Fire Update Sept 21, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

We have had smoky skies the last several days in Yellow Pine, very dry weather.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow
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Prescribed Burns planned for Fall 2018

Date Sept 19, 2018

The Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest is planning to implement prescribed burns in the Bald Hill and Four Mile project areas this fall. In the Bald Hill Project area we will be working in areas of Reegan Creek and Deadman Creek from the East Fork road up to Rainbow Ridge. In the Fourmile Project area we will be working on both sides of the South Fork, between Blackmare and Holdover Creeks on the west side of the river and in the Fourmile Creek drainage on the east side. See attached map for more specific areas. Ignitions will likely take place in September or October, dependent on weather and fuel conditions. Primary ignitions will take 1-3 days for each burn block, with residual smoke and flame present until the next significant rain. Please do not hesitate to give a call or email with questions, my contact information is lenelson@fs.fed.us or desk phone is 208-634-0622.

Thanks and have a nice day,

Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning on implementing a prescribed burn on the south facing aspect between Deadman Creek and Reegan Creek along the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River this fall. The edge of burn block E is about 5 miles west of Yellow Pine. See map below. Ignitions could occur over a period of 1-3 days in September or October 2018.

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For more information please call Justin Pappani at 208-634-0623 or Laurel Ingram at 208-634-0622.

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning on implementing the Four Mile Prescribed fire project this fall. Ignitions may take place between Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat Camp Ground on both sides of the South Fork of the Salmon River. See map below. Ignitions could occur over a period of 2 or more days in September or October.

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For more information please call Justin Pappani at 208-634-0623 or Laurel Ingram at 208-634-0622
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Land management agencies to lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in southwest Idaho

Date: 9/19/2018
Contacts: Bureau of Land Management – Jared Jablonski 208-384-3378
Forest Service – Stephaney Kerley 208-373-4105
Idaho Department of Land – Sharla Arledge 208-334-0233

Boise, Idaho – With cooler temperatures lowering the threat of wildfires, state and federal land management agencies will lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on all lands within southwest Idaho effective Sept. 21, 2018 beginning at 12:01 a.m.

The Stage 1 fire restrictions will be lifted in the Treasure Valley, West Central Mountains, Snake/Weiser River, and Owyhee Mountains of Idaho, which includes all federal, state and private forestland and rangeland in:

* Ada, Adams, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley, Washington and Owyhee Counties
* Within Washington County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Mann Creek Reservoir
* Within Valley County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade
* Within Elmore and Boise counties, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch reservoirs

These restrictions are being lifted by agencies managing or providing wildland fire protection, including the U.S Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL). Fire managers divide Idaho into zones and fire restrictions will be lifted in the following zones:

Snake/Weiser River Zone:

* All state, private and BLM lands east of the Snake River, north and west of Highway 95 to the Little Weiser River, and north of the Little Weiser River to the Payette NF boundary. The boundary then follows the Payette NF boundary back to the Snake River.

Treasure Valley Fire Restrictions Zone

* All of Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette and Washington counties. Portions of Boise County including the administrative boundary of Lucky Peak Lake to Arrowrock Dam, south shore of Arrowrock Reservoir and that portion of Elmore County that lies south of the South Fork Boise River to Anderson Ranch Dam, south along Anderson Dam Road (FS Rd 134) to Highway 20, east on Highway 20 to the Elmore/Gooding County line south to Interstate 84. The Treasure Valley Restriction area is bounded by the Idaho/Oregon boundary to Oreana then follows the Bachman Grade to Triangle and continues east-northeast of the Owyhee Front to the Bruneau River. The northern boundary begins near Weiser, Idaho and follows Highway 95 to Indian Valley, then generally follows the Little Weiser River to the Payette and Boise National Forest boundary lines.

West Central Mountains Fire Restrictions Zone

* Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment Lands within Elmore County, Boise County, and Valley County to include all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade. From the point where the Boise National Forest boundary intersects State Highway 20 near Dixie following the Boise National Forest boundary west and north along the ridge of the Danskin to Boise Front foothills and extending north encompassing the Idaho Department of Lands to its intersection back with the Boise National Forest boundary near Sage Hen Reservoir. The far northern boundary includes all Boise National Forest lands, excluding the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All lands north of Sage Hen Reservoir including Tripod Mountain and West Mountain within the North Fork Payette River drainage north to near Tamarack Resort.

Owyhee Fire Restrictions Zone

* All of Owyhee County west of the Bruneau Canyon.

Fire managers are asking the public to continue to be extra cautious when spending time in the outdoors. As a reminder, fireworks are prohibited on state and private forestland and rangeland during closed fire season (May 10 through Oct. 20), and on public lands, roads and trails in Idaho all times of the year.

Controlled burning restrictions may be in place due to air quality through the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. Information about DEQ burn bans is available here: http://deq.idaho.gov/air-quality.aspx. The IDL fire safety burn permit is required during closed fire season, and local burn permits may be as well. To obtain permits for controlled burning activities, visit: http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/

For more information about fire restrictions and to view an interactive map, visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com

If you are planning a visit to public lands in these areas, please check with the Boise National Forest (www.fs.usda.gov/boise), the BLM Idaho (www.blm.gov/idaho), or the Idaho Department of Lands (www.idl.idaho.gov) websites for the latest information or visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com

9-21-2018+-+0402-00-55+BNF+2018+Stage+1+TERMINATION.pdf

9-19-2018+Stage+1+Fire+Restrictions+Lifted+BOI+%26+Payette.pdf
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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 9/21/2018, 10:19:27 AM
Size 3,438 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

The Bum Creek Fire was detected on September 7, 2018. It is a lightning caused fire burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The Communities of Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg are not threatened by the fire.

The fire is under a monitor status, and is being allowed to play its natural role on the landscape, enhance and maintain wilderness character, and help restore ecological process in this forested ecosystem.

Fire activity has been moderate for the past few days, and putting up smoke that can be seen by backcountry travelers. The fire has grown approximately 350 acres from when it was mapped two days ago (Bum Creek Fire Map, September 20, 2018), and is established in the West Fork Monumental Lakes area at the head of the West Fork of Monumental Creek – burning in this area has been low to moderate intensity with about a 50/50 mix of burned and unburned vegetation. The fire is in the head of Cane Creek just outside the wilderness boundary – the fire is low intensity in this area and Management Action Points have been established to be implemented should the fire continue to burn outside the wilderness boundary.

Fire Area Map, September 20, 2018

Bum Fire, Sep 20 looking east up Tamarack Creek

Sep 20 looking southeast up trib of Bum Creek

Sep 20, Head of Cain Creek

Sep 20, Head of West Fork Monumental Creek

Bum Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6197/
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