Fire Updates Sept 15, 2019

Fire Update Sept 15, 2019

Payette Fall Prescribed Fire 2019

Planned Activity, 9-8 to 9-14

Weather permitting, the New Meadows Ranger District plans on burning approximately 45 acres in Bear Basin (the 2 units west of Old Brundage Mountain Rd), and the remaining westernmost 90 acres in Rocky Bear September 13 through 15.

Trails and roads that lead into the area will be posted with caution signs and a map of prescribed burn locations. Individuals may call the New Meadows Ranger District at 208-347-0300 for more information.

To date this fall the New Meadows District has burned a 58-acre unit at Rocky Bear and 148 acres at Price Valley.

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Southwest Idaho Fall prescribed fire burning planned [BNF]

Boise, Idaho, September 12, 2019 –Southwest Idaho interagency fire managers anticipate favorable fall weather conditions for planned low-moderate intensity prescribed fires. Prescribed fires are designed to reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels), large wildfire potential to communities, and improve wildlife habitat.

Weather and conditions permitting, prescribed burns are scheduled to start in September and continue through November. Approximately 3,925 acres are planned for ignition 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 account for safety, specific fuel and weather prescriptions and smoke management. All controlled burns are closely evaluated and are only approved when favorable conditions are present.

Prescribed burns may affect people sensitive to smoke and may impact access to burn areas and travel routes. Fire officials strongly advise forest visitors and homeowners to prepare and plan activities around the proposed dates and locations of burns and to use extreme caution near prescribed fire areas. Please be aware of firefighters and equipment in the area and on roadways, comply with posted notices and drive slowly in areas with decreased visibility.

Information and signs will be posted on roads that access burn areas in advance of ignitions and remain in place through burn completion.

For the most current prescribed fire information please visit the website. The interactive map identifies planned prescribed fire areas, treatments and specific contact information. You can also zoom in on areas of interest. The Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management, Boise National Forest (NF), Payette NF and Sawtooth National NF planned prescribed fire treatments are included in the map.

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

Planned Boise National Forest fall prescribed burns include:

Idaho City Ranger District

* Alder (300 acres): located 3 miles north of Placerville, Idaho. A landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
* Buckskin (200 acres): located approximately 1.5 miles north of Pioneerville, Idaho.
* Little Ophir (150 acres): located 2 miles east of Placerville, Idaho. A landscape burn using hand ignition that will reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface area.
* Mores South-Granite Creek (200 acres): located 3 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. A landscape burn using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
* Pilot (150 acres): Located about 2 miles south-east of Idaho City, ID in the Boise Basin Experimental Forest for scientific study and wildland urban interface protection.
* Pioneer Piles: Burning of mechanically piled logging slash following the Post-Pioneer Fire restoration sales.
* Hand Piles (250 acres): Burning of manually created slashpiles following hazardous fuels thinning projects throughout the Boise Basin.
* Mores South Piles: Burning of mechanically piled logging slash following the activities on the Mores South Hazardous fuels project.

Cascade Ranger District

* Horsethief (180 acres): located about 1 mile east/northeast of Horsethief Reservoir. This burn involves helicopter and hand ignition to reduce fuels over the area and is within the wildland urban interface

Lowman Ranger District

* West Lowman WUI (650 acres): located approximately 2 miles northeast of Lowman, Idaho between Clear and Miller Creek drainages.
* Pine Flats Campground (50 acres): located 4 miles southwest of Lowman, Idaho on County Highway 17 (Banks/Lowman Road).

Emmett Ranger District

* Lodgepole Springs Underburn (585 acres): located approximately 14 miles north of Crouch, this will be a restoration underburn in the Silver Creek drainage north of FS road 671.
* Pinney Slope Rx (960 acres): Is approximately 6 miles north of Crouch, ID in the Pinney Creek drainage. Forest Service road 693 in Scriver Creek is South and West of the project area.

Mountain Home Ranger District

* Minneha Piles (250 acres): located approximately 10 miles southwest of Idaho City in the South Fork Minneha Creek drainage off FS road 202B.
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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 6
Size 874 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM

This will be the last update for the Smith Knob Fire unless fire activity necessitates further updates (September 13, 2019).

The Smith Knob Fire is located approximately 7 miles northeast of Warren and 3 miles north of the Hettinger/South Fork Ranch.

The fire closure order for the Smith Knob Fire has been terminated – there are no closures related to this fire. Visitors to the area should use caution regarding the potential for falling snags along roads and trails throughout the fire area.

While no significant fire activity has occurred in the past several days, the fire will continue to be actively monitored.


Smith Knob Fire with minimal fire activity, Sept 7

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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 1
Size 6,286 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 31st, 2019 approx. 05:00 PM

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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 1
Size 5,332 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 85%
Estimated Containment Date Monday September 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM

Fire managers continue to observe minimal fire activity; the fire is smoldering. No smoke is showing at this time. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire’s forward progression.

The Forest will provide fire updates and information as significant changes occur.

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2 new fires reported (Salmon-Challis National Forest)

Sep 09, 2019 Local News 8

Salmon, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – There have been two new fires reported in the Salmon-Challis National Forest area since September 2.

The 0.10 acre Corral Fire reported September 7 was called out on September 7. The fire was located approximately 26 miles southwest of Salmon.

The 0.10 acre Burrell Fire reported September 3 was called out on September 5. The fire was located approximately 14 miles northwest of North Fork.

The 0.5 acre Allan Fire, reported August 21, was called out August 29.

continued with info on Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness fires:
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BLM burning 21 square miles of rangeland in southwest Idaho

by Ryan L Morrison Friday, September 13th 2019

Silver City, Idaho (CBS 2) — The Bureau of Land Management is conducting a prescribed burn of about 21 square miles of rangeland in southwest Idaho.

BLM said the Trout Springs prescribed burn may be seen from far away and smoke could settle into surrounding canyons and valleys.

“This prescribed fire aims to remove encroaching stands of Western juniper to improve conditions on rangeland that provides habitat for wildlife and forage for livestock grazing,” reads a press release from BLM. “In recent decades, juniper has begun to spread and compete with sage-steppe vegetation for water, nutrients, space, and sunlight, while also altering the natural wildfire cycle.”

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Idaho Fire Info

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September 13, 2019

Nationally, 60 large fires have burned more than 377,000 acres in 12 states. Eight new large fires were reported. Firefighters contained 13 large fires yesterday.

Idaho Fires: 11 Acres: 15,435 New: 2 Contained: 0
Barren Hill Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 1,300 0 50 miles east of Kamiah 208-820-1799
Boone Caribou-Targhee National Forest FS 117 1 25 miles north of Driggs 208-557-5765
Cove Creek Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 5,304 85 27 miles northwest of Salmon 208-756-7853
Crab Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 214 40 22 miles west of Stevensville 208-820-1799
Elbow Bend Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 129 0 28 miles west of Hamilton
* Hungry Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 207 0 29 miles northeast of Kamiah
Shady Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 6,286 8 21 miles north of Stanley 208-756-7853
Shale Creek Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 600 0 32 miles southwest of Superior 208-494-4581
Smith Knob Payette National Forest FS 915 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
* Tincup Caribou-Targhee National Forest FS 263 0 5 miles northeast of Wayan