Fire Update 8/30/2017

Local Conditions: Yesterday pre-dawn thunderstorms rolled thru with a bit of rain, then another little shower later in the morning, total precipitation 0.06″. Hot afternoon, high of 97 degrees. This morning we had a low of 47 degrees and mostly cloudy sky. Red Flag Fire Weather Weather Warning for this afternoon for thunderstorms and wind.
The lightning yesterday started several small fires across the Payette NF, 2 are in the Buckhorn area above the South Fork.

Yellow Pine Forecast:
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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
Aug 29 smoke map

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

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Fire Update – Payette National Forest

August 29, 2017

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 .10 of an acre 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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/
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  1. 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:

  1. 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:

  1. 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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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 8/30/2017, 8:52:22 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 99
Size 34,937 Acres

Highline Fire Facts – August 29, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/39339/

Highline Fire Progression Map, August 29, 2017

Highline Fire Infrared Map, August 30, 2017

Highline Fire point protection at Cold Meadows Posted on: 08/28/17

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

Goat Fire: (56 acres) Reported on August 20th. The fire is located in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage. A management for ecological benefits strategy is being used for this wildfire. The Goat and Highline wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team.

Goat Fire Video taken August 29, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photograph/5500/0/71407/

Jackson Bar Fire: (30 acres) This wildfire was reported the evening of August 15th. This wildfire is controlled at this time, and fire activity has not been observed since August 19th.

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time, however heat does still exist in the interior of the fire perimeter. Smoke was noted from this fire on August 19th. T he 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. 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., and has been declared out. 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. 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) Lightning caused and reported on July 27. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed. This wildfire has been declared out.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 26. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This wildfire has been declared out.

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. This wildfire has been declared out.

Lemhi Fire: (28 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell’s Ferry. This wildfire is in monitor status.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. This wildfire has been consumed by the Highline wildfire.

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. This wildfire 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 wildfire has been declared as out.

For additional information on this wildfires, 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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Bearskin Fire

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Boise National Forest

Current as of 8/29/2017, 6:01:33 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 07:30 PM
Location 21 miles NE of Lowman, Idaho – located in Valley County
Incident Commander G Blom
Total Personnel 102
Size 5,000 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

The 5,000-acre Bearskin Fire is burning in remote, rugged terrain littered with dead and down timber amongst lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir. Both tree species are highly flammable and carry fire easily.

On Monday, August 28, Quesinberry’s NIMO Team arrived to assist with the management and suppression of the fire.

The fire is within close proximity to the 2016 Pioneer and Buck Fires. Old fire scars will be used to slow the fire’s progress. Fire crews are removing vegetation along roads to slow the fire spread and protect values at risk.

Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in place and visitors should drive with caution as firefighting traffic increases. The fire area is closed to all access for public safety however, National Forest System roads remain open. The order will remain in effect until Nov. 15, 2017, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

8-29-2017 Bearskin Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5536/39375/

8-29-2017 Bearskin Fire Closure Order Map – Version #2

Click to access pict20170729-191621-0.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Rising River Fire

August 29, 2017 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709

Start Date: 8/29/2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: 12 miles southwest of Idaho Falls, Idaho on BLM lands (Hells Half Acre)
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 10 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Structures Threatened: No structures are threatened.
Fuels and Terrain: Grass and brush dispersed between lava rock

Fire Behavior: Fire is actively consuming grass and brush between the lava rocks

Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 1 dozer, 1 handcrew, 8 smokejumpers

Evacuations: No evacuations.
Closures: No closures

Summary: The Rising River Fire started at approximately 2 p.m. today by lightning 12 miles southwest of Idaho Falls on Hells Half Acre BLM lands. Smoke is visible from I-15 to the west. Lightning started the fire in the lava fields, which makes accessibility difficult while at the same time slowing the fire’s growth due to lava rock veins across the area. The fire is not threatening structures or roads. Firefighters are hiking into the fire at the time of this release.
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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

8/29/2017, 8:21:06 AM

The Honeymoon and Remington Fires are fires on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, located west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

The lightning caused Honeymoon Fire is estimated at 184 acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire is located approximately one mile northwest of Sulphur Creek Ranch in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy on the Honeymoon Fire. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire which takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Honeymoon Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety. Points being protected include individual structures, both private and agency owned, and areas of high resource value. Firefighters have initiated point protection for multiple values at risk that are identified in the planning area. There are five (5) resources assigned to the fire.

The lightning caused Remington Fire remains estimated at five (5) acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire is located approximately five miles southwest of Big Baldy Lookout, three miles east-southeast of Chinook Mountain between Remington and Twenty-two creeks in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is burning in the footprint of the 2001 Snowshoe Fire. The fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

Isolated rain showers will cross the Salmon-Challis Forest area this morning, and continue over the Bitterroot Range by late morning.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/29/2017, 8:14:37 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

Located on the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in steep, rocky, and inaccessible terrain. The fire is approximately 1,650 acres burning in grass, brush, and scattered timber.

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 8/29/2017, 8:29:11 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Bartel/Waverek(t)
Total Personnel 54
Size 11,822 Acres

Ibex Fire August 29, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/39347/

Ibex Fire Map Map 08/29/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – August 29

Kamiah, Idaho (August 29, 2017) – A weather inversion has kept smoke low on the horizon from fires in Idaho and surrounding states. At the same time, that smoke layer provides shading over many of the fires on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, helping to moderate fire activity during periods of hot, dry weather. Radiant heat from the sun does not reach the ground with the same intensity as it does with clear air.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect in the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area, Riverbreaks, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and Uplands. The restrictions do not include wilderness areas. Visitors should know before you go: fire and closure information is posted on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website atwww.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater. Information on fire restrictions across the state is located at http://www.idahofireinfo.com/.

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. For current air quality in Idaho, please visit http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/burning/current-wildfire-smoke-info/ and for Montana http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/smokereport/mostrecentupdate.aspx .

Current status by district:

Salmon River Ranger District
Management of the Hanover fire (17,603 acres) will transition today at 6 p.m. from Dave Bales’ Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team to a local Type 3 incident management organization under the command of Kevin Barger from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The area closure will be modified effective August 30. After transition, InciWeb will continue to be updated with Information for the Hanover fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/.

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

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District
The Glover fire (2 acres) was reported Monday 3.5 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, and the Old Man fire (3 acres), one mile east of Old Man Point in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, will be managed for resource benefits. No trail closures are in place at this time. For information on these fires, please call the Kooskia office at (208) 926-4274.

The Hidden fire (7,657 acres), at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, has been moderately active for the past two days, adding 2,339 acres primarily to the northeast where it is burning both north and south of Big Flat Creek and backing into the Colt Killed Creek drainage. The fire has advanced to approximately one-half mile from the Idaho/Montana border. Trail closures remain in effect for the safety and protection of the public. A smoke column was highly visible Monday and smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula Valleys. For information on the Hidden fire or closures, please call the Powell office at (208) 942-3113.

Crews on the Lolo Peak fire have conducted a successful burnout operation on the northeast side of the Powell Ranger District near Elk Meadows. The burnout reinforced existing firelines on the west perimeter of the Lolo Peak fire utilizing Forest Service road 5903. Crews assigned to the Lolo Peak fire will continue to patrol and monitor the area.

Moose Creek Ranger District
The Sparrow fire (.1 acre), one mile west of Sparrow Point, and the Falls fire (29 acres), in the Falls Creek drainage, are both within containment lines and firefighters are working to suppress them.

Significant fires in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness include: Buck Lake fire (1,086 acres) was the most active fire, having more than doubled in the past few days, with growth on the southern and eastern portions of the fire, although it remains north of Grave Creek and south of Indian Park; Moose Creek 1 fire (14,344 acres) is showing activity mainly in the northeastern and southeastern portions of the fire; Lone Pine fire (7,302 acres) grew to the east and northeast, with active fire also on the north facing slope to the north of Grizzly Saddle, and is within a tenth of a mile of merging with the Mink Peak fire; Chute Creek fire (2,460 acres) has shown only minimal growth on the perimeter;Tony fire (438 acres) shows growth on all perimeters, but primarily to the east where it is now approximately one-half mile from the Selway River; Pettibone fire (307 acres) showed minimal activity to the southeast in Pettibone Creek; Mink Peak fire (821 acres) is showing no significant growth; Lonesome fire (5 acre), 1.5 miles north-northeast of Wylies Peak, grew somewhat to the south.

