Update at bottom of page.
Caution: Watch for fire traffic on upper Johnson Creek road (fire camp at Landmark) Also be aware that crews are working along Johnson Creek road to reduce fuels.
Buck Fire Update for Aug. 30
Acres are currently at 835 with 0 percent contained. Crews are working to reduce fuels near the Johnson Creek Road and National Forest System (NFS) road 440 in preparation for winds associated with cold fronts. There are no immediate threats to structures.
As a safety precaution multiple roads and trails in the area are temporarily closed for public safety during wildfire suppression activities. With increase fire traffic, fire officials are asking the public to avoid National Forest System (NFS) roads 447, 414, 414A, 414A1, 414B, 414C, 448, 448C, 440, 440A, 451, 416W and NFS trails 089, 088, 075, 090, 081, 087, 097 and 297. For specific details visit: (link)
Buck Fire is burning in sub-alpine fir toward an old burn scar with standing dead and down snags. The dead and down timber creates an additional falling and excessive fuels hazard. The Fire is spreading south and east toward the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and when the fire reached an old burn scar, progression slowed.
8-29-2020 Buck Fire burning in heavy timber photo4
From Boise NF
Attached (linked) are multiple files related to the Buck Fire on the Cascade Ranger District including: Fire Update with two maps and a Closure Order and map. Thank you.
Buck Fire Update – August 30 2020
* 835 acres
* 0 percent contained
* Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
* Start: August 26
* Cause: Lightning
Gusty afternoon winds from yesterday’s cold front increased fire activity on the Buck Fire pushing the fire south and east toward the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Where the fire reached an old burn scar, progression slowed. Fire activity is burning moderately in dead and down timber and sub-alpine fir with short-range spotting. Fire officials are coordinating with the Salmon-Challis National Forest which has management responsibility of the wilderness area.
Today’s Objectives: Limit the fire spread to the west and north toward the Johnson Creek corridor and look for direct attack strategies where opportunities allow and it is safe to do so. Crews are working to reduce fuels near the Johnston Creek Road and National Forest System (NFS) road 440. There are no immediate threats to structures.
Weather: Cooler temperatures and winds 8 – 10 mph with afternoon gusts of 16 mph are expected. There is a chance of moisture on the fire later into the evening.
Closures: A temporary area closure is in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities through Oct. 1, unless rescinded earlier. With increase fire traffic, please avoid NFS roads 447, 414, 414A, 414A1, 414B, 414C, 448, 448C, 440, 440A, 451, 416W and NFS trails 089, 088, 075, 090, 081, 087, 097 and 297. For specific details visit (link), storymap: (link)
Personnel and resources: 150 people are assigned to the fire. Two helicopters and additional air support as needed from an Air Attack, Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and a large air tanker. Additional engines are in route.
Archery season begins today in many areas across the forest. All Forest visitors are reminded to be cautious with flammable materials and completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.
Visit: Flicker (fire photos)
8-30-2020 Buck Fire Recreation Area Closure (pdf 175 kb) link:
8-30-2020 Buck Fire Closure Map (pdf 376 kb) link:
Buck Fire on InciWeb (link)
Public Affairs Staff Officer
Boise National Forest, Supervisors Office
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Payette Fire Update Aug 30
The Porphyry and Wolf Fang fires, started on August 25th and 26th, grew together on Saturday and is estimated to be 300 acres. The fire is burning in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return. Suppression resources are not able to safely staff the fire due to steep terrain, remote location and lack of access. The fire has the potential to impact trail #003 near Mosquito Ridge and the Rattlesnake trail. Public is reminded to stay cognizant of the fire and remain clear of the area. A helicopter reconnaissance flight is scheduled for today and updates will be added to this post.
Payette Fire PM Update Aug 30
Dry Cold Front Brings Gusty Winds and Poor Humidity Recoveries to Fire Area
Fire Information 208-634-0820
McCall, ID, August 30, 2020 – Fire personnel have successfully suppressed 15 of the lightning-caused fires from last week’s storms. The dry cold front that entered the region Saturday evening increased fire activity, which resulted in two of the remaining fires, Porphyry and Wolf Fang, combining into one. This weather pattern has brought gusty winds and particularly poor humidity recovery to areas over 6,000 feet in elevation. With each new fire start, fire managers engage in a comprehensive risk analysis to identify the safest and most appropriate management options. Firefighters may not directly engage with a fire until risks can be mitigated to an acceptable level.
The Porphyry and Wolf Fang fires, started on August 25th and 26th, grew together on Saturday and is now estimated to be 550 acres and growing. The fire is burning in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, located on land within the McCall Ranger District. Suppression resources are not able to safety staff the fire due to steep terrain, remote location and lack of safe access. Aerial resources will continue to support the fire. An infrared flight is scheduled for tonight. This will provide more accurate mapping and acreage of the fire.
Personnel continue to mop-up on the Copeland Fire, and the Boulder Lake Rd closure remains in effect through Sunday. The closure is expected to be rescinded on Monday August 31, 2020. The Copeland Fire was started by nocturnal lightning on August 19, 2020.
Fires that are not listed below have been called out.
McCall Ranger District:
Porphyry: McCall Ranger District, Porphyry Creek drainage, 2 miles SW of the bridge – 550 acres, no safe access at this time for fire personnel. The fire is burning actively under dry and windy conditions. The fire has moved downslope in addition to upslope where it has combined with the Wolf Fang Fire. This fire has the potential to impact trail #003 near Mosquito Ridge and the Rattlesnake trail. The public is asked to stay cognizant of the fire and remain clear of the area, however no closures are in effect at this time.
Wolf Fang: McCall Ranger District, half mile SW of the Porphyry Fire – this fire combined with the
Porphyry fire on August 29, 2020 and is being managed as part of the Porphyry Fire.
Rooster: McCall Ranger District, located on the eastside of the South Fork Drainage, across the south Fork from Smith Knob – 0.1 acre, wilderness, no safe access for resources at this time.
Copeland: The Copeland fire is located 5 miles east of McCall near Shaw/Twin Lakes on SITPA protected Idaho Department of Lands land bordering the Payette National Forest. The fire is 91 acres and in mop-up stages with crews continuing to secure the perimeter and take care of interior heat. It is 100% contained and transitioned back to a type 4 organization on August 27, 2020. The Boulder Lake Road remains closed at the intersection with Morrell Road to provide for public and firefighter safety. For more information, visit this page on Inciweb: (link)
Wildfires can produce high quantities of smoke. In the midst of fire activity, firefighters can do little to reduce smoke impacts. Affected communities should remain aware of smoke advisories and conditions. Learn more at (link)