Monthly Archives: September 2020

Road Reports Sept 30, 2020

Please share road reports. Conditions can change quickly any time of year. Be prepared for rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.



Yellow Pine:
Local streets are starting to dry out. Watch for YPFD volunteers, kids and dogs along local streets. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Link: Fall 2020 ID-55, Smiths Ferry Improvements
ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
State Highway 55 Construction Work Scheduled starts Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
Fall (September through November) and Spring (March through May)
– Daytime and nighttime work seven days a week
– Full road closures Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
– One-way alternating traffic during all other time frames
link: more info
Note: Due to the Hwy 55 construction from Smith’s Ferry to Rainbow Bridge that starts in September (after Labor Day), the County Commissioners have ordered the closure of Smith’s Ferry Dr. at Packer John Rd. and Round Valley Rd. This closure is in effect along with the expected construction work schedules posted by ITD.
This closure does not apply to the property owners who live beyond the intersection of Packer John Rd. and Smith’s Ferry Dr. as they will continue to be able to access their properties.

Highway 95: Detour around slide.
Check ITD (link)
French Creek Road is not an official, nor a recommended detour for Highway 95.

Warm Lake Highway: No problems reported.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Closed 7am to 4pm daily with no closures on weekends.
Saturday (Sept 19) report from mail truck driver (Taylor) Rough road in the construction areas. They have patched the pavement in previous work areas.
The closure sites will change on a weekly basis, and will not always be adjacent to the last closure site. Refer to the current weekly newsletter or the project website to determine the closure point and access for each week. South Fork Road Project page (link)
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Saturday (Sept 19) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is getting a little more washboardy.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Wednesday (Sept 30) mail truck driver (Taylor) says there is a lot less fire traffic. The road is “bumpy in the usual places.”
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Open.
Report Sept 21: Lick Creek Road was recently graded by Valley County.
Report Sept 23: road is very bumpy. – BJB
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open.
Summit was reported snow free on Sunday June 28.
Report Sept 20: “Profile’s in pretty good shape.” BMc
Porphyry Fire may be impacting upper Smith Creek Road. Unknown if avalanche trees have been cut out.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. No recent reports.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Travel at your own risk.
Report Sept 15: A report of downed trees on the road going over Monumental summit – probably from the last wind storm?
Report Sept 22: The road is clear as far as 4 miles this side of the summit. It appeared some trees had been cut recently. It is possible the road has been cleared?
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Cinnabar: Open, trees cut out, travel at your own risk.
Last report received Aug 13: “We made a UTV ride into the Cinnabar mine in early August and as always it was a great trip.” – RE
Also reports of off road travel cutting through the switchbacks and tearing up the hillside.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Warrens Wagon Road:
Update July 30: (link)
Warren Wagon Road will be open for the remainder of the project with 30 minute traffic delays, without the four hour morning and afternoon closures. No further weekend delays are planned. Road work completion is scheduled for August 27th, 2020. Asphalt paving is in process and will be completed this week. Guardrail system installation is planned for this week. Pavement markings, signage, and turf establishment will occur in August.

Deadwood Summit: Open, travel with caution.
Scott Mountain is also open.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

New Link
Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard
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9/30 at 3pm

Updated Fire Reports Sept 28, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 28, 2020

Note: This will be the last Fire Report unless there are significant changes.

Evening update added for Porphyry Fire.

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

YPFD volunteers have been busy gathering up the hose lays.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

Rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday gave Yellow Pine 0.65″ of much needed precipitation. Forecast for warmer and drier contitions this week.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Open. Watch for fire crews working along the road.

Lick Creek road is open, graded earlier this month, reported to be rough.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Air Quality is really good today.
Satellite Map 9/28 140pm

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Fire Abatement:

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Fire Reports:

Buck Fire

Check InciWeb for Closures

9-28-2020 FINAL Buck Fire Update

This will be the final update unless significant fire activity occurs

Start Date: August 26
Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 19,474
Contained: 33 percent
Personnel: 136
Resources: 2 crews, 1 helicopter, 2 water tenders and 14 engines

Conditions are looking good on the fire. Lower temperatures along with some precipitation have given the fire fighters a slight break. They are beginning to go into repair mode. They will start to pull hoses and pumps. They will repair any hand lines that need it while working any hot spots they find.

You can expect to see some smoke on the fire until the snow flies. These are interior smokes and should not pose a threat. Temperatures are supposed to be higher the next few days but with shorter days and the moisture we have had there will not be much drying of the fire area.

As repairs progress resources will be released a little at a time, the Nevada Interagency Team 3 will start the steps to return management of the fire back to the local units of the Forests.

Since the information will not change from day to day this will be the last update put out by this Team. You can still go to the internet sites listed below for any information.

Weather: The weather is predicted to be above average temperatures with no forecasted precipitation.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities. The new closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

9-28-2020 Buck Fire Topo map

9-28-2020 Buck Fire IR map

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

Check InciWeb for Closures

Porphyry Fire Update September 28, 2020

All fire area closures have been lifted on the Porphyry Fire.

Trail and road closures have all been lifted and access is open to hunter and recreators. Please be cautious in and around the fire area as fire weekend trees and hot spots are still present. Smoke may still be visible at times but there is no need to report it as the fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground resources, until a season ending rain event occurs. Structure protection will take place as needed and crews are clearing out the Mosquito Ridge Trail and Hand Creek Trail.

The Porphyry Fire is still estimated at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive days. Temperatures will begin to climb back up through the week and that will allow fuels to dry back out. Fire spread and activity may increase as the fire area dries out but overall fire activity will be low due to time of season, cooler temperatures and length of daylight.

Although rain [fell] over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground as needed. Crews continue structure protection on 4 bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area.

Total Personnel 31
Size 14,486 Acres

Porphyry IR Map 9/28/2020

(click image or larger size)

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Trap Fire

Check InciWeb for Closures

The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Middle Fork RD of the Salmon-Challis NF, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Rain and cooler temperatures have given firefighters time to complete containment line along the north and eastern portions of the fire. Crews continue to monitor fire activity on the south and western perimeter of the fire.

Hazard tree mitigation along highway 21 has ended, and the highway is now fully open. However; the public is still encouraged to drive slowly due to smokey conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

Sierra Front Incident Management Team will transfer the Trap Creek Fire back to Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Salmon-Challis NF fire personnel as of 0700 Monday, September 28th. Incident Command will be Colton Bates.

Total Personnel 36
Size 2,285 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%

InciWeb:
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Woodhead Fire

Check InciWeb for Closures

9/28/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

After a weekend of cool temperatures, high relative humidity and rain, this week’s weather will gradually become warmer and dryer, but winds will generally remain light. One factor helping limit fire behavior is that the days are about 1 hour shorter than they were at the start of this fire. Another factor limiting fire behavior has been the increase in relative humidity each night (RH recovery) which adds moisture to vegetation.

As firefighters continued mopping up and chipping along the northern end of the fire, they increased containment to 57%. The black line around the fire perimeter on the map indicates sections that area contained. Mop up ensures there is no heat remaining some distance into the fire from the fireline. Chipping mulches the limbs, cut vegetation, and other slash produced during fireline construction. On the northwestern edge near Dukes Creek, firefighters improved sections of fireline by cutting low hanging limbs off adjacent trees. Removing these limbs helps prevent fire from climbing up and torching the tree. On the eastern side of the fire, firefighters continued mopping up around sections where the fire burned in a spotty manner.

A local Type 3 incident management team will be taking over the management of the fire on Tuesday. Great Basin Team 4 appreciates the support from all the surrounding communities over the past three weeks.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is open for all through traffic. The Payette National Forest closure remains in effect but will be revised by October 1st. Road blocks are on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road. The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety.

Total Personnel 330
Size 96,223 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 57%

9.28 Woodhead Fire Map (link) pdf file

InciWeb:
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Badger Fire

Check InciWeb for Closures

9.28.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Existing lines continued to hold well yesterday, and firefighters were able to gain depth on the line east of Magic Mountain. Aerial operations patrolled the fire perimeter and backhauled firefighting equipment and rubbish. The repair crew continued rehabilitating dozer line in the Fuller Flat area and the Rock Creek area. Repair crews began assessing the southeast corner of the fire for dozer line rehabilitation.

Today fire crews will continue to focus on patrolling, improving, and mopping up existing fire lines. Repair crews throughout the fire area will be rehabilitating dozer line and removing snags along roads and in campgrounds. Possibilities for firing operations will be assessed in the area east of Magic Mountain, while hand crews will work to improve the existing line.

Weather: Winds will steadily decrease today, and temperatures will remain mild. Relative humidities are expected to stay above 25%. A high pressure system is moving into the region which will bring light, variable winds and warm temperatures.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Total Personnel 448
Size 89,847 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 89%

InciWeb:
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NIFC

September 28, 2020

Light wildland fire activity was reported yesterday. Two new large fires were reported in California. No large fires were contained although firefighters continue to achieve their suppression goals as we near the end of September.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 243,991 New: 0 Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,847 89 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 3,019 5 Beaver Creek, Five miles east of Powell Ranger Station on Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest 208-702-2389
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,375 75 Two miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest USFS 19,474 33 30 miles NE of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,143 0
Grouse Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 Miles NNE OF Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Leggit Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 Five miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 5 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest 208-702-2389
Porphyry Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, McCall Ranger District. 20 miles North of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 10,680 20 Southeast of Elk City, Idaho two miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Sponge Nez Pierce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 610 0 Twenty miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Warm Springs Nez Pierce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 119 0
West Branch Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 113 20 Off FSR 1094, west of the WA/ID state line. 208-557-8813
Woodhead Payette National Forest USFS 95,985 57 20 miles west of Council.

source:
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Sept 27, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Sept 27, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

April 17 – Boil water order issued
May 15 – Firewood Season starts
June 16 – Hard closure of South Fork Road (weekdays)
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Aug 12 – Firewood Permits at The Corner
Sept 8 – Hwy 55 work starts
Sept 27 – Fire Meeting 1pm at Fire hall
Sept 30 YPFD Budget meeting 10am at Fire Hall
(details below)
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From Valley County

Valley County Mask-Up
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

We need Your Help to protect the place and the people we all Love.
link:

Valley County Covid-19 Response Page
link:

Valley County Emergency Operations Center
link:

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
link:

COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)
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Local Events:

Highway 55 Closure starts Monday, Sept 21st

Fall (September through November) and Spring (March through May)
– Daytime and nighttime work seven days a week
– Full road closures Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
– One-way alternating traffic during all other time frames
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Fire Meetings

Sunday, Sept 27, there will be a fire meeting at 1pm at fire hall with new IC of the Buck Fire.

