Fire Update 9/8/2017

Local Conditions: Red Air Quality. Hot, dry, dusty and smoky in Yellow Pine.

Red Flag Warning September 8-9

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
819 AM MDT Fri Sep 8 2017

...SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL REDEVELOP TODAY...

.Lingering moisture will combine with an unstable atmosphere
today, causing scattered thunderstorms to redevelop across much of
eastern Oregon and southwest Idaho. Storms will be capable of
producing outflow gusts to 50 mph and up to one-half inch of
rainfall under storm cores. Storms will likely dissipate by
midnight MDT tonight.

Western Payette National Forest-Eastern Payette National Forest-
Northern Boise National Forest-Owyhee Mountains-Burns BLM-
Vale BLM-Baker Valley-
819 AM MDT Fri Sep 8 2017 /719 AM PDT Fri Sep 8 2017/

...RED FLAG WARNING FOR LIGHTNING IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT /11
AM PDT/ TODAY TO MIDNIGHT MDT /11 PM PDT/ TONIGHT...

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Red Flag
Warning, which is in effect from noon MDT /11 AM PDT/ today to
midnight MDT /11 PM PDT/ tonight. This is an upgrade from the
Fire Weather Watch.


* THUNDERSTORMS...Scattered coverage this afternoon and evening.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Up to 50 mph.


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-
1033 AM MDT Fri Sep 8 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
This Afternoon Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tonight A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. West southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday Night Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 50.
Monday Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 83.

Johnson Creek Airport WebCam
http://www.ruralnetwork.net/~yellowpinecm/
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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 7 smoke map

Smoke Map 9/8/2017

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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/7/2017, 9:06:29 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 111
Size 24,278 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-7-2017 Bearskin Fire Update

Last night’s early evening infrared flight showed minimal growth to the fire Wednesday. Areas of intense heat are present in the interior, as well as the north, west and south parts of the fire.
Fire crews continued to buy time with help from an inversion parked over the valley. Crews are taking defensive measures to reduce fuels should the fire move toward Deadwood Reservoir, by removing snags for public safety and chipping felled trees. Fire activity was minimal near the intersections of National Forest System road 591 and NFS 510 about a mile and a half from Deadwood Reservoir.

A red flag warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Southerly winds will increase moisture and introduce a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms late Thursday afternoon which is expected to continue through Friday evening. This also brings an increase in southerly winds, especially along south/ west aspects, ridgelines and through north—south oriented drainages Thursday afternoon.

The Bearskin Fire area closure has been put in place for public safety and includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds and trails in the vicinity. NFS road 582 through Bear Valley remains open except between the junctions of NFS roads 545 and 515 which is closed for construction (see paragraph below). The Closure Order and maps are available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices or at Forest Service Ranger Stations, and are posted on bulletin boards along roads into the Bear Valley area.

A segment of the Clear Creek Road (NFS road 582) is closed from above the junction with NFS road 545 (Long Creek Summer Homes) north to the junction with NFS road 515 for culvert replacement work for six weeks. Forest visitors will need to plan their trips accordingly; maps are available at Lowman Ranger Station (208-259-3361) and on the Boise National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/boise/maps-pubs

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on public and private lands under fire protection of the Boise National Forest, Boise BLM and State of Idaho. Campfires are only permitted in developed recreation sites with an agency approved metal fire ring. Smoking is allowed in a cleared area of at least 3 feet in diameter, in a vehicle or in a developed recreation site. For specific information visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

9-7-2017 BearskinTopo Map

9-7-2017 Bearskin Progression Map

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

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:07:30 PM
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 107
Size 70,938 Acres

Current Situation: An infrared flight was unavailable for the second consecutive night. Satellite images indicate the Highline Fire continued to actively burn despite being blanketed by a thick layer of smoke yesterday. Despite the persistent smoke, a crew swap at Root Ranch was conducted utilizing multiple helicopters. Late yesterday evening, firefighters staged at the ranch reported outflow winds from thunderstorms had caused the fire to cross Wapiti Creek. The fire is estimated to be approximately one and one quarter mile from the ranch. A late afternoon wind shift to a southerly flow resulted in overnight clearing of the smoky conditions that have inundated the fire area for the past several days. There is an increased chance of scattered thunderstorms over the fire area Friday afternoon. Firefighters remain in strategic locations prepared to take action to protect Values at Risk should the fire progression demonstrate a need.

