Updated Fire Reports 8/9/2017

Update: Hanover Fire near Riggins continues to grow

KTVB August 09, 2017

RIGGINS, IDAHO – The Hanover Fire northeast of Riggins has burned almost 6,500 acres – more than 10 square miles.

The fire started after a lightning strike on August 1st.

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night at 8 o’clock Mountain Time in the gym at Salmon River High School in Riggins.

The Salmon River Road is open and the Salmon River is open to all activities. But the fire has been moving slowly down slope toward the river, and firefighter equipment and activity has increased on the Salmon River Road east of Riggins.

Also, helicopters may start dipping from the river, so rafters and other recreationists are advised to watch out for that.

source: http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/hanover-fire-near-riggins-continues-to-grow/463222581


Photo By Jonathan Moor Posted on: 08/09/17
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Smoke is impacting much of Idaho. Link to McCall Air Quality monitor:
https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=669

Afternoon thunderstorms and smoke

“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

8/8/2017, 9:58:00 AM

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%

This will be the last report for this wildfire unless fire activity increases. The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time. 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.

As of August 8th, the Krassel airstrip remained closed for a few more days.

The Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is open to the public, but motorists are advised to watch for fire related traffic. Valley County 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.

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

8/9/2017, 1:54:22 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: (6,295 acres) Fire managers have closed the Chamberlain airstrip due to the fire approaching this area. The fire is currently burning about 1/2 mile north of the Stonebraker Ranch. Point Protection of values at risk is taking place now at Stonebraker Ranch and the Chamberlain Guard Station. See fire perimeter map in the map section. Lightning caused and reported on July 29. Very active fire behavior observed August 7th. 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. A CLOSURE ORDER IS IN EFFECT FOR THIS FIRE AREA!

Highline Fire Perimeter, Agust 9, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDPAF/2017-07-19-1731-Payette-Wilderness-Fires/picts/2017_08_09-14.56.21.863-CDT.pdf

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 was contained as on 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.

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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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/8/2017, 7:04:47 PM
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 17
Size 1,267 Acres

Tappan Fire August 8, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/37735/

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/8/2017, 7:13:17 PM
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 4,790 Acres

Ibex Fire August 8, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/37736/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/9/2017, 9:44:42 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 294
Size 6,467 Acres

Hanover Fire Daily Update August 9, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/37758/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/9/2017, 11:50:14 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 2,514 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – August 9
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/37773/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/9/2017, 12:00:02 PM
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 Schaeffer – Type 4 IC
Size 5,292 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 9
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/37774/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/9/2017, 12:11:32 PM
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 3,300 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 9
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/37777/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/9/2017, 12:06:36 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
Total Personnel 12
Size 7,169 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 9 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/37776/

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/8/2017, 9:16:21 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 1,150 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 8/9/2017
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 Chadwick
Total Personnel 403
Size 52,014 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 47%

August 9th Powerline Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5467/37750/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5467/
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Fire crews getting a hand on wildfires burning in Southern Idaho

by KBOI web staff Tuesday, August 8th 2017

[info on 3 fires]
The Mammoth Fire
The Shoestring Fire
The Powerline Fire

http://idahonews.com/news/local/fire-crews-getting-a-hand-on-wildfires-burning-in-southern-idaho
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National Interagency Fire Center

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