YPFD has a budget meeting scheduled on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.
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Village News:

Sept 25th

Carol Arnold, the voice behind the radio at the Cascade airport and Arnold Aviation, will come home from the hospital and into hospice early next week. She has been suffering immensely with pain from sepsis that is antibiotic resistant. Please keep her and the extended family in your thoughts and prayers. Life for outfitters and guides in the Central Idaho wilderness, and along the Main and Middle Fork rivers, would have been much harder without her time and energy.
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Sept 22nd

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Abandoned deaf old blind dog (Tasha) has been rescued and a new Furrever Home.
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Rain!

A series of storms Thursday thru Saturday gave us 0.65″ of rain. A report from the Bryant ranch area of 0.84″ from the latest storm, and Stibnite weather station recorded 0.81″ in 24 hours ending 9am Sept 26th.
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Sunday Morning

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Sept 24th Fire Abatement

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

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YPFD News

Friday September 25th, members of the YP Fire Protection District received an orientation on our newly acquired engine. Cascade Fire District has graciously loaned our District a 4 wheel drive, brush/structure 1,100 gallon engine In addition to their orientation, the crew also practiced filling the truck from a pump in the river and deploying water.

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Fish Fry

Our Annual Fish Fry hosted by Stu Edwards was held at Alpine Village this year instead of at the Tavern. Fish provided by Stu also Chuck and Terry from Johnson Creek. With amazing potluck food as usual. It was felt there was more opportunity for distancing and being in the fresh air at Alpine. There was a good turnout of residents and a few friends.

Link: to FB photo gallery

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Power Outages

On Tuesday, Sept. 22nd at 945am the power was turned off (for approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes) and came back on at 1pm. This was for power line maintenance. There are some hazard trees near the power lines they want to take down and need to drop the lines in order to safely remove those trees.

Also Power outage September 24th from 1207pm to 303pm.

Note: They have not yet switched us over to the new underground lines yet, we will get advanced notice for that outage.

Card from Idaho Power to the Village of Yellow Pine

20200926IdPowerCard-acourtesy DF
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Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary.

Note from YPFD:

Our sweet little village of Yellow Pine has been very busy – preparing to protect our town from the Buck fire. Forecasted VERY strong gusty winds, low humidities, and extremely low fuel moisture for this past Thursday & Friday had a high potential of pushing the fire straight at us. I think all our friends & family’s prayers pushed away those winds & brought in much needed rain! Thank you everyone!

Needless to say our little Fire District budget can’t keep up with our needs to replenish what we’ve used, and to acquire equipment & personal protective equipment for our future needs– now that we have to protect ourselves against new large fires (apparently Federal policy prohibits them from setting foot on private land – even though it’s their fire).

For example, we have fire protection areas (“divisions”) in town where we have 2 people protecting 30 houses. And 99% of us getting ready to fight this fire are over 60 years old!

If reading this makes you feel inspired to donate (especially the part about how we’re all over the age of 60…) – it will help us acquire more fire hose, hose fittings, needed pumps, and 2 replacement tires for our super old excess military water tender, plus other necessary items. Thank you for your consideration!!
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EIS draft copy for public reading is available in Yellow Pine Community Hall

A complete Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Midas Gold’s proposed Stibnite mine has been placed in the Yellow Pine Community Hall so everyone can read and respond before the October 13th deadline for public comment. Read about your ares of concern, write a letter or submit your comments online before October 13th. Your comments really influence what happens in Stibnite.

-LI
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

No update for August or September

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect due to extremely high use due to leaks.

Update June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

Update June 2: The water plant is experiencing high water in Boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order until further notice.
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2020 Census

The 2020 Census Impacts All Valley County Residents

Hurry and complete the census, the deadline has been moved up to September 30th – maybe.

It is recommended that we all fill out the census online.

If you spend 50% of your time in Valley County, you can consider it your home per the Census. Where you register with the Census is confidential and never linked to other governmental requirements such as property taxes or mailing address.

Link: to online census

You do not need an ID number. Go to the link. Click on “start questionnaire”. Then on the next page scroll down to “If you do not have a Census ID, click here” – when you click on that line it will start the census. (see below)

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Critters

West Nile has been found in Ada, Canyon and Gem county mosquitoes.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep all household garbage secured in a garage or other enclosed area.
* Leftovers or discarded fish or meat bones give off a strong odor and should be stored in your freezer until you haul the garbage to the transfer station.
* Keep attractants like B-B-Q grills, bird seed or pet food stored where bears cannot find them.
* Bird feeders should be taken down May through October or placed well out of reach of bears.

Be Mountain Lion Aware

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Latest Road Reports

Link: to current road reports.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Dump report Sept 27th: Bins are nearly empty and the area around the transfer station is spick and span. The road between YP and the dump is ‘really nice.’

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is located approximately 3 miles south on Johnson Creek Road.

The TRANSFER STATION is for household trash and yard waste:
* Household trash must be put inside (and fit) the dumpster;
* Yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

The DUMPSTERS are NOT for:
* Furniture (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station).

The BURN PILE is NOT for:
* Cardboard boxes (flatten and put in dumpster);
* Furniture and appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Drywall and building material (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wire or fencing (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Foam Rubber (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wood with metal (like nails) attached (take to Donnelly Transfer Station.)

When closing the DOORS on the front of the dumpsters:
* Make sure the “U” brackets at the top and bottom of the door are engaged;
* The retaining bar at the middle of the door is slid into the pipe;
* And the “L” bars at the bottom of the doors dropped into place.

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: 208/634-7176
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Local Groups

YPWUA News:

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until leaks are repaired.

Boil Water Advisory Notice

Boil Your Water Before Using

Bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.

This Boil Water Advisory Notice applies to The Yellow Pine Water System

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance.

You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

State Water System ID#: 4430059 Date distributed: 3-22-2020

Notice of Intent to File an Application with USDA, Rural Development

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an Application with USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG).

If any additional information is needed, please contact:
Willie Sullivan
Treasurer
ypwater @ gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

The 2019 Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7, 2019.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

Last VYPA meeting September 12 at 2pm

Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Printable Letter of Interest to be a Community Representative
link:

Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

July 1 – Post Harmonica Meeting 2pm Community Hall
Note: at each meeting we simply add to info on the topic. That way, info from all meetings is included in a single document.
Link to notes:

Heat was installed in the community hall on April 30th.

VYPA meeting schedule for 2020 – June 13, 2pm; July 11, 2pm; August 8, 2pm; September 12, 2pm.

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

YPFD has a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP

link: Covid-19 EMS (May 23)

May 10th Burn Permits – contact the YPFD

Pile burning: Dress appropriately, have enough help on hand (people, water and tools) and make a firebreak before you start. Call your local fire protection district chief to let them know you’ll be conducting a debris burn. This saves them from sending emergency responders to your property if they are not needed. Do NOT burn on breezy afternoons.

Better yet, “Bring It, Don’t Burn It”, you can take your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe and doesn’t pollute our fine YP air.

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
(TBA) – Fire Chief

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

Open 11am-8pm Closed Tuesdays. Calling ahead works best but not a huge deal. Groceries, Ice Cream, Beer and Soda. Our menu fluctuates but typically have Smoked Brisket, Tri Tip, Chicken, Burgers and Wings on hand.
Starting Aug 12th Firewood Permits at The Corner
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Open Daily 8am to 10pm. Outside Dining and Bar. Breakfast and Bar Food.
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Open.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300

The store is open now and will be open into October. Hours are 9 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins (208) 633-6677

Cabins are not available in 2020. RV Spaces $25/night; $150/week; $300/month. Tent spaces $10/night. Shower house is closed for 2020.
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 208-502-0940
FB page link
open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $3/doz
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals
website:

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

click to subscribe:
A reminder that those who live in other states can subscribe to the online edition only since the mail can take days for hard copy to reach them.

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, will service Yellow Pine

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Local Observations:

Monday (Sept 21) overnight low of 35 degrees, clear sky this morning above haze of smoke to the east and south, light breezes and roofs wet with dew. Jays and nutcrackers calling. Light traffic. Warming up by lunch time, light haze of smoke, clear sky and light breezes. Warm and light breezes under clear sky mid-afternoon, light haze of smoke, high of 82 degrees. Quiet evening. Cooling off just before dusk, clear sky, slight breeze and light haze of smoke. Looks like smoke was getting a little thicker around midnight, some stars out and Mars very red.

Tuesday (Sept 22) overnight low of 37 degrees, the sky appeared to be clear or mostly clear above moderate haze of (out of state) smoke. Lights out at 945am for planned power outage. Mother mule deer and fat fawn (no spots) visited for quite a while. Power on 1pm. Looked mostly cloudy above the smoke after lunch time and light breezes. Mild temperatures mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy, haze of smoke and gusty breezes, high of 73 degrees. At dusk it appeared mostly clear above the smoke, temperature dropping quickly and almost calm. Haze of smoke obscuring fainter stars and Mars was yellow-orange before midnight.

Wednesday (Sept 23) overnight low of 40 degrees, it appears mostly clear above a moderate haze of (out of state) smoke this morning, poor air quality. A few aspen leaves are turning yellow. Gusty breezes at lunch time and smoky haze. Crusher running. Mail truck made it in on time. Grasshoppers are getting pretty big and numerous. Clark’s nutcrackers calling. Still breezy early afternoon, mostly high thin wispy clouds above the haze of smoke. Big blue dragonflies visiting. Blustery mid-afternoon, thicker clouds (overcast?) and temperatures dropping, high of 79 degrees. More traffic than usual for a weekday on main street. It appeared to be overcast at dusk, temperature dropping slowly and light haze of smoke. It looked cloudy before midnight.

