Updated Fire Report Aug 26, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

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

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Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow


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Caton Fire

8/26/2018 size estimate 400+ acres
Location The fire is located 7 miles southwest of the Village of Yellow Pine near Indian Point and has been moving east into the Caton Creek drainage.

August 24 water drop video

InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6177/

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Caton and Kiwah fires thermal map 8-26-2018

Caton Fire 8/24/18 1300hrs: At about 12 noon today, we detected a fire, north and west of Caton Lake. Basically right near Indian Peak. We jumped 8 smokejumpers on the fire, we have a heavy helicopter with bucket dropping water and an air attack directing the air operations. The Air Attack ordered 2 heavy air tankers and a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) for retardant. I have notified the Cascade District Ranger as well.

Currently the fire is 3+ acres, moderately active, in continuous fuel and we have warm temps and strong winds predicted. We are using available resources we have, including borrowing aircraft from the Rattlesnake, to catch this fire. We will provide updates as they are available.

Caton Fire 8/24/18 1530hrs: The fire is now 25-30 acres, we have ordered another 3 crews. We have dropped multiple loads of retardant with SEATs, heavy air tankers and air attack has ordered a VLAT (very large air tanker).

Caton Fire 8/25/18 0930hrs: Caton Fire update. From our detection at noon yesterday, we engaged the fire with smokejumpers and rapellers when it was at 2 acres. With high winds, low relative humidly and warm temps the fire moved quickly through the mature timber. We used Single Engine, C-130 and Very Large Air Tankers to drop many loads of retardant to try to box it in, until fire fighters could establish an anchor and begin to flank the fire. By late afternoon the fire was 60+ acres with a large spot fire ½ mile ahead of itself. Because of other large fires in the geographic area, our orders for additional crews went unfilled.

Due to its rapid growth and our limited firefighting resources, we are reassessing the strategy of this fire. Currently we are developing a point protection strategy to keep the fire up on the hill and prevent impacts to the East Fork, Johnson Creek, Eiguren Ranch, Yellow Pine and other values at risk.

We will keep you and folks in Yellow Pine informed as we have information.

Caton Fire Update 8/26/18 1000hrs: we ordered an Infrared flight yesterday to get and accurate map of the fires location and size, but the order was not filled. We very roughly estimate the size to be around 400+ acres, but that number will likely change once we get and accurate IR flight. At this time, the fire is still located near Indian Point and not posing a threat to the East Fork, Johnson Creek, Eiguren Ranch or the Village of Yellow Pine.

With our Geographic Area experience Planning Level 5 (high fire activity), crews and aircraft have been sent to other large fires in the Area and our firefighting resources are very hard to get.

Yesterday was a warm, dry, windy day and the fire did grow and move a bit. We are not expecting a lot of movement to the north, but the fire did move east into or toward Caton Creek.

We have firefighters stationed at Krassel who are keeping eyes on the fire and making sure none of our established Management Action Points are triggered.

We are expecting a change in the weather beginning today. The prediction is for much cooler temps and good chance of a wetting rain, maybe up to .20” After the weather system moves through, we will check fire growth and make sure we are still meeting objectives.

– PNF Krassel Ranger Anthony Botello

Photos Caton Fire 8-24-2018


– PNF Krassel Ranger Anthony Botello


8-24 Evening smoke plume from Yellow Pine.


(link to larger size)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qnhp5Rg_kwmdzcRXNM2DS2RkLqQNKgic/view
Topo Map, Caton Lake at the bottom, red “X” marks approximate fire location, Yellow Pine is in upper right corner.
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Johnson Fire – Contained

Boise National Forest
Location – The fire is above Johnson Creek between Coffee and Halfway creeks, just a short distance above the Ditch Creek road.
Lat / Long: 44.768583, -115.654
Fire Discovery Date/Time: 8/20/2018, 4:36:26 PM
Incident ID: 2018-IDBOF-000923
Cause – Lightning
Acreage: 6.3 [total]
Strategy: Full Suppression
Resources – 65 people and 3 helicopters
Contained – August 23, 2018

