Fire Update Sept 30, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

We had some nice rain showers early this morning in Yellow Pine, 0.19″, enough to settle the dust. Rain total for the month of Sept 2018 = 0.26″.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = light haze of smoke
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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 http://www.rxfire.com 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 tdulhanty@fs.fed.us (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 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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Caton Fire

Caton Thermal Map 9-30
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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.

Caton Fire Map September 26

Click to access 2018_09_27-17.49.40.349-CDT.pdf

Caton Fire September 26

Caton Fire from Miners Peak Lookout September 26

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

Bum Creek Thermal Map 9-30
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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 fire has moved to the east in the Monumental Lakes area.

The fire is 3 miles southeast of the Pinnacles, and within the area of the West Fork of Monumental Creek Lakes.

Fire Management personnel monitoring the fire report that the fire is fairly inactive as of September 26. 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 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.

Bum Fire September 26

Bum Fire Map September 27

Click to access 2018_09_27-17.41.10.184-CDT.pdf

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

Kiwah Fire Thermal Map 9-30
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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 9/30/2018, 8:33:29 AM
Size 14,603 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Fire is in monitor status and will be flown to check on status occasionally.

A low pressure system will bring showers and a few thunderstorms to the region today. Wind gusts up to 40 mph are possible near thunderstorms. Drier weather is expected for Monday with more showers possible for Tuesday and beyond.

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

Pistol Fire Thermal Map 9-30
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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.
457.188 acres as of 9/11/18, 6:00 PM

Sept 13 update

The Pistol Fire estimated at 426 acres 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.
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Prospect Fire

Prospect Fire Thermal Map 9-30
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Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location one (1) mile northwest of Morgan Airstrip in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Cause Human
Discovery Date 9/25/2018, 3:45:04 PM
County Valley
Current as of 9/30/2018, 8:58:50 AM
Total Personnel 93
Size 7,024 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 20th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Fire is in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Middle Fork Ranger District. One outbuilding is confirmed lost. Resources on the fire include, one (1) Type I crew, two (2) Type II crews, two (2)Type I helicopters, one (1) Type II helicopter, one (1) Type III helicopter, and one (1) Type 6 engine.

Update September 29, 2018

A local Type III Incident Management Organization is managing the Prospect Fire located on Middle Fork Ranger District. The fire is burning in timber, brush, and tall grass, in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is burning in the Prospect Creek and Morehead Creek drainages and has crossed to the east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River towards Big Soldier Mountain. Fire activity moderated today with the cloud cover. Single tree and group torching was observed along with active runs when the winds and terrain aligned. The fire was active on the northwest of the fire with backing into the Boundary Creek drainage.

Fire resources are working to inform forest visitors in the area of the fire. Officials on the Salmon-Challis National Forest have implemented an Emergency Road and Recreation Site Closure #04-13-18-610 for the Prospect Fire. The following are closed:

Forest Road 568 (the Boundary Creek Road) is closed at the Camp Tender Trailhead, which is approximately 3 miles north of the Junction of Forest Roads 579 and 568 at Bruce Meadows. Dagger Falls Campground, Boundary Creek Campground, and Boundary Creek Boat Launch are closed.

These closures are necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Prospect Fire.

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. Values at risk in which work is in progress or completed is the administrative sites at Boundary Creek and the Morgan Ranch and Sulphur Creek Ranch properties. One outbuilding is confirmed lost.

Weather: Dry conditions are expected to persist through most of today. Winds will be breezy today and, more so, on Sunday. Scattered showers will develop on Sunday ahead of an upper disturbance. Isolated thunderstorms cannot be ruled out. Expect ridgetops wind gusts of 20 to 25 mph with 13 to 28 percent humidity Saturday and gusts around 30 mph with 30 to 40 percent humidity on Sunday.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur.

Visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF for further information.

Closures — Prospect Fire
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6226/

Prospect Fire Infared Map September 30

Prospect Fire September 29

Prospect Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6226/
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NIFC

September 28, 2018

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

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