Updated Fire Report 8/16/2017

Local Conditions: Air quality in Yellow Pine is much improved, McCall AQI in the green this morning. The high yesterday was 84 degrees and the low this morning 40 degrees. Even though we received a little rain over the weekend, it is still very dry in the forest.
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the restricted state, private and federal lands:

* Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site, or on their own land, and only within a permanent land owner-provided structure. (See liquid petroleum fueled stove exemption below).

* Smoking, outside an enclosed vehicle or building, or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/2017/08/land-management-agencies-to-implement_8.html

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McCall Air Quality
https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=669

NOAA generates daily maps showing smoke patterns if you want to know where all the smoke is coming from:

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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 8/16/2017, 9:49:06 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Saturday July 29th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Incident Description Wildfire Burning Within The Frank Church River Of No Return Wilderness
CTotal Personnel 35
Size 10,200 Acres

A small amount of rain, cloud cover, higher humidity and cooler temperatures slowed fire growth over the last three days.

An east wind occurred over the weekend, and continues to be a concern as fire could burn towards Chamberlain Guard Station and Stonebraker Ranch. Firefighters ignited a burnout along the east side of the Chamberlain Airstrip to reinforce fire lines in the area.

Point protection resources are staged at the Root Ranch and will be used if needed. Point protection at Chamberlain Guard Station and Stonebraker Ranch has been successful thus far in safe guarding structures, and will continue to be the strategy for protecting values at risk.

The fire is south and southeast of Chamberlain Basin. Fire spread over the past week had been to the south and southeast as winds were from the north and northwest until this past weekend – this is not typical for wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest. Usually, the jet stream pushes wildfires in a northeasterly direction.

A upper level trough will be over the fire area today, keeping temperatures slightly cooler, with moister air over the fire. The rainfall from this past weekend has caused fuel moisture to rise; however, winds up to 10 miles per hour early this week will once again dry fuels. Temperatures will slowly rise and humidity will fall beginning today through the rest of the week. Inversions will increase later in the week with buildup of smoke in the valleys.

Very active fire growth is expected once fuel moisture levels decrease throughout the week.

Highline Fire Area Closure Map 08/13/17

Point protection at Stonebraker Ranch 08/14/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/13/2017, 3:21:35 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.

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 8/16/2017, 7:31:10 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 1
Size 1,650 Acres

The fire is in monitor status under the direction of the North Zone Duty Officer. The fire has not increased in size and fire activity remains in the interior of the burn perimeter.

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/16/2017, 7:33:12 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 5,700 Acres

Fire size is approximately 5,700 acres with no significant growth due to current weather. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, and Ibex Creeks. The fire is most active in Cottonwood Canyon and Rush Creek.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/16/2017, 1:38:40 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Sunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 09:00 AM
Location 2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake, 16.7 miles west of Hamilton, Montana
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 662 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

The lightning-caused Chute Creek fire was detected August 13 in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness 8 miles southeast of Elk Summit Guard Station and 2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake. The Nez Perce-Clearwater and Bitterroot National Forests are working together in the long-term management and strategy of the fire.

Forest and Fire Management Staff considered the long-term effects of smoke in their decision to manage fires in the wilderness and roadless areas. Fire managers are working with air quality specialists to monitor smoke and potential impacts to communities. In addition to smoke impacts, values at risk, availability of resources, and location were considered in determining suppression actions of fires not threatening communities.

Aug 16 – Aerial view of Chute Creek fire

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5515/
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Mink Peak Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017
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 764 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Located near Mink 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 15 – Mink Peak Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5491/38173/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017, 7:34:11 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 320
Size 9,508 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 35%

Hanover Fire Daily Update August 15, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/38141/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017
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 15
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/38171/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017
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 15
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/38172/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017
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 4,600 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 15
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/38168/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017
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 15 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/38169/

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/15/2017, 7:46:05 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 150
Size 132 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%

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.

Expanded closure order for the Buck Fire
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5493/38190/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5493/
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National Interagency Fire Center

August 15, 2017

Thirteen new large fires were reported yesterday, bringing the national total to 53 large fires that have burned nearly 270,000 acres. States with the most fire activity include California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. More than 18,400 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the incidents throughout the western United States.

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