Fire Update Aug 16, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

It has been 47 days since we have had a drop of rain. Yesterday’s high was 94 degrees.

Fire Weather Watch in effect from August 17, 12:00 PM MDT until August 18, 12:00 AM MDT

Fire Weather Watch

National Weather Service Boise ID
808 AM MDT Thu Aug 16 2018


.Moisture continues to spread across the area combining with both
strong daytime heating and an approaching upper trough. The lower
portions of the airmass remain dry, therefore initially little if
any rain is expected. As the upper trough begins to swing into
the Pacific Northwest Friday, improving threat of both
thunderstorms and rainfall are expected.

Northern Boise BLM-Western Payette National Forest-
Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Treasure Valley BLM-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
Western Twin Falls BLM-
808 AM MDT Thu Aug 16 2018

401... 402...403...420...421 AND 424...

* THUNDERSTORMS...Isolated thunderstorms are possible Thursday
  afternoon and evening, but increasing in coverage Friday.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Over 40 mph are possible.


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

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Extreme Fire Danger!


Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 10:00 MDT
77 Moderate

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Mesa Fire

Payette National Forest
Location 4 miles south of Council, Idaho
Cause Human
Date of Origin Thursday July 26th, 2018 approx. 08:00 PM
Current as of 8/15/2018, 6:39:20 AM
Total Personnel 343
Size 34,700 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 89%
Estimated Containment Date Friday August 17th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

August 15, 2018 Final Update

FIRE UPDATE: Tomorrow Northern Rockies Team 7 will transition with a Type 3 team. The new team will take command of the fire at 6:00 am Thursday, August 16th.

Yesterday, crews progressed with mop up operations, moving approximately 100 feet inside fire containment lines to extinguish areas of heat. Along the 200 Road, resources continued securing areas where firing operations took place.

The northeast area of the fire remains the most active. Remaining crews will focus on securing containment lines in these areas. Where containment is complete, crews will continue to patrol and begin suppression rehabilitation efforts. Rehabilitation involves evaluating and stabilizing the impacts of fire on vegetation, soils, watersheds and habitat. This work can include raking containment lines, scattering slash, and installing water bars.

Temperatures will be slightly higher today with lower relative humidity. Tomorrow will bring increased cloud cover. Forecasts call for a 40% chance of rain on Friday.

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect over the entire fire area. Remember, temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones).If you fly, we can’t!

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Central Idaho, including the Payette National Forest, is under Stage I Fire Restrictions. For more information please visit:

CLOSURE: A Forest Closure Order is in effect (#0412-524) for areas within and surrounding the Mesa Fire. For more information visit:

Mesa Fire Closure Version #3 Effective 8/16/2018 6am

Click to access pict20180715-171415-0.pdf

Mesa Fire Closure Map Verson 3

Mesa Fire InciWeb link:
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Kiwah Fire

Kiwah Thermal Map 8/16/2018 from MODIS

Meadow Creek Road Closed

8/11 PM update: The Meadow Creek Road above Stibnite has an emergency closure as the Kiwah Fire has bumped the road above Indian Creek. No other closures are in effect at this time. The road is open to Thunder Mountain, but members of the public are asked to limit traffic on the road as firefighters are working along the road and in Thunder Mountain. A future closure of the Thunder Mountain area may be necessary depending on the impact of an expected high level of fire activity today. Helicopters are assisting firefighters with water bucket drops throughout the north side of the fire.

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location eight (8) miles northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station on the south side of the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday July 18th, 2018 approx. 05:30 PM
Current as of 8/16/2018, 7:08:33 AM
Total Personnel 17
Size 15,437 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Kiwah Fire Update August 16, 2018



The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 15,437 acres. The fire is burning in a mixed conifer forest on the Middle Fork Ranger District and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station within the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Yesterday, fire activity was minimal with little fire growth. The potential remains high for the fire to continue to grow, as there are many actively burning areas within the fire perimeter.

There are two closures associated with the Kiwah Fire. The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Trail Closure Order #04-13-18-600 and the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Road Closure: #0412-524. The closure orders are on Inciweb at

Fire management is being coordinated between the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Payette National Forest. The Kiwah Fire is being managed to restore and maintain ecological process consistent with the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Management Plan. A priority of fire mangers is providing employee and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include private property and mining infrastructure, Forest Service Guard Stations, Middle Fork Salmon River boat traffic, road and trail improvements, lookout buildings, communication sites, and cultural resources. The cultural resources are abandoned but historical mining structures. Challenges firefighters are facing on this incident include extended hot and dry conditions, heavy fuel loading, and limited availability of firefighting resources to support this fire.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Kiwah Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety.

