Fire Update Sept 16, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Boise NF, but were lifted on the Payette NF August 31, 2018. Remember, Yellow Pine is on the border between the two forests, so know where you are when you light a campfire.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = pretty good
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Caton Fire

Payette National Forest
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday August 24th, 2018 approx. 11:30 AM
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.
Current as of 9/15/2018, 10:21:54 AM
Size 630 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

This fire was detected in heavy timber around noon on August 24 – a likely holdover from the lightning storm several days prior. The fire is located 7 miles southwest of Yellowpine, near Indian Point.

Fire activity for the past several days has been minimal with very minor smokes reported. This weekend’s cooler temperatures and cloud cover, with a possibility of rain/snow are expected toll further reduce fire behavior.

Indian Peak Trail (FS #090) has an emergency closure – please do not use this trail. No Area Closures have been implemented at this time.

Firefighters are assigned to monitor the fire – additional fire resources will be assigned as needed. The fire is being managed under a confine/contain and point protection strategy.

Indian Ridge Trail Closure
For public safety, the Indian Ridge Trail #090 has been close to public use due to hazards associated with Caton Fire. The entire trail is closed from its beginning at the junction of trial #291 Phoebe Meadows Trail, and the junction of trail #091 Caton Creek Trail.

Caton Fire IR Map, September 7, 2018

Caton Fire InciWeb link:
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Bum Creek Fire

Payette National Forest
Date of Origin Friday September 07th, 2018 approx. 08:00 AM
Location The fire is 3 miles southeast of the Pinnacles, near the West Fork of Monumental Creek Lakes.
Cause Lightning
Current as of 9/15/2018, 10:20:43 AM
Size 1,820 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Light snow was received across the fire area on Thursday, 9/13.

Bum Creek Fire Map, September 13, 2018

Light snow cover over the fire area, Sept 13

Bum Creek Fire InciWeb link:
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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Open

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 9/16/2018, 8:09:12 AM
Size 14,603 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Sept 5, 345pm update: Summary on fire activity on the Kiwah Fire is as follows: Fire activity remains minimal throughout the fire area with very light fire activity in the Papoose Creek and Indian Creek drainages, within the interior of the burn area.
– Amy Baumer, Public Affairs Officer, Salmon-Challis National Forest (via email)

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
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Pistol Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Frank Church Wilderness
426 acres
Containment 0%
Location 38 miles southeast of McCall

Release Date: Sep 10, 2018

Contact(s): Amy Baumer
The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger.

The Pistol Fire was reported this afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m. The fire is estimated at 150 acres and is burning in grass, brush, and timber; west of the confluence of Pistol and Forty-Four Creeks in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.

The fire is currently in monitor status. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur.

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Indian Butte Fire

Idaho Falls District
Date of Origin Wednesday September 12th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 8 miles northwest of Dubois, ID
Current as of 9/15/2018, 8:33:59 PM
Total Personnel 200
Size 12,209 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 19th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Indian Butte Fire Evening Update, Sept. 15, 2018

At approximately 6:30 p.m. this evening a strong frontal passage moved through the fire area, bringing winds up to 50 mph. Around 7:00 p.m. two spot fires occurred outside current containment lines on the northwest corner of the fire. Crews are working hard to contain the spot fires. One structure remains threatened.

The fire continues to burn in grass, brush and timber. Evacuations of hunting camps are complete and no other evacuations exist at this time. Pleasant Valley Road and Dry Creek/Patelzick Creek Road remain closed to traffic.

High winds and low humidity have played factors in the movement of the fire. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Sunday, with anticipated low humidity and gusty winds. The wind is predicted to continue throughout the weekend. The fire will continue to spread north, transitioning into timber. Firefighters will create and bolster new and existing containment lines on the east and west flanks. Firefighters are also preparing line to burn approximately two miles on the northern flank to halt fire spread. The main focus continues to be on the northeast flank to reduce the threat of the fire to several ranches in the area, the town of Spencer and the I-15 corridor.

Indian Butte Fire Map 09.15.2018

Indian Butte Fire activity on Sept. 15

Indian Butte Fire InciWeb link: