Fire Update 9/6/2017

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

Red Flag Warning until September 6, 10:00 PM MDT

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
830 AM MDT Wed Sep 6 2017

...HAINES 6 CONDITIONS TO PERSIST THROUGH TONIGHT...

.A hot, dry, and unstable airmass over the region will remain in
place through tonight. This will continue the Haines 6 conditions
across the eastern Payette National Forest, Boise National Forest,
and western Sawtooth National Forest; which are zones 402, 403
and 421.

Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
830 AM MDT Wed Sep 6 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING FOR HIGH HAINES REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM
MDT TONIGHT ACROSS THE EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST, BOISE
NATIONAL FOREST, AND WESTERN SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST - WHICH ARE
FIRE WEATHER ZONES 402, 403, AND 421...

* HAINES...6 through tonight.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Air Quality Alert

Ada-Adams-Boise-Canyon-Elmore-Gem-Owyhee-Payette-Valley-Washington-
1158 AM MDT Tue Sep 5 2017

...RED AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY FOR THE TREASURE VALLEY AREA...

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Red
/Unhealthy/ Air Quality Advisory for the Treasure Valley area due to
elevated pollutant levels. This Advisory will remain in effect until
air quality conditions have significantly improved.

Air pollutants can cause breathing difficulties for children, the
elderly, as well as persons with respiratory problems. Those
individuals who are sensitive to increased particulate matter,
gaseous pollutants such as ozone, or smoke, are encouraged to avoid
prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity. It is also recommended that
all other individuals limit prolonged or strenuous activity
outdoors.

If it is a regularly scheduled work day, you are urged to:

   * car pool, telecommute, or use mass transit
   * avoid idling your vehicle
   * delay fueling your vehicle until late in the day
   * reduce the use of gasoline-powered equipment or delay
     until late in the day.

For details on this Air Quality Advisory, visit the Idaho DEQ
internet site at www.deq.idaho.gov or call 208-373-0313 for recorded
forecast information.

This statement is issued by the Idaho Department of Environmental
Quality. For more information, contact 208-373-0550.

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight Widespread haze before midnight. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 56. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Thursday Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. East southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Friday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Patchy smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. South southwest wind 3 to 5 mph.
Friday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
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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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DEQ issues statewide air quality advisory

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Boise – Smoke impacts from wildfires have prompted the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to issue a statewide air quality advisory.

This advisory is in effect through Thursday, September 7, at 10 a.m. MDT at which time conditions will be evaluated again on a county-by-county basis. This advisory does not apply to lands within Indian reservation boundaries or to activities associated with fire suppression.

Air quality is in the Moderate to Very Unhealthy categories throughout most of the state and is forecast to remain that way for the next 24 to 48 hours.

Under this advisory, all open burning is prohibited, including campfires, recreational fires, weed control burning, and residential burning.

Daily updates on air quality conditions at various locations in Idaho are available on DEQ’s Air Quality Reports and Forecasts and Current Wildfire Smoke Information webpages. For areas where air quality monitors are not available, the Visibility Range and AQI Table can help determine the necessary precautions to take.

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McCall Air Quality
Sept 5 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 9/6/2017, 10:12:24 AM
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 M Quesinberry
Total Personnel 130
Size 23,926 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-5-2017 Red Flag warning remains in place on Bearskin Fire
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5536/40110/

Yesterday the fire moved south and west toward Deadwood Reservoir. It backed down south of the NFS road 510 into the Warm Springs and Wilson drainages. A smoke inversion remained in place for most of the day and only partially lifted.

Crews made progress chipping the felled trees north of Deadwood Reservoir along the NFS road 555 (Scout Mountain/Deadwood Road) and NFS road 579 (Landmark to Stanley Road). Snags along the corridor are being removed for public and firefighter safety. Felling the trees and chipping helps reduce the heavy fuel load and enhances the ability of the roads to act as fuels breaks.

A red flag warning is still in place and hot, dry and unstable weather continues to dominate our area. Winds out of the east are expected for Tuesday morning, shifting to northwest winds by midmorning which may move the Bearskin Fire in the direction of the Elk Creek Guard station. An increase in fire activity is expected again today when the inversion lifts. Insect-killed dead and down lodgepole pine and subalpine fir remain between the fire and Deadwood Reservoir. The fire is less than two and a half miles east of the Reservoir and there has been limited spread into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the northeast side of the fire.

