Fire Update 9/1/2017

Local Conditions: Hot, dry, dusty and smoky in Yellow Pine. PLEASE be very careful with campfires.

Yellow Pine Forecast:

Fire Weather Watch in effect from September 3, 10am until September 3, 10pm

Fire Weather Watch

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
247 PM MDT Fri Sep 1 2017

...HAINES 6 CONDITIONS POSSIBLE SUNDAY...

.An increasingly hot, dry, and unstable air mass will build
over the Great Basin this weekend. Haines 5 conditions on
Saturday are expected to increase to Haines 6 on Sunday.

Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
247 PM MDT Fri Sep 1 2017

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR HIGH HAINES IN EFFECT SUNDAY MORNING
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING FOR THE EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL
FOREST, BOISE NATIONAL FOREST, AND WESTERN SAWTOOTH NATIONAL
FOREST - WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES 402, 403, AND 421...

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Fire Weather
Watch, which is in effect from Sunday morning through Sunday
evening.

* HAINES...6 by mid-day Sunday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible
Red Flag Warnings.

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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 31 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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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/1/2017, 1:36:53 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 96
Size 12,000 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

The 12,000 acre lightening caused Bearskin Fire continues to burn in the northern end of Bear Valley in the Lowman Ranger District.

The Bearskin Fire area closure is being expanded to protect firefighter and public safety, and now includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds in the vicinity.

8-31-2017 Bearskin Topo Map

News Release:

Bearskin Fire Prompts Closures in the Deadwood Reservoir Area

Contact: Venetia Gempler (208) 373-4105
Boise, Idaho, September 1, 2017

The 12,000 acre lightening caused Bearskin Fire continues to burn in the northern end of Bear Valley in the Lowman Ranger District.

The Bearskin Fire area closure is being expanded to protect firefighter and public safety, and now includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds in the vicinity. The eastern boundary of the closure extends from the west side of the NFS Road 582 to the boundary of the Emmett Ranger District, south to the Valley County line and north to the junction of NFS 582 and NFS road 579. The northern boundary of the closure follows the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness boundary to the Lowman-Cascade District boundary and then turns west to Rice Peak and the intersection of the Lowman, Cascade and Emmett Ranger District Boundaries. The NFS Road 582 itself remains open. For closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

The fire is actively burning in lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir stands heavy with dead and down trees from past insect infestations. It is making short crown runs, spreading upslope and spotting continues ahead of the fire. The fire is moving northeast into the fire scars of the 2010 Beaver Complex Fire.

A strengthening high pressure system will return hot and dry conditions to the entire west through Labor Day weekend, with temperatures back in the upper 90’s by Sunday with generally light winds.

Firefighters are providing point protection by removing vegetation around Bearskin and Idaho Power weather stations, Deadwood Outfitters facilities, Deer Flat campground and the Elk Creek Guard station.

The lightning caused Boulder Fire started Wednesday afternoon, and is located 4 miles northeast of Idaho City. With retardant applications, water bucket drops and the support of two crews, the fire grew little on Thursday. The 10 acres fire is 50% contained; full containment is estimated by the end of today. Off road vehicles users should avoid riding on National Forest System roads 357 and 329 due to heavy fire traffic. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place. http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_ims/html/ew/scale7/tile_14_18.html

Campers at any of the Deadwood Reservoir Campgrounds that made their reservations online should contact https://www.recreation.gov/ or call Toll Free 1-877-444-6777. Campers who paid cash on site need to contact the Lowman Ranger Station Recreation staff for camping vouchers (208-259-3361).

The Forest has Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place. For fire restriction details visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

For current closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Closure Map:
InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Boulder Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/1/2017, 12:18:08 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday July 30th, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM
Location 4 miles NE of Idaho City, Idaho
Size 10 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Friday September 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-1-2017 Boulder Fire Update

The lightning caused Boulder Fire started Wednesday afternoon, and is located 4 miles northeast of Idaho City.

With retardant applications, water bucket drops and the support of two crews, the fire grew little on Thursday.

The 10 acres fire is 50% contained; full containment is estimated by the end of today.

Off road vehicles users should avoid riding on National Forest System roads 357 and 329 due to heavy fire traffic.

