Fire Update 8/13/2017

Getting a little rain today in Yellow Pine, cooler and much better air quality!

Lightning Strikes 8/11/2017
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect.
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/12/2017, 1:56:58 PM

The Payette National currently has 10 wildfires 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.

Click to access 2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

Highline Fire: (9,150 acres) Fire managers have closed the Chamberlain airstrip. Point Protection has safe guarded the structures at the Stonebraker Ranch and Chamberlain Guard Station. The fire is now south and southeast of Chamberlain Basin. Point Protection of values at risk will continue as an on-going strategy. See fire perimeter map in the map section. Lightning caused and reported on July 29. Very active fire behavior observed on a daily basis. 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!

Chamberlain Airstrip Closed due the Approaching Highline Fire
Highline Fire Area Closure Map, August 7

Highline Fire map, August 12, 2017

Click to access 2017_08_12-15.06.29.096-CDT.pdf

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) 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. This lightning-caused fire started on the Missouri Ridge on July 15. Firefighting resources quickly responded with ground crews and fire aviation equipment.

Pueblo Fire: (20 acres) 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.

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.

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 8/11/2017, 7:10:54 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 1,350 Acres

Tappan Fire August 11, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/37934/

Tappan Fire Trail Closure Terminated
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/38025/

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/13/2017, 10:46:23 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 20
Size 5,313 Acres

Ibex Fire August 11, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/37935/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs Fire Update – August 12, 2017

Current status by district:

Salmon River Ranger District

The Hanover fire is currently being managed by Irv Leach’s Type 2 Incident Management Team. Information for the Hanover fire can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/, by calling (208) 839-9974 or on their Facebook page.

For more information on fire activity or area closures on Salmon River Ranger District, please call (208) 839-2211.

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District

The Hidden fire is approximately 4,200 acres. The fire continues to burn in dead and down timber in the footprint of the 2007 Bridge fire. Growth occurred to the north along Big Flat Hidden Ridge trail near the junction with Colt Killed trail, and the fire is less than a mile from that junction. Growth also occurred on the west perimeter near the Hidden Lake and Hidden Peak trails along Hidden Creek ridge. The fire is on the shores of Hidden Lake and backing to the west. Growth occurred between Hidden and Tadpole Lakes over the past couple days. Fire behavior and growth are being monitored with ground and aerial resources. The Nez Perce-Clearwater and Bitterroot National Forests are working together in the long-term management and strategy for this fire. Trail closures remain in effect. Smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula Valleys.

The Maud fire is two miles southwest of Siah Lake. The 2.3 acre fire is burning in large timber in an area with no recorded fire history. Occasional single tree and group torching, resulting in short range spotting, has occurred. Eight rappellers, working with water and tools, are making progress and mop up operations continue.

The Hilton fire (5.5 acres), 1.5 miles southwest of Beaver Ridge Lookout, is in a patrol and monitor status via ground and aerial resources.

For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Locsha/Powell Ranger District, please call (208) 942-3113.

Moose Creek Ranger District

Fires on Moose Creek Ranger District are located in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. These fires are being monitored primarily by air and are being managed for long-term resource benefit. Minimal fire activity occurred Friday on all fires, due in part to somewhat higher relative humidity and a light inversion.

The Moose Creek 1 fire is estimated at 7,758 acres. Structure protection is in place on the Halfway, Meeker and Three Links bridges as well as on the Shissler Lookout. Crews will continue structure protection efforts. 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.

The Lone Pine fire is approximately 5,650 acres. The Mink Peak fire is approximately 765 acres. The Buck Lake fire, in the Buck Lake Creek drainage, is estimated at 382 acres. The Sixty Two fire in Sixty Two Creek remains estimated at 15 acres. Fry Pan fire on the Bitterroot National Forest boundary is 100 acres. Moe fire near Moe Peak is showing no smoke. Smoke from these and other fires will continue to impact the Selway River corridor.

For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Moose Creek Ranger District, please call (208) 926-4258.

