Fire Updates Aug 25, 2019

Nethker Fire

Payette National Forest
Location 30 miles northeast of McCall, ID
Total Personnel 98
Size 2,355 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 98%
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb:

Nethker Fire contained; roads reopen

Warmer weather may flare up isolated pockets

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Aug 22, 2019

Forest Service firefighters this week contained the Nethker Fire north of McCall blaze despite hot and dry weather.

As of Tuesday, the fire had grown to 2,355 acres and was listed as 98% contained fire managers said.

Isolated pockets of fire are expected to flare up within the perimeter causing an increase in smoke, but the fire is not expected to spread outside of containment lines, managers said. The fire was started on Aug. 4 by lightning and was burning 30 miles northeast of McCall near Burgdorf Hot Springs.

Warren Wagon Road was opened Wednesday with the Burgdorf/French Creek Road expected to open later on Wednesday.

The Jeanette Campground, Burgdorf Guard Station and all trails leading into the burned area remained closed on Wednesday.

Crews this week began removing equipment and repairing fire lines as the firefighting effort wound down.

As of Wednesday, there were 98 personnel assigned to the fire. Two helicopters, five fire engines and three crews of about 20 people each were still assigned to the fire, Payette National Forest Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said.

“The complexity of the Nethker Fire is decreasing, but our commitment to quality work to put this fire out has not,” said Incident Commander Trent Vonderheit.

The cost of fighting the Nethker Fire was $11.4 million as of Tuesday.

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Nethker Fire Update, August 25, 2019, 7:30am

Inciweb Address Information:
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Phone: 208-634-0820

The Nethker Fire remains 98 percent contained and is still 2,355 acres in size – it has not increased in size for several days.

The closure area is the perimeter of the burned area and the immediate area of the fire that is not burned – fire wood cutting is not allowed in the burned area at this time. If helicopters are making bucket drops near roads, please do not park in the immediate area as this could shut down flight operations.

Warren Wagon Road and Burgdorf/French Creek Road are open for public travel, however Crystal Mountain Road (FS Road 247) is closed as it is needed for firefighter access. Stay on the main roads while traveling through the burned area. All trails that lead into the fire area remained closed, as does Jeanette Campground, Burgdorf Campground and the Burgdorf Guard Station. Please use caution while traveling in the area as firefighters and aviation resources continue to work on the fire.

An interior island burned yesterday near the Burgdorf/French Creek Road intersection. These isolated torching of tree events are to be expected and firefighters, along with helicopter assistance will continue to fight these events to prevent spreading of the fire. Firefighters continue to work on hot spots, but the fire is not expected to grow outside current containment lines. Fire suppression repair work is ongoing. Aviation resources remain assigned and will be used as needed to assist ground based firefighters in preventing flare-ups from causing spot fires.

Smoke has been settling into Burgdorf, Secesh Meadows and Warren in the evenings and then clears out in late morning of each day. If members of the public see fire activity, there is no need to call it in as firefighters are on site.

A local Type 3 incident management team is managing the fire with the Incident Command Post located at the Burgdorf Guard Station.

A TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) is still being implemented over the fire area – which means recreational drones and private aircraft may not be operated over the fire. The TFR can be found here:

Please check the Nethker Fire’s page on Inciweb or the Payette National Forest Facebook page for updated information, along with the latest maps and photos.

Nethker Fire Closure Order Map, Aug 20,2019


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Shady Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location Two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Size 4,722 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 31st, 2019 approx. 05:00 PM

InciWeb:

Shady Fire Update (8/23/19)

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger.

Fire Update: Fire activity has increased due to the warming and drying trend but activity remains moderate. The fire is creeping and smoldering with uphill runs observed. Fire activity is in the no name drainage to the west of Shady Creek and in Bernard Creek. The Forest will provide fire updates and information as significant changes occur.

Due to heavy fuel loading, active fire behavior, and the presence of numerous snags, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire. The Shady Fire is being managed with a point protection strategy (a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire) to minimize exposure to fire personnel while protecting identified values. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and wilderness values. Firefighters are monitoring fire progression towards values, with the priority of fire mangers being to provide for firefighter and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include mining and Forest Service infrastructure.