Highline Fire Facts – September 8, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/40398/

Highline Fire Public Overview Map, Sept 5, 2017

Highline Fire Progression Map, Sept 5, 2017

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

9/6/2017, 11:35:10 AM

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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East Idaho Fire Update September 7, 2017

IDAHO FALLS, ID: Fire Fighting resources from Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center responded to the Black Cap Fire last night. This lightning caused fire is located six miles northwest of the Craters of the Moon National Monument and is currently approximately 60-acres in size. Resources on the fire include seven engines, two dozers, an eight-person initial attack crew and miscellaneous overhead. Currently there is no estimate of containment or control. There are no structures threatened but there is livestock grazing in the area.

Crews also responded to the Oneida Narrows Fire. This Human caused fire is located twelve miles northeast of Preston, ID and was contained at 3.5 acres. Estimation of control is 7 p.m. tonight.

The 148-acre Little Valley Fire started on September 4 was contained the same day and controlled yesterday at 5:45 p.m.

The Maple Creek Fire (June 25, 2017) and the Maple Creek 2 Fire (July 7, 2017) just north of the Utah boarder and 12-miles East of Preston, ID have burned together. They will be reported now as the Maple Creek 2 Fire. The acreage for this fire is approximately 100 acres.

Please visit our website for the most current info on fires. http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com -EIIFC
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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

Honeymoon Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:42:39 PM
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 8, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5543/40362/

Honeymoon Fire 09/08/17

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/8/2017, 8:15:53 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 9/8/2017, 6:42:00 AM
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 51
Size 16,738 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

September 8 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/40400/

Ibex Fire Map September 8

Click to access 2017_09_08-12.54.34.729-CDT.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – Sept. 7

Kamiah, Idaho (September 7, 2017) – As fire activity continues across the forest, many trails, some roads and other larger areas across the Forests are closed for public and firefighter safety. With the potential for new closures to take effect as a result of changing fire conditions, forest visitors are encouraged to check current information – full details and maps, please visit the forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.

The Andy’s Hump fire remains a full suppression fire with structure protection measures in place for the community of Lowell. The lightning caused fire started August 30 on the Moose Creek and Lochsa/Powell Ranger Districts. A public meeting is scheduled for this Friday, September 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Fenn Ranger Station Visitor Center.

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/ The Palouse Ranger District is divided by the Coeur D’Alene and Grangeville Dispatch Zones. The portion of the Palouse Ranger District located in the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Zone (which includes Laird Park, Giant White Pine, and Bald Mountain Campgrounds) is in Stage II fire restriction and the portion located in the Grangeville Dispatch Zone is in Stage I fire restrictions. For more information, please call the Palouse Ranger District at 208-875-1131.

CURRENT STATUS BY DISTRICT

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District
The Andys Hump fire is now estimated at 1,256 acres after growing just 200 acres in the last 24 hours. A Type 3 team is taking over management of the fire today. The fire moved over a mile to the northwest down Knife Edge Ridge and to the west above Kerr and Lottie Creeks on Tuesday, September 5. Heavy equipment line is currently being established around Lowell. All resources have been pulled off the hill with the main focus being on the structure protection around Lowell. Structure protection measures are in place on the Coolwater Lookout.

The Glover fire (approx. 100 aces) is burning 3.5 miles east of Coolwater Lookout. The Little Weitas fire (approx. 70 acres) is burning in heavy timber 0.75 miles north of Little Weitas Butte. The Liz Butte fire (approx. 400 acres), 0.5 miles north of the Liz Butte cabin, is staffed and structure protection measures are now in place for the cabin. Aerial reconnaissance will occur as conditions permit. Both Little Weitas and Liz Butte fires are visible from the 500 road, which remains open. Liz Butte Road 560 is closed to the cabin. 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. Trail and road closures are in effect for the public safety. For more information on these fire and associated closures, please call the Kooskia office at(208) 926-4274.

The Hidden fire, at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, is now estimated at 10,689 acres, with just under 300 acres of growth yesterday primarily n the Big Flat drainage. While recent smoky conditions have not allowed for helicopter water drops on the spots near the Montana border, fire managers are coordinating with the Bitterroot National Forest in order to accomplish the work as soon as conditions allow. 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.