Red River Ranger District

The Plummer fire is located in extremely remote and rugged terrain in the Gospel Hump Wilderness, five miles north of the mouth of Sheep Creek (on the Salmon River). Fire activity is generally in the Marble Butte and Plummer Point areas and is estimated at 150 acres. Smoke continues to inhibit aerial reconnaissance. Coordination with the Hanover Incident Management team and the Salmon River Ranger District is ongoing as the Plummer and Hanover fires are anticipated to burn together.

Fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness include: the Rattlesnake Point fire, 4,069 acres, is located on the north side of the Salmon River between Rattlesnake Creek and Sabe Creek. The west end of the fire showed no growth and only isolated heat. Growth is generally to the east and northeast, although it did move north along the ridge flanked by Bear Creek and Deer Park Creek. It has also burned into the earlier spot in the Sabe Creek drainage. The Nez Perce-Clearwater and Bitterroot National Forests are working together in the long-term management and strategy of the fire. The fire is anticipated to continue east and into the Bitterroot National Forest impacting Blacky Foster, Lantz Bar, and trail systems in and around Harrington Mountain. The Ladder (2 acres) and Bleak (170 acres) fires have shown minimal growth in the last week. Sheep Hill Lookout is identified as a value at risk from the Bleak fire and is wrapped. All three fires are being managed for resource benefits using a point protection strategy. 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.

For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Red River Ranger District, please call (208) 842-2245.

North Fork Ranger District

The Lolo National Forest to the east of the district has implemented an area closure for public health and safety due to the Sunrise fire that may impact visitors accessing Hoodoo Pass, Hoodoo Lake and the areas adjacent to the pass via Forest Road #250 from Montana. Hoodoo Pass is accessible via Cedar Creek and Freezeout Road (high clearance vehicles recommended and no trailers). For information about the closure and the Sunrise fire, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5379/#

For more information on this development, please call the North Fork Ranger District at (208) 476-4541.

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/2017/08/nez-perce-clearwater-nfs-fire-update.html
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Mink Peak Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/12/2017, 2:44:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Location Near Mink Peak
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 765 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Located near Mini Peak in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the Mink Peak fire was lightning caused on July 14, 2017. The fire is unstaffed but is being closely monitored by air. The fire is being managed for long-term resource benefit. Visitors to the Selway River may expect to see smoke.

Aug 12 – Mink Peak Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5491/37991/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5491/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/12/2017, 9:05:29 PM
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 316
Size 7,333 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 15%

Hanover Fire Daily Update August 13, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/38010/

Fire Progression Map August 13, 2017

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/12/2017, 2:03:00 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 4,069 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – August 12
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/37988/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/12/2017, 2:47:05 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 Mike Blinn, Type 3 IC
Size 5,650 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 12
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/37990/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/12/2017, 2:55:02 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 Stony Nelson
Total Personnel 2
Size 4,242 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 11
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/37914/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/11/2017, 12:06:51 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 7,758 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 12 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/37989/

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/12/2017, 5:28:19 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 120
Size 100 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 5%

The Buck Fire is located on the St. Joe Ranger District, approximately 17 miles southeast of Avery, Idaho. The fire is burning in steep terrain and heavy fuels along Buck Creek, south of FSR201.

August 12, 2017- Buck Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5493/37996/

August 12- Buck Fire Perimeter

Click to access 2017_08_12-18.47.23.358-CDT.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5493/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/11/2017, 8:03:56 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 1,280 Acres

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

Idaho Falls District

Current as of 8/12/2017, 7:44:28 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 Chadwick
Total Personnel 360
Size 55,787 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 98%

Powerline Fire FINAL Update PM August 11, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5467/37938/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5467/
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National Interagency Fire Center

August 13, 2017

Yesterday was another busy day for wildland firefighters across the West. Forty-seven large fires are burning in nine western states. Thirteen new large fires were reported yesterday. Fire managers are hopeful the change in the weather conditions will help firefighters make progress toward containment goals.

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