Thursday (Sept 24) overnight low of 45 degrees, a few sprinkles on and off early = 0.01″, dark overcast, light breezes and a haze of smoke this morning, air quality not exactly good. Crusher running. Thinner clouds before lunch time. Power off at 1207pm. Light sprinkles early afternoon = 0.01″. Power on at 303pm. Cracks in the clouds mid-afternoon, high of 61 degrees. Overcast and calm late afternoon. Smell of smoke from neighborhood camp (garbage) fire. At dusk it looked overcast and felt calm, some smoke in the air. Mostly clear before midnight, air smells better.

Friday (Sept 25) overnight low of 31 degrees, sky is overcast and haze of smoke, poor air quality. Overcast, light breeze, little sprinkle of rain (not enough to get wet) and smoky at noon. Started raining lightly just before 2pm. Cool, cloudy and light rain continued mid-afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Misty sprinkles at dusk. Steady light rain at dark. Still raining lightly before midnight. Probably rained all night.

Saturday (Sept 26) it did not get below 37 degrees from Friday’s reset, low overcast (VanMeter socked in) and light rain this morning. As of 930am our 24 hour rain total = 0.60″. Stopped raining before 1030am (an additional 0.03″) and breaks in the clouds let in sunshine. Broken clouds and breezy after lunch time. YPFD volunteers gathering up fire hoses. Cool, cloudy and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 59 degrees. Flock of clark’s nutcrackers in the neighborhood and jays calling. The western larch, mountain ash and maples are turning gold. At dusk it was partly cloudy, fairly good air quality and calm. Appeared to be mostly cloudy before midnight.

Sunday (Sept 27) overnight low of 36 degrees, clear to the south, dark clouds to the north (VanMeter fogged in) and roofs wet with dew. Several clark’s nutcrackers and a vocal pine squirrel visiting. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Breezy, cool and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, high of 63 degrees. Clear and cool by early evening, light haze.
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Idaho News:

523 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

Sept 25, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 523 new COVID-19 cases and 1 new death on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 39,757.

There are a total of 36,232 confirmed cases and 3,525 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 1 new death was reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 458.

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2 Idaho hospitals say COVID-19 has them near ‘code black’

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

The chief medical officers of two Idaho hospitals recently warned state public health officials that their facilities are close to being overwhelmed by patients infected with the coronavirus.

Dr. Daniel Snell of the Portneuf Medical Center and Dr. Ken Newhouse of Bingham Memorial Hospital told the Southeastern Idaho Public Health Board of Directors that the current rate of hospitalizations from COVID-19 is unsustainable.

“We are on a razor’s edge where with exponential growth and with continued people doing things in the community we could have a sudden uptick that could happen very, very quickly,” Newhouse said. “We could go into overload mode pretty quickly here.”

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Local doctors discuss flu vaccine, COVID-19

By Jessica Taylor Sep 22, 2020 KIVI

Doctors from across the state got together Tuesday morning to spread a message: get your flu shot.

They’re also reminding the community covid is still present and a threat. Currently, the risk of death from covid is around six times as great as influenza. A vaccine improves both your immunity as an individual and for our community.

“All age groups need to have a vaccination; it’s especially important for those in high-risk categories, children,” Dr. John Kaiser, Saltzer Health VP/Chief Medical Officer.

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White House Task Force report says Idaho in coronavirus ‘red zone’

Sept 22, 2020 Local News 8

The latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report obtained by ABC News shows Idaho is in the red zone for new confirmed cases.

With more than 101 new cases per 100,00 people, Idaho is 15th in the nation for new cases.

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Valley County COVID-19 cases up 3, now stand at 119

By Tom Grote for The Star-News September 24, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 122 cases on Tuesday, up three cases from 119 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall reported 98 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up four cases from a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 21 positive cases, down one from the 22 cases reported last week.

The change was due to the discovery that more than one positive test was attributed to the same person, CEO Tom Reinhardt said.

In addition, the private testing cooperative Crush the Curve has found three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Valley County with no change in the past week.

Nearly all of the positive cases reported by the hospitals were found following the start of the summer visitor season in mid-June.

Central District Health reported 81 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is one more than a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence.

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McCall mask order expires, but countywide mandate remains

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News September 24, 2020

The City of McCall’s mandatory mask order expired last Saturday, but residents and visitors should not throw away their face coverings.

The city’s mask order to combat COVID-19 was passed on July 1 under an emergency powers ordinance adopted on March 20 by the McCall City Council.

But the emergency ordinance, and with it the mask order, expired on Saturday and cannot be extended under state law.

A mask order issued by Central District Health on Aug. 11 for all of Valley County, including McCall, remains in effect.

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Maupin forms informal group on Valley County road funding

By Max Silverson for The Star-News September 24, 2020

Valley County commissioner Sherry Maupin has established a working group to examine the road and bridge department’s functions and potential funding solutions.

Maupin said the group was an informational committee to educate the public on the county road department, she said.

“This really is just a working group to give us insight from the community into what they feel should be priorities and to inform about the road department procedures,” Maupin said.

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Voting by mail in Idaho: How to properly fill out absentee ballots and make sure your vote counts

A couple simple mistakes, like couples mixing their ballot envelopes, could disqualify a absentee ballot.

Devin Ramey September 24, 2020 KTVB

With less than six weeks away from Election Day and Idaho absentee ballots soon on their way to voters, here’s what you need to know about how to properly fill out your ballot and make sure your vote counts.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, over 330,000 mail-in (or absentee) ballots have been requested in Idaho. Each absentee ballot has three parts – the ballot, a secret protective folder, then the mailing envelope.

The ballot and the secrecy folder are tied together – that’s how the ballots are counted and tracked. The ballot must be mailed with the folder it came with and if not, then the ballot is considered spoiled and won’t be counted. Each has a code that needs to match the other in order for that ballot to be counted. Once a ballot is mailed (and it doesn’t require extra postage) you can track it on the state’s Idaho Votes website.

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More Idaho History:

Billy Murray – Ida-Ho ! (c.1907).

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What the 1918 flu pandemic can teach us about coronavirus

September 25, 2020 Local News 8

At this point in the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 32 million infected and more than 980,000 dead worldwide, describing this time as “unprecedented” may sound like nails on a chalkboard.

This pandemic, however, actually isn’t without precedent: The last time we dealt with a pandemic so mysterious, uncontained and far-reaching was in 1918, when influenza devastated populations around the globe.

The 1918 flu killed 50 million to 100 million people through 1919. There are eerie parallels between the 1918 flu and the 2020 coronavirus pandemic: a disease with a startling range of symptoms for which there is little treatment, human behavior as a hindrance to public health and cluster outbreaks that have become widespread, to name a few.

For 102 years, influenza scholars and infectious disease experts have attempted to educate the masses in hopes of preventing future pandemics. And yet, here we are.

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See also:

Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic Series

link: to Idaho History Page with table of contents.
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Mining News:

Big rigs would travel to Stibnite

Improvements planned for intersections

(NOTE: This is the fifth in a series detailing the draft federal study of the proposed Stibnite Gold Project. Public comment is due by Oct. 13. Next Week: Local economy)

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News September 24, 2020

Limited passing lanes on Idaho 55 would cause semitrucks traveling to and from Stibnite to slow traffic despite making up a small portion of the highway’s overall traffic, according to the Payette National Forest.

However, improvements to three major intersection along Idaho 55 would help offset the effects of the expected 68 vehicles per day that would travel to and from Stibnite, the Payette’s draft environmental study of the project said.

Current average daily traffic at Warm Lake Road on Idaho 55 would increase from about 4,127 vehicles currently to about 4,192 vehicles during the 12 to 15-year life of mining operations.

Most of the daily traffic would be semitrucks delivering chemicals, fuels, food and a variety of other supplies to support the mine site.

Deliveries would be primarily Monday through Friday, but could occasionally occur on weekends. Mine traffic would only operate from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Also, the Stibnite Logistics Facility would be located on Warm Lake Road, which is the beginning of the primary mine access under all alternatives.

The facility would serve as a hub for mine supplies and employee transportation to Stibnite.

During operations, about 600 employees would be shuttled from the facility to Stibnite for two-week work shifts.

It is unknown how commuting employees would affect existing traffic, but Midas Gold plans to encourage carpooling by operating pickup sites in McCall, Donnelly and Cascade, the draft study said.

Semitrucks

Of the 68 vehicles traveling to Stibnite daily, 49 would be large semitrucks, or about 1.2% of total traffic on Idaho 55.

About 32 semitrucks per day would pass through Cascade and Smiths Ferry, while about 17 semitrucks per day would pass through McCall.

Alternative 2 would reduce mine traffic to about 50 daily trips, including 22 semitruck trips through Cascade and Smiths Ferry and 11 through McCall, the draft study said.

Mining lime on site under Alternative 2 would eliminate about 2,900 lime deliveries per year and add about 133 propane deliveries to fuel the lime kiln. Lime is a key substance used in ore processing.

Intersection Improvements

Mine traffic would bypass downtown McCall using Deinhard Lane and Boydstun Street, the draft study said.

But the intersections of Deinhard Lane and Boydstun Street with Idaho 55 in McCall would both need upgrades to handle mine traffic, according to traffic studies.

Preliminary plans call for the intersection at Deinhard Lane to be widened by about 10 feet at the southwestern corner near the McCall Municipal Airport.

That would allow semitrucks on Deinhard Lane to turn right onto southbound Idaho 55 toward Stibnite without blocking other lanes of traffic.

The left turn lane onto Deinhard Lane from northbound Idaho 55 would be extended south to allow more room for semitrucks waiting to turn left at the stoplight.

At Boydstun Street, work would expand the intersection to accommodate the turning radius of semitrucks and install underground infrastructure for a future traffic signal, if necessary.

Combined, those improvements would route mine traffic around downtown McCall via Deinhard Lane and Boydstun Street.

Also, turn lanes and acceleration lanes would be added in both directions of Idaho 55 at Warm Lake Road to enable mine traffic to more easily merge into and out of the flow of other traffic.

