Fire Update Sept 28, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

It has been very dry and quite smoky in Yellow Pine the last several days. Looks like the Caton fire kicked up some yesterday, and the Prospect fire to the south is active.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = poor
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Southwest Idaho Fall prescribed burning planned

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Boise, Idaho. Sept. 26, 2018 — Southwest Idaho interagency fire managers anticipate favorable weather conditions for planned low-intensity prescribed burns this fall. Prescribed burns are designed to reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels), minimize wildfire potential near communities and improve wildlife habitat.

Weather and fuel conditions permitting, prescribed burns are scheduled to start in October and continue through November. Approximately 2,600 acres are planned for controlled ignitions in 13 project areas within the Boise National Forest.

Public and firefighter safety is always the first priority in all public land fire operations. Fire managers develop burn plans that consider: safety, specific fuel and weather prescriptions and smoke management. All prescribed burns are closely evaluated and are only approved when conditions are favorable.

Fire officials strongly advise forest visitors and homeowners to prepare and plan activities around the proposed dates and locations of burns. Prescribed burns may impact individual’s that are sensitive to smoke. Recreationists should use extreme caution near prescribed fire areas and comply with closures.

Access to areas immediately within or adjacent to burning operations may be temporarily restricted for public health and safety. Specific information and signage will be posted in advance of ignitions and remain in place until operations are completed. Please be cautious of firefighters and additional equipment within these areas as visibility will be decreased with smoke.

The website is updated with information regarding southwest Idaho burns planned within Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management, Payette National Forest and Boise National Forest.

The Boise National Forest prescribed burn hotline: (208)-373-4208.

Idaho City Ranger District

* Alder Ridge (100 acres): located 1 mile north of Placerville, Idaho. This is a landscape burn (ground fire), using hand ignitions to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface (WUI).
* Amber (300 acres): located 2 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. This is a modified tree well burn.
* Buckskin (200): located approximately 3 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho.
* Little Ophir (100 acres): located 4 miles west of Pioneerville, Idaho. A landscape burn using hand ignitions that will reduce fuel in the WUI.
* Mores South-Granite Creek (250 acres): located 3 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignitions to reduce fuels in the WUI.

Cascade Ranger District

* Horsethief (360 acres): located about 1 mile east/northeast of Horsethief Reservoir. This burn involves helicopter and hand ignitions to reduce fuels throughout the area that is within the WUI.
* Westside Restoration Unit 39 (25 acres): This project is located on National Forest System (NFS) road 435 along West Mountain. It is approximately 10 miles west of Cascade, Idaho. This will be hand ignitions burn to reduce fuels within the WUI.
* Crawford (100 acres): located approximately 4 miles east of Cascade, Idaho adjacent to the Crawford Guard Station, located off of NFS road 22, northeast of Davis reservoir; within WUI area.
* Lower Johnson Thinning (95 acres): Is a project designed to reduce hazardous fuels within the WUI. This project is located approximately 7 miles south of Yellow Pine along NFS road 413 and Johnson Creek.
* Yellow Pine Blowdown (40 acres): is located approximately 62 miles from Cascade, Idaho and is adjacent to the community of Yellow Pine. Hand Ignitions will be used to ignite machine piles along NFS roads 412, 413.
* Rainbow Point (19 acres): This project is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Cascade, Idaho. Machine Piles located within the Rainbow Point campground will be ignited by hand to reduce fuel accumulations throughout the campground.

Mountain Home Ranger District

* Cottonwood II Rx (1000 acres): This project is located about 17 miles NE of Boise, Idaho along NFS roads 203 and 377 in the Cottonwood Creek drainage, north of Arrowrock Reservoir.

Emmett Ranger District

* Miscellaneous Administrative Piles (1-2 acres): At Garden Valley work center.
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Note from Cascade Ranger District:

The Cascade RD is planning to burn both the Lower Johnson Thinning and Yellow Pine Blow Down units this fall, both of these projects will be pile burning only NO Broadcast Burning is planned.

The Lower Johnson Project (thinning & piling) was completed last summer, these handpiles are located along Johnson Creek road, Wapiti Ranch, Cox Ranch, Bryant Ranch/ Johnson Creek Airstrip.

Hand Ignition for Lower Johnson should take about a week to complete, once those piles have been completed, the crews will relocate to Yellow Pine to burn the logging slash piles.

If you have any addition questions please contact Tim Dulhanty (208-382-7400) or myself at 208-382-7400 or send me an email.

– Thanks
James Bishop
Fuels AFMO
Boise National Forest
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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 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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Caton Fire

Cation Fire Thermal Map 9-28

Update Sept 27

The Caton fire has been moderately active the past few days, with growth on the southwest corner of the fire. Its mostly backing and flanking fire on top of the ridge where the Indian Peak trail is. Attached is a map and photo taken from Miners Peak lookout on the afternoon of September 26th. Acreage on the Caton fire is approximately 800 acres.

– Justin Pappani, Fire Management Specialist, Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District (via email)

Caton Fire Map September 26

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Caton Fire September 26

Caton Fire from Miners Peak Lookout September 26

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.

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 InciWeb link:
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Bum Creek Fire

Update Sept 27

The Bum Creek fire was mostly inactive yesterday when we flew a recon flight. I have attached a map displaying the fires perimeter on September 26th. The size of the fire is approximately 5340 acres with a lot of unburned incorporated in the displayed perimeter. The majority of the fires perimeter has not grown for about a week. The portion of the Bum Creek fire area in the WF of Monumental creek is a mix of burned and unburned my guess right now at about 50% of each, with a couple smoldering spots high on the ridge on the north side of west fork monumental creek. The area continues to smolder with some interior cleanup of dead and downed fuels.

