Fire Updates Sept 1, 2019

Nethker Fire

Payette National Forest
Total Personnel 44
Size 2,360 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 98%
Estimated Containment Date Sunday September 08th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM


Updated Area Closure – Nethker Fire Version #4, August 30, 2019

A new fire area closure was issued this morning, Friday August 30. The closed area is defined as all areas of the Nethker fire that have burned.

Burgdorf/French Creek Road, Warren Wagon Road, Crystal Mountain Road, Burgdorf Creek Road and Ruby Meadows Road (to the trailhead) are open for public travel. The 251 Road/OHV trail #174 remain closed as they area fully within the burned area.

Ruby Meadows road is open, but the first part of the road is surrounded by burned trees and vegetation – stay out of the burned area and drive past the burned area before getting out of your vehicle.

Jeanette Campground and Burgdorf Campground are open for public use; however, the fire area is closed – do not enter the burned area and no camping is allowed within the burned area. The burn area remains closed due to the potential for falling snags as this creates danger – no fuel wood cutting within the burned area.

Drive cautiously through the burned area while on the main roads as firefighters continue to work in the area, and the potential for falling snags is a hazard.

Nethker Fire Closure Map, August 30

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Smith Knob

Payette National Forest
Location Approximately 7 miles northeast of Warren and 3 miles north the Hettinger/South Fork Ranch on the McCall Ranger District.
Total Personnel 51
Size 276 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM

The Smith Knob Fire is burning approximately 7 miles northeast of Warren and 3 miles north of the Hettinger/South Fork Ranch. The fire is burning in the Raines Creek drainage and started from a lightning holdover – it was reported on August 10. Due to its location and minimal values at risk in the immediate area, the fire is being managed under a monitor strategy. Firefighters are on site and evaluating the fire’s potential. As necessary, point protection will be implemented to protect values at risk if the fire continues to grow.

An area closure is in effect for this fire – please see the closure order and closure area map on the “Closure” link on this page. Forest Road 355 (Smith Knob Road) is closed from its intersection with Forest Road 356 (Burgdorf Summit Road). Smith Creek Trail #180, Raines Creek Trail #112 and Slaughter Gulch Trail #126 are closed. Burgdorf Summit Road and the South Fork Salmon River Trail #122 remain open for public access.


Smith Knob Fire, August 31, 2019

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Shady Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Total Personnel 5
Size 5,857 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 31st, 2019 approx. 05:00 PM


Shady Fire Update Aug 31, 2019

The Shady Fire remains active in Bernard and Pinyon Creeks, the no name drainage west of Shady Creek, and Fontez Creek. Fire has crossed over the ridgeline and is established in Silver Creek on the west side of the fire. The fire has the potential to affect Vanity Summit and user access to the Seafoam area including Forest Road #008 within the next week, possibly as soon the next couple of days. Please check Inciweb and Salmon-Challis National Forest Facebook and Twitter feeds as updated information and new closures will be posted to those sites. The east side of the fire has burned to Forest Road #172. This road remains open, please be ready for rapidly changing conditions if traveling in this area and ensure proper travel preparations are made. Smoke has the potential to filter into the Challis area and the Pahsimeroi and Lemhi Valleys. Today, crews will continue to assess the areas with increased fire activity and will be informing visitors in the Seafoam area about potential fire impacts from the Shady Fire. The Forest will provide fire updates and information as significant changes occur.

Information on real-time air quality in the state of Idaho can be found [here]. Fire managers are urging the public to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the Shady Fire as firefighters are in the area. In addition, they are urging the public to be aware of the many blind corners on the roads and please slow down.

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: …FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FIRE FOR GUSTY WIND AND LOW HUMIDITY…Look for strong warming bringing widespread critical low relative humidity Sunday. Also, expect breezy, critical mostly ridge top winds Sunday. An approaching low on Monday will bring slightly higher humidity, though still critical, along with continued breezy, critical winds. Showers and thunderstorms may return as early as Wednesday, but are more like Thursday and early Friday.

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.


Shady Fire Map August 30

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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 26
Size 5,332 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 80%
Estimated Containment Date Monday September 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM


Closures — Cove Creek Fire

Cove Creek Fire Map August 27

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Boone Fire burning near Jedediah Smith Wilderness

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Caribou-Targhee National Forest

The Boon fire ignited August 16 and is located approximately 25 miles north of Driggs, ID on the Wyoming border. The fire is estimated to be 26 acres in size. Fire behavior is minimal with isolated group and single-tree torching and smoldering and creeping along the forest floor.

“Fire serves many roles in the ecosystem,” said Jeff Hill, Fire Management Officer. “Due to the location of this fire and limited private values at risk, managers felt this fire would be good to reduce existing biomass, recycle nutrients into the soil, and regenerate vegetation, along with increase plant and animal diversity.” Management activities will focus on preventing fire spread toward private lands and public land infrastructure. Currently the fire is five miles South and West of the BSA, Camp Loll.

Smoke from the Boone Fire will be visible likely until a major precipitation event occurs or until it snows. Fire managers urge individuals to use caution when recreating or hunting in the area due to fire hazards. Currently the 003, South Boone Trail is Closed to protect the public.

FS lands often have vegetation and wildlife habitat that require fire to remain healthy. On forested lands, up to 60 percent more of the landscape burned historically than now, especially in the West. To diminish the “fire deficit” and thereby mitigate fire risk, the FS and partners are using this fire management strategy that protects values from harm, but also reduces future wildfire risk from excessive fuel accumulation. Fire officials will continue to monitor weather and fuel conditions daily to predict the fire’s spread.

More information is available on inciweb at:

Boone Fire location Map

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Idaho Fire Info



August 30, 2019

A total of 50 large fires have burned more than 336,000 acres. New large fires were reported in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Texas.

Idaho Fires: 7 Acres: 14,658 New: 2 Contained: 0
Barren Hill Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 605 0 50 miles east of Kamiah 208-820-1799
Cove Creek Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 5,332 80 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 2,360 98 30 miles northeast of McCall 208-634-0820
* Smith Knob Payette National Forest FS 206 0 35 miles northeast of McCall 208-634-0820
* Snow Peak Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 100 0 19 miles east of Athol 208-557-8813
Shady Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 5,857 0 21 miles north of Stanley 208-756-7853