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Oct. 13 deadline noted for comments on Stibnite gold mine project

The Star-News September 24, 2020

Public comments on the draft environmental study of Midas Gold’s proposed Stibnite Gold Project are being accepted by the Payette National Forest until 5 p.m. on Oct. 13.

The entire draft study can be viewed by clicking on the “Analysis” tab on the Payette Forest’s project webpage at (link).

Comments can be submitted through the virtual public meeting room that is being used in lieu of in-person public meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That can be found at (link).

Written comments can be mailed to the Payette Supervisor Linda Jackson at 500 Mission St., Building 2, McCall, Idaho 83638. Comments are not being accepted in person due to the pandemic.

Only substantive comments that raise questions about specific elements of the draft study or Midas Gold’s proposal will be taken into consideration into the Payette’s drafting of a final study.

Analysis of the alternatives in the draft study will be further refined and could change before a “preferred alternative” is defined in the final environmental study, which is tentatively expected by August 2021.

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Lawmakers ask for Midas Gold comment extension

House members say Stibnite processing being rushed

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News September 24, 2020

A 60-day extension of the public comment period on the draft environmental study of Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project is being urged by five members of Congress.

A letter from U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, asks Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to double the original 60-day public comment period that is set to end on Oct. 13.

“We have great concerns that the NEPA review of the Stibnite Gold Project in central Idaho is being conducted in a manner that limits, and in some cases excludes, the public’s meaningful and substantive participation,” the letter said.

Other House members signing Pingree’s letter were Reps. Nanette Barragán and Alan Lowenthal of California, Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and Deb Haaland of New Mexico, all Democrats.

The letter notes the Payette National Forest’s draft environmental study of the proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine includes more than 5,000 pages of dense project analysis.

“Though it took the Forest Service three years to prepare, the agency provided the public a mere 60-day comment period,” the letter said.

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Public Lands:

Sage Hen Recreation Area reopens after logging operations are completed

Boise, Idaho, September 23, 2020 – The Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest would like to thank the public for their patience as contractors removed numerous hazard trees from roads surrounding the Sage Hen Reservoir, including area campgrounds. The Area Closure will be lifted September 24, and it is open for forest visitors to enjoy.

“We want to thank the public for being patient while contractors remove hazardous trees from the six campgrounds and roadways,” said Katie Wood, Emmett Ranger District. “The area is going to look very different from before with more open spaces, fewer trees and less shade. Visitors will see large slash piles which will be burned when weather conditions are more favorable.”

Sage Hen and Antelope campgrounds (the two largest campgrounds with boat launches) will be open for the public to access with reduced services; maintained restrooms, no drinking water, and pack in pack out your trash. These two will remain open until the snow levels close them. This provides snowmobile access in the winter to the restrooms. The other 4 (Antelope annex, Hollywood, East side, and Cartwright ridge CG) will remain gated and closed until 2021.

The project originally expected to be completed in July was extended multiple times because of weather delays, the rockslide on Idaho State Highway 95 which impacted the haul route and additional disease effecting the timber stands.

The timber removed included dead or dying trees that succumbed to insect and disease, including tussock moth, beetles and fungus that softens the hardwood of certain tree species.

M. Joseph Schindel
Public Affairs
Boise National Forest
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Video:

Sagehen Campground, Boise National Forest, September Update Sep 18, 2020

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Payette forest works to protect goshawk from projects

Timber sales must avoid areas where birds are nesting

By Max Silverson for The Star-News September 24, 2020

Sharyn Thompson and Jon Almack spend their work days trekking through the woods, playing recorded Northern goshawk “alarm” calls in an effort to provoke the rare birds to respond.

Once they hear the bird’s screeching reply, they track the raptor back to its nest to gather data on the number of birds in the nest, its size and location in the forest before marking it on a map that tracks the birds.

Thompson and Almack are biologists with the Payette National Forest working on the task of mapping and tracking the rare predatory birds. Goshawks are listed as a sensitive species, so the Payette factors their presence into several major forest operations in order to protect the birds.

Timber sales must avoid areas where goshawks are known to be nesting and cease operations if they come across a nest.

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Die-off of pinyon pines spurs concern at Idaho state park

Sept 25, 2020 Local News 8

Almo, Idaho (AP) – The steward of the City of Rocks National Reserve in southern Idaho says more and more of the few pinyon pines that live in the reserve are dying, spurring investigations to try to find out why.

Wallace Keck, the superintendent of the City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park, says he’s seeing groups of the green pinyon pines turning orange, then brown before losing their needles.

“We’re starting to see patches of kill zones,” Keck told The Times-News. “This is happening before our very eyes.”

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Fire Season:

Current Fire Updates posted here:
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Yellow Pine prepares for Buck Fire

Worries grew when fire spread quickly last week

By Max Silverson for The Star-News September 24, 2020

Yellow Pine residents have been preparing for the worst, setting hose lines and thinning brush as the Buck Fire looms within seven miles of the village.

Concern peaked late last week, but there has been slow growth of the fire since Thursday and it has not moved towards the small village east of McCall since then, Cascade District Ranger Jake Strohmeyer said.

The Buck Fire, started by lightning on Aug. 26 had grown to about 19,300 acres as of Tuesday and was 33% contained.

“There is minimal activity on the north, east, and south ends of the fire,” an update from the Forest Service said on Tuesday. “The only activity was in the SW corner with backing into the Burnt Log Creek at a moderate pace.”

To the north, the fire had not reached Hanson Creek as of Tuesday. The creek is the designated “ready point” at which residents of Yellow Pine would be told to be ready to evacuate.

“The amount of fire movement in the next week will depend on any additional rain received and the wind,” Strohmeyer said.

“Given the current forecast we don’t expect much movement of the fire in the next week but we are prepared in the event that there is unexpected fire behavior,” he said.

Firefighters have been primarily focused on keeping the fire away from homes along Johnson Creek and preventing the spread towards Yellow Pine, he said.

On Monday crews began constructing a contingency line along the southeast edge of town and fire managers are developing a plan to use that line and Stibnite Road to prevent fire from getting into the town from the south, Strohmeyer said.

The fire burned close to Johnson Creek Road between Trapper Creek and Buck Creek, prompting the Forest Service to close the road last Thursday. The road was reopened on Sunday.

“Firefighters have been using the powerline corridor as a control feature and have so far been successful in keeping the fire from the road,” Strohmeyer said.

The strategy for the next few days is to continue to suppress the fire as it comes down near Johnson Creek Road and to use aircraft to drop retardant to slow its spread of fire to the north if it becomes active again, he said.

Crews and engines would be used to protect homes if the fire becomes more active, Strohmeyer added.

The fire will continue to burn until put out by rain or snow, he said.

“This isn’t a fire that we will be able to put out completely. Instead we are working to slow the spread of the fire and to use natural features and previously burned areas to check the fire from moving rapidly to the north until a season-ending weather event occurs,” Strohmeyer said.

As of Tuesday, 138 people, 14 engines, four crews and three helicopters were assigned to the fire.

Roads and trails near the fire remained closed. The closure extended from south of Yellow Pine to Landmark Summit, east of Johnson Creek Road and extends west to Chilcoot Peak.

Residents Take Action

Yellow Pine residents started working on efforts to protect the town from the blaze when the fire saw high winds, warmer temperatures and significant growth last week, said Merrill Saleen, who is a commissioner for the Yellow Pine Fire District.

“It’s a neighbor helping neighbor enterprise. Other friends and locals have also been enthusiastic in lending their support,” Saleen said, noting that memories of fires encroaching on the village in 2006-2008 are fresh in people’s minds.

Community support was ample, but some residents began to worry about a possible evacuation amid congested roads.

Village spokesperson Deb Filler released a statement on Friday requesting no additional volunteers.

“If an evacuation is ordered today, we want to limit any incoming traffic to both South Fork road and Lick Creek approach,” Filler said.

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Fire in Frank Church wilderness grows to 14,500 acres

By Max Silverson for The Star-News September 24, 2020

The Porphyry Fire about 20 miles north of Yellow Pine grew to about 14,500 acres as of Tuesday.

The fire growth would have been much larger if not for rainfall over the fire on Saturday, an update from the Payette National Forest said.

The fire, located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, was started by lightning on Aug. 25.

More precipitation is expected in the coming week, but it will not be enough to put the fire out, the Payette said.

There were 23 people assigned to the fire as of Tuesday.

Firefighters plan to monitor the growth of the fire and protect structures at the Golden Hand and Wardenhoff mines if needed, the Payette said.

There are no current threats to structures, but Golden Hand Mine is in the current path of the fire, the Payette said.

The area around the fire remains closed. Boaters on the South Fork Salmon River are encouraged to move quickly through the section near the fire and hunters have been asked to avoid the area, the Payette said.

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Brush fire in McCall causes alarm for nearby residents

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News September 24, 2020

A small brush fire last week near the corner of Colorado Street and First Street in McCall was quickly extinguished, but caused anxiety for nearby residents, McCall Fire and EMS said.

The agency responded at 6:35 p.m. on Sept. 16 with four firefighters and a pumper tender to douse less than an acre of flaming trees and grass with water, Fire Chief Garrett de Jong said.

The fire was knocked down in less than five minutes and crews cleared the scene at 7:51 p.m., de Jong said.

“We did have very minimal wind and it was in the evening, so we had all of the environmental factors working with us,” de Jong said.

The fire is believed to be human caused, though it is still under investigation, he said.

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Tanker pilot identified in fatal crash while fighting Emmett wildfire

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, September 22nd 2020

Emmett, Idaho (CBS2) — A tanker plane crashed Tuesday while fighting a bush fire near Emmett.

The pilot, Ricky Fulton, passed away following the crash.

The plane was owned by Aero S.E.A.T. Incorporated and was on an on-call contract with BLM Fire and Aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. The FAA says Fulton was flying an AT-802.

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Pilot killed in Emmett fire remembered for decades of experience (and his love of kittens)

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, September 25th 2020


Ricky Fulton. (Photos courtesy Mary LaMoy, Spur Aviation, Twin Falls)

We’re beginning to learn more about the pilot who died earlier this week while helping fight a brush fire near Emmett.

The Vale Bureau of Land Management in Oregon shared a little bit more about Ricky Fulton.

From fighting fires to being a pilot and training instructor for the State Department and evening spraying herbicide on coca fields in Colombia, he had decades of experience in the air.

And that’s what he loved to do. He loved to fly.

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Badger Fire evacuations lifted, now 84% contained

The fire remains at 89,632 acres.

September 27, 2020 KTVB

As of Sunday morning, the Badger Fire in southern Idaho is 84% contained. Its size is estimated at 89,632 acres.

Minimal fire activity was seen Saturday, even with winds in the area. Crews anticipate Sunday will see minimal activity as well due to the mellowing weather.

Officials said on Tuesday morning that firefighters will try to engage the fire to stop its spread south and west close to Pike Mountain and Magic Mountain Ski Resort. Fire crews will cool off hot pockets on the eastern side of the Badger Fire, while others mop up and patrol the other sides of the fire.

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Critter News:

Study finds killing of protected Idaho wildlife higher than previously known

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, September 24th 2020

A recent study has found the killing of protected Idaho wildlife is actually higher than people previously thought.

The study quantified a problem for several species of birds and snakes in two conservation areas in southwestern Idaho.

Between 2013 and 2019, illegal shooting was responsible for the death of 33 percent of long-billed curlews tracked by Boise State researchers and 59 percent of bird carcasses found and for which a cause of death was identified. One Idaho population of long-billed curlews affected by illegal shooting, on the ACEC, has declined by more than 90 percent in four decades.

“Only after years of repeated discoveries by the groups involved with this study were scientists able to collect enough data to quantify the extent of the illegal killings,” said Katzner.

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Reptiles surrendered by Idaho Falls resident

September 24, 2020 Local News 8


IDF&G

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers recently took possession of several exotic reptiles from an Idaho Falls area residence.

This is the second investigation of its type to occur this September following the seizure of several dozen venomous snakes from a Boise home earlier in the month.

The owner of the reptiles voluntarily surrendered eight specimens from his possession that were not properly permitted. The reptiles taken from the home included a seven-foot alligator, two caiman, two snapping turtles, two rubber boas and a Gila monster.

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Bottom falls out of kokanee fishery

Population plummets

By Steve Liebenthal Sep 23, 2020 KIVI

Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Idaho — Alan Greenhalg has been fishing for kokanee for more than thirty years. Two years ago, he says it was hard to keep them off the hook, and they were big.

“We could limit on twenty five fish and be off the water by noon,” he said.

That may seem like a good thing, but to Alan it was a major red flag. When fish size goes up, population generally drops. Alan predicted that the bottom would fall out.

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Invasive fish killed accidentally after being illegally dumped in Hailey area pond

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, September 24th 2020

Hailey, Idaho (CBS2) — Idaho Fish and Game biologists found thousands of fish that had been killed after a routine rotenone treatment in Heagle Park pond. According to IDFG, it seems the fish had been illegally dumped earlier this year.

Among the types found were goldfish, fathead minnows, koi, rainbow trout and perch. All of which are species not native to the Wood River Basin.

“The illegal introduction of invasive species into Idaho’s waters is an extremely concerning situation” said Mike Peterson, Regional Fisheries Manager. “What we found today is that the goldfish that were illegally introduced into Heagle Pond were successfully spawning, which could put the fisheries in the Big Wood River at risk.”

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Letter to Share:

Idaho upland hunting news

Hi all, this is very important news from IFG to read [link below.] Most of what you will be able to digest is not in the hunting manual. Reading it could save you a ticket and it will show you where you can [find] released pheasants to hunt and the permit you need to hunt them here in north Idaho. Youth do not need the permit. Be sure and read!!!!! If you have questions you can call me at 209-883-3423.

“The Pheasant Guy”
Jim Hagedorn

F&G Commission expands access to pheasant hunting with new stocking locations. link:
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Fish & Game News:

Ten tips for safe firearm handling while hunting

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Thursday, September 17, 2020

While firearm accidents are rare, human error or inattention is the leading cause

Some people have the mistaken impression that because firearms are used, hunting is a dangerous activity. While there is always the potential that a hunter will be involved in a firearm accident, statistics from the National Shooting Sports Foundation show that hunting with firearms is actually one of the safest recreational activities in the country.

In each of the past few years, about 450,000 people hunted in Idaho. Even with that many people in the field, there are typically very few, if any, hunting accidents involving firearms in Idaho.

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Know Idaho’s trespassing laws before you go hunting or fishing

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, September 25, 2020

You need permission to be on private lands, and written permission is recommended

Hunters, anglers and other sportsmen and women should be aware of Idaho trespass laws before they head into the field. Trespass laws changed in 2018, and here are some basic things to remember:

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F&G asks deer hunters to provide harvested animals for chronic wasting disease testing

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, September 25, 2020

The disease has never been detected in Idaho, but surveillance continues, and hunters can help

Idaho Fish and Game is asking hunters to help provide samples from deer so they can be tested for chronic wasting disease, particularly deer taken in hunting units bordering, or near, the states of Montana, Utah and Wyoming, all of which have CWD in their big game herds.

The disease has never been detected in Idaho, but animals with CWD have been found within miles of Idaho’s border. CWD is a contagious and fatal disease that affects mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, caribou and moose.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Giant rat wins animal hero award for sniffing out landmines

by Danica Kirka Associated Press Friday, September 25th 2020


In this undated photo issued by the PDSA, People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, Cambodian landmine detection rat, Magawa is photographed wearing his PDSA Gold Medal, the animal equivalent of the George Cross, in Siem, Cambodia. (PDSA via AP)

A rat has for the first time won a British charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery, receiving the honor for searching out unexploded landmines in Cambodia.

Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, was awarded the PDSA’s Gold Medal for his “lifesaving bravery and devotion” after discovering 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordinance in the past seven years, according to the charity.

First known as the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, PDSA started as a free veterinary clinic in 1917 and has honored heroic animals since 1943.

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Fire Reports Sept 27, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 27, 2020

Sunday, 9/27 fire meeting scheduled 1pm with new IC at the Fire Hall.

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

Rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday gave Yellow Pine 0.65″ of much needed precipitation.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Open Sept 20th. Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.

Lick Creek road is open, graded earlier this month, reported to be rough.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

So far the Elk Summit route has not been compromised by the Porphyry Fire, but not recommended.

Porphyry Fire is in the upper Smith Creek road area (Coin Creek.)

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Air Quality is much better today.
9/27 map 10am

DEQ Valley County – Burn Ban Lifted

* DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please think about postponing your burn if possible.

* Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, and emergency services have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

* Burning activities are not being prohibited by DEQ but we encourage you to contact your local fire district for information on all open burning activities.
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Fire Abatement:

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Fire Reports:

Buck Fire

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9-27-2020 Buck Fire Update

Start Date: August 26
Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 19,474
Contained: 33 percent
Personnel: 149
Resources: 3 crews, 3 helicopters, 2 water tenders and 14 engines

Last night’s temperature drop combined with the moisture from the previous day put a lot of water on the fire area. The fire area that received the most moisture was the part of the fire with the most heat.

Today hand crews and engines will be used to secure the fire edge that has backed to Johnson Creek Road. Ground resources will continue to assess and protect resources along Johnson Creek and will continue to assess areas where contingency lines may be utilized.

There will be a Community Meeting at 1:00 pm, Sunday September 27, at the Yellow Pine Community Hall, in Yellow Pine. This meeting is to introduce the community to the new team and to bring the community up to date on what has been taking place on the fire since Nevada Team 3 took over management of the fire. All are welcome to come.

Today’s Objectives: Limit fire spread to the West and North toward the Johnson Creek corridor and the town of Yellow Pine, to reduce impacts to values at risk, large fire growth and a long duration fire event.

Weather: Predictions say there should be one more day of cooler weather followed by above average temperatures and no forecasted precipitation.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities and it will be posted later today.

The revised closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

9-25-2020 Buck Fire Progression Map

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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 25, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is still estimated at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Friday and Saturday will bring cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and a chance of rain showers across the Payette National Forest. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive day. Temperatures will begin to climb back up Sunday and that will allow fuels to dry back out. Fire spread and activity may increase as the fire area dries out but overall fire activity will be low due to time of season, cooler temperatures and length of daylight.

Although rain is expected over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground as needed. Crews continue structure protection on 4 bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area.

An area closure remains in effect for the Porphyry Fire. Agency administrators urge South Fork boaters to move quickly through the section impacted by the fire, and for hunters to remain away from the closure area. There are no current threats to structures, but Golden Hand Mine is in the current path of the fire. The closure area will be re-evaluated after the weekend.

This will be the last report until Monday, September 28, 2020

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Porphyry Fire Could Impact Middle Fork Zone Elk Hunters
By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 11, 2020
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Trap Fire

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The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Middle Fork RD of the Salmon-Challis NF, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Rain and cooler temperatures have given firefighters time to complete containment line along the north and eastern portions of the fire. Crews continue to monitor fire activity on the south and western perimeter of the fire.

Hazard tree mitigation along highway 21 has ended, and the highway is now fully open. However; the public is still encouraged to drive slowly due to smoky conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

Sierra Front Incident Management Team will transfer the Trap Creek Fire back to Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Salmon-Challis NF fire personnel as of 0700 Monday, September 28th. Incident Command will be Colton Bates.

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Woodhead Fire

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9/27/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

Yesterday’s cold, wet weather on the Woodhead Fire kept fire behavior very minimal. Firefighters took advantage of this minimal fire behavior to accomplish a lot work, and they increased total containment to 55%. This work included building fireline on the northwestern edge near Dukes Creek by connecting fireline built by hand and bulldozer with some existing roads. Along the northern end of the fire, containment increased as firelines were strengthened. On the eastern edge, minimal fire behavior allowed firefighters to continue building more fireline right next to the fire’s edge.

Today, north winds will bring cold air and limit daytime warming. The cool temperatures combined with yesterday’s rain will keep fire behavior minimal, and firefighters will continue securing the fireline. High pressure will arrive over the fire area on Monday and bring a gradual warming and drying trend and light winds.

