Fire Update 9/3/2017

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

Red Flag Warning Sept 3, 10am to Sept 4, 10pm

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
810 AM MDT Sun Sep 3 2017

...HAINES 6 CONDITIONS EXPECTED TODAY AND MONDAY...

.An increasingly hot, dry, and unstable air mass over the Great
Basin today will will remain in place through Tuesday. Haines 6
conditions are expected to last through Monday night.

Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
810 AM MDT Sun Sep 3 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM MDT MONDAY FOR
HIGH HAINES FOR EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST...NORTHERN BOISE
NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN
SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST...WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES 402...
403 AND 421...

* HAINES...6 by early afternoon through this evening and again
  beginning mid- day on Monday through Monday evening.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Labor Day Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Monday Night Areas of smoke. Clear, with a low around 53. North wind 5 to 9 mph.
Tuesday Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 89. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

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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
Sept 2 smoke map

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

Smoke Map from Weather Satellite 9/2/2017
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(Click map for larger image)
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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/2/2017, 3:08:03 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 15,278 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-1-2017 Bearskin Closure Map Version #3

News Release:

9-2-2017 Public and firefighter safety primary in Bearskin Fire efforts

With hot and dry weather conditions, the Bearskin Fire continues to grow. The 15, 278 acre fire is burning about 4 miles northeast of Deadwood Reservoir. A National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team is now in command of the fire.

The Bearskin Fire is actively burning in steep and rough terrain, making short crown runs, spreading upslope and spotting ahead of the fire. Slopes are covered with highly flammable stands of lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir heavy with dead and down trees. The fire is surrounded by old burn scars, and firefighters hope to use those to their advantage in suppressing this fire.

To protect public and firefighter safety, the Bearskin Fire area closure has been expanded to include the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds in the vicinity. The NFS Road 582 through Bear Valley remains open at this time. Maps of the closure area are available on the Boise National Forest website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices), Forest Service Ranger Stations, and posted on bulletin boards on roads into the Bear Valley area.

Forest Service personnel are stationed at the primary road junctions to assist the public in understanding the closures and ensuring their safety. Any campers who had belongings moved from the closure area should contact the Lowman Ranger Station (208-259-3361).

With fire crews and other resources scarce, firefighters are concentrating on point protection for local infrastructure. Fuels reduction work is underway around the Deadwood Outfitters facilities, Bearskin and Idaho Power weather stations, Deer Flat campground and the Elk Creek Guard station. Fire preparedness is being assessed for Deadwood Reservoir facilities. Crews are improving contingency fire lines on the National Forest System Road 579 (Landmark to Stanley Road) and NFS Road 555 (Deadwood Road). Other Boise National Forest personnel are on hand to ensure that our fish, water and archeologic resources are also being protected.

As a hotter, drier weather pattern establishes over the west, temperatures will remain in the 90s. This will increase the chance of large fire growth, with a Haines Index level expected to rise to 6 by Sunday.

Nationally, the Fire Preparedness Level is still at PL5. About 1.5 million acres are burning across the U.S., with a wildfire year to date total of almost 7. 4 million acres. https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf

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

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/2/2017, 2:53:09 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 9/3/2017, 7:29:42 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 82
Size 52,182 Acres

Current Situation: The Highline fire behavior and growth for the day is being reflected in the forecasted high temperatures and high Haines indices. The south end of the fire is starting to burn actively while the north end remains in a stable state. The fire is continuing to spread through backing, active flanking and crown fire in areas with closed canopies in alignment with the wind. Other areas are having occasional torching as areas of heavy concentrated fuels heat up during the burn period. The fire is actively burning in the southern half as well as to the west, south, and east. The weather conditions support the continued growth of the fire in all directions. Significant fire activity continues in the Queen and Deer Creek drainages to the east with group torching and active ground fire as the fire makes an up slope run towards Mule Creek Point. South of Moose Jaw Creek the fire is actively burning with short duration crown fire runs, group torching and active ground fire moving east/southeast towards the headwaters of McCalla Creek. From Moose Creek, the fire is reflecting an increase in activity as it moves south towards upper Lodgepole Meadows. In the areas of Game and Flossie Creeks the fire continues to back to the west. Fire behavior increased today and will continue through Monday evening due to predicted temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal and Haines indices between 5 and 6. The Goat Fire continues growing to the south and west in an old fire scar and has not crossed Canyon Creek, well within the Management Action Point. A RED FLAG Warning is in effect from Sunday 10:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. Monday. A strong upper level ridge is building and will be in place through the Labor Day weekend. Firefighters continue active point protection efforts at Root Ranch with pumps, hoselays and portable water tanks in place in the event the fire threatens the site. The fire edge is about one and a half miles to the west of Root Ranch, smoldering in the bottom of Wapiti Creek. Fire progression towards additional Management Action Points and Values at Risk including Sheepeater Lookout, Butts Point Lookout, Snowshoe Mine, and Fern Creek Cabin, as well as priority areas along the Salmon River Corridor between Lantz Bar and Corn Creek Boat Launch and Campground will be monitored. Fire movement north and east towards Arctic Point Lookout and south and west towards Rock Rabbit Lookout has increased point protection actions. Firefighters completed structure wrap at the Arctic Point Lookout yesterday and have plans to wrap Rock Rabbit Lookout today. Continued fire progression west towards Sheepeater Lookout will be closely monitored to determine timing and needs of unstaffing the Lookout and implementing structure protection measures. Chamberlain Guard Station and Stonebraker are in patrol status by air.