9-6-2017 Bearskin Fire Progression Map

9-6-2017 Bearskin Fire Topo Map

9-5-2017 Bearskin Fire seen from Bear Valley

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Regional wildfires put strain on crews fighting Bearskin Fire

Alex Livingston, KTVB September 05, 2017

Lowman, ID – With nearly 60 major wildfires raging across the West, fire crews are stretched thin, and managers are hoping to avoid any new fire starts.

From the weather to the rugged terrain, crews battling the Bearskin fire, which is 21 miles north of Lowman, are fighting more than the flames that have already burned 19,000 acres.

“Overall it’s been steadily moving in all four directions,” said Jake Stohmeyer with the Boise National Forest.

The fire is still growing, and with only 120 firefighters working on this fire, Stohmeyer says they are extremely tight on personnel.

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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/6/2017, 7:30:03 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 70,938 Acres

Current Situation: The Highline Fire continued to actively burn under a thick layer of smoke. The most active area is located on the southwestern perimeter in the Ramey Creek watershed. The fire in this area is burning in thick timber and continues to burn aggressively with torching, limited crown fire and spotting out to one quarter mile. The fire advanced approximately one half mile in this area on Tuesday. Heavy smoke is slowing fire spread on other portions of the incident. On the western, northern and eastern perimeters the fire continues to actively back with average spread distances of one tenth to one third of a mile per day. The smoke is not expected to begin clearing out until Thursday muting overall fire behavior. After several days of limited growth due to being inundated with smoke, the Goat Fire experienced favorable winds and daytime warming resulting in moderate growth to the southwest. A RED FLAG Warning is in effect until 10:00 p.m. tonight for a Haines of 6 (high level of atmospheric instability). Hot, dry, and unstable conditions will continue over the fire area through tonight under a ridge of high pressure. Thick smoke over the fire area will also continue, and will likely limit the impact of instability. North winds will continue through at least today with the earliest chance for thunderstorms beginning Thursday afternoon. The chance of thunderstorms will increase Friday afternoon into the weekend. Firefighters will continue to monitor the Highline and Goat Fires for impingement of Management Action Points that will prompt additional point protection at other Values at Risk within the Fire Planning Area. Active point protection efforts will continue at Root Ranch and Cold Meadows. Fire progression to the south has triggered the need to assess the areas around Smith Creek, Big Creek and the Edwardsburg community approximately 10 miles to the southwest of the fire. Passive point protection will occur at the Lower Chamberlain Bridge, Arctic Point and Rock Rabbit Lookouts and the bridges in the Big Creek area. Firing operations will begin around Root Ranch if necessary. Fire progression towards additional Management Action Points and Values at Risk including Sheepeater and Butts Point Lookouts, Fern Creek Cabin, and priority areas along the Salmon River Corridor will be monitored to determine the need for point protection actions. Stonebraker and Chamberlain Guard Station will be monitored by air.

Highline Fire Facts – September 6, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/40186/

Highline Fire Infrared Map, Sept 6, 2017

Highline Fire Progression Map, Sept 5, 2017

Highline Fire Operations Map, Sept 5, 2017

Monumental Bridge on Big Creek Posted on: 09/05/17

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

9/5/2017, 8:36:06 PM

Goat Fire: (605 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.

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

9/6/2017

Salmon-Challis NF Area Fire Overview 09/06/17

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Honeymoon Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/6/2017, 10:12:31 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday August 27th, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM
Location Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 30 NM NW of Stanely, ID
Incident Commander Severe
Incident Description 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.
Current Situation
Total Personnel 9
Size 1,597 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM

The Honeymoon Fire is 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.

Honeymoon Fire Update September 6, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5543/40192/

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/6/2017, 7:39:15 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 9/5/2017, 2:15:14 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Rhoades/Waverek(t)
Total Personnel 40
Size 14,503 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

The Ibex Fire remained active in the Twelvemile drainage and Yankee Fork Meadows Monday. Despite steady winds over the fire area, observations indicate that fire growth was not significant. An update of the exact fire perimeter and fire growth is unknown, as there was no Infrared (IR) flight over the area last night. An IR flight on September 2 estimated the fire at 14,503 acres. 40 personnel, one helicopter, and four engines are currently assigned.