8-23-2018 Update: It was declared contained today. Most resources will be off the fire by Saturday. Folks may still see some smoke from time to time as there are numerous snags in the interior of the fire that make it too dangerous to completely mop it up. Our folks will continue to monitor the fire until the rains or snows come. – Jake Strohmeyer, Cascade Ranger
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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Open
8-24 Update: With the decrease in fire activity on the Kiwah fire, we have terminated the closure of Meadow Creek road. While the safety risks to the public are currently reduced, people in the fire area should be aware that hazards do still exist such as; unexpected fire movement, falling trees, ash pits, and debris slides.
We will maintain a public safety awareness posting in the location of our previous closure signs.

PM Update 8-26: A low-pressure system will deepen over the region into Monday with gusty winds and increasing precipitation chances beginning tonight. Snow levels drop to about 9,000 feet Monday as cooler temperatures settle into the region as well. Wetting rains will be possible, with potential for isolated thunderstorms Monday afternoon that may locally enhance precipitation totals. Drier conditions arrive Monday night through mid-week.

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 8/26/2018, 7:10:37 AM
Total Personnel 15
Size 14,603 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 1%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Fire managers on the west side continue to monitor the fire activity near Meadow Creek Road on the Payette National Forest. Fire managers continue to monitor progress on the east side of the fire by aircraft.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy.

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 15 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.

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.

Meadow Creek Road Closure 0412-524 Terminated

The Payette National Forest has terminated the Meadow Creek Road Closure #0412-524.

Safety risks are reduced, people in the fire area need to be aware that hazards still exist, including, but not limited to unexpected fire movement, falling trees, ash pits, and debris slides.

Kiwah Fire Map August 24

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/
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Wapiti Fire

Boise National Forest
Date of Origin Saturday August 25th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Cause Under Investigation
Location 13 miles SW of Stanley, Idaho
Current as of 8/26/2018, 10:19:32 AM
Total Personnel 112
Size 2,000 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

8-26-2018 – Fire crews responding to wildfire near Grandjean, Idaho

Fire crews are responding to the Wapiti Fire, located near Grandjean, that is currently estimated at over 2,000 acres. The fire is 13 miles southwest of Stanley, Idaho and spreading in a northeast direction.

The Boise County Sheriff is evacuating the Sawtooth Lodge, Grandjean campground, and area summer homes and hiking trails.

Currently there are 7 engines, 3 helicopters, 3 heavy air tankers, 1 handcrew and 1 water tender engaged in fighting the fire.

Several more handcrews, along with engines and water tenders, have been ordered.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will arrive Sunday, afternoon August 26.

The fire was first reported at 2:12 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018 and the cause is under investigation.

Currently there is no reported percent contained and the estimated containment date is Oct.1, 2018.

Wapiti Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6176/

Boise National Forest

Fire crews respond to wildfire near Grandjean

Boise, Idaho, Aug. 25, 2018 — Fire crews are responding to the Wapiti Fire, located near Grandjean, that is currently estimated at over 1,200 acres.

The Boise County Sheriff is evacuating the Sawtooth Lodge, Grandjean campground, and area summer homes and hiking trails.

Currently there are 7 engines, 3 helicopters, 3 heavy air tankers, 1 handcrew and 1 water tender engaged in fighting the fire. Several more handcrews, along with engines and water tenders, have been ordered.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will arrive Sunday afternoon.

The fire was first reported at 2:12 p.m. today and the cause is under investigation. Currently there is no reported percent contained, nor is there an estimated date of full containment.


Wapiti Fire from Stanley 8-25

Wapiti Fire grows near Grandjean

BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 26, 2018 — Fire crews continue to battle the Wapiti Fire, located near Grandjean, which is now an estimated 4,000 acres. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will arrive this afternoon.