Highline Fire Infrared Map, Sept 3, 2017

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

9/2/2017, 9:44:03 AM

Goat Fire: (405 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 burning above Phantom Creek 09/02/17

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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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

9/3/2017, 7:22:50 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 approximately 480 acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire grew to the east today and is on the east side of the Half-Moon drainage. Additionally, the fire continues to back to the south. 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 Emergency Trail and Road Closure has been put in place, which is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Honeymoon Fire.

The lightning caused Remington Fire remains estimated at five (5) acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. Fire activity today was minimal with backing and low intensity ground fire. 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.

Honeymoon Fire Emergency Trail Closure #04-13-17-594
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5543/39693/

Honeymoon Fire Map 09/02/17

Honeymoon Fire 09/01/17

Salmon-Challis NF Fire Overview Map 09/02/17

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/3/2017, 7:22:41 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.

Tappan Fire Trail Closure Terminated
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/38025/

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/3/2017, 7:16:38 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 35
Size 14,503 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

The lightning caused Ibex Fire is a natural fire located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout.

Ibex Fire September 02, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/39801/

Ibex Fire Map 09/02/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – September 2

Kamiah, Idaho (September 2, 2017) – The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests firefighting resources continue to respond to new fire starts following Wednesday’s storm. Twenty-six lightning-caused starts have been detected with the largest of those being the Center Ridge fire, estimated to be 250 acres, with crews continuing mop up and patrol of the fire. Like many areas across the west and northwest, resources are being shared to protect values at risk. As above average temperatures continue and no precipitation is expected recreationists are reminded to use caution with any device that could cause a spark.

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
The Hanover fire (21,041 acres) shows minimal growth on the north-northwest side of Marten Hill as well as in the area of Black Butte. It remains west of Sheep Creek. Helicopters are ready for water drops in the event fire activity increases significantly. 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/.

The Center Ridge fire is contained at 250 acres; the Cougar fire is controlled at 0.5 acre; the Square fire is contained at .25 acre; the Meadow Creek fire is contained at .75 acre, and the Hungry and Johnson Ridge fires are out.

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

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District
Reported Friday, the Little Weitas fire (.1 acre), is burning in heavy timber 0.75 miles north of Little Weitas Butte. The fire is being managed for resource benefits as it performs its natural role on the landscape.

The Liz Butte Fire (5.5 acres), 0.5 miles north of the Liz Butte cabin, is burning in dead and down timber and brush. The fire is staffed and firefighters are assessing the Liz Butte cabin for structure protection. Andys Hump fire (100 acres), 2 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, is burning on the north and south sides of Coolwater Ridge. Structure protection measures are in place on the Coolwater Lookout. Road and trail closures are in effect for the south side of the fire on the Moose Creek Ranger District. Air patrol has been unable to provide details for the Glover fire (25-30 acres), 3.5 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, but a closure order is in effect for a portion of the Eagle Mountain Trail #206 to the south of the fire. No new information is available for the Old Man fire (25-30 acres) one mile southwest of Huckleberry Butte in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. A portion of the Idaho Centennial Trail #220 to the north of the fire is closed for public safety. All of these fires are being managed for resource benefit, utilizing point protection strategies. They are being monitored and patrolled by air and ground resources. For information on these fires, please call the Kooskia office at (208) 926-4274.