Weather: Quiet weather is forecast today. Drier conditions arrive for Saturday, with lower elevations around 15 percent. Gusty winds return as well, but the stronger winds look to be at higher elevations. Even stronger winds are possible for Sunday, which may be the next chance for more widespread critical fire conditions. Breezy winds and dry humidities continue into midweek.

Closures: The Salmon-Challis National Forest has implemented the Shady Fire Emergency Road and Trail Closure, Order Number: 04-13-19-613. The road and trail closure is described as road #40012 (Sheep Mountain Road) beginning at the junction with FS Road #40008 at Seafoam Guard Station ending at Road #40172, forest trail #4005 (Sheep Creek Trail) entire trail, forest trail #4012 (Duffield Trail) entire trail, and forest trail #4023 (Bernard Creek Trail) entire trail.

The above-described road and trails are located within the administrative boundaries of the Middle Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Custer County, Idaho. This closure is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Shady Fire.

Fire Restrictions: There are no fire restrictions at this time. Forest officials are asking the public to be extremely careful when camping and to remember that it is your job and responsibility to properly maintain and extinguish all campfires. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave; pour water and add dirt to your campfire until it is cold.

If you are recreating near the Shady Fire, firefighters are urging the public to be aware of the many blind corners on the roads and please slow down.

Shady Fire Map; August 14


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Cove Creek Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location 23 miles SW of North Fork, north of the Salmon River between Owl and Cove Creeks.
Total Personnel 85
Size 5,315 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 65%
Estimated Containment Date Monday September 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb:

Cove Creek Fire Udpate (8/25/19)

Fire Update: Yesterday, fire managers observed minimal fire activity; the fire is creeping and smoldering with limited growth to the fire perimeter over the last two days. The fire is established on the ridges above the East Fork Owl Creek. Firefighter and public safety is a priority for this fire. The fire is burning in steep inaccessible terrain therefore; opportunities to engage the fire directly are limited. A spike camp is in place to decrease driving hazards and increase the amount of time firefighters spend working on fire objectives. Today, firefighters will continue to monitor the fire’s forward progression within the Owl Creek Drainage and along Colson Creek. Aerial resources will be used as needed to limit perimeter growth.

Weather: Gusty west to northwest winds are expected across the region today with slightly cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Warmer and drier conditions follow Tuesday and Wednesday as the ridge rebounds across the region.

Closures: The Salmon-Challis National Forest has implemented the Cove Creek Fire Emergency Trail Closure, Order Number: 04-13-19-614. The trail closure is described as Forest Trail #152 (Owl Creek Trail), beginning at the junction with FS Road 030 (Salmon River Road) at Owl Creek to the Junction with FS Road #123 (Colson Creek Road), and Forest Trail #153 (East Fork Owl Creek Trail), beginning at the junction of Trail #152 (Owl Creek Trail) to the Junction with FS Road #043 at Horsefly Spring.

The above-described trails are located within the administrative boundaries of the North Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Lemhi County, Idaho. The closure is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Cove Creek Fire.

Fire Restrictions: There are no fire restrictions at this time. Forest officials are asking the public to be extremely careful when camping and to remember that it is your job and responsibility to properly maintain and extinguish all campfires. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave; pour water and add dirt to your campfire until it is cold.

If you are recreating or live near an ongoing wildfire suppression operation, please keep your distance – do not congregate in the area and allow the firefighters to do their job safely and efficiently. If you are driving on the Salmon River Road (#030), please SLOW DOWN, but DO NOT STOP in and around the fire area. Additionally, for the safety of firefighters and the public, helicopters cannot dip from spots where cars are parked too close, or where rafters are lingering in the river.

Cove Creek Fire Map August 23


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Geothermal Fire grows quickly in southern Idaho

by CBS 2 News Staff Tuesday, August 20th 2019
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Idaho Fire Info
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NIFC

August 23, 2019

Fire activity continues in 14 states where 51 large fires have burned more than 327,000 acres. New large fires were reported in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Utah.

Idaho Fires: 5 Acres: 12,383 New: 0 Contained: 0
Barren Hill Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 581 0 50 miles east of Kamiah 208-820-1799
Cove Creek Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 5,063 65 27 miles northwest of Salmon 208-756-7853
Crab Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 198 40 22 miles west of Stevensville 208-820-1799
Nethker Payette National Forest FS 2,355 98 30 miles northeast of McCall 208-634-0820
Shady Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 4,186 0 21 miles north of Stanley 208-756-7853

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