An area closure is being put in place around the Grandjean area for public and firefighter safety. National Forest System Road 524, which leads from Highway 21 to Grandjean, is closed.

Four cabins and 1 outbuilding have been lost to the fire. No injuries have been reported.

The fire has burned actively throughout the morning. While several spot fires have been found south of the South Fork Boise River, they have all been caught to this point. Firefighters continue to patrol this area to keep the fire north of the river.

Currently there are 7 engines, 3 helicopters, 3 heavy air tankers, 1 handcrew and 1 water tender engaged in fighting the fire. Several more handcrews, along with engines and water tenders, have been ordered.

The fire was first reported at 2:12 p.m. on Aug. 25 and the cause is under investigation. Currently there is no reported percent contained, nor is there an estimated date of full containment.

Cabin owners and those who had to abandon campgrounds during the evacuation as asked to call the Lowman Ranger District (208-259-3361) for information about when it will be possible to gain access to the area.
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Snake Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Saturday August 18th, 2018 approx. 08:30 AM
Location 36 miles east of Yellow Pine, Idaho in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, northwest of the confluence of Big Creek and the Middle Fork Salmon River.
Current as of 8/26/2018, 7:10:15 AM
Total Personnel 1
Size 1 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

The Snake Fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, northwest of the confluence of Big Creek and the Middle Fork Salmon River.

The lightning caused Snake Fire, was detected on August 17 at approximately 10:30 p.m. is 0.6 acres in size and is burning in Ponderosa Pine with a grass understory. The fire is on the ridgetop which divides the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Payette National Forests. Fire activity remains minimal.

The Fuse Fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, approximately 2.5 miles west of Trail Creek.

The lightning caused Fuse Fire, was detected on August 17 at approximately 3:00 p.m. is 2 acres in size and is burning in timber and rock scree. Fire activity remains minimal.

The Snake and Fuse fires are being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. The fires will continue to be monitored by lookouts and by agency aircraft.

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.

Snake Fire, August 22

Fuse Fire August 22

Snake Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6159/
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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 8/25/2018, 6:38:10 PM
Total Personnel 416
Size 8,193 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 35%

Rattlesnake Creek Fire 41% Contained

Sunday, August 26, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Summary: The Rattlesnake Creek Fire is now 41% contained. The newest area of fire containment is near Pollock Lookout Point. Yesterday, firefighters continued to suppress hotspots and construct hand line on the southwest side of the fire closest to Hells Creek and Castle Creek. Firefighters were actively engaged on taking direct suppression efforts on the southeastern part of the fire where it was safe and effective to do so. On the south end near Chokecherry Flat crews made good progress with constructing an indirect contingency line using heavy equipment and hand line with assistance from air operations.

Cooling temperatures and higher humidity are predicted today with an increasing chance for showers beginning late this afternoon. Low to moderate fire activity is expected with some creeping and smoldering. Today, firefighters are continuing to construct handline on the southwest part of the fire, north of Pollock Mountain. The crews located on the southwest part of the fire will be flown back to camp for safety reasons because of the predicted weather this afternoon. On the most southern part of the fire, crews will continue to use heavy equipment and hand line to build a contingency fire line moving north from Chokecherry Flat. Firefighters will take indirect suppression actions due to the rugged terrain on the southeastern part of fire between Squirrel Creek and Pony Creek. Crews have completed structure mitigation and protection in and around the Elk Creek, Hillman Basin and Boulder Creek areas.

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

Adams County Evacuation and Road Info: Smokey Boulder Road to Railroad Saddle is closed. Areas from mile marker 181 north to the county line are under Level 1 evacuation restrictions (Be Ready). Hillman Basin and Boulder Creek roads are under Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation restrictions. Residents should monitor https://www.facebook.com/ACSO911/ or visit https://bit.ly/2AU0C5R to sign up for emergency alerts.

Idaho County Evacuations: North Elk Lake Road, Lower Ranch Drive and High Meadow Lane are under Phase 1 (Ready) evacuation restrictions. Residents should monitor https://bit.ly/2OqK1J7 or call the Sheriff’s Department at 208-983-1100 to sign up for emergency alerts.

