation equipment.

General: Current north to northwest winds are being experienced across the Forest – the result is that fire spread will be in a southeasterly direction. Smoke is abundant across the Forest and mainly coming from wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Canada. Visit these sites for more information on smoke: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/ and https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.html

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/7/2017, 3:48:54 PM

The Payette National currently has 7 wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are being managed with a strategy to enhance natural resource benefits. The Highline fire is very active, while the other wildfires have shown low to no fire activity over the past few days.

General: Current north to northwest winds are being experienced across the Forest – the result is that fire spread will be in a southeasterly direction. Smoke is abundant across the Forest and mainly coming from wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Canada. Visit these sites for more information on smoke: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/ and https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.html

See map of wilderness fires in the map section.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDPAF/2017-07-19-1731-Payette-Wilderness-Fires/picts/2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

Highline Fire: (3,664 acres) Fire managers have closed the Chamberlain airstrip due to the fire approaching this area. The fire is currently burning in the Stonebraker Ranch area. Point Protection of values at risk is taking place now. See fire perimeter map in the map section. Lightning caused and reported on July 29. Located just 1.5 miles north of Chamberlain Basin. Very active fire behavior observed August 6th. Fire spread has been to the south and southeast as winds are from the north and northwest. Very active fire growth is expected over the next week.

Chamberlain Airstrip Closed due the Approaching Highline Fire

At 1430, Monday August 7, 2017 Forest Service officials closed the Chamberlain airstrip due to the approaching Highline Fire. The fire is currently 1.5 miles to the north of the airstrip and burning in a southerly directions. The airstrip will remain closed until further notice.

Highline Fire Map August 7, 2017

Magpie Fire: (.10 acres) Lightening caused and reported on July 28. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 28. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status with no visible smoke showing.

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 visible smoke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (28 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. This fire has been declared out.

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 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. This fire is in a monitor status.

Pueblo Fire: This fire has been contained as of August 3rd at 6:15p.m. Full demobilization of resources has taken place. This fire was not within the wilderness and did not have an InciWeb page. The Pueblo Fire is located just outside the wilderness approximately 6 miles north of Big Creek/Edwardsburg near Pueblo Summit and east of the Mosquito Ridge. The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area has been lifted, but a NOTAM has been issued to notify pilots that firefighting aviation assets are working in the area. Big Creek airstrip is open, but caution is advised. A suppression (contain and confine) strategy was used on the Pueblo Fire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area.

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/7/2017, 10:05:02 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human And Is Currently Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location On the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Incident Description Fire Is Located East Of The Middle Fork Of The Salmon River In Steep, Rocky, And Inaccessible Terrain.
Total Personnel 24
Size 1,230 Acres

Tappan Fire August 6, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/37610/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5458/
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/7/2017, 10:04:33 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 26
Size 4,646 Acres

Ibex Fire August 6, 2017 Update

Smoke from the Ibex and other fires in the region is impacting Challis and surrounding areas. A smoke sensor is now located in Challis. The public can monitor this sensor at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/. Over the last several days, there has been a north to northwest weather influence, causing smoke to filter into Salmon and the surrounding areas from fires in not only Idaho but also Montana, Washington, and Canada.

The lightning caused 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 and lodgepole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Staffing includes 26 personnel and one helicopter. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols.

Estimated size of the fire is 4,646 acres. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, and Ibex Creeks. The fire was most active in Rush Creek within the southeast portion of the fire, with some growth to the north. On the northeast portion of the fire, the fire is burning up to the 2007 Showerbath Fire. In the next two to three days, fire managers anticipate continued growth to the northwest, with fire backing down the Cottonwood drainage, and for the fire to follow available fuels to the southeast.

An Emergency Trail and Road Closure is in place, which is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Ibex Fire. Closure information and a map is on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/37446/.

Weather outlook for both the Ibex fire calls for a series of waves or weak systems to bring isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms to the area Monday through much of this week. Expect cooler temperatures and higher humidity from these systems.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/7/2017, 9:51:42 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 12:30 PM
Location Gospel Hump Wilderness – 5 mi SW of Square Mountain Historical LO
Incident Commander Irv Leach, Northern Rockies Type 2 IMT
Total Personnel 229
Size 5,431 Acres

Hanover Fire Daily Update August 7, 2017

A public meeting is planned for Monday, August 7, at 7 p.m. at the Grangeville Senior Center, 108 Grangeville Truck Route.

Fire Update: On Sunday firefighters continued to construct fire line to keep the fire east of RD 221, south of RD 444 and north of the Salmon River. Helicopters were limited because of heavy smoke, but did make water drops when visibility conditions permitted later in the day. Two heavy equipment task forces built fuel breaks along RD 394 while equipment and hand crews built fuel breaks along RD 643 and RD 394. Structure protection measures have been put in place in the historic Florence district. Firefighters constructed fireline from the Salmon River to a dozer line coming from RD 394.

On Monday, heavy equipment task forces and hand crews will continue building fuel breaks along RD’s 394, 643 and 221. A fuel break is being built along RD 643 from RD 9924 to RD 394. As visibility permits, helicopters will provide water drops. Firefighters will build a dozer line from RD 394 to Scott Saddle trail and then down to the Salmon River. The northwest flank of the fire will be scouted for potential contingency lines.

continued: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/37637/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Rattlesnake Point Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/7/2017, 11:51:56 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural

Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 2,644 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – Aug 7

The Rattlesnake Point fire on the north side of the Salmon River between Rattlesnake Creek and Nixon Creek is now 2,514 acres, with the majority of the growth to the northeast. The fire has spotted northeast along Bear Creek and east of Bear Creek along the ridge above. There is also a 5-acre spot east of Nixon Creek.

Visitors recreating on the Magruder Road and the Salmon River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area of Bargamin Creek drainage. An area closure is in effect.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5442/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/7/2017, 11:45:39 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Below Lone Pine Point in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
Incident Commander Type 4 IC
Size 4,867 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 7

The Lone Pine fire grew to 4,867 acres with most growth to the northwest up Meeker Ridge. The fire continues to fill in on all sides and was active in Grizzly Saddle on the south side of the Selway River. Also in the vicinity is the Mink Peak fire (642 acres), growing into Pack Creek to the southeast. The Lone Pine and Mink Peak fires will likely merge. Smoke will impact the Selway River corridor.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Hidden Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/7/2017, 11:48:51 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Brandon Cichowski, Powell RD
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,815 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 6

New mapping on the Hidden fire shows it at [2,815 Acres 8/7]. Fire activity was moderated Saturday due to dense smoke over the fire area for most of the day. The fire has reached Frog Lake on the southeastern edge of the fire. It remains one-half mile from Hidden Lake but is expected reach the lake in the next several days. Trail closures remain in effect. Smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula valleys.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/7/2017, 11:42:29 AM
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
Total Personnel 12
Size 6,449 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 7 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update

The Moose Creek 1 fire grew to 6,449 acres with the majority of the growth being up Whistling Pig Creek drainage and north toward East Moose Creek. Minimal growth also occurred on the north slope above Dog Creek. Crews will conduct burnout operations below Shissler Lookout today. The Halfway, Meeker and Three Links bridges have been wrapped and have pumps and hose in place for their protection. Structure protection remains in place on the Shissler lookout. Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area and use extreme caution as trees are currently falling in and around the river.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/6/2017, 9:42:42 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Total Personnel 14
Size 996 Acres

Steep, rugged terrain is challenging; presenting multiple safety concerns for firefighters. The fire is burning in a remote location within the Salmo Priest Wilderness where access is very limited. The fire is burning in very large trees on a steep slope. As the fire burns, trees are falling and sliding down slope. The fire is currently creeping and backing down hill.

Fire managers are considering several variables and evaluating the fire from both air and ground. It has been determined that firefighters cannot safely engage the fire due to remoteness, rugged terrain, heavy fuels, snags, lack of helicopter landing spots, escape routes and safety zones.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5343/
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Powerline Fire

Idaho Falls District

Current as of 8/6/2017, 10:14:39 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human-caused, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Friday August 04th, 2017 approx. 08:30 PM
Location Origin of fire, 20 miles south west of Pocatello, ID
Incident Commander O’Donnell
Total Personnel 301
Size 51,050 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 25%

Powerline Fire Update – August 7, 2017 – morning update

An infrared flight mapped the fire last night estimating the size at 51,050 acres with 25% contained. An infrared flight detects the heat on the ground and maps intense and scattered heat. This assists fire resources in establishing their tactics for fire suppression.

The dozer line on the west side of the fire west of the Arbon Valley Highway is holding well. Crews will continue to secure the line and mop up hot spots.

The dozer line built yesterday on the north portion of the fire from Arbon Valley Highway east to Michaud Creek Road was successful and crews will continue to secure unburned fuel between the dozer line and the perimeter and mop up hot spots.

Fire has moved onto the National Forest on the east perimeter and is holding up in the pinyon and juniper trees at this time. The fuel moisture is much higher in this portion of the fire. Crews are scouting the area today for existing trails and roads to use to secure the fire on this edge.

The southern edge between Arbon Valley Highway and Mink Creek Road is the most active portion of the fire as it threatened the community of Pauline yesterday. Crews are actively working to secure unburned fuel within the perimeter of the fire and mop up heat close to the structures in the community.

Fire managers are working with the Power Companies to replace downed and damaged power poles and restore power to the affected communities.

continued: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5467/37641/

Fire Map August 7

Photo 08/07

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5467/
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Lava Flow Fire

Idaho Falls District

Current as of 8/5/2017, 8:19:52 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning Strike Hold-over
Date of Origin Wednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location Seven miles South of Atomic City, Idaho
Incident Commander Cory Berkebile
Total Personnel 129
Size 24,500 Acres.

Lava Flow Fire Update 8/5

Summary: There is minimal fire activity this morning. There is still vegetation interior to the fire perimeter burning, but there is a low probability of fire growth. Firefighters will continue to secure and mop up the fire perimeter.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5460/
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Mammoth fire

Twin Falls District BLM

August 7, 2017

Located: 7 miles north of Shoshone
Size: estimated 50,182 acres
Contain: estimated 8/7/2017 at 8 p.m.
Control: estimated 8/10/2017 at 8 p.m.
Resources: 24 engines, two type two initial attack hand crews, one type one hot shot crew, 20 overhead, four dozers, three water tenders, one camp crew
Fuel type: grass and brush
Fire behavior: moderate
Structures: yes- one primary residence and two minor structures
Cause: undetermined

Yesterday’s burn out operation was successful. Most of the forward progression has stopped. Crews are improving containment lines and mopping up hotspots. Some interior burning is expected today, but should not cause any additional growth.

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/
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Shoestring Fire

Twin Falls District BLM

August 7, 2017

Located: 6 miles north of Wendell
Size: 35,737 acres
Contain: 8/7/2017 at 6 p.m.
Control: 8/9/2017 at 6 p.m.
Resources: five engines, five overhead, two dozers, three helicopters, four water tenders, one camp crew
Fuel type: grass and brush
Fire behavior: smoldering
Structures: none
Cause: undetermined

Crews continue to monitor and mop up hot spots. Some interior pockets are expected to burn together today, but no additional acreage is expected.

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/
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National Interagency Fire Center

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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