September 5 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/40122/

Ibex Fire with Fire History Map

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDSCF/2017-07-26-1017-Ibex/picts/2017_09_05-14.58.53.223-CDT.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – Sept. 5

Kamiah, Idaho (September 5, 2017) – Widespread haze from dense smoke is expected to remain throughout the area as a high pressure ridge remains over most of the area. In the interest of public safety and protection, many trails, some roads and a few areas are closed because of fire activity on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. For full details and maps, please visit the forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.

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. 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 (24,364 acres) grew 1,031 acres yesterday as dense smoke conditions in the area limited temperatures. No significant runs were observed on the fire yesterday. The fire is holding in the Sheep Creek drainage and continues backing into Porcupine Creek. If conditions permit, the incident commander intends to make aerial reconnaissance of the fire today. It is being heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored. Three 20-person crews, three engines, a type 3 and a type 2 helicopter, and various pieces of heavy equipment remain assigned to the incident for a total of 92 personnel. Information for the Hanover fire is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/.

The Center Ridge fire (250 acres) was controlled yesterday and placed into a monitor status. It is no longer staffed. It will be monitored by air. The Square fire (.25 acre) is out.

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 experienced some increase in activity yesterday with the fire now estimated at 592 acres. The fire is 2 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, burning on the north and south sides of Coolwater Ridge, on the Lochsa/Powell and Moose Creek Ranger Districts. Structure protection measures are in place on the Coolwater Lookout. This fire is being managed for resource benefits, utilizing point protection strategies. The Glover fire (approx. 100 aces) is burning 3.5 miles east of Coolwater Lookout. The Little Weitas fire (approx. 30 acres) is burning in heavy timber 0.75 miles north of Little Weitas Butte. The Liz Butte fire (approx. 80 acres), 0.5 miles north of the Liz Butte cabin, is staffed and structure protection measures continue for the cabin. If conditions permit, aerial reconnaissance will occur today. Liz Butte Road 560 is closed to the cabin. Fire activity will be visible from the 500 road, though the road remains open at this time. The Old Man fire (approx. 650 acres) is one mile southwest of Huckleberry Butte in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. 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. Various trail and road closures are in effect for the safety and protection of the public. For information on these fires and closures, please call the Kooskia office at (208) 926-4274.

The Hidden fire, at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, was relatively quiet yesterday as the smoky conditions helped keep temperatures fairly low. The fire grew 194 acres, mostly in the bottom of the Big Flat drainage with minor growth on the NW side of the incident. Infrared imagery now estimates the fire size is 10,529 acres. If conditions allow, helicopter water drops on the spots near the Montana border may occur today. Trail closures remain in effect for the safety and protection of the public. For information on the Hidden fire or closures, please call the Powell office at (208) 942-3113.

Palouse Ranger District
The Strychnine fire (estimated 800 acres) is burning five miles northeast of Harvard, Idaho. The fire is being managed by a type 3 incident management organization under the direction of Idaho Department of Lands. An area closure is in effect. Additional closures are in place on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices. Information about the fire and closures are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5586/ or by calling (208) 661-5292.

Moose Creek Ranger District
The Falls fire (30 acres) in the Falls Creek drainage is 100% lined and continues to be monitored and patrolled.

The Andys Hump fire (reported above on the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District) is also burning on the Moose Creek Ranger District. The fire has spotted to the south and southeast. Closures are in effect.

The Brushy fire (102 acres) and the Freeman fire (376 acres) are new fires burning in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The Lone Pine fire (12,369 acres) grew significantly to the east and has advanced north of Bitch Lake to become well established in the upper Bitch Creek. Buck Lake fire (3,920 acres) grew actively southeast and across Marten Creek, as well as north of Rock Pillar. Moose Creek 1 fire (16,801 acres) showed active growth in the area north and northwest of Freeman Peak where it has moved into the Freeman Creek drainage and is about .10 mile from the Freeman fire. Other fires in the wilderness include: Crow 1 fire (91 acres), Crow 2 fire (120 acres), and Crow 3 fire (8 acres) all in the Crow Creek drainage; the Gardiner Fork fire (10-15 acres) near Gardiner Peak; the Wylies Ridge fire (20-30 acres) 2.5 miles southwest of Shearer Peak; the Ditch Creek fire (4 acres) in the vicinity of Wylies Peak; Chute Creek fire (2,753 acres); Barren Ridge fire (1,110) 1.6 miles south of California Point; Ballinger fire (1,184 acres) 2.25 miles northwest of Pinchot Point; Isaac Lake fire (1,416 acres) 0.5 miles west of Isaac Lake; Dodge fire (50 acres); Pettibone fire (307 acres), 5 miles northeast of Selway Lodge; and Lonesome fire (23 acres), .5 miles north-northeast of Wylies Peak. Various identified values at risk have protection measures in place. 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. Due to the number of fires reported, those under 250 acres will no longer be reported until size or behavior changes significantly.
For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Moose Creek Ranger District, please call (208) 926-4258.

