Updated Fire Reports Aug 19, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

It has been 50 days since our last drop of rain. Weather continues to be warmer and drier than normal.

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


Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow Pine

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

Smoke Forecast

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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 19 Thermal Map

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 8/19/2018, 8:51:19 AM
Total Personnel 10
Size 15,437 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 1%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Kiwah Fire Update August 19, 2018

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.

Salmon, Idaho (August 19, 2018):

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, with no significant growth since the fire was last flown on Thursday. 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 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/.

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 10 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.

Dry conditions are forecast today. There is a very small chance for a few showers to form overnight, but better chances arrive during the day Monday. Unsettled conditions continue through Wednesday, with isolated thunderstorms possible each day.

Nationally, there are 56 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 http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/, https://arcg.is/1zfeqH, and http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. The Kiwah Fire is on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/.

Visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF for further information.

Closures — Kiwah Fire

Area Overview Map August 18

Kiwah Fire Map August 17

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, 8:34:05 PM
Total Personnel 455
Size 7,997 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 28%

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Update, Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:00 a.m.

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


Size: 7,997 acres (based on infrared data)
Containment: 28%
Cause: Human
Location: West of Pinehurst and Gotzinger, Idaho
Structures Destroyed: 0

Total Personnel: 455 including 7 hand crews, 23 engines, 3 dozer, 12 water tenders, 2 masticators and 2 helicopters

Summary: An unmanned aircraft system (UAS or “drone”) violated the temporary flight restriction around the Rattlesnake Creek Fire area yesterday, causing aircraft operations to shut down. Drones in and over fires are unsafe and pose a significant safety risk to our firefighters in the air and on the ground. Helicopters had been providing support to firefighters on the ground by dropping water on spot fires along the fire perimeter, and air operations stopped immediately upon discovery of the drone over the fire.

Today, crews will take advantage of favorable weather to work directly on the fireline along the south half of the western flank on White Bird Ridge to keep fire out of the Rapid River drainage. Heavy equipment will construct perimeter line on the southwestern end of the fire. Structure assessments will continue in Denny, and firefighters will scout and identify values at risk in Shingle Creek, Papoose and the Rapid River area. Point protection will be implemented as necessary in Hillman Basin, Boulder, Elk Lake subdivision and along Hwy 95. Warm temperatures and low humidity values will prevail over the fire today, with a series of low-pressure systems to follow early in the week.

Resources Threatened: Private property and structures in the Pollock, Pinehurst, Hillman Basin, and Elk Lake 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. 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 https://bit.ly/2AU0C5R 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 https://bit.ly/2ATSand or Inciweb for more details.

Follow Emergency Evacuation Information on: https://www.facebook.com/ACSO911/ (Adams County) or


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 https://bit.ly/2ag2SUy . 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 http://511.idaho.gov/.

For smoke monitoring information, see Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
https://bit.ly/2nooV2z or https://bit.ly/2tm1VG6

For further information, please visit the following links:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999 (maps, photos, links, etc.)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakeCreekFire/ (daily updates & video updates)

Unmanned Aircraft System Shut Down Air Operations over Fire

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS or “drone”) was detected over the Rattlesnake Creek Fire this afternoon, violating the temporary flight restriction (TFR) and grounding our firefighting air operations. UAS in and over fires are unsafe and pose a significant risk to our firefighters in the air and on the ground. Helicopters had been providing support to firefighters on the ground by dropping water on spot fires along the fire perimeter. Air operations immediately stopped working on fire suppression efforts after the “drone” was discovered over the fire area. We would like to remind the public that if you fly manned or unmanned vehicles over a fire area, this has a direct ability on our ability to fight fires. Please remember, “If you fly, we can’t.”

8/18/18 Rattlesnake Creek Map

Rattlesnake Creek Fire InciWeb link:

Rattlesnake Creek Fire growing in Adams County

Containment has dropped to 28 percent. A Level 3 Evacuation order remains in effect from the Adams-Idaho county line to Hillman Basin Road.

KTVB August 18, 2018

Boise — The Rattlesnake Creek Fire is still actively burning in timber and grass on the west side of U.S. Highway 95 near Pollock, and spreading in Adams County.

