Updated Fire Report 9/15/2017

Local Conditions: We are getting a little rain this morning and much cooler weather. Light haze of smoke and yellow air quality this morning.

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 51. North wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tonight A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light north northeast after midnight.
Saturday Sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Light south wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday Night A 10 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Monday Showers likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Johnson Creek Airport WebCam
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted September 15

Land Management Agencies lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in most zones of the Payette Fire Restriction Area

September 15, 2017

McCall, Idaho – With cooler temperatures and chances of precipitation increasing into next week, local land management agencies will lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Payette West, Payette East, and Long Valley/Meadows Valley Zones of the Payette Fire Restriction Area beginning Friday, September 15, 2017. The Fire Restrictions are rescinded by agencies managing state, private and public lands in the area, including the United States Forest Service (USFS), Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA), and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL). Restrictions were terminated in the Weiser River Zone of the Payette Fire Restriction Area on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

The Little Salmon Zone of the Payette Fire Restriction Area remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice. See map below for location.

The restrictions were put into effect on August 11 when fire danger and burning conditions were unusually high. Recent storms have brought some moisture with much cooler temperatures to the area, and with the days getting shorter fire conditions have moderated. Forest visitors are reminded that vegetation is still dry and to be careful with all use of fire in the outdoors. The accidental start of a wildfire can still be devastating. Be alert and be aware. Follow these tips to help prevent wildfire:

o NEVER leave a camp fire unattended
o Keep water, dirt and a shovel near your fire at all times
o Make sure your fire is dead out and cold to the touch before you leave it
o Use of fireworks, exploding targets or tracer rounds is prohibited on public lands

Area closures due to active wildfires are still in effect on some public lands, including the area affected by the Highline Fire on the Payette National Forest. Contact the land management agency for your area of interest for specific information regarding fire closures.

Fire restrictions may be lifted but burn bans may still be in place in some areas. Fire restrictions and burn bans address different types of activities. Burn bans pertain to controlled burning activities such as debris burning, slash burning, or agricultural burning, for which a fire safety burn permit from IDL is required. Visit http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/ for more information

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McCall Air Quality
Sept 14 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 9/13/2017, 7:57:17 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 M Quesinberry
Total Personnel 151
Size 30,075 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-14-2017 Bearskin Fire Update

BOISE, Idaho – Warmer temperatures, cloudy skies and rain greeted firefighters Wednesday morning as they gathered for their morning briefing on the Bearskin Fire and left for the line. By mid-morning, skies had cleared and crews were hard at work on a variety of tasks along NFR Roads 579 and 555.

Crews continued to monitor the area around Deadwood Lodge after Tuesday’s firing operations. Engines patrolled the east side of the fire while saw crews continued cutting snags off NFS Road 579. To the south of the fire on NFS Road 555, Centennial Job Corps Center Crew 9 worked on creating indirect line by removing brush and falling trees that could topple over and block the road, or spread fire if it reached the area.

“Any rain we get helps us on a fire, but we’re not done here yet,” said incident commander Bill Hahnenberg. “There is still smoke coming from parts of the fire and our crews are working hard to improve and secure our existing lines as part of our confinement and point protection strategy.”

Thursday’s plan is to complete all work along NFS Road 579 and continue point protection around Deadwood Lodge. On the north end of NFS Road 555, chipping will continue while saw crews work on clearing brush on the south end of the road. Near Deadwood Reservoir, heavy equipment will be removing snags on the east side of the road as a precautionary measure to prevent trees from blocking the road and resource advisors will also be working around the reservoir to identify any values that need to be protected, should a fire move into the area.

The fire area will be mostly cloudy today with a slight chance of thundershowers in the morning and chance of rain during the remainder of the day. Northwest winds from 5 to 8 mph are expected with gusts of 15 mph possible with morning thunderstorm activity.

The Bearskin Fire area closure remains in place for public safety and includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds and trails in the vicinity. The NFS Road 582 through Bear Valley remains open except between the junctions of NFS Roads 545 and 515 which is closed for construction. Work is expected to last into October. All Forest Closure Orders and maps are available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-noticeserts/boise/alerts-notices

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

9-11-2017 Bearskin Fire Topo Map

Feller-buncher working along NFS Road 579 Posted on: 09/13/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

9/14/2017, 12:33:52 PM

Goat Fire: (818 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 creeps down toward Salmon River Posted on: 09/14/17

Highline Fire: (84,619 acres) Camberlain Airstrip is Closed. An area closure order is in effect. The Highline and Goat wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team.

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InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/14/2017, 7:48:48 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 78
Size 84,619 Acres

Current Situation: Cloudy skies, cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity will keep fire behavior generally low today. Yesterday, a few pockets of heat were observed in Big Bear and Mule Creek Peak on the northeast side of the fire area. On the west side, heat is still present to the west of Root Ranch. A few isolated pockets of heat remain in Silver Creek and upper Whimstick Creek on the southeast side. The spots of fire surrounding Rock Rabbit Lookout continued to grow creating more depth around the lookout adding to point protection of the wrapped cabin. Pockets of isolated heat continue on the west side in upper Chamberlain Basin and around Flossie Lake. There was not much change with the Goat fire, with isolated pockets and stringers of heat down into Phantom Creek on the north face of the Salmon River. Firefighters remain at Root Ranch ready to provide point protection. Point protection actions will be implemented at Edwardsburg if the southern part of the Highline fire becomes active and pushes south. Resources assigned include: one type 2 initial attack crew; one local hand crew; one fire use module; one light helicopter; and fireline leadership and support positions. A total of 78 personnel are assigned.

