Fire Update Aug 18, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

It has been 49 days since our last drop of rain. The storm we were warned about tracked well to the north, no lightning strikes in our area. We had clouds and a high of 90 degrees yesterday. Currently clear and haze of smoke.

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


Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 8:00 MDT
62 Moderate

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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is 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.

Kiwah Fire Aug 18 Thermal Map
Kiwah Fire Aug 18 InciWeb

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 8/18/2018, 9:54:29 AM
Total Personnel 17
Size 15,437 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 1%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Kiwah Fire Update August 18, 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 on all sides of the fire. Fire managers continue to monitor progress on the east side of the fire by lookouts. The potential for the fire to continue to grow remains, as there are many 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, 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 few thunderstorms will be possible today, but generally isolated and across the Lemhi region. An upper ridge will build into the region starting tonight. The next chance for thunderstorms will arrive Monday.

Nationally, there are 50 uncontained large fires in the west managed under a full suppression strategy, and 55 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.

Area Overview Map August 18

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 8/18/2018, 11:42:20 AM
Total Personnel 375
Size 7,752 acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 28%

Incident Transitions to Type 1 Management

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Information Phone Number (208) 495-6934

Incident Commander: Bea Day with the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team #1 took command of the incident today at 6:00 a.m.

Follow Emergency Evacuation Information on: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page or the

Adams County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page

Summary: Yesterday, there was fire growth on the southern perimeter, including one section that advanced about ½ mile to the east as it backed down into the drainages above Hillman Basin. Crews continued assessments in Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates and scouted contingency lines on the northwest side of Rapid River near Shingle Creek. A point protection plan was developed for Elk Lake subdivision. Firefighters prepared to implement point protection strategy in the Hwy 95 corridor. Fire behavior has been active into the early morning hours, so firefighters also patrolled and monitored the fire overnight. Isolated areas of the fire received up to a ¼” of rain last night.

Today, crews will begin structure assessments in Denny, continue to scout and identify values at risk in Shingle Creek, Papoose and the Rapid River area. Firefighters continued structure protection preparation activities in Elk Lake. Point protection will be implemented as necessary along Hwy 95. Scouting for opportunities for perimeter control is occurring in areas south of the fire and west of the highway. Warm temperatures and low humidity values are expected to persist over the next few days.

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

Evacuations/Closures: Residents in Hillman Basin and Boulder are in “Go” status. Residents in the North Pollock, Elk Lake and Pinehurst areas and residents along Hwy 95 from mile marker 167 to 177 are in pre-evacuation status (“Be Set”). Smokey Boulder Road to Railroad Saddle is closed. 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. Remember, that 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

For smoke monitoring information, see Idaho Department of Environmental Quality OR

For further information, please visit the following links:

Rattlesnake Creek Fire InciWeb link:

Aug 17 video update (FB)

Evacuations ordered at Idaho wildfire

By Keith Ridler – 8/17/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Residents along a stretch of a heavily traveled north-south highway in Idaho have been told to evacuate due to a wildfire.

Fire officials say private homes, state and federal infrastructure on the west side of U.S. Highway 95 on Friday were being threatened by the Rattlesnake Creek Fire near Pollock.

Fire spokesman Al Koss said officials are concerned winds could push the fire off a ridge and into brush and other fuels where it could race toward populated areas.

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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
Current as of 8/17/2018, 9:09:22 PM
Total Personnel 694
Size 34,201 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

August 18, 2018 Daily Update for Rabbit Foot Fire

Summary: A thunderstorm passed over the fire area yesterday with lightning that produced new ignitions in the area. One of the fires up Pahsimeroi Valley was estimated at 100 acres. Three Type 1 helicopters assigned to the Rabbit Foot Fire assisted with water drops on that fire. Other lightning caused fires from yesterday’s thunderstorm may be detected today as temperatures warm. Some areas of the Rabbit Foot Fire received up to .25 inches of rain yesterday, which helped to moderate fire activity, while other areas received no rain.

Yesterday’s activities included continued improvement to dozer lines and roads near the fire perimeter in preparation of the fire reaching them, where firefighters will have safer and more opportunities to directly suppress it. Burnouts on the interior of some of these lines may be initiated to strengthen them if weather conditions allow. A total of more than 30 miles of existing roads have been improved using mechanized equipment and 20 miles of old dozer lines from previous fires have been reopened. In addition, helicopters have dropped a total of 433,479 gallons of water on the fire to slow its growth.

The number one objective on the fire is to implement strategies and tactics that minimize the risk and exposure to the firefighters. Fighting the fire directly in the dense timber stands that exist on the fire would be inefficient and pose high risk to the firefighters. We currently have 50% of our indirect lines and improved roads completed. In addition; bringing the fire slowly to containment lines reduces the risk to firefighters by providing a safer space from which to engage the fire.

Weather: Today’s weather will be partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be in the mid 60’s to lower 70’s, with humidity 24-30%. Winds will be out of the north-northwest 5-10 mph with gusts to 15 mph.

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 #8/1105.

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 18, 2018 Perimeter Map

August 18, 2018 IR Map

Rabbit Foot Fire InciWeb link:

Thunderstorm passes over Rabbit Foot Fire igniting more flames

By Tristan Lewis August 18, 2018 Local News 8

Salmon, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – A thunderstorm passed over the fire area Friday with lightning that created more fires in the area.