A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place. http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_ims/html/ew/scale7/tile_14_18.html

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4836/
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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/1/2017, 7:46:37 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 84
Size 41,772 Acres

Current Situation: The Highline and Goat fire behavior growth remains in a stable state as the fire continues to spread through backing and flanking with occasional torching as areas of fuels heat up. Heavy loading of dead and down trees with a moderate amount of regeneration make up the predominate fuels in the area. The fire is burning to the south, west and east due to the influence of West/Northwest wind at approx. 1/4 to 1/2 mile per day. Today’s fire activity continues to burn toward and into the McCalla, Chamberlain and Queens drainages to the east. The northern third of the fire is relatively inactive, continuing to burn into the White Bird Meadow. To the west of the areas of Game, Flossie and Moose Creeks continue to have a backing fire through them. On the south, the fire is burning through the mature timber south of Moose Jaw Creek. The predicted weather conditions support the continued growth of the fire in all directions. The forward progression is expected to continue at a steady rate of 1/4 to 1/2 mile per burn period. Firefighters continue active point protection efforts at Root Ranch and Cold Meadows Guard Station. They are monitoring fire progression and remain prepared to initiate protection actions should the fire threaten these locations. The Lower Chamberlain Bridge has passive protection measures in place with a gravity sock, hoselays and nozzles in place to mist the bridge and adjacent fuels. Fire progression towards additional management action points and values at risk including Butts Point, Arctic, Rock Rabbit and Sheepeater Lookouts, Snowshoe Mine, Fern Creek Cabin, and identified values along the Salmon River Corridor from Lantz Bar to Corn Creek are being assessed and monitored. Chamberlain Guard Station and Stonebraker are being monitored and patrolled by air. Fire movement north and east has increased the likelihood of point protection actions at Arctic Point and Rock Rabbit Lookouts. Continued fire progression west towards Sheepeater Lookout will be closely monitored in order to determine timing and needs of unstaffing the Lookout.

Highline Fire Facts – September 1, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/39591/

Highline Fire burning in Chamberlain Crk drainage 08/30/17

Highline Fire Operations map, Sept 1, 2017

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

9/1/2017, 10:37:48 AM

Goat Fire: (236 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. Visit this InciwWeb link for more information on the Goat Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/

Goat Fire IAP overview map, Aug 30, 2017

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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Bell Mountain Fire

September 1, 2017 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709
Twitter @BLMIdahoFire Facebook @Idahofireinfo
#BellMountainFire

Start Date: 8/29/2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: 7 miles north of Clyde, Idaho near Bell Mountain and Basinger Creek. The fire is burning on Idaho Falls District-BLM, Salmon-Challis National Forest, and a small portion of Idaho Department of Lands.
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 1,340 acres
Percent Contained: 50%, containment estimated for 9/02/2017

Structures Threatened: No structures are immediately threatened. There are residences in the general area that fire managers are aware of.

Fuels and Terrain: Started in grass and sage brush, but has now moved into the timber in very steep, shale covered terrain.

Fire Behavior: Fire activity is minimal, smoldering, isolated torching of trees in the timber.

Fire Crews/Resources: 4 engines, 3 handcrews, and 3 helicopters. (90 personnel)

Evacuations: No evacuations.

Closures: No closures, but the Basinger Canyon road is being used by firefighters, please be cognizant.

Summary: The Bell Mountain Fire is now 50% contained. Fire activity and growth is minimal. Firefighters will continue securing the southeast flank and east flank with the help of helicopters. The steep, difficult terrain of Basinger Canyon is making containment difficult, but fire managers do expect to reach 100% containment tomorrow.
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Deer Park Fire caused by vehicle fire

For Immediate Release: August 31, 2017, 5 p.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire Facebook: @Idahofireinfo
(#DeerParkFire & BLMIFDFire)

MENAN, ID – The Deer Park Fire started at approximately 12:30 p.m. August 25 when a vehicle caught fire and spread to consume 17,588 acres. Multiple agencies assisted in firefighting efforts, which included structure protection and evacuations.

The fire was caused by an individual off roading on the lava fields north of Deer Park and west of Menan Butte. While off roading the vehicle high centered and caught fire igniting the vegetation around it.

The BLM asks the public to use existing roads and trails while recreating on public lands. Cross country travel is restricted.

There have been multiple human caused fires this year in the Menan Butte area. The BLM asks the public to keep fire prevention in mind; realizing that shooting can spark a fire, campfires can escape, and driving vehicles off roads or with dragging metal can ignite a wildfire.

For breaking fire information, follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter and search for #BLMIFDFire for posts specifically related to eastern Idaho. For additional wildfire updates, Firewise information, and fire prevention tips visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com. One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.
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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

9/1/2017, 9:34:59 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 218 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.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur.

Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at VERY HIGH Fire Danger.

