Fire Update 8/23/2017

Red Flag Warning in effect August 23, 3pm to August 24, 3am

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
903 AM MDT Wed Aug 23 2017

.An approaching Pacific cold front will combine with an influx of
mid-level moisture from Nevada to generate isolated-to-scattered
thunderstorms this afternoon through late tonight. Wetting rains
are possible directly under the storm cores. Outflow winds to 45
mph are likely.

Northern Boise BLM-Western Payette National Forest-
Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
Owyhee Mountains-Southern Highlands-Burns BLM-Vale BLM-
Baker Valley-
903 AM MDT Wed Aug 23 2017 /803 AM PDT Wed Aug 23 2017/

...RED FLAG WARNING FOR LIGHTNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM MDT
/2 PM PDT/ THIS AFTERNOON TO 3 AM MDT /2 AM PDT/ THURSDAY...

* THUNDERSTORMS...Scattered in coverage this afternoon through
  late tonight.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Up to 45 mph.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now, or will shortly.

Local Conditions: It is smoky in Yellow Pine again. The high yesterday was 91 degrees, very dry and some afternoon breezes. The overnight low was 45 degrees. Smoky sunrise this morning, painting the trunks of the ponderosa pines red. Yellow air quality.
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Prohibit the the following:

* Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or stove fire, except in designated recreation sites, and only within a metal and/or concrete fire structure provided by the forest service

* Personal charcoal grill

* Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials
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McCall Air Quality
https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=669
Aug 22 Air Quaily Map

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 8/23/2017, 8:33:17 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
Incident Commander Joe Reinarz, Incident Commander, National Incident Management Organization (NIMO)
Total Personnel 71
Size 24,334 Acres

Highline Fire Facts – August 22, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/38718/

Highline Fire Infrared Map for Aug 23, 2017

Highline Fire 08/23/17

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

8/16/2017, 10:04:43 AM

General: While normal winds from the southwest are currently over the Payette National Forest, north to northwest winds were experienced over the last few weeks – the result was that fire spread was in a southeasterly direction, and this is not typical for wildfires. Smoke is light over the Forest now, but as the week progresses, winds are expected to once again shift to the north and northwest – as this happens, smoke from wildfires burning to Oregon, Washington and B.C will once again impact the local air shed.

New Fire: The Jackson Bar Fire was reported the evening of Tuesday, August 15th. A suppression strategy is being used on this fire. There are currently smokejumpers and a heavy helicopter assigned to the fire. The fire size is approximately 15 acres. The fire is burning inside the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The fire is located approximately 1.5 miles Northeast of Mackey Bar and 1.5 miles south of 5 Mile Bar. The fire is burning on a ridgeline approximately .75 miles upslope/southeast of the Salmon River.

Jackson Bar Fire, August 15, 2017

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 8/23/2017, 8:53:47 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.

Satellite Image of Area Smoke 8/18/2017

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/23/2017, 8:53:56 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 40
Size 6,200 Acres

The lightning caused Ibex Fire is located eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District. There are 40 personnel and one helicopter assigned to the fire. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols.

Fire size is approximately 6,200 acres. Fire activity has been increasing in the late afternoon, early evening on all sides of the fire and smoke will continue to filter into Challis. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, Ibex, and Trapper Creeks. The fire remains most active in Cottonwood Canyon and Rush Creek.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/22/2017, 9:23:34 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 12:30 PM
Location South of Grangeville, ID and northeast of Riggins, ID
Incident Commander Dave Bales, Type 2 Southwest Area IMT 4
Total Personnel 324
Size 16,404 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 49%

Hanover Fire News Release August 22, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/38706/

Hanover Fire Progression Map Aug 22

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Chute Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/22/2017, 11:30:24 AM
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 2,162 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Chute Creek Fire Update – Aug 22
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5515/38726/

Aug 22 – Chute Creek Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_22-12.33.52.152-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/16/2017, 2:30:11 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 772 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident will only be updated as fire behavior and/or acreage substantially change.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of Aug 22
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 4,626 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – Aug 22
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/38731/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/22/2017, 2:19:34 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 Caleb Finch, Type 3 IC
Size 6,385 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 22
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/38750/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/22/2017
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, IC3
Total Personnel 2
Size 4,754 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 22
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/38751/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/22/2017
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 Mike Blinn, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 12
Size 12,335 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 22 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/38749/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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National Interagency Fire Center

August 23, 2017

Firefighters are making progress on the 42 large fires burning in eight western states and Louisiana.. More than 18,600 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildfires. Managers are preparing for predicted weather conditions across the West.

Weather: Scattered thunderstorms will form across much of the West from Oregon and the Sierras, across the Great Basin, and to the central and southern Rockies. Most storms will produce some rainfall but amounts will vary with most being light.

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