Forest Closures: The Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests have Rattlesnake Creek Fire area closures in effect, including portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA); see https://bit.ly/2ATSand, https://www.fs.usda.gov/payetteor Inciwebfor more details. FS #098 can be accessed from the south (Mud Creek Road FS #100 or from Price Valley), but not from FS #074 (the portion of Smokey Boulder Road located on Forest Service land). Boundary NFS Roads #112, #556, #101, #100 and #098 are open. Fire map for hunters and anglers: https://bit.ly/2ziGO7A.

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!

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect: https://bit.ly/2ag2SUy Please adhere to all safety signage and speed reductions. For road conditions and closures call 511 or visit http://511.idaho.gov/.

For smoke and air quality information: See https://bit.ly/2nooV2z or https://bit.ly/2tm1VG6.

Fire Information: (208) 495-6934 (7am-7pm)
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999(maps, photos, links, etc.)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakeCreekFire/ (daily updates & video updates)

8/26/18 Rattlesnake Creek Fire Map

Rattlesnake Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999/
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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 8/26/2018, 11:16:44 AM
Total Personnel 349
Size 35,271 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

August 26, 2018 Daily Update for Rabbit Foot Fire

Contact Fire Information: 208.879.1243

Current Situation: A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed command of the Rabbit Foot Fire this morning. Great Basin Team 4 will continue to support firefighters at the command post in Challis and at camps in Cobalt and near Spring Creek south of Salmon. The strategies and tactics will remain the same, consisting of fireline preparation along existing roadways and protection of values at risk, including homes, infrastructure, and habitat. This indirect approach allows firefighters to contain the fire perimeter in areas that are safer and where the likelihood of success is higher.Yesterday, the fire grew about 400 acres, primarily in the upper reaches of Iron Creek. Firefighters continue to reduce the vegetation along the Morgan Creek Road (FR 055) and Moyer Creek Road (FR 103). Chippers are being used to spread the vegetation and prevent a build-up of heavy vegetation near the indirect firelines. Firefighters continue to monitor fire progress and implement plans for structure protection of residences and infrastructure.

Firefighter and public safety is the number one concern to fire managers and local officials. For this reason, evacuation notices and closures are in place. Both are being evaluated on a daily basis between fire mangers, local agencies, and emergency officials. Outside of the closure area, drive cautiously and with lights on. There are many large fire vehicles traveling between the fire and the camp locations.

Weather: A cold front is approaching the region today and may bring strong winds. However, increased cloud cover, higher relative humidity, and lower temperatures are expected to keep fire behavior minimal. Tomorrow, there is increased chance for precipitation and thunderstorms over the fire area. By mid-week, a warming trend will return to central Idaho.

Evacuations: Notifications to be ready to evacuate have been issued to residents living in the Highway 93 corridor. A map depicting the notification areas is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/6090/. In Lemhi County, contact the Sheriff’s Department at 208.756.8980 for questions regarding evacuations.

Closures: An area closure remains in effect by the Salmon-Challis National Forest around the fire area. Additionally, the Bureau of Land Management’s Salmon Field Office has closed the roads in the Cabin Creek area, including the Cabin and Ringle Creek Roads and all spurs that connect to those roads. With moderated fire behavior and cooler weather conditions, the size and scope of the closure area is being evaluated. The area closure does cover parts of hunting units 28 and 36B. Check closure maps at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/ and plan travel accordingly.