One of the [fires] in Pahsimeroi Valley is estimated at 100 acres. Three Type 1 helicopters assigned to the Rabbit Foot Fire assisted with water drops on that fire. Crews will find out if there were more lightning caused fires from Friday’s thunderstorm as temperatures on Saturday warm up.

Some areas of the Rabbit Foot Fire received up to .25 inches of rain Friday, which helped to moderate some fire activity.

As of Saturday, the fire has grown to 34,512 acres and remains at 0 percent containment.

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Update – Boise BLM responds to multiple lightning wildfires

For Immediate Release: August 17, 2018, 8:00 pm
Contact: Boise District Fire Information Line (208) 384-3378
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire

The Boise BLM responded to twelve lightning ignited wildfires across the district today. Fire resources were able to contain the majority of today’s fires at small acreages and are now focusing on the Alkie, Benny and Cutoff fires, which have burned an estimated total of 1,900 acres.

Alkie Fire
* Located approximately 7 miles north of Glenns Ferry, ID
* Estimated at 1,000 acres
* Cause – Lightning
* No estimated contain or control time.

Benny Fire
* Located approximately 9 miles north of Glenns Ferry, ID
* Estimated at 400 acres
* Cause – Lightning
* Consumed the Little C Fire.
* No estimated contain or control time

Resources for Alkie and Benny fires –
6 dozers, 20 engines, 2 water tenders, 1 helicopter, 2 hand crews and the Mountain Home RFPA

Cutoff Fire
* Located approximately 13 miles southwest of Grand View , ID
* Estimated at 500 acres
* Cause – Lightning
* Resources – Air attack, air tankers, 2 engines, 2 dozers, 1 water tender and Grand View Fire Department
* No estimated contain or control time

Big C Fire
* Located approximately 9 miles northwest of Glenns Ferry, ID
* Estimated at 1/2 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* No estimated contain or control time

Muddy Fire
* Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, OR
* Estimated at 1/4 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* Estimated containment on 8/19/2018, No estimated control time

Poison Fire
* Located approximately 25 miles southwest of Bruneau, ID
* Estimated at 1/4 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained and controlled at 12:30 pm on 8/17/2018

MM 98 Fire HWY 20
* Located approximately 1 mile northeast of Mountain Home, ID
* Estimated at 1/10 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained and controlled at 2:30 pm on 8/17/2018

MM 108 Fire HWY 20
* Located approximately 8 miles northeast of Mountain Home Idaho, ID
* Estimated at 1/10 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained and controlled at 12:45 pm on 8/17/2018

Twenty Fire
* Located approximately 5 miles northeast of Mountain Home, ID
* Estimated at 1/10 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained and controlled at 12:45 pm on 8/17/2018

Canyon Fire
* Located approximately 5 miles north of Mountain Home, ID
* Estimated at 3 acres
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained at 1:00 pm on 8/17/2018, Controlled at 4:30 pm on 8/17/2018

Goldie Fire
* Located approximately 10 miles south of Mountain Home, ID
* Estimated at 4 acres
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained at 12:30 pm on 8/17/2018, No estimated control time

For More Information,

Jared Jablonski, Fire Information and Prevention Office, 208 384-3210
Idaho Wildfires visit
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Lighting Strikes Eastern Idaho

For Immediate Release: Aug. 17, 2018 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Kathleen Gorby,, (208) 497-7270
Lighting Strikes
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info
(#LightingStrikes & #BLMIFDFire)

Date Started: Aug. 17

Sheep 1
Location: North of Dubois on USDA land
Cause: Lighting
Fire Size: 20 acres
Contain: 100% 8/17 2000
Control: 8/17 2200
Fuel Type: Burning in grass and brush

Sheep 2
Location: North of Dubois on USDA land
Cause: Lighting
Fire Size: 5 acres
Contain: 100% 8/17 2000
Control: 8/17 2200
Fuel Type: Burning in grass and brush

Sheep 3
Location: North of Dubois on USDA land
Cause: Lighting
Fire Size: 20 acres
Contain: 100% 8/17 2000
Control: 8/17 2200
Fuel Type: Burning in grass and brush

Looking for a possibly three more lighting strike fires North of Dubois

Lawrence Creek
Location: 5 miles West of McCammon on Forest Service
Cause: Lighting
Fire Size: .1 acres
Contain: 8/17 2200
Control: 8/17 2300
Fuel Type: Timber

Power County Assist 4
Location: South of I80 East of American Falls, west of Pocatello Airport on private
Cause: Lighting
Fire Size: 80 acres
Fire Activity: Smolder
Contain: 8/17 2300
Control: 8/18 2000
Structures Threatened: Yes
Fuel Type: Burning in grass and brush
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Idaho Fires: 11 Acres: 160,007 New: 1 Contained: 1
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 182 26 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-6774
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 5,000 30 5 miles east of East Hope 208-264-0571
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 15,437 1 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 29,075 0 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,989 10 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 5,282 31 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-495-6934
* Ross Fork Fort Hall Agency BIA 500 0 7 miles east of Pocatello
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 870 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-557-8813
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,100 14 18 miles east of Athol 208-264-0571