The Hidden fire, at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, has grown to 8,497 acres. The active portion of the fire continues to be on the west end, south of the confluence of Big Sand and Colt Killed Creeks. No new growth was observed on the east end near the Montana/Idaho border. The fire remains approximately one-half mile from the border. 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
Eight fires from lightning strikes of a few days ago were detected. The Crow 1, 2 and 3 fires, two to 2.75 miles northwest of Gardiner Peak, are all 10 to 15 acres. The Gardiner Fork fire (10-15 acres) is 1.6 miles northeast of the Gardiner Lookout. The Wylies Ridge fire (20-30 acres) is burning 2.5 miles southwest of Shearer Peak. Three additional fires were found burning in the area of the Coolwater Lookout: the Tanner, Ryder and Grace fires. The Andys Hump fire (reported above on the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District) is also burning on the Moose Creek Ranger District and closures are in effect.

The Falls fire (29 acres) in the Falls Creek drainage is 100% lined and continues to be monitored and patrolled. The Baldy fire is out at .1 acre, and the Goddard fire (2 acres) is expected out today.

The Lone Pine fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness was active Friday in the vicinity of Tony Point. Only minimal activity was noted on all other fires in the wilderness. They include: Buck Lake fire (2,316 acres); Moose Creek 1 fire (14,858 acres); Chute Creek fire (approx. 2,460 acres); Pettibone fire (approx. 307 acres); and Lonesome fire (6 acre). These acreages and fire behavior details will be updated with the next infrared mapping flight. An area closure and various 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 Turkey fire (.1 acre), 2 miles southwest of Warm Springs Bar, and the Baboon fire (.1 acre), 2.5 miles northeast of the Red River Hot Springs, were reported and staffed by personnel working to suppress them. The French 2, Blanco and Aardvark fires are out. The Zebra fire (.3 acre) 2 miles northeast of Red River Hot Springs is contained and being mopped up.

Activity on the Patrol Ridge fire (580 acres), 4.5 miles east of Windy Saddle, remains minimal as it creeps around the perimeter and north toward the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Minimal fire activity is occurring on wilderness fires on the district. The Rattlesnake Point fire (approx. 4,626 acres) between Rattlesnake Creek and Sabe Creek on the Salmon River has been quiet. An area closure and trail closures remain for the safety and protection of the public.

MAGRUDER ROAD CORRIDOR (Forest Road 468) – Subject to Emergency Closure
Visitors travelling the Magruder Corridor Road, Forest Road 468, to Darby, Montana, are advised that due to fire activity on the Nelson Creek fire the road could close at any time near the West Fork Road (Montana State Hwy 473). Information for the fire and closure is posted on 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 9/2/2017, 12:58:51 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 Kevin Barger, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 76
Size 21,041 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Hanover Fire Update – September 2
The Hanover fire (21,041 acres) shows minimal growth on the north-northwest side of Marten Hill as well as in the area of Black Butte. It remains west of Sheep Creek. Helicopters are ready for water drops in the event fire activity increases significantly. 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.

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.

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

This incident will only be updated in the event of significant change in fire behavior or acreage.

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.

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

This incident will only be updated when fire behavior or acreage shows significant change.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/2/2017, 1:56:03 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 8,497 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Hidden Fire Update – Sept 2
The Hidden fire, at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, has grown to 8,497 acres. The active portion of the fire continues to be on the west end, south of the confluence of Big Sand and Colt Kill Creeks. No new growth was observed on the east end near the Montana/Idaho border. The fire remains approximately one-half mile from the border. 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.

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.

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/1/2017, 6:56:44 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 800 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.

Expanded Area Closures in Effect- 9/1/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5493/39690/

Buck Fire Closure Area Map 9/1/17

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

September 3, 2017

More than 1.1 million acres have burned in 74 large fires in the West. Six new large fires were reported. Weather conditions across the west continue to make large fires burn actively.

Weather: The high pressure ridge will become centered over the Four Corners, keeping the West hot and dry until afternoon convection begins. Low afternoon humidities will allow for the developing scattered storms to begin as mostly dry before moistening up in the late afternoon. The focus of the convection will be over Oregon, California and the Great Basin. A cold front will begin dropping south into the northern Great Plains from central Canada, bringing breezy winds and cooler temperatures to North Dakota and eastern Montana late in the day.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (14)
Idaho (4)
Montana (28)
Nevada (4)
Oregon (17)
Utah (1)
Washington (5)
Wyoming (1)

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