To date firefighters have created protection plans for the Stibnite Mine Site, Thunder Mountain, Indian Creek Guard station, and Pistol Creek Ranch areas. To date, significant progress has been made to implement these protection plans, with point protection measures in place on both the Salmon-Challis and Payette National Forests. The fire will continue to be monitored for fire spread in the direction of these values. There are 17 firefighters assigned to the Kiwah Fire. Work will continue into the coming weeks. Firefighters and fire managers will continue to utilize the resources available complete the needed work as efficiently as possible. Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to spread until a significant precipitation event occurs. Typically, season-ending weather events occur in this area between the last half of September through the first half of October.

A moist and unstable air mass will push into the central Idaho Mountains starting this afternoon and continuing overnight. Strong thunderstorms are possible Friday as the instability peaks. A Fire Weather Watch continues for all Friday afternoon and evening. A cold front moving through on Saturday will keep thunderstorms going.

Nationally, there are 46 uncontained large fires in the west managed under a full suppression strategy, and 57 large fires managed under a strategy other than full suppression. These fires are contributing to the smoke, which is drifting into the valleys surrounding Salmon and Challis. The public can find further information on smoke at,, and

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. The Kiwah Fire is on Inciweb at

Visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website:, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on, and ‘Follow Us’ on for further information.

Kiwah Fire from afar, August 16, early am

Payette Nf Krassel Rd Road Closure Kiwah Fire – Road #1290, Public Safety

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
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Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests
Location West side of Highway 95 near mile marker 184; near Pollock
Cause Human
Date of Origin Monday July 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Current as of 8/16/2018, 9:14:31 AM
Total Personnel 422
Size 5,967 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 43%

8/16/18 Rattlesnake Creek Fire Update

A public meeting will be held at the Riggins High School tonight at 7 p.m. mountain time, 6 p.m. Pacific time.

Summary: Smoke over the Rattlesnake Creek Fire moderated fire behavior yesterday. Competing westerly and easterly up canyon winds restricted the southerly growth of the fire to White Bird Ridge south of Lockwood Point. Aerial resources dropped water to cool hot spots on the north side of Fall Creek and elsewhere. Firefighters assessed structures in Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates and Elk Lake subdivision for necessary structure protection measures. North of the fire area, construction of a contingency line continued on the east side of White Bird Ridge. A night shift monitored fire behavior.

Today, hot and dry conditions will persist as ground crews concentrate efforts on the contingency line to the north. A point protection strategy is in place in Hillman and Boulder Creek residential areas, Elk Lake subdivision, and structures along the Highway 95 corridor south of the Idaho/Adams county line. Assessments and implementation of structure protection work will occur in Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates, Rapid River and Shingle Creek subdivisions, and structures within the Highway 95 corridor north of the county line. Dry thunderstorms are forecast this evening, with gusty and erratic winds.

Resources Threatened: Private property and structures in the Pollock, Pinehurst, Hillman Basin, Elk Lake, and Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates areas are threatened, as well as state and federal infrastructure (Highway 95) and natural resources.

Evacuations/Closures: Residents in the North Pollock, Elk Lake and Pinehurst areas remain in pre-evacuation status (“Be Set”). Some road and area closures remain in effect to provide for public safety. Residents in the general vicinity should remain vigilant and refer to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook pages for any status updates. Both Idaho and Adams counties use AlertSense for emergency alerts. In Idaho County, call the Sheriff’s Department @ 208-983-1100 to enroll; in Adams County, visit to sign up. Additionally, the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests have area closures in effect, including portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA); see or the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.

Please observe posted speed limits along Hwy 95 adjacent to the fire and be aware of active fire traffic.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), so if you fly, we can’t!

Announcements: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect; use the following link for specific restriction information . For public and firefighter safety, please adhere to all safety signage and speed reductions. Do not stop along the highway corridor near the fire. For road conditions and closures, dial 511 or 888-432-7623.

For smoke monitoring information, see

For further information, please visit the following links:

8/16/18 Rattlesnake Creek Fire Map

Rattlesnake Creek Fire InciWeb link:
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Rabbit Foot Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Date of Origin Thursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 14 Nautical Miles South West of Salmon, ID
Cause Lightning/natural
Containment: 0%
Total Personnel 609
Size 26,294 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

August 16, 2018 Morning Update Rabbit Foot Fire

Summary: Yesterday was another active burning day and progress is being made implementing the full suppression strategy of containing and confining the fire. The feller-buncher work on Silver Creek Road to create a contingency line along the fire’s western flank is almost complete. A feller-buncher is a large piece of equipment that can rapidly cut and stack standing trees. Hand crews and dozers continued work in the Moyer Basin area to connect the fire into the 2011Salt Fire, taking advantage of a change in fuel type change to slow or stop the fires progress. On the fire’s south flanks crews worked to improve dozer line and hand line to connect to the Van Horn Fire burn scar, creating an anchor point. Resource Advisors coordinated with the Forest Service and fire personnel to develop strategies to create contingency lines on the eastern flank of the fire, while protecting valuable wildlife habitat. Structure teams continued the risk assessment of private and public infrastructure.

Planned Action for Today: The focus today will continue to be utilizing areas where roads, natural features, and changing fuel types can be used for establishing anchor points as well as constructing indirect fire lines. On the west side of the fire contingency line construction will continue, with stacking of trees cut by the feller-buncher and point protection implementation. On the northwest side of the fire between Panther Creek and Moyer Basin preparation continues for prospective burning operations when conditions allow. This burning is a tactical tool for slowing the fire’s advance by removing fuel between the control lines and the fire. Contingency lines between Williams Lake and Twin Peaks, and in the Iron Creek and Hat Creek drainages, are being prepared as part of efforts to protect property in the Hwy 93 corridor. Firefighters and resources are working in areas where the potential for success is the highest, while providing for firefighter and public safety, and generating the least resource damage.

Weather: A Fire Weather Watch will be in effect Friday, as a low pressure system moves into the area today. There will be increasing atmospheric instability, and a possibility for isolated thunderstorms with limited potential for rain and increased chances of lightning. Afternoon wind speeds are expected to be 5-10 mph, with outflow winds near thunderstorms as high as 50 mph. The air will remain very dry, with humidity in the teens and a high probability of ignition from wind-driven embers. Temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 70’s across the ridgetops while reaching the mid-80’s in the valleys.

Closures: Stage One fire restrictions remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands. Fire related area closure orders remain in effect and have expanded in response to the new fire growth. For more information on fire restrictions and area closures, visit Inciweb or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page. (

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR):Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for non-incident aircraft including drones will be updated to reflect fire growth on the south flank. Pilots see NOTAM #8/6037.

Evacuation Notices: The Lemhi County Sheriff’s department will continue to notify residents regarding level 1 and level 2 pre-evacuations. Please contact the Sheriff’s department for any questions related to evacuations at (208) 756-8980.

August 16 Infrared Map for Rabbit Foot Fire

August 16 Perimeter Map for Rabbit Foot Fire

Rabbit Foot Fire InciWeb link:
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Sharps Fire

Twin Falls District
Current as of 8/15/2018, 4:51:35 PM
Cause Human-caused
Date of Origin Sunday July 29th, 2018 approx. 11:15 AM
Location 6 miles east of Bellevue Idaho
Total Personnel 97
Size 64,853 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%
Estimated Containment Date Friday September 21st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

The Sharps Fire was reported to South Idaho Dispatch at 11:15 Sunday morning, July 29. The fire was human-caused, a result of an exploding target near Sharps Canyon, 6 miles east of Bellevue, ID.

Southern Idaho Type 3 Team

This morning the BLM Shoshone Field Office and the Sawtooth National Forest both terminated their Area Closures surrounding the Sharps Fire.

Acres: 64,853
Containment: 88%

Crews on the north end of the fire are continuing to patrol, monitor and secure containment lines in Kale Creek and the Little Wood drainage. Fire suppression repair is under way along the western, southern and eastern perimeters and will continue over the next several days as crews work with heavy equipment to repair fire lines.

Road and trail closures remain in effect. Closed roads on the BLM include Upper Quigley Canyon and Cove Creek Roads. Closed roads on the Sawtooth National Forest include Baugh Creek #115A and Copper Creek #134. The following trails on the Sawtooth National Forest are also closed: Fisher Canyon, Porcupine Creek Kale Creek, Federal Gulch, Timber Draw and Iron Mine Creek (refer to Map).

Weather continues to be hot and dry in southern and central Idaho. Fire Restrictions Remain in Effect

For additional updates on the Sharps Fire visit Idaho Fire Info Facebook or Sawtooth National Forest Facebook pages.

Boise Crew 3 is repairing dozer line in the Cove Creek drainage.

Sharps Fire Area Closure Terminated, Roads and Trail Closure Put in Place

JEROME, ID – The Sawtooth National Forest will be terminating the Area Closure for the Sharps Fire and implementing an Area Road and Trail Closure. This Closure will be in effect until October 31, 2018 or until rescinded by the Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor. This closure is for the safety of firefighting personnel that continue to work in the area. It is also for the safety of the public. There are still hot spots in the fire area. As soon as it is safe the Forest will determine the opportunity to rescind the order.


National Forest System (NFS) Road #134 (Garfield/Copper Creek Road) Beginning at the Sawtooth National Forest boundary located in Township 3 North, Range 21 East, Section 11 continuing North/Northwesterly to the intersection of and including NFS Road 130 (Mormon Hill) and NFS Road 228 located in Township 3 North, Range 21 East, Section 10 ending at the terminus of NFS Road 130 and 228.