– Justin Pappani, Fire Management Specialist, Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District (via email)

Bum Fire Map September 27

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Bum Fire September 26 Looking up Bum Creek

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

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 9/28/2018, 8:40:26 AM
Size 14,603 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

High pressure in place Thursday – Saturday with clear skies and highs in the 60-70° range. Low pressure forecasted to move in Saturday night bringing slight chance of precipitation and a drop in daytime temperatures by 10 degrees through mid-week.

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
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Pistol Fire

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.

Release Date: Sep 10, 2018

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.

perimeter date 9/12/2018
gis acres 457.19
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Prospect Fire

Thermal Map Prospect Fire 9-28-2018

link to Prospect Fire FB photo gallery Sept 27:

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Cause Human
Discovery Date 9/25/2018, 3:45:04 PM
County Valley
Last Update 9/26/2018, 8:32:22 AM
Incident Size (Acres) 560
Location one (1) mile northwest of Morgan Airstrip in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.

Release Date: Sep 27, 2018

The Prospect Fire was reported on September 25th at approximately 4:00 pm. The fire is currently estimated at 560 acres, burning in timber, approximately one (1) mile northwest of Morgan Airstrip in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is actively burning in the Prospect Creek and Morehead Creek drainages. There are eight (8) firefighters and two helicopters assigned to the fire. An additional 12 firefighters are on order and will be on scene on Saturday morning. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

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 Prospect Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety.

Weather: Dry conditions are expected to persist through Saturday. Winds will be breezy today and back off slightly Friday before becoming breezy again Saturday and more so on Sunday. Scattered showers will develop on Sunday ahead of an upper disturbance. Isolated thunderstorms cannot be ruled out. Ridgetops may see wind gusts to 30 mph on Sunday.

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BLM urges hunting and wildfire safety

Date: September 25, 2018
Contact: Jennifer Kline, (208) 373-3963

Statewide, Idaho – As the weather starts to cool and leaves turn golden brown, many Idaho residents are getting ready for hunting season. Whether you’re target shooting or building your family’s traditional hunting camp, fire managers urge Idahoans to shoot responsibly and to be vigilant about taking precautions to prevent wildland fires.

“Wildfire conditions are dynamic this time of year,” said BLM Idaho State Fire Management Officer Michael Morcom. “We are still seeing wildfires ignite and grow at alarming rates, which is unusual for this late in the fire season.”

Multiple fires are currently burning in Idaho and some of them are either in or near hunting units. Please be mindful that even though you may not see the firefighters, they are out there. Remember the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety, especially Rule #3: “Be sure of the target, what is in front of it and beyond it.” For more information, please visit

On May 10, 2018, acting BLM Idaho State Director Peter J. Ditton issued a Fire Prevention Order prohibiting the possession or use of steel core, incendiary, and/or tracer ammunition as well as exploding targets while shooting. Be proactive and take precautionary measures by clearing all flammable materials and rocks away from the target shooting area and having fire safety equipment (shovel, fire extinguisher and/or water) on hand. Studies have shown that sparks from steel core/steel jacketed fragments cause vegetation fires as often as lead core/copper jacketed and solid copper jackets fragments.

Before you head out to your favorite hunting spot, make sure your vehicle and trailers are properly maintained by ensuring the safety chain is not dragging, wheel bearings are well greased, and tires are inflated to the proper level to help prevent a blown tire. Sparks thrown from an improperly maintained vehicle or trailer can cause roadside fires without the knowledge of the driver.

Finally, everyone enjoys a campfire, but the devastating effects of an escaped campfire when left unattended could last for many years. Please take the proper steps to completely extinguish your campfire and any warming fires before leaving the area.

For more information on current area wildfires and fire prevention information visit, Idaho Fire Info on Facebook, and follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter.
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September 28, 2018

A total of 73 large wildfires have burned approximately 1,002,970 acres. Two large fires were reported today.

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

Weather: The off shore, easterly wind event across Oregon and northern California will begin to weaken as a strong, fast-moving cold front drops south from British Columbia into Washington and the Northern Rockies. The prefrontal flow will become westerly by afternoon. Elsewhere, a flat westerly flow will continue across the remainder of the country. A departing cold front will bring widespread showers to New England, and a dissipating stationary front will allow for scattered showers and storms to develop along the Gulf Coast.

Idaho Fires: 15 Acres: 95,593 New: 1 Contained: 0
Bible Back Sawtooth National Forest FS 3,600 66 21 miles southeast of Stanley
Bum Creek Payette National Forest FS 5,340 0 10 miles east of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Caton Payette National Forest FS 630 0 24 miles east of McCall 208-634-0820
Conner Cassia County CNTY 13,617 75 4 miles southwest of Malta
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 473 23 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-5561
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 7,871 85 5 miles east of East Hope 208-557-8813
Pistol Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 457 0 38 miles southeast of McCall
* Prospect Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 2,000 0 31 miles northwest of Stanley
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 90 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-820-1965
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,115 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-267-5561
Stewart Creek Sawtooth National Forest FS 5,295 62 18 miles northwest of Fairfield 208-764-3202
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,300 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