Salmon-Challis NF Fire Overview Map 08/29/17

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/1/2017, 9:33:35 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 9/1/2017, 9:36:05 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 13,976 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Fire size is estimated at 13,976 acres. The fire continues to burn in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, Ibex, Trapper, Wickiup, and Cat Creeks. Recent activity pushed the fire in a southeast direction, where it is now burning in the head of Twelvemile Creek and in the northwest portions of Yankee Fork Meadows. Firefighters continue to implement a point protection strategy. Point protection is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from wildfire, without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire.

August 31 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/39573/

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 31

Kamiah, Idaho (August 31, 2017) – Lightning activity across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Wednesday resulted in numerous new fires and reports of new fires. Staffed lookouts and aerial reconnaissance will be busy today as they attempt to identify new starts. With resources stretched, fire managers are tasked with prioritizing placement of personnel and equipment. For instance, a district that received no lightning activity will be asked to share firefighters, engines, and so on, with districts that have or expect to have more initial response activity.

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 at http://www.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
Wednesday the Hanover fire (20,221 acres) had some increased fire activity on the north side where it pushed to Umbrella Butte, but favorable winds kept it moving into the wilderness. Activity on the northwest side of the fire into Boulder Creek was minimal. The west and south edges of the fire were quiet Thursday, and activity remains west of Sheep Creek on the east side This fire is being heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored. Two 20-person crews, three engines, a type 3 and a type 2 helicopter, and various pieces of heavy equipment remain assigned to the incident. Information for the Hanover fire is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/.

Three new fires have been staffed: the Center Ridge fire (approx. 250 acres), the Johnson Ridge fire (1 acre), and the Squaw fire (.25 acre) two miles northeast of Bald Mountain. Firefighters are working to suppress the fires, supported by aerial water drops. Reports of additional fires are being investigated.

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

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District
The Andys Hump fire (estimated 70-80 acres), 4 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, is burning in timber and brush on the north and south sides of Coolwater Ridge. The Glover fire (25-30 acres), 3.5 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, is burning slowly north-northeast. A closure order is in effect for a portion of the Eagle Mountain Trail #206 and one is expected for a segment of Road #317 in the vicinity of the Coolwater Lookout. The Old Man fire (25-30acres), one mile east of Old Man Point in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, is moving downhill in brush. All of these fires are being managed for resource benefit, utilizing point protection strategies. For information on these fires, please call the Kooskia office at (208) 926-4274.

An additional closure order has been implemented for approximately two miles of Packers Meadow Road #373 from the Idaho/Montana border. Crews assigned to the Lolo Peak fire will continue to patrol and monitor the area of an earlier burnout.

Fire activity was moderated Wednesday on the Hidden fire (approx. 7,909 acres), at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, due to an inversion over the area most of the day. Winds produced by afternoon thunderstorms did not hit the fire area. The fire remains approximately one-half mile from the Idaho/Montana boundary. Trail closures remain in effect for the safety and protection of the public. 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.

Moose Creek Ranger District
One new fire at Donner Point has been staffed. Firefighters are completing line and will install hose lays today in efforts to suppress the fire. The Falls fire (29 acres) continues to burn in the Falls Creek drainage, but remains within the containment line.

Significant fires in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness include: Buck Lake fire (2,316 acres) pushed nearly a mile to the east, with short-range spotting to the east; Moose Creek 1 fire (14,858 acres); Lone Pine fire (10,152 acres) has merged with both the Mink Peak and Tony fires and continues to move east towards Moose Ridge and northeast toward the Selway River and the Moose Creek 1 fire; Chute Creek fire (approx. 2,460 acres); Pettibone fire (approx.. 307 acres); Lonesome fire (6 acre). 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
Seven fires were reported and staffed Wednesday. The Flat Iron fire, the Stag fire; the Mike fire, and the Red Horse fire are all contained. Firefighters have lined the French fire, 3 miles southeast of Elk City, and the Blanco fire, 5 miles north of the Red River administrative site. The Aardvark fire (.25 acre), 8 miles east of Elk City on Simmons Ridge is staffed and being suppressed with the assistance of aerial water drops. The Bat fire is out.

The Patrol Ridge fire (580 acres), 4.5 miles east of Windy Saddle, continues steady growth around the perimeter, including north toward the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

Minimal fire activity is seen on wilderness fires on the district. The Rattlesnake Point fire (approx. 4,626 acres) between Rattlesnake Creek and Sabe Creek on the Salmon River continues to have minimal growth to the north toward Rattlesnake Point and along Trail #577. Due to lack of significant growth over the past weeks, this will be the last report for the Bleak fire (182 acres) north of Sheep Hill Lookout and the Plummer fire (estimated 200 acres), east of the Hanover fire. An area closure and trail closures remain for the safety and protection of the public.

