Boise NF Fire:
Bearskin Fire grows prompting larger closure area
BOISE, Idaho, August 29, 2017 – The approximate 5000-acre lightning caused Bearskin fire continues to grow as it consumes dead, bug kill and down lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir. The area closure has been increased for public safety. Fire officials expect the closure area to expand if the fire continues to spread.
Weather conditions are hot with a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms predicted this week, with maximum temperatures of 90 degree. A fire weather watch in effect lightning beginning Wednesday afternoon and continuing through evening.
The fire is actively burning through dead and down fuel along with tree torching, uphill runs and short-range spotting into flammable forested stands.
With the national preparedness at level 5, full suppression strategies of confine and point protection are being used to address concerns for firefighter safety and the lack of available resources.
Confinement strategies restrict the wildfire within determined boundaries with a combination of direct and indirect actions applied. For example: removing vegetation along the roadside to slow the fire progress enough for firefighters to directly engage. Point protection is a response strategy to protect specific assets or highly valued resources such as remote weather stations, radio towers and structures
With limited resources and Incident Management Teams (IMTs) committed to large fires across the west, a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team has arrived to assist the Forest’s Type 3 IMT with developing a strategy to manage and suppress the fire. NIMO teams increase capacity in the same manner as IMTs and provide additional support in planning, decision processes and efficient and effective agency support.
Bearskin Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
For all closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices
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Payette NF Fires:
McCall, Idaho – A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the Payette Dispatch Area for lightning effective Wednesday, August 30th afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms are expected to build over the region as an approaching Pacific trough will combine with mid-level moisture to generate showers and thunderstorms. These thunderstorms can produce outflow winds to 55 mph. A Fire Weather Watch means critical fire weather conditions are forecasted to occur – later forecasts can move to Read Flag Warnings.
Six new wildfires have been reported over the past few days within the Payette Interagency Dispatch area. One of these wildfires is human caused, while another is under investigation as a possible human caused wildfire.
Four lightning caused wildfires were ignited in vicinity of Miners Peak Fire Lookout early this morning and are under initial attack at this time. The fire lookout hiked out of the area to ensure safety, as a total of 5 lightning strikes hit the area, and four of the strikes quickly ignited wildfires.
Two of these wildfires burned together to form the Little Buckhorn Fire on the Krassel Ranger District which is currently at 2 acres. Another lightning strike ignited the West Buck Fire also on the Krassel Ranger District and currently being held at .10 of an acre. The fourth wildfire is on the McCall Ranger District in the vicinity of Idler Creek just below Nick Peak – the Idler Fire is currently at .10 of acres. Eight smokejumpers and six heli-rappel firefighters are conducting initial attack on these fires. Two helicopters are assisting with water bucket drops.
The Brownlee Fire was human caused on Tuesday, August 28th, and located at Brown Summit along State Highway 71 on the Weiser Ranger District. Firefighters responded quickly, and kept this wildfire at only .10th of an acres in size. This wildfire has been declared as controlled and out.
The Nethker Fire and the Little Elk Fire were both ignited on August 25th. The Nethker Fire is under investigation as a possible human caused wildfire. It is located on the McCall Ranger District, just off Warren Wagon Road near the Burgdorf intersection. The fire burned .25 of an acre before fighters brought it under control. The Little Elk Fire is located 4 miles east of State Highway 95, southwest of Patrick Butte on the New Meadows Ranger District. This lightning caused wildfire was held to .10 of an acres in size as firefighter quickly responded and controlled the wildfire.
Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions remain in effect for all public and private lands within the Payette Dispatch area. Campfires on public lands are only allowed at designated sites – these sites are signed as allowing for campfires. If a site is not signed, campfires are not allowed. On private lands, campfires are allowed only in permanent fire structures. Additionally, interagency fire managers would like to remind people that burn permits are required for burning on private lands every year from May 10 through October 20.
Payette National Forest:
Council Ranger District: No new fires reported.
Krassel Ranger District:
- Little Buckhorn Fire: (2 acres) Started August 29 by lightning. The Little Buckhorn Fire is a result of two lightning strikes that burned together. It is located near Miners Peak Fire Lookout approximately 17 miles east, southeast of McCall. This wildfire is under initial attack with a full suppression strategy.
- West Buck Fire: (.10 acre) Started August 29 by lightning. The West Buck is located near Miners Peak Fire Lookout approximately 16.5 miles east, southeast of McCall. This wildfire is currently under initial attack with a full suppression strategy.
- Highline Fire: (32, 010 acres) Started July 28 by lightning. This wildfire is located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The wildfire is being managed under a monitor/point protection strategy to enhance natural resources in the fire area. A National Interagency Management Organization (NIMO) team is managing this wildfire. More information on the Highline Fire can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
- Goat Fire: (56 acres) Started August 20 by lightning. This wildfire is located in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage, within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The NIMO team that is managing the Highline Fire is also managing this wildfire. A monitor/point protection strategy is being used for this wildfire.
- Payette Wilderness Fires: The Krassel Ranger District has additional wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. For information on these wildfires, please visit this link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
McCall Ranger District:
- Idler Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Started August 29 by lightning. This wildfire is currently under initial attack. It is located 12 miles east of McCall on the west facing slope of Nick Peak. Heli-rappel firefighters and smokejumpers are working this wildfire with assistance from helicopter water bucker drops.
- Nethker Fire: (.10 acre) Started August 25. This wildfire is under investigation as a possible human caused wildfire. It is located on the McCall Ranger District, just off Warren Wagon Road near the Burgdorf intersection. This wildfire has been declared as controlled and out. This is will be the last report for this wildfire.
New Meadows Ranger District:
- Little Elk Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Started August 25 by lightning. Located 4 miles east of State Highway 95, and southwest of Patrick Butte on the New Meadows Ranger District. This wildfire was held to .10 of an acre, and has been declared out. This will be the last report for this wildfire.
Weiser Ranger District:
- Brownlee: (.10 acre) Started August 28, and is human caused. Located at Brownlee Summit on State Highway 71 on the Weiser Ranger District. Firefighters responded quickly and kept this wildfire at only .10th of an acre in size. It has been declared as out. This is will be the last report for this wildfire.
Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association: No new fires reported.
Bureau Of Land Management: No new fires reported.
Idaho Department Of Lands: No new fires reported.
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Fire Information Contact: Brian Harris 208-634-6945