August 25, 2018 IR Map Rabbit Foot Fire

Click to access 2018_08_25-10.34.20.761-CDT.pdf

Rabbit Foot Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/
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Stewart Creek Fire

Sawtooth National Forest
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 20th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 18 miles northwest of Fairfield
Current as of 8/25/2018, 9:27:16 PM
Total Personnel 147
Size 475 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 05th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Stewart Creek Fire Morning Update August 26, 2018

Fire Information: 208-764-3202

Safety Emphasized As Operational Tactics Change Due To Increase in Fire Size

Current Situation: Falling “snags”, made more precarious with the increase in windy conditions, excessive “spotting”, aircraft congestion and “roll outs” – rolling debris hazards (rocks and burning logs) due to the steep terrain are some of the hazards facing firefighters on the Stewart Creek Fire. Due to the increase in fire size and activity yesterday Incident Commander Ryan Erne emphasized firefighter safety today. The fire has now been burning nearly a week in heavy timber, leaving behind many torched trees with weakened roots and hollowed trunks. These present a great hazard to firefighters, as the winds come up, the snags come down. The needs of the fire require a large air support presence. Six helicopters and several fixed wing air attack planes working a relatively small fire perimeter presents “a lot of metal in the air”. Vigilance, coordination and good communications between fire personnel, crews and pilots is being emphasized. Lastly, the excessive heat still found in the interior and along the active eastern front of the fire, has created continual spotting – hot embers carried by the wind igniting new small fires some as far as ¼ to ½ mile east of the head of the fire.

The fire remained active last night and increased approximately 25% in size requiring a change in suppression tactics to reflect the current circumstances. While the crews will continue utilizing “direct” fire line construction along the active edge of the fire, today’s emphasis is pivoting toward “indirect” suppression efforts. Indirect fire suppression tactics include using natural barriers, terrain and contours. Crews are steering the fire front toward the Soldier mountain range located to the northeast where the fire growth will be greatly hindered due to the rocky terrain, cliff faces and low fuel load. Earlier successful suppression efforts kept the fire from spreading to the heavy fuel load and timber located west of the fire. Those same tactics will now be deployed to prevent fire spread to the southeast where natural resources are threatened.

Weather and Fuel Conditions: Today’s forecast includes much cooler temperatures with high temperatures between 61-67 degrees with a relative humidity of 27-32%. West winds at 7-10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Tomorrow there is a 60% chance of rain.

Forest Closures: For protection of public health and safety a closure order is in effect for all roads and trails in the Stewart Creek Fire area. For a complete list of closures please visit the Sawtooth National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth.

Flight Restrictions: Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) for Stewart Creek Fire are in effect .

For More Information:
Facebook: facebook.com/SawtoothNational Forest

Stewart Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6171/
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NIFC

August 26, 2018

Nationally, 113 large fires have burned 2.2 million acres. Firefighters are making progress toward containment goals on many fires in the West.

Weather: Below average temperatures and scattered showers and storms are possible across portions west of the Continental Divide, as an unseasonably cool system drops south from British Columbia and Alberta into the country. As the system moves into the region, breezy winds will be possible across the Great Basin, particularly the western half where fuels remain critically dry. In the Southwest, the monsoon will continue across the Four Corners as the flow begins to weaken. Across the East, high pressure over the mid-South will keep conditions hot and humid from the Ohio River Valley south to the Gulf Coast. To the north, wet conditions are expected across the Great Lakes Region as a system moves east across the region, while the Northeast will remain dry as a westerly flow continues. While overall dry conditions are expected, scattered storms will be possible across the Midwest and across New England.

Idaho Fires: 13 Acres: 141,476 New: 2 Contained: 1
Bible Back Sawtooth National Forest FS 1,500 1 21 miles southeast of Stanley
* Caton Payette National Forest FS 179 0 24 miles east of McCall
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 474 24 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-5561
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 7,570 24 5 miles east of East Hope 208-265-8058
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 14,603 1 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 34,900 10 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,750 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 8,193 35 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 951 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-267-5561
Stewart Creek Sawtooth National Forest FS 475 20 18 miles northwest of Fairfield
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,028 20 18 miles east of Athol 208-265-8058
* Wapiti Boise National Forest FS 2,000 0 13 miles southwest of Stanley
Mesa Payette National Forest FS 34,719 100 4 miles south of Council 208-634-0820

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