Along other areas of the fire, chippers are mulching limbs, slash, and other cut vegetation along firelines. Near Highway 71 on the southern portion of the fire, heavy equipment has started repairing fireline that is no longer needed.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is open for all through traffic. The Payette National Forest closure remains in effect but will be revised by October 1st. Road blocks are on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road. The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety.

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Badger Fire

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9.27.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Acres: 89,623 Containment 84% Crews: 6 Helicopters: 9 Dozers: 7 Engines: 35 Personnel: 462

Activity on the Fire: Despite yesterday’s winds, minimal fire activity was seen yesterday, and some light rain fell in the fire area. Crews improving and mopping-up along existing lines were able to gain more depth. In the area east of Magic Mountain, crews were able to strengthen the existing dozer line. The repair crew worked on rehabilitating dozer line in the Rock Creek area and elsewhere within the fire perimeter.

Thanks to mellowing weather, another day of minimal fire activity with moderate-to-limited spread is anticipated. Crews and aerial operations will continue to patrol mop-up, and improve existing line all along the fire perimeter. Preparation work for future firing operations will take place along the west flank of the fire. Repair crews will be rehabilitating dozer line in the northwest of the fire and the area between Fuller Flat and Durfee Meadow, as well as continuing to remove snags along roads and in campgrounds.

Weather: The cold front is passing out of the area today. Strong west to northwest winds blowing 15-25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph, are expected. However, these winds are predicted to diminish over the course of the day. Relative humidities should stay above 35%.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Hunting: Muzzleloader and rifle season for antelope has begun in Game Management Unit 54, much of which is in the fire closure area. Hunting is not permitted within the closure area, above. Those who wish are being offered the opportunity to exchange or rain check their tags by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

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NIFC

September 27, 2020

Wildland fire activity continues in 10 western states where 69 large fires have burned 3.7 million acres. Wildland firefighters prepare for another day of critical weather conditions in Northern California. Evacuation orders are still in effect for 17 large fires in the West.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 242,947 New: 0 Contained: 1
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,623 84 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 3,019 5 5 miles east of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Bernard
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,375 75 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck
Boise National Forest USFS 19,474 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,143 0
Grouse
Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 miles north/northeast of Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Leggit
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 5 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Porphyry
Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 208-634-0820
Shissler
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 10,680 20 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Sponge
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 610 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Trap
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 119 0 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-774-3000
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 113 20
West Branch
Idaho Panhandle USFS 95,985 55 9 miles west of Coolin 208-557-4013
Woodhead
Payette National Forest USFS 2,285 100 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID

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Idaho History Sept 27, 2020

Idaho 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic

Part 24

Idaho Newspaper clippings January 8-10, 1919

School photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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January 8

The Daily Star-Mirror., January 08, 1919, Page 1

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Report New Cases of Influenza
Health Officer Has Three Families On List Of Quarantined

D. W. A. Adair, city health officer, today brought to the Star-Mirror the names of three new families in which the influenza has made its appearance since Sunday.

At the Anderson home on East Sixth street there is one case.

At the Arnold Lyon home on Deskin Avenue, a case developed on Monday.

Yesterday, Mrs. Carrico, who lives on the corner of Jackson and 6th street, reported that nearly all of her six children were bedfast with the disease.
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Hospital Is Now Ready
University Has Equipped Private House for Emergency Cases.

The hospital which has been prepared for university students in the event of any of them showing signs of influenza is all ready, but tho the fires are laid, and the last smooth pillow placed upon the beds, there are so far no patients.

In order to protect the students, the university has rented the Aldrich house on the edge of the campus and has equipped it for emergency cases.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 08, 1919, Page 2

Expert Testimony.

In the contagious diseases with which the American public has heretofore had acquaintance, no person afflicted with a given disease could “give” it to another until the progress of the disease was well marked, and in some cases not until recovery had begun. In the influenza, the opposite appears by all expert testimony to be the case. A person who is just taking the influenza and who has so little indication of illness that he himself does not yet even feel indisposed, can pass on the infection in a virulent form.

You may be sitting chatting this evening with a friend who to all appearance is in his usual health, and tomorrow he may be violently ill with the disease and you may have contracted it from him and also be laid up. Just such instances are on record.

This being the case, the point of quarantining houses instead of public assemblages is considerably blunted. It may be of service to quarantine a man in his home, but if he is allowed to go about until he is visibly ill, the damage he may already have done may well be incalculable.

Influenza may be a fear disease, but it is also a germ disease, and the germs appear to flourish and have their being where they are little suspected.

With a practically new disease among us, with the habits of the germ not yet fully established except for the fact that they act sooner and more viciously than any others, it is hardly safe for the layman to go up against the practicing physician who observes the germ every day and who keeps himself informed by reading the testimony of experts.
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New Tasks Assumed.

Now that the production of war supplies has ceased and a less strenuous program for the future was proposed, the Red Cross might naturally be expected to be willing to take a much needed rest. The contrary is the case, at lease in Boise, where the society has assumed full charge of the detailed conduct of the campaign against Spanish Influenza.

The ministerial association of the capital city has passed resolutions, asking the city authorities that the Red Cross be given the task of protecting the public against the disease. Boise, which raised its quarantine and opened its schools, has had to close them again, and the teachers are now instructing all grades in the public schools through lessons published daily in the papers.

The Red Cross in Boise is getting physicians to issue simply-worded bulletins of precaution and suggestion, and it is distributing these among the people. It is also reporting cases, and assisting in seeing that when homes are quarantined, the members of the household do not violate the quarantine but really are isolated from the rest of the community.
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Proclamation

Whereas, a state of sickness caused by contagious disease is now prevalent in the City of Moscow, Idaho, and

Whereas, such sickness is a dangerous menace to the general public health and welfare, and the medical health department of Latah county, Idaho, and the City of Moscow, Idaho deem that the holding of public or quasi public meetings, gatherings or assemblage of people or persons is fruitful to the spreading of the existing disease and sickness, and

Whereas, an emergency exists, therefore, in my opinion;

Now Therefore, I, Warren Truitt, mayor of the City of Moscow, Idaho, under and by virtue of the power and authority in me vested by the laws of the state of Idaho, do hereby proclaim and declare that until the further proclamation by me made and announced, there shall not be held within the corporate limits of the City of Moscow, Idaho, nor within one mile of the corporate limits of the City of Moscow, Idaho, any public or quasi public meetings, assembly, or gatherings of people or persons; (provided that this proclamation shall not apply to or include any school or schools, meetings or assembly of people, that are permitted to be conducted under the quarantine regulations of Latah county, and the City of Moscow, Idaho, health officers.)

Dated and done at Moscow, Idaho, this 4th day of January, A. D. 1919.

Warren Truitt, Mayor of the City of Moscow, Idaho.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 08, 1919, Page 3

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City News

The family of A. S. Lyon is quarantined for influenza. Miss Norma Morgan, who is staying there, is a victim of the disease.

Dr. Kotalek of the S. A. T. C. arrived in Moscow today on the noon train.
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 08, 1919, Page 4

… Harvard Items

There has been about thirty cases of influenza in Harvard and vicinity during the past month. Though most of them were in mild form. The Harvard schools reopened Monday, after a two weeks quarantine, but the Woodfell school is still closed.

J. W. Axted and son, Wesley, and Clifford Crocker returned Friday from Tiger, Wash., where they have been working for the Goode Hopkins Lumber Co. All three are just recovering from influenza and on returning home found their families afflicted with the disease.
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News of Activities in Princeton Neighborhood

Forrest Thomas is on the sick list this week. He was not able to attend school at Potlatch, where he has been going for several winters.
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Schools Closed at Cora
Flu Situation Improved

Schools and Sunday schools are closed now on account of the flu which has been on the rampage here in great style, but is now practically in check. No new cases seem to be breaking out and all who had it are about over it.

Mrs. Mary Mewhinney returned to Viola to take up her school duties on Monday, having postponed going for a week to nurse Miss Becker, teacher at Burden, thru the flu.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., January 08, 1919, Page 1

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Obituary

Elvin Jones was born at Malad, Idaho, on January 2, 1887, and died at Challis, Idaho, December 30th of pneumonia following an attack of Spanish influenza, interment being made in the cemetery in this city on New Years day. …
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Order

In the District Court of the Sixth Judicial District, of the State of Idaho, in and for the County of Custer.

In the matter of the October, 1918, term of the District Court in and for said County.

The Judge of this Court, having heretofore, during the month of October, 1918, made an order postponing the regular October, 1918 term, called to sit on the 21 day of October, until the 9th day of December, 1918, and having thereafter made a further adjournment of said term until the 16th day of December, both of such adjournments having been made on account of the prevalence of an epidemic of influenza in the County of Custer, Idaho;

And it now appearing to the judge of the said Court that such epidemic has not entirely abated, and that certain quarantine regulations exist in the said county, making it difficult for parties litigant to attend at the county seat of said county;

And, further, that is is difficult for the officers of said Court to obtain accommodations at Challis, county seat of said county, while attending the said Court;

It is, therefore, ordered that a further postponement of said term of Court be made until the next regular term of Court therein to be held for the year 1919; and all cases now on the calendar of said Court, which might, or could be, heard during such term are continued until the next regular term of said Court.

Done at Chambers at Mackay, Idaho, this 16th day of December, 1918,

F. J. Cowen, District Judge.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., January 08, 1919, Page 5

Seems Under Control

There has not been a case of flu in a new place for 11 days and not a new case for seven days. Mrs. Ruby Moats and Mrs. Elvin Jones were taken ill with the disease one week ago today. Out of a total of 69 cases in Challis and Round valley there has been but one death that of Elvin Jones. A rigid quarantine was established on the inmates of each family where the disease appeared and the co-operation of the public with the health officers seems to have placed the epidemic under control. With the same carefulness exercised in the future we believe that no more cases will develop – anyway, it is better to be safe than sorry.
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Flu Patients Doing Nicely

All the flu patients are recovering rapidly now and a large number have been released from quarantine.
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Not Dead

Dr. J. W. Kelley, formerly of this city and now of Los Angeles, in a letter to friends here states that he is still alive and kicking, despite the fact that Dame Rumor and old Lady Flu tried their best to shroud him with death’s mantle.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., January 08, 1919, Page 7

Idaho Budget

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Brummett, who with Mrs. Brummett’s brother and her two tiny children, drove from New Mexico to Boise only to come down with the influenza after arriving in the city, died Saturday of last week, the mother dying in the morning and the father in the afternoon.