NFS Road #115A (Baugh Creek) Beginning at the Sawtooth National Forest boundary located in Township 3 North, Range 19 East, Section 13 continuing North/Northwesterly ending at the terminus located in Township 3 North, Range 19 East, Section 12.

NFS Road #116 Beginning at the Sawtooth National Forest boundary located in Township 3 North, Range 19 East, Section 14 continuing North ending at the terminus located in Township 3 North, Range 19 East, Section 11.

NFS Trail #172 (Porcupine Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the Sawtooth National Forest boundary located in Township 3 North, Range 20 East, Section 17 and continuing North to the intersection with NFS Trail #313 (Timber Draw Trail) located in Township 4 North, Range 19 East, Section 25.

NFS Trail #314 (Fisher Canyon Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the Federal Gulch campground located in Township 4 North, Range 19 East, Section 23 and continuing Westerly to the intersection with NFS Trail #173 and NFS Trail#170 (Long Gulch) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 26.

NFS)Trail #178 (Kale Creek Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the Sawtooth National Forest boundary located in Township 3 North, Range 20 East, Section 14 and continuing North to the Mormon Hill Trail Head located in Township 4 North, Range 21 East, Section 32.

NFS Trail #169 (Federal Gulch Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the intersection with NFS Trail #169 (Federal Gulch) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 24 and continuing South and then Northwest to the intersection with NFS Trail #169 (Federal Gulch Trail) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 19.

NFS Trail #313 (Timber Draw Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the intersection with NFS Road #118 (East Fork of the Wood River) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 8 and continuing West to the intersection with NFS Trail #173 located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 23.

NFS Trail #174 (Iron Mine Creek Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the NFS Road #118 (East Fork of the Wood River) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 8 and continuing Westerly to the intersection with NFS Trail #173 and NFS Trail#170 (Long Gulch) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 26.

The above described Roads and Trails, as shown on the attached map, are located on National Forest System lands within the administrative and proclaimed boundaries of the Ketchum Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest, Blaine County, Idaho, Boise Meridian.

8.15.18 Sharps Fire – Sawtooth Road-Trail Closures

Sharps Fire Update for August 16, 2018. Crews continue to work on rehabilitation of suppression damage. Saturday August 18, 2018 a Type 4 organization will take over the fire. The area will be monitored and areas that need continued rehabilitation will be worked on. This will be the last update for the Sharps Fire. We want to thank everyone for the support that was extended to our firefighters and support personnel.

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Chesterfield Fire Update

For Immediate Release: August 16, 2018 8 a.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info

*Contingent on no change today, a final release will go out tonight once 100% containment is reported*

Start Date: 08/13/2018 early morning
Location and Jurisdiction: Approximately 1 mile north of Chesterfield Reservoir on Fort Hall Reservation, BLM and private.
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 2,380 acres (aerial mapping)
Percent Contained: 75%, containment estimated for 8/16/18
Fire Behavior: Fire is smoldering.
Structures Threatened: No structures threatened
Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and brush in steep terrain.
Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 2 brush trucks, 1 20-person handcrew, 9 smokejumpers and 3 dozers.
Evacuations: No evacuations.
Closures: No closures.

Summary: Firefighters will continue securing the fire perimeter and mopping up today with the goal of full containment by end of shift today, August 16.
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August 16, 2018

Nationally, 101 large fires have burned nearly 1.8 million acres. The majority of the wildland fire activity continues to burn throughout the western states. Seven large fires were contained.

Weather: Critical fire weather conditions are expected across the western half of the Northern Rockies, eastern Oregon, and the northern Great Basin as a strengthening disturbance moves on shore and draws monsoonal moisture northward from the Four Corners region. The southern Sierra can once again expect isolated storms, mainly wet, in the afternoon. Slightly breezy westerly winds are possible along the Canadian border with northern Montana. Widely scattered dry and wet storms are expected along with abundant lightning activity. Further south, the monsoon over the Four Corners will remain very active; expect scattered wet storms in the afternoon. Temperatures across Texas will increase from previous days’ highs as the high pressure ridge overhead strengthens. Further east, a developing cold front extending from Lake Erie south Mississippi will allow for scattered storms to develop and become organized by late afternoon.

Idaho Fires: 11 Acres: 156,564 New: 0 Contained: 0
Chesterfield Fort Hall Agency BIA 2,380 75 5 miles northwest of Chesterfield
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 182 25 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-6774
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,900 25 5 miles east of East Hope 208-264-0571
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 15,437 0 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Mesa Payette National Forest FS 34,719 89 4 miles south of Council 775-403-2144
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 26,294 0 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,100 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 5,282 43 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-495-6934
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 90 6 miles east of Bellevue 208-731-8604
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 617 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-557-8813
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,800 0 18 miles east of Athol 208-264-0571