Red River Ranger District
Aerial resources have been successful in holding the Pronghorn fire (mapped at 48 acres). It is burning in timber 3.5 miles north-northeast of the Red River Hot Springs. Given the potential for extreme fire behavior on this fire in steep terrain, it has been unsafe to put firefighters on the ground to make direct attack; however, fire managers continue to assess opportunities. Weather will be a determining factor in the decision. In the meantime, it will be addressed by air. Jodi Baxter, a type 3 incident commander, has taken over management of the fire. An area closure is in effect for the protection and safety of the public.

The Patrol Ridge fire at 807 acres, was moderately active Sunday, growing steadily around the perimeter. It is now burning on the Moose Creek Ranger District in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Trail closures remain in effect. In the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the Rattlesnake Point fire (4,775 acres) shows minimal activity on the south-facing slope above Bear Creek. An area closure and trail closures remain on for the safety and protection of the public.

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

For fire information on many of these fires, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/13/#
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Strychnine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/6/2017, 10:24:29 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Saturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 4.5 miles northeast of Harvard, ID
Incident Commander Idaho Department of Lands- Jason Svancara Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 120
Size 970 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 30%

The Strychnine Fire is five miles northeast of Harvard, Idaho and burning on steep slopes in heavy timber and brush on primarily industrial timber land with some national forest land ownership.

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is being assisted by US Forest Service Nez Perce- Clearwater Forests Palouse Range District, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and area volunteer fire crews. The fire is currently being managed as a Type 3 incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Please see the Closure tab for the latest information about areas and locations closed due to fire activity.

Strychnine Fire Fact Sheet 9/6/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5586/40188/

Perimeter Map 9/5/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5586/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/4/2017, 2:26:36 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 24,364 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Hanover Fire Update – Sept 4
The Hanover fire (23,333 acres) grew somewhat in upper Boulder Creek north of Marten Hill. The fire is holding in the Sheep Creek drainage and continues backing into Porcupine Creek. If conditions permit, the incident commander intends to make aerial reconnaissance of the fire today. It 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 IR Map – Sept 4

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDNCF/2017-08-03-1220-Hanover-Fire/picts/2017_09_04-15.34.29.371-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/4/2017, 2:38:21 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 3,920 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 – Sept 4
Buck Lake fire (3,920 acres) grew actively southeast and across Marten Creek, as well as north of Rock Pillar.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/3/2017, 4:39:13 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 2,753 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.

Chute Creek Fire Update – Sept. 3
Chute Creek fire (2,493 acres) was active on the south edge, with minimal growth on the north near Dead Elk Point; the fire is still 1.2 miles west of Blodgett Lake.

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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Pronghorn Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/4/2017, 2:04:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Matteson Ridge
Incident Commander Jodi Baxter, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 4
Size 48 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 07th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5587/
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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 9/4/2017, 2:45:29 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 16,801 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 9/5/2017, 11:57:32 AM
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 10,529 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 9/5/2017, 11:32:46 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 2,600 Acres

North Fork Hughes Fire Update 9/6/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5343/40184/

Topo Map of IR Flight 9/6/17

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/5/2017, 4:20:08 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 1,265 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.

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 5, 2017

Extreme fire weather conditions caused many fires in Montana, Oregon and California to gain thousands of acres yesterday. Currently 81 large fires have burned 1.4 million acres in nine western states. More than 27,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildland fires in the West.

Weather: As the hot, dry and unstable ridge of high pressure maintains its grip over the Intermountain West, the remnants of Lidia will continue to move north through California into Oregon. Scattered wet storms will be possible as far north as Mount Rainier in Washington. Closer to the Continental Divide, a cold front dropping south through the Great Plains will produce an easterly wind that will bring slightly less hot conditions to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Easterly winds could present some problems for fires along the Continental Divide, even though surface humidities will be slightly higher.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (17)
Colorado (1)
Idaho (6)
Montana (28)
Nevada (2)
Oregon (19)
Utah (1)
Washington (6)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Sept 6, 2017 Fires Western N. America
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