The news that casual company No. 105, consisting of nearly 70 Idaho boys, had reached Newport News from France, brought holiday cheer to many Idaho homes.

The local exemption board records show that 291 of the Gooding county men saw military service. From June 5, 1917, to September 12, 1918, a total of 1695 men were registered.

For the first time since a war emergency was declared more than a year ago, there are no no restrictions on the use of sugar.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Twin Falls Public School, Twin Falls, Idaho ca. 1910

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January 9

The Grangeville Globe. January 09, 1919, Page 1

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Prohibition Amendment Is Unanimously Ratified By Idaho Solons
… “Flu” Hits Lawmakers.

It was announced a second member of the house had come down with the “flu” and would be incapacitated for service for some time. He is Representative Greenwood of Minidoka county. The other member ill with the disease is Representative George L. McGowan of Custer.
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Council Meeting.
Board of City Fathers In Regular Session Monday Night.

The regular monthly meeting of the city council was held at the office of City Clerk H. Taylor, in the Bank of Camas Prairie building Monday night. The usual grist of monthly bills were allowed and no matters of any great importance came before the meeting.

Just before adjournment was taken however, it was moved and seconded that the monthly allowance given to the band leader be discontinued at the close of this month. Since the influenza epidemic the band has been unable to give their usual concerts.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. January 09, 1919, Page 8

Miss Mary McEmtee who is teaching in the Highland school district, is a sufferer with the flu this week. On Friday of last week a number of her pupils came down with the disease and she planned to come to town on Saturday, thinking that should she contract it she would be at home with her mother, but the flu is no respecter of persons, and in this case made it’s appearance promptly Friday night. Dr. Stockton was called, and Mrs. Lanningham was obtained as nurse, and at this time the young lady is doing nicely. Mrs. Heritage, with whom Miss McEmtee boards, who as also stricken with the disease, a day later, is also recovering nicely.

The influenza epidemic is so nearly played out in this community that the local hospital was forced to close its door for want of patients. Dr. Stockton states there is very little evidence of the flu in this community at this time.

Among the recent flu victims who have recuperated sufficiently to be out and around again are “Kid” Smith, Joe Ersch and Eck Ecker. With these cases recovering there are only a few who are still confined on account of the epidemic.

Chas. H. Goan of the Dewey Fruit farm, five miles east of this city, was in town Saturday. Chas. stated that his entire family had been down with the influenza, and that they had a very serious time. Mr. Goan wishes to extend their sincere appreciation of the generous assistance during their illness.

Robert Gill, prominent among the Salmon river cattlemen, is in the city having come out some time ago. Bob was recently afflicted with the influenza, the disease attacking him while he was at Wallace Jerret’s place, over near the Batty ferry. Mr. Jarret also had an attack of the disease while attending U. S. court at Moscow.

Dr. Scallon made a flying trip to Lewiston last Thursday.

Dr. Orr and family of Cottonwood were in town Tuesday.

D. B. Chipman, recently from Wyoming has decided to locate here and has secured the offices recently occupied by Dr. Scallon in the A. & F. block.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., January 09, 1919, Page 4

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High School Notes

Monday morning Mr. Massey spoke to the high school and outlined some of the possibilities of students graduating or being promoted. It seem very possible that the work of the year can still be covered if nonessentials are omitted and if the students work more intensively, leaving out all foolishness, keep from going out evenings, attend school regularly and study regularly at home evenings and Saturdays. If any students cannot or will not do this they can not possibly do the work and can not be promoted. Parents expecting their children to pass this years must make it possible for them to do the work. Of course any one is welcome to come anyhow and do what he or she can without credit.

No talking in the study room of the high school is the rule now. Room 21 on the south side has been designated for those students who wish to visit. This arrangement gives any one wishing to study mornings, noons or evenings to do so in peace.

The main trouble in school seems to be that students do not know how to study and too many consider that glancing over lessons is learning them.

There is a marked improvement in the work of the high school since the enforced vacation. The students realize as never before that they much work hard if the work of the year is to be completed. The seniors especially, with few exceptions, are attending regularly and doing their work well.

We understand that a certain high school young man is looking for some one who has her lessons to accompany said h. s. y. m. to the show. He’s better be sure of his lessons too!

The principal claims that the boys and girls of the high school are mighty nice folks, but that they have some very bad habits.

Mr. Snodgrass is able to be on duty at school again this week. Of course we know the reason for the smile on his face.

The class in agriculture is experiencing some difficulty in their laboratory work until some of the needed apparatus is repaired. At present an experiment is on to determine the amount of organic matter in the soil in this community.

It is with the deepest regret that we are called upon to record the death of one of our high school boys, Aaron Cushman. Aaron was a member of the senior class this year and was in school until last October, when the school was closed. He was one of the best students and one of the best liked boys in school, ever ready and willing to work and help in every way that he could. As yet many of us can not bring ourselves to the sad fact that Aaron is dead.

Teachers and students alike were grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Faye Vaughn, which occurred Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Vaughn was the teachers of the third grade in the city schools and reported for duty Monday of last week, but upon examination by Miss Nesbit, the nurse, was found ill and taken home. Her illness developed into influenza and later other complications prevented her recovery. Mrs. Vaughn was a conscientious worker and shall be sadly missed from our midst.

The attendance at school is slowly increasing again. There has not been any serious cases of illness originating in school. The rooms in the city building are all well ventilated. No one has been compelled or even asked to attend school but those wishing credit for work done will need to enter school now or not at all, this year.
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Appleton

The Robinson and Powers families are recovering nicely from the “flu.”

Robert Marthis is in a critical condition at his home in Jerome, suffering a relapse of the “Flu.”
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Eldorado Heights

Word has been received by relatives here, telling of the death of Mrs. Edith Kyle, of Webber’s Falls, Oklahoma, on December 24. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fulkerson, and had made her home here for nearly two years, returning to Oklahoma with her husband last Thanksgiving. Besides her husband, she leaves two small daughters. Pneumonia, following influenza, was the cause of her death. The sympathy of our community is extended to the bereaved family.

The family of D. F. Tooley has recovered from their attack of the “flu.”

Mrs. F. D. Carlton has returned from California and has again resumed her duties in the Eldorado Heights school. Her husband has not received his discharge, though it is expected some time in February.
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Arcadia Valley

Little Betty Goemer has been quite sick for the past week but is doing nicely now.

Mrs. F. W. Peterson is on the sick list this week.

Jack Webster is sick with the “flu” and is in Jerome. We hope he will soon be all right.

There has been no preaching yet at Arcadia church. We’ll soon have to get a Sunday school missionary to start us up again. …

A number of young people from Appleton were callers in Arcadia Sunday.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., January 09, 1919, Page 5

Jerome Not Closed

In the Sunday issue of the Twin Falls Times a short article appeared, stating that Jerome business houses, etc., had been closed on account of an epidemic of small pox. Where this report started is not known and when Mr. Whalen, editor of the Times, was informed of the error of the report, the same was corrected in the Times issue of Monday. Jerome is one of the most open towns in this section at the present; schools, churches, pictures show and all business houses being open and, while there are a few cases of the “flu” here, the epidemic is not of such a serious nature as to warrant the health officers closing the town.
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Carl A. Steiner

At his home northeast of Jerome, on Saturday, January 4th, occurred the death of Carl A. Steiner from pneumonia, after but a few days of illness. … Besides his sorrowing widow he leaves a large family of children to mourn his passing. …
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Death of Mrs. Frank Emerick

At her home one mile east of Jerome last Friday occurred the death of Mrs. Frank Emerick, the result of pneumonia, following an attack of the influenza, from which the deceased had been a sufferer for several days. The visit of the grim Reaper to this happy home was made the more sad by the fact that there are left to mourn the loss of a dear mother, two baby children, a boy and a girl of tender ages, who will never know the tender care of a loving mothers. Besides the children decease leaves a sorrowing husband, who is also stricken with the disease and is now confined to his bed. …
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Death of Aaron Cushman

Last Sunday at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Cushman, of the Grand View district, occurred the death of Aaron Prentiss Cushman from the effects of pneumonia, after an illness of several days. Aaron was nineteen years of age at the time of his death, having been born in Kansas in the year 1900 …
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Faye Hall Vaughn

Sadness was again manifest in our community when last Tuesday noon the word was passed out that Mrs. Fay Hall Vaughn, daughter of the late Clara Hall, had quietly passed away at her home here in Jerome. The deceased was a victim of influenza some time ago, but had apparently recovered from the effects, but during the recent Red Cross membership drive she contracted a severe cold which rapidly developed into pneumonia and resulted in her death.

Mrs. Vaughn was a graduate of the Lewiston Normal and up until the time of her illness was engaged as one of the instructors in the Jerome schools. …
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Card of Thanks

To our many friends who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved son and brother we extend out heartfelt thanks in this, our hour of grief.

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Cushman and family.
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The regular meeting of the town board was held on Tuesday evening, and aside from the passing of the usual monthly bills nothing of importance was brought before the board. A matter of interest to all residents of Jerome was brought up, that of a systematic cleaning up of the town as soon as the warmer weather will permit. Several complaints have been made with reference to cess pools, manure piles, outhouses, etc., and a plan is being worked out by the board whereby it will be compulsory for all such places to be thoroughly cleaned.
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Red Cross Notes

Those who have the “History Slips” of our soldiers and sailors to fill out will kindly put “place of birth” where it says “country of birth.” The council of National Defense would like to have a record of every one in the service, so those who have not filled out one of these slips, can get one from Mr. Jaycox. …

“Cease Knitting” was the order that went out from Red Cross headquarters last week to the three thousand eight hundred fifty-four chapters of the organization and as a result thousands of women who have turned out millions of sweaters, socks, mufflers, helmets and wristlets for our soldiers and sailors will stack their needles. Articles now started are to be completed.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., January 09, 1919, Page 1

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Personal and Local Mention

The City of Emmett has made an appeal to the people of Payette for help in taking care of their influenza cases. They report over 200 down with the disease and almost impossible to get doctors and nurses, they have closed their schools and have discharged the teachers for this term.