The fire has burned 7,752 acres as of 9 a.m. Saturday morning, according to officials with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. It is 28-percent contained.

Air operations were put on hold Saturday afternoon, after a drone was seen over the fire. Helicopters had been dropping water on spot fires along the fire perimeter before being grounded due to the drone. Flying a drone near a wildfire is punishable under the federal law against resisting or interfering with the efforts of firefighters to extinguish a fire. A temporary flight restriction against manned or unmanned aircraft is also in effect for the fire area.

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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 8/18/2018, 8:52:19 PM
Total Personnel 651
Size 34,512 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 3%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Injuries (to date): 3 Structure Destroyed: 0

August 19 Daily Update for the Rabbit Foot Fire

Engagement of firefighters will be limited today due to an intermittent failure of the primary radio system. It will continue until reliable ground communications are reestablished. Initial attack , structure assessments, logistics support, and air resources will continue to respond in areas where communications are good. The safety of fire personnel and the public is our primary concern.

Summary: Firefighters continued construction and improvement of indirect dozer lines and roads in preparation for the fire’s eventual advance. Significant work has already been completed along the Silver Creek road and other locations around the fire. Thirty six miles of road have been cleared using feller-bunchers and firefighting crews and dozers have constructed 49 miles of indirect containment lines around the fire perimeter. This will allow firefighters a greater margin of safety and more opportunities to slow and stop the fire’s progress. Burnout out operations on the interior of some of these lines may be initiated to strengthen them if weather conditions allow. Due to the volatility of the fuels and the difficult terrain, a full suppression strategy and indirect tactics presents the best option for successful containment and control at this time. An opportunity in the Van Horn creek area allowed firefighters to establish an anchor point and gain a foothold producing a 3% containment of the fires edge. Point and structure protection has also been a priority with 70 sprinklers kits already deployed.

Initial attack resources are identified for rapid deployment should a new start occur in the management area. A night shift is also on duty and available for patrolling lines, conducting suppression actions, and doing structure protection, should they be required.

Helicopters are available for water drop mission, logistic support as well as medical assistance. Helicopters and their crews assisted in a search and rescue effort in response to a single engine airplane accident and expedited the transport of injured civilians.

Weather: Today’s weather will be mostly sunny with areas of smoke and haze. Temperatures will be in the mid 60’s to lower 70’s, with humidity 52-64%. Winds will be out of the north 3-8 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 (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/) or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/).

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for nonincident 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.
Email: RabbitFootFire2018@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/
Closures: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/

Aug. 19 Air Quality/Smoke Report

Rabbit Foot Fire InciWeb link:
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Fire crews are working to control 12 new lightning-caused wildfires

Karen Lehr Aug 18, 2018 KIVI TV

Boise, Idaho – The Boise BLM responded to twelve lightning-ignited wildfires across the district Friday, and crews successfully contained all of the fires Saturday.

With exception to the Alkie and Benny Fires, all fires have been controlled at this time. Officials predict the Alkie and Benny Fires will be controlled by 8:00 p.m. Sunday.


Final Update – Boise BLM responds to multiple lightning wildfires

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2018, 6:44 pm
Contact: Boise District Fire Information Line (208) 384-3378
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
The Boise BLM responded to twelve lightning ignited wildfires across the district yesterday (8/17/18). Fire resources successfully contained all of the fires today. With exception to the Alkie and Benny Fires, all fires have been controlled at this time. The Alkie and Benny Fires will be controlled at 8 PM tomorrow (8/19/18). This will be the last update.

Alkie Fire
• Located approximately 7 miles north of Glenns Ferry, ID
• Estimated at 2,027 acres
• Cause – Lightning
• *Fire 100% Contained – Estimated Control Time 8 PM on 8/19/2018*

Benny Fire
• Located approximately 9 miles north of Glenns Ferry, ID
• Estimated at 902 acres
• Cause – Lightning
• Consumed the Little C Fire.
• *Fire 100% Contained – Estimated Control Time 8 PM on 8/19/2018*

Cutoff Fire
• Located approximately 13 miles southwest of Grand View , ID
• *Controlled*

Big C Fire
• Located approximately 9 miles northwest of Glenns Ferry, ID
• *Controlled*

Muddy Fire
• Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, OR
• *Controlled*

