Fire Update Sept 23, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

We had 0.04″ of rain this morning, not quite enough to settle the dust, but the air quality is much better.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Green
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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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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 9/21/2018, 10:04:49 AM
Size 790 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 Yellow Pine, near Indian Point. The Communities of Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg are not threatened by the fire.

Fire activity for the past several days has been minimal with smoldering and backing fire to the west from Indian Point. Occasional tree torching has been observed.

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.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6177/47537/

Caton Fire, Sep 20 looking south from Indian Point

Caton Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6177/
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Bum Creek Fire

Thermal Map Bum Creek Fire 9-23-2018
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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

Bum Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6197/
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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 9/23/2018, 8:46:39 AM
Size 14,603 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 14,603 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.

Fire activity remains minimal throughout the fire area.

Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to burn 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.

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

Thermal Map Pistol Fire 9-23-2018
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Salmon-Challis National Forest

Location: 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.

Last update Sept 10th:
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Shell Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

The Shell Fire was reported yesterday [9-21] evening at approximately 7pm. The fire is located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. The fire is approximately three (3) miles southwest of Falconberry Guard Station and approximately one and a half (1.5) miles south, southeast of Indian Springs Cabin.

Fire size is approximately one (1) acre with spot fires outside of the main fire perimeter and is burning in heavy timber. The fire is located in the the bottom of the drainage.

Fire managers are currently monitoring the fire. There will be resources on the ground today informing forest visitors in the area of the fire. Fire cause is undetermined.

link to FB photo gallery 9-21-2018

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Rabbit Foot Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Thursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 22 Nautical Miles North of Challis, ID
Current as of 9/23/2018, 8:48:52 AM
Total Personnel 31
Size 36,004 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Update for September 21

Fire activity today was minimal. Firefighters continue to monitor the fire area. The Corral Creek, Iron Creek, and Moyer Creek areas are still showing smoke.

Rehabilitation work continues as does backhaul of equipment no longer needed to meet the objectives of the fire. Due to the excellent work of firefighters on the Rabbit Foot Fire, the forest is going to transition to a smaller Type IV organization tomorrow morning. The Type IV organization shadowed the Type III organization today.

The area closure changed today to a road closure. Please see Inciweb for the order and associated map.

link to FB photos 9-21:

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The Square Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

The Square Fire was reported this afternoon, September 20. The fire is located 1/2 mile into Idaho, from the Montana/Idaho border, in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the North Fork Ranger District. The fire is in the upper reaches of Bronco Creek, near Square Top Mountain. Fire is approximately one (1) acre in size burning in grass and brush with a heavy dead and down timber component in an old burn scar. The fire is currently in monitor status. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur.

link to FB photos 9-20:

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BLM officials responding to multiple Idaho fires

Natasha Williams Sep 22, 2018 KIVI TV

The BLM is responding to multiple Idaho fires.

8 Mile Fire

The 8 Mile Fire has burned 1,000 acres about five miles south of Soda Springs. The BLM says the fire is running in grass, shrubs, and timber.

County officials are evacuating the areas north of the fire and say over 75 residences are threatened.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Conner Fire

The Conner Fire four miles south of Malta has burned about 3.500 acres and is described as “running” and “very active.”

Structures are threatened but at this time no evacuations have been announced.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

source:
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NIFC

September 21, 2018

Firefighters contained 10 large fires yesterday. Two new ones were reported, one each in Montana and Oregon. Currently 71 large fires have burned 913,394 acres in 11 states.

Emergency responders and support personnel continue to assist with relief efforts in North Carolina.

Weather: A westerly flow will resume across much of the country as temperatures remain near average in most areas. Breezy conditions are expected near the mountain passes in the mountains across the northern tier of the country. Showers will develop in the Cascades by afternoon and spread east into the Okanogan by evening. A stationary front positioned across the South will allow for a return to wet conditions across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. All in all, widespread critical fire weather conditions are not expected today across the country.

Idaho Fires: 13 Acres: 78,050 New: 0 Contained: 3
Bible Back Sawtooth National Forest FS 3,500 33 21 miles southeast of Stanley
Bum Creek Payette National Forest FS 3,500 0 10 miles east of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Caton Payette National Forest FS 790 0 24 miles east of McCall 208-634-0820
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 476 23 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-5561
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 7,866 85 5 miles east of East Hope 208-557-8813
Pistol Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 458 0 38 miles southeast of McCall
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 36,004 82 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-756-7853
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,100 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-664-2318
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 8,220 89 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-820-1965
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,113 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-267-5561
Stewart Creek Sawtooth National Forest FS 5,270 62 18 miles northwest of Fairfield 208-764-3202
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,185 78 18 miles east of Athol 208-664-2318
Wapiti Boise National Forest FS 4,571 80 13 miles southwest of Stanley 208-259-3361
Indian Butte Clark County CNTY 13,072 100 8 miles northwest of Dubois 208-497-7270
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 14,603 100 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Oneida Franklin County ST 911 100 6 miles northeast of Preston

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