Visitors to the Red River Ranger District wanting to travel the Magruder Corridor Road, Forest Road 468 to Darby, Montana, are advised that there is no through traffic. The road is closed by due to fire activity on the Nelson Creek fire. The road is closed 4 miles west of its junction with the West Fork Road (Montana State Highway 473). For more information about the Nelson Creek fire and closure, please see InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5549/.

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 9/1/2017
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 76
Size 20,221 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Hanover Fire Update – September 1
The Hanover fire shows activity on the north side near Umbrella Butte, where it continues to slowly push into the wilderness. There was also some minimal activity on the north-northwest side of Marten Hill. The fire continues to hold up west of Sheep Creek. If activity increases significantly today, helicopters will be making water drops to help hold it in check. This fire is being heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored. Two 20-person crews, three engines, a type 3 and a type 2 helicopter, and various pieces of heavy equipment remain assigned to the incident.

Hanover Fire Progression Map-Aug 28

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Buck Lake Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:45:36 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Wednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location 19 Miles NE of Elk City, Idaho
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 2,316 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Friday December 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident is being managed for long-term resource benefits and is being patrolled and monitored as it continues to perform its natural role across the landscape.

Buck Lake Fire Update – August 31
The Buck Lake fire pushed nearly a mile to the east over the past two days, again doubling in size to a total of 2,316 acres. The fire also had short-range spotting to the east.

Buck Lane Fire IR Map – Aug 31

Click to access 2017_08_31-16.40.08.545-CDT.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5561/
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Chute Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:47:37 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 2,493 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Chute Creek Fire Update – August 31
The Chute Creek fire has shown only minimal growth along the perimeter of the fire over the past several days. Winds from thunderstorms did impact it.

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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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.

An area closure is in effect for public health and safety due to activity on the Rattlesnake Point fire. The Main Salmon River is open to the public for boat traffic along the closure area. River right and river left are open to all boat traffic and camping. River users should expect to see smoke and may encounter smoky conditions while on the river.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:19:56 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 10,152 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.

Lone Pine Fire Update – Aug 31
The Lone Pine fire has merged with both the Mink Peak and Tony fires and the combined size is 10,152 acres. The fire continues to move east towards Moose Ridge and northeast toward the Selway River and the Moose Creek 1 fire.

Aug 29 – Lone Pine Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_29-14.55.35.922-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

The Mink Peak fire has been absorbed by the [Lone Pine Fire]. This incident will no longer be updated. Please see Moose Creek 1 fire.
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:16:06 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 14,858 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 31 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
The Moose Creek 1 fire gained 514 acres in the past couple of days, primarily in the area northwest of Freeman Peak and along Trail 427.

Aug 29 – Moose Creek 1 IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_29-14.43.57.701-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:27:45 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 8,328 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Hidden Fire Update – Sept. 1
Over the past couple of days the Hidden fire, at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, continued to advance into the Big Flat Creek drainage, along the northern perimeter of the fire, and downhill toward Colt Killed Creek. It also burned some pockets of timber on the west side. The fire remains approximately one-half mile from the Idaho/Montana boundary. Trail closures remain in effect for the safety and protection of the public. Smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula Valleys.

Aug 27 – Hidden Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_27-14.48.00.648-CDT.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/1/2017, 10:45:14 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday June 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Incident Commander Dave Gesser, Brandon Allen (T) Type 3 IMT
Total Personnel 11
Size 2,195 Acres

As of the latest infrared flight on 8/31/2017, the fire is 2,195 acres.

North Fork Hughes Fire Update 8/31/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5343/39538/

N. Fork Hughes Fire IR Map 8/30/17

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/31/2017, 8:12:00 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday August 07th, 2017 approx. 06:45 PM
Incident Commander Local unit
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 10
Size 450 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 25%

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.

Update 8/31/17
The Buck Fire (St. Joe Ranger District) is now 450 acres, having grown substantially over the last few days with the changing weather conditions. The fire is 25% contained. Firefighter safety is the top priority as the fire burns in steep, rugged, remote terrain with heavy fuel loads.

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

September 1, 2017

Eighteen new large fires were reported yesterday. Currently, 88 large fires have burned 1.2 million acres in the West and Alaska.

Several states reported significant fire behavior yesterday Extreme burning conditions in Montana caused the Sartin Draw fire to burn more than 72,000 acres yesterday. The East Fork fire also made a 17,500-acre run. Firefighters continue to work toward management goals on several fires in the West.

States currently reporting large fires:

Alaska (2)
California (11)
Idaho (14)
Montana (31)
Nevada (5)
Oregon (19)
Utah (1)
Washington (4)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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MODIS Satellite Images

Aug 31 Western US
Link

Idaho 8/31/2017

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Western Fires 9/1/2017

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