Fire mangers continue to communicate with the Bitterroot National Forest regarding fires with potential to move onto that forest.
These wilderness fires are being monitored by air. Various identified values at risk continue to be under point protection, including lookouts and bridges. An area closure and trail closures remain in effect. Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area and should use caution, watching for falling trees and other hazards.
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 only full suppression fire remaining on the district is the Bat fire (1.5 acre), 1.5 miles east of Big Mallard Creek Trailhead. That fire is contained and firefighters are mopping up.

The Patrol Ridge fire (580 acres), 4.5 miles east of Windy Saddle, has continued to grow steadily around the perimeter but is making no major runs in any particular direction. It has crossed into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the north.

Minimal fire activity is indicated on wilderness fires on the district. Significant wilderness fires include: the Plummer fire (estimated 200 acres), east of the Hanover fire; theRattlesnake Point fire (4,626 acres) between Rattlesnake Creek and Sabe Creek on the Salmon River which continue to have minimal growth to the north toward Rattlesnake Point and along Trail #577; and the Bleak fire (182 acres) north of Sheep Hill Lookout. No infrared mapping flights have occurred for some time, so these acreages are estimates. An area closure and trail closures remain for the safety and protection of the public.

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

For fire information on Hanover, Moose Creek 1, Rattlesnake Point, Lone Pine, Mink Peak, Chute, and Hidden fires, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/13/#
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/28/2017, 7:06:29 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 229
Size 17,603 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Incident Management Team transitions management of Hanover Fire
August 29, 2017 Daily Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/39307/

Hanover Fire Vicinity Map-Aug 28

Area Closure Modified – August 30
The area closure established for the safety and protection of the public has been modified. Please click the adjoining link for a copy of the Closure Order and map.

Click to access pict20170730-111238-0.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/29/2017, 1:28:01 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 2,460 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Chute Creek Fire Update – Aug 28
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5515/39257/

Aug 29 – Chute Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_29-14.30.51.090-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 8/25/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Location Near Mink Peak
Incident Commander Jim Wimer, Type 4 IC
Size 817 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. For information on other wilderness fires on the Moose Creek Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, please see Moose Creek 1 fire and Lone Pine fire on this site.

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.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/27/2017, 2:26:15 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Unstaffed
Size 4,626 Acres

This incident will only be updated when there has been significant change in fire behavior or acreage.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/29/2017, 1:47:12 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 Jim Wimer, Type 4 IC
Size 7,302 Acres

The Lone Pine fire started July 14 below Lone Pine Point, a very remote area in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. The fire is being managed for long-term resource benefit, using a point protection strategy. Smoke will be obvious along the Selway River corridor. Extreme caution should be used along the river as trees may continue falling in and around the river.

Aug 29 Update
The Lone Pine fire has grown to the east and northeast, with active fire also on the north-facing slope to the north of Grizzly Saddle. The fire is within a tenth of a mile of merging with the Mink Peak fire

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/29/2017, 1:21:38 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 Kelvin Thompson, ICT3 Jodi Stone, ICT3(t)
Total Personnel 2
Size 7,657 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 29
The Hidden fire has been moderately active for the past two days, adding 2,339 acres primarily to the northeast where it is burning both north and south of Big Flat Creek and backing into the Colt Killed Creek drainage. The fire has advanced to approximately one-half mile from the Idaho/Montana border.

A smoke column was highly visible Monday and smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula Valleys.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/29/2017, 1:36:10 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 Jim Wimer, Type 4 IC
Total Personnel 12
Size 14,344 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 29 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
The Moose Creek 1 fire is showing activity mainly in the northeastern and southeastern portions of the fire where it continues to slowly gain acreage.

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

August 29, 2017

Large fire activity continues in the West where 52 large fires have burned more than 654,000 acres. Firefighters are making progress toward containment goals despite the hot and dry conditions.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (5)
Idaho (4)
Montana (19)
Nevada (1)
Oregon (13)
Utah (1)
Washington (7)
Wyoming (1)

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