Poison Fire
• Located approximately 25 miles southwest of Bruneau, ID
• *Controlled*

MM 98 Fire HWY 20
• Located approximately 1 mile northeast of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

MM 108 Fire HWY 20
• Located approximately 8 miles northeast of Mountain Home Idaho, ID
• *Controlled*

Twenty Fire
• Located approximately 5 miles northeast of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

Canyon Fire
• Located approximately 5 miles north of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

Goldie Fire
• Located approximately 10 miles south of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

For More Information,
Keri Steneck, Fire Information and Prevention Office, 208 384-3210
Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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Artesian Fire Update

DATE: August 18, 2018 8:00 p.m.
CONTACT: Katie Gorby, kgroby@fs.fed.us, 208-497-7270
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info

Start Date: 08/18/2018 11 a.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: Highway 33 Mile Marker 62, 3 miles east of Sage Junction. (Private & BLM lands)
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: estimated 1900 acres
Percent Contained: containment estimated, August 19

Fire Behavior: Creeping and smoldering with intermittent flair ups.
Structures Threatened: Yes, one ranch a ½ mile south of the fire potentially threatened.
Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and brush, flat ground.
Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 6 brush truck, 4 tenders (BLM, USFS, Central Fire District, Hamer VFD, Roberts VFD) and 3 dozers. 2 single air tankers, 1 heavy air tanker, 1 helicopter, 2 Fire Bosses and a very large air tanker. Madison Fire Department, Ucon Fire Department and Ammon Fire Department ordered for structure protection.
Evacuations: All evacuation will be handled by Jefferson County Sheriff as necessary.
Closures: No closures.

Summary: The Artesian Fire has grown to 1900 acres. The line is holding in the South. There are some interior pockets still goings. They are working to keep those interior pockets from sending up embers and igniting fires over the line. As of right now they are focusing on holding and securing the fire line.
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Large brush fire burning north of Wendell

Extreme caution is urged on Idaho Highway 46 between Wendell and Gooding.

KTVB Staff August 18, 2018

Gooding County — A brush fire that broke out Saturday afternoon has grown to at least 1,500 acres north of Wendell, and is at the Gooding-Lincoln county line.

The fire, now being called the North Wendell Fire, was reported at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday and erupted in strong winds.

Kelsey Brizendine, a public information officer with Twin Falls District BLM, said “until the wind stops, (firefighters) are going to have some issues.”

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August 19, 2018

Nationally, 110 large fires have burned over 1.9 million acres. Six new large fires were reported in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon. Eight large fires were contained including the Ferguso Fire in California.

Weather: The ridge of high pressure will remain strong over the inland west and continue to bring warmer than average temperatures with diurnal winds and marginal overnight humidity recoveries. Isolated storms will be possible along and west of the Continental Divide in Montana and Wyoming. A strong high pressure area at the surface will move south into central Montana, creating a breezy easterly flow across the western half of the state and possibly northern Idaho. With the center of the high pressure area located mostly over southern California, the northerly flow on the front (east) side of the ridge will suppress monsoonal convection to mainly areas near the Mexican Border. Further north, a trough of low pressure will bring cooler temperatures and possibly isolated storms to the Pacific Northwest. A passing trough of low pressure will bring scattered storms to the central portion of the Great Plains, while a stalled front is expected to bring the same to the Deep South and along the Atlantic Coast south of Delaware. Both the Great Lakes Region and the Northeast will remain warm and dry under the influence of a weak high pressure ridge.

Idaho Fires: 13 Acres: 171,153 New: 2 Contained: 4
* Artesian Jefferson County CNTY 1,000 40 4 miles north of Roberts
Barney Idaho Falls District BLM 605 0 41 miles southeast of Challis
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 200 25 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-6774
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 5,150 31 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 90 4 miles south of Council 775-403-2144
* North Wendell Gooding County CNTY 1,800 0 5 miles north of Wendell
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 34,512 3 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,000 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 7,452 28 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 870 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-557-8813
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,555 19 18 miles east of Athol 208-264-0571
Ross Fork Fort Hall Agency BIA 2,480 100
Alkie Boise District BLM 2,027 100
Benny Boise District BLM 902 100
Cutoff Boise District BLM 474 100