Highline Fire Facts – September 15, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/41105/

Highline Fire near upper Ramey/Silver Creek Posted on: 09/14/17

Highline Fire Overview Map, Sept 14, 2017

List of Trails Partially or Entirely Closed in the Highline Fire Area
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/41041/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
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Highline Fire Closure Area Reduced in Middle Fork Elk Zone

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator
Friday, September 15, 2017

A large portion of the Middle Fork Elk Zone has reopened thanks to cooler temperatures and slower fire growth of the Highline and Goat Fires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The new closure area and other fire updates can be viewed at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/ or https://idfg.idaho.gov/fire.

The updated closure impacts only 17 percent of the Middle Fork Elk Zone, where the season opens today (September 15).

The Big Creek Trail #196 and everything south of the trail is now available to hunters. Several backcountry airstrips are also operational including Cold Meadows, Cabin Creek and Soldier Bar.

While the previous closure affected 52 percent of Unit 26, now only 19 percent of the unit is closed. Nearly half of unit 20A remains closed as fire activity is primarily within that unit.

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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

Honeymoon Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/14/2017, 3:59:06 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 Getty
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 7
Size 1,860 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur.

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/14/2017, 3:58:53 PM
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 9/14/2017, 9:31:55 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 15
Size 17,256 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

A transfer of command to a smaller incident management organization and a local Type 4 Incident Commander took place on Thursday, September 14. They will complete repair work and monitor the fire where hot spots still remain.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Updates

Coolwater Complex

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/13/2017, 11:41:23 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/ Natural
Date of Origin Thursday September 07th, 2017 approx. 02:30 PM
Location Near Andy’s Lake and Coolwater Mountain
Incident Commander Steve Goldman, Eastern Area IMT
Total Personnel 121
Size 2,969 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 4%

On September 9 the Andy’s Hump, Old Man and Glover fires were all combined into the Coolwater Complex under Steve Goldman’s Eastern Area Incident Management Team.

Coolwater Complex Update – September 14, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5597/41048/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/14/2017, 2:06:34 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Friday September 08th, 2017 approx. 01:00 PM
Location Big Elk Creek
Incident Commander Chris Young, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 62
Size 80 Acres

Big Elk Fire Update – September 14
The Big Elk fire (approx. 80 acres) showed increased activity to the west Wednesday when winds picked up in the afternoon, resulting in some interior torching east of the 1199 road. Helicopters were able to hold it in check. The incident commanders are holding the majority of the resources for at least another day. Some interior torching can be expected to continue

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5602/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/14/2017, 2:12:49 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 38
Size 27,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Hanover Fire Update – September 14
With no infrared data available, the Hanover fire is estimated at 27,000 acres. It has crossed over Slate Creek to the north, but helicopter water drops were able to keep it below the 444 road. The fire remains heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored. If conditions allow, more helicopter work will be done today. Ground crews, engines, heavy equipment and helicopters remain assigned to the incident. The Twin Lakes fire is estimated at 30 acres and is being managed with the Hanover fire.

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 9/14/2017, 1:48:34 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 4,420 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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Pronghorn Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/11/2017, 1:02:20 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Matteson Ridge
Incident Commander Jodi Baxter, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 19
Size 78 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 07th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Pronghorn Fire Update – September 14
Smoke jumpers working the Pronghorn fire have been released. Local fire personnel will continue to monitor the fire by air and ground.
The area closure has been lifted.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5587/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/14/2017, 2:29:52 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 15,237 Acres

This incident will only be updated with significant changes in fire behavior or acreage.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/10/2017, 10:11:21 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 17,395 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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Rattlesnake Point Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/11/2017, 2:02:51 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Unstaffed
Size 4,843 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/12/2017, 12:04:59 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 Stony Nelson, ICT3
Size 12,261 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/14/2017, 11:18:05 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 3,931 Acres

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/14/2017, 8:35:21 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 89
Size 1,808 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.

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

September 15, 2017

Ten new large fires were reported yesterday. A change in the weather will help firefighters as the work toward containment goals.

Weather: Snow will be possible in the higher elevations in Montana as the upper level low pressure area moves further inland. Temperatures across the West will experience additional cooling from this cold system. Significant rainfall is expected in the lower elevations across the Northern Rockies, eastern Washington and Oregon, and the northern Great Basin. Looking elsewhere, a warm, breezy, and dry southwesterly flow will continue across the Southwest. Meanwhile in the East, attention will turn from the remnants of Irma over the mid-Atlantic to Hurricane Jose as it begins its march toward the East Coast.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (9)
Idaho (5)
Montana (22)
Nevada (1)
New Mexico (1)
Oregon (14)
South Dakota (2)
Texas (1)
Utah (2)
Washington (8)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fires 9/15/2017

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