Payette NF Fire Update Aug 21, 2020

Payette NF Fire Update Aug 21, 2020
Payette Interagency Dispatch

Fire Information
Contact: Fire Information 208-634-0820

12:00 pm August 21, 2020

Suppression Efforts Continue

McCall, ID, August 21, 2020 – Fire crews and firefighting aircraft continue taking suppression tactics on lightning fires ignited by morning thunderstorms on August 19, 2020. Fires are located on lands managed by the Idaho Departments of Lands and Payette National Forest’s Krassel, McCall, New Meadows, Council and Weiser Ranger Districts.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidities over the fires today have helped firefighting efforts. A warming trend is expected through the weekend. Tropical moisture will be making its way into the area on Monday, bringing a chance of thunderstorms with it.

Fire Updates

Copeland: The Copeland fire is located 5 miles east of McCall near Shaw/Twin Lakes on Idaho Department of Lands land bordering the Payette National Forest, and is being managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team. It was mapped by infrared aircraft at 90 acres in the early morning hours of August 21, 2020. Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity made for moderate fire activity overnight and has allowed firefighters to gain ground, but a warming trend is forecasted through the weekend. Resources engaged in active suppression actions include multiple helicopters, three engines, two dozers, and 140 firefighters including two hotshot crews. Valley County Sheriff has issued a road closure on county road 50403, the Boulder Lake Road at the intersection with Morrell Road. For more information, visit this page on Inciweb:

Wildhorse: The Wildhorse fire is located on the Council Ranger District, on the east side of Wildhorse River between Emery Creek and Blue Gulch in extremely steep terrain. The slope has made containment difficult and firefighters are still working on securing fireline to mitigate rollout. The fire is 9.2 acres and is staffed with 8 smokejumpers. County roads in the area remain open to the public.

Phoebe: The Phoebe fire is located on the Krassel Ranger District, 5 miles west of Yellow Pine. The fire is just over ¾ of an acre with no anticipated growth. Ten firefighters are on scene securing the line and working towards containment. There are no community or transportation impacts from this fire.

This will be the last report on the following fires, unless significant changes occur.

Council & Weiser Ranger Districts

Cold Spring – Located on the north side of Council Mountain. .25 acres, contained and controlled.

Silica – Located 3 miles west of Just Rite Campground, near Iron Mountain. .25 acres. Contained on the morning of August 21, 2020.

Southern Idaho Timber Protection Association (SITPA)

Red Ridge – Located on Red Ridge, 2 miles west of McCall, .10 acres, contained and controlled.

Fish Creek – Located 3 miles south of the Little Skihill. 0.5 acres, contained and controlled.

Use of unauthorized unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters. Never fly unmanned aircraft over or near a fire. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

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