Salmon River Ranger District
The Hanover fire is 24, 854 acres. The fire is holding in the Sheep Creek drainage and continues backing into Porcupine Creek. Helicopter work will continue as conditions allow. 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 for a total of 92 personnel. Information for the Hanover fire is available at
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/.

The Twin Lakes fire, a located 2 miles north of Square Mountain, discovered on September 4, is estimated at 13.5 acres and is burning on both sides of the 383 trail. The fire is being monitored but remains unstaffed at this time. The Center Ridge fire is 250 acres and is controlled and being monitored by air. For more information on fire activity or closures on Salmon River Ranger District, please call (208) 839-2211.

Palouse Ranger District
The Strychnine fire is 970 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. Firefighters made great progress again yesterday toward fire containment. Existing fire lines are widening and approximately 90% of the fire line has access to water via portable via water tanks and hose lays. putting in direct line and remain optimistic about progress to be made during today’s operational period. 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 athttps://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. See above for more information.

The Brushy fire (102 acres) and the Freeman fire (376 acres) are 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). Progress continues with fireline established along the north ridge of the perimeter, northeast toward Meadow Creek, and along the west edge. 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, there has been a limited number of firefighters put on the ground to make direct attack. Fire managers continue to assess opportunities and work on control and mop-up. An area closure is in effect for the protection and safety of the public.

The Patrol Ridge (807 acres) burning on the Moose Creek Ranger District in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness showed no significant growth in the last 24 hours. Trail closures remain in effect. In the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the Rattlesnake Point fire (4,775 acres) also 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 fire information on many of these fires, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/13/# . For more information on fire activity or closures on the Red River Ranger District, please call (208) 842-2245.

Forest and Fire Management Staff consider 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
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Andy’s Hump Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/8/2017, 11:52:00 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/ Natural
Location Near Andy’s Lake and Coolwater Mountain
Total Personnel 43
Size 1,256 Acres

The Andy’s Hump fire started burning August 30, 2017 on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ Moose Creek and Lochsa/Powell Ranger Districts, roughly five miles east of Lowell on the north and south sides of Coolwater Ridge. The fire made a mile run Tuesday, September 5, doubling in size to 1,056 acres. the fire spread slowed on Wednesday with just 200 acres, bringing the total to 1,256 acres. It is spreading to the northwest and “backing” down toward private residences in the Lowell area. Fire managers are focusing efforts on building a fuel break to protect residences, and will be working with residents to make properties more defensible. A public meeting will be held Friday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m. a the Fenn Ranger Station Visitor Center.

Andy’s Hump Update – September 6, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5597/40235/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5597/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:44:00 AM
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 83
Size 24,854 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.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:33:21 AM
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 9/3/2017, 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.

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 9/7/2017, 8:54:15 AM
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 Roy Angeny, 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 9/7/2017, 8:03:48 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 Stony Nelson, ICT3
Size 10,689 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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Strychnine Fire

Idaho Department of Lands

Current as of 9/8/2017, 9:22:29 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 196
Size 1,010 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%

Strychnine Fire Fact Sheet 9/8/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5586/40358/

Perimeter Map 9/7/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5586/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/8/2017, 8:37:34 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 Glen Palfrey
Total Personnel 11
Size 3,520 Acres

North Fork Hughes Fire Update 9/7/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5343/40276/

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/7/2017, 2:09:42 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 38
Size 1,500 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%

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 8, 2017

Eighty-two large fires have burned over 1.4 million acres nationally. The majority of the fires are burning in California, Montana and Oregon. Firefighters are reaching containment goals as large fire activity continues throughout the West.

Weather: The ridge over the West will slide east as an upper low moves toward California. Moisture will move north along the West Coast, producing scattered showers and thunderstorms from northern California to western Washington. Widely scattered thunderstorms will form across eastern Oregon, Idaho and western Montana late in the day. Scattered thunderstorms will continue across the Four Corners states. A cold front will enter the Northwest, ushering in cooler conditions. Smoke will remain trapped in many valleys of the northwestern U.S. but most will be cleared by the frontal passage.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (14)
Colorado (2)
Idaho (8)
Montana (26)
Nevada (3)
New Mexico (1)
Oregon (18)
Utah (1)
Washington (8)
Wyoming (1)

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