Mrs. Kay and sister received the sad news this morning of a relative being killed in action, also an account of the death of two Kansas friend caused from influenza.
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Called to Portland

Mrs. J. R. Brown left for Portland, Oregon, Tuesday evening in response to a message from Mrs. Mae Anderson formerly May Hutchinson which stated to come at once. A few days before Mrs. Brown ha received a letter from her sister Mrs. Lawrence Hutchinson saying that Lawrence was very sick, she at once wired to know if help was needed, and the above message was the reply. When Mrs. brown arrived she found both Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson and the little girl all down with the Flu, but getting along fairly well as a trained nurse was in attendance.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., January 09, 1919, Page 5

Fruitland Department
Mrs. R. G. Wilson
“As ‘Twas Told To Me”.

Fred Hart, a brother to Mrs. Clarence Miller, died Thursday night of Influenza in the Vale hospital.

Paul Bowers has been sick for the past week.

Miss Gaye Bowers is home again her school being closed again because of the flu.

Mrs. Rose Snowberger, who lives alone on her ranch is now quarantined with diphtheria.

Mrs. Roy Bowers is again able to be around.

Linnie Cregor, who has the flu, is reported better. Nola Cregor now has it.

Samuel Smith arrived home Friday night from the Harper ranch in Oregon, where he has undergone a two weeks’ siege of flu.

Miss Myra Burnett left Sunday morning for her school near Caldwell.

The Baptist people are having prayermeeting every night this week. …

The Methodist Sunday school convenes at 10 o’clock, preaching at 11, Sunday morning.

J. H. Smith has a telephone installed at his home.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. January 09, 1919, Page 1

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Flu Situation Well In Hand
Peak of Epidemic Passed, It Is Believed – No New Cases Today

The influenza epidemic is under control; only a few cases are serious; no new cases are reported today. That is the situation in Emmett as summarized by the board of health. The county and city boards met Tuesday and decided to continue the closing order for another week – to January 19.

The peak of the epidemic is believed to have been reached yesterday when 38 houses were under quarantine restrictions. No new cases were reported today by Flu Inspector Parks. Ten cases are due to be released from quarantine tomorrow, leaving a total of 28. It is hoped people generally will continue to exercise care and caution and whether sick or well, cooperate fully with the efforts of the authorities to stamp out the disease.

The most desperate case is that of Duncan Hunter at Frozen Dog ranch. There a fierce battle is being fought with death. The tide ebbs and flows, but if the persistence of those in attendance, the skills of physicians, and the prayers of the sick man’s friends can turn the scale, then victory will crown their efforts. As this is written at 4:30, reports are encouraging. Mr. Hunter is a trifle improved, and E. K. Hayes and C. L. Gamage, who on Tuesday volunteered their services in taking care of the patient, believe he now has a fighting chance for life. The interest in his case is so general that this office has been besieged by telephone calls for several days for news of his condition. Mr. Hunter’s mother has been summoned from St. Louis and is on her way here.

Dr. Polly and Mrs. O. U. Chamers, who have been seriously ill, are reported on the road to recovery.
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B. P. Co. Takes Care of Employees
Lumber Corporation Employs Nurse and Assistants for Flu Victims

The Boise Payette Lumber Company is handling the influenza epidemic among its employees in a manner that is highly commendable. A trained nurse has been employed to look after the welfare of all employees who are afflicted with the disease, a man is on duty at all times to run errands and do chores, and nutritious broth is distributed daily from the kitchen of the company’s boarding house to those who are sick. In short, nothing is being left undone to care for those who are sick in a most efficient manner.

At the rooming house, while there have been only two cases, preparations had been made for the special care and comfort of patients, and this will be continued for cases which may develop. In the residence section Mrs. Hoyt is employed as supervising nurse. Her duty is to call at houses where advice and assistance is needed, give instructions to hose in attendance upon patients, and see that necessary medicines and sick room equipment is provided and, in short, keep in touch with those needing her aid. Under Joe Brown’s kindly interest, hot soup is being made several times daily and sent to houses where help is short. Several of the city school teachers are doing nurse service in this section of the town.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. January 09, 1919, Page 4

Schools Closed for Another Week

Schools will be kept closed for another week at least; that is, until Jan. 20. If the influenza situation admits, school work will be resumed at that time. I hope all pupils will hold on to their school course and be ready to start into the work with renewed determination when school opens again. I think we can still do the most essential part of the year’s work. We will omit some of the course that is not so necessary for promotion to the next grade, do very little reviewing, and probably lengthen the school day slightly. By these means we can go forward quite rapidly and cover the major part of the year’s work. Let all students in the High school and in the grades watch for the time of reopening and be in school the very first day ready for good faithful work.

J. A. Goodwin, Supt.
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Mrs. Ora F. Cronk

Mrs. Ora F. Cronk, wife of Allen J. Cronk, died Sunday night at the Canyon Canal camp. She was born July 20, 1899. Her age was 19 years, 5 months and 15 days. About three weeks ago she and her husband went to the camp to help in the work there. She was ill about three days with the flu, and was seemingly improving when a sudden failure of the heart to act brought on death. Mrs. Cronk was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Salee, who came to Emmett from Midvale about two years ago. …
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Josephine Rockwell

Josephine Evaline Rockwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Rockwell of this city, died from pneumonia early on Monday, aged 2 years, 9 months and 12 days. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the residence, Pastor A. C. Lathrop officiating. In addition to the child’s parents, there are several brothers and sisters.
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Mrs. Margaret M. Oberlin

Mrs. Margaret M. Oberlin, wife of Al Oberlin, died last evening about 6 o’clock of heart failure following influenza, aged 28 years. She was the mother of two girls, aged 8 and 10 years. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock, with services at the Bucknum chapel by Rev. F. E. Finley.
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Mrs. Ray Wallace

Mrs. Ray Wallace, living on the bench near Central Mesa, died this morning of pneumonia following influenza. She was a daughter of Mrs. Fulgham and the mother of five small girls. The husband has been for several days a sufferer from the same disease in a Canyon canal camp.
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Funeral of Oquinn Family

The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Oquinn and infant child arrived Saturday and the triple funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the Bucknum chapel, and was one of the most pathetic services ever held here. Within one of the two caskets lay the remains of the mother with the infant child in her arms. The services were in charge of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges and consisted of the beautiful burial ritual of those orders.

The following concerning the sad death of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Oquinn and infant is taken from a Salmon City paper:

“Distressful scenes have been witnessed during the awful ravage of the so called Spanish influenza, but few instances are more pathetic in the popular appeal that that which befell the Oquinn family at Salmon. With the approach of Yuletide, all were sick in bed. The night before Christmas a baby was born which died within 24 hours. Thursday morning, John Oquinn, the husband and father, passed away, and at 12:30 Thursday night, Mrs. Oquinn stepped out into the night to be with him. All transpired so suddenly and fatefully that neighbors and friends stood helplessly aghast. Only Pat Oquinn, and infant boy of 20 months, remains of that respected little family which until two weeks ago was so happy, so hopeful and so healthful. Little Pat is being cared for by Mrs. M. C. Manful, and is said to be getting on well.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. January 09, 1919, Page 5

Emmett News

Miss Lucy Kieldson went to Boise this morning to spend the remainder of the school vacation. Miss Kieldson has been doing nurse service during the height of the epidemic.

Miss Mildred Selby of Boise is visiting at the home of her sister Mrs. Everett Barton during the vacation of the Boise schools. Another sister, Miss Airs, was here last week, enroute to McCall, where she will teach school.

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Langroise motored to Payette Saturday evening taking Norma and Will and Miss Margaret Knipe, enroute to Moscow to resume their school work. Miss Ellen Waring was prevented from accompanying them by sickness in the family.

Miss Bessie Teed arrived last week from Chicago to take the position of stenographer in the First National Bank. Miss Teed is a former school friend of Mrs. Henry Obermeyer and comes under the best of recommendations. She has suffered an attack of flu since arriving in Emmett and is now fully acclimated.

C. A. West is again at his desk, though looking a trifle less robust since his illness.

Charlie Hedrick is on the streets again after a siege of the flu.

R. E. Shaw is able to be up town after a long and severe illness from the flu.

Leroy Wood, a recent arrival from La Grande, Ore., is nursing the sick at the Dr. P. W. Polly home.

Frank Chapin returned Friday from a week’s visit in Salt Lake and other points. Mr. Chapin states that the Montpelier country, where he spent a few days, is having a serious epidemic of the flu.

H. A. Pugh, member-elect from Gem county, was unable to report at the opening session of the legislature Tuesday on account of sickness in his family.

Dr. Wilderson, who has filled the position of Dr. Drysdale at New Plymouth during the latter’s absence in the service of his country, accompanied Dr. Drysdale to Emmett Tuesday to assist in relieving the flu situation. He remained here, and is considering locating.

The Red Cross has made up a number of pneumonia jackets and has placed them on sale at the two drug stores.

Mrs. and Mrs. L. N. Dillon returned Monday from an extended visit at their old home in Smith Center, Kans. Mrs. Dillon had a severe attack of influenza while away, but has fully recovered. The Dillon people are more delighted with their Idaho home than ever, and are fully decided that this is “the place.” They were accompanied home by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Cannon, who stopped here a few days to visit several families of former Smith Center people. Mr. and Mrs. Cannon were enroute to Tacoma for a short stay.

Don’t flirt with Flu. The Irish Washerwoman is still single.
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Mill News

Earl Seaman has recovered from his attack of flu and is again at his work.

“Scotty” Henderson, who has had a serious attack of influenza is reported improving. In fact, we learn that there are no dangerously ill ones among the mill employees at present. Mr. Woodstein, who has suffered a most painful affection of the ear accompanying influenza, is somewhat improved.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. January 09, 1919, Page 8

News Of Gem County
By The Index’s Correspondents

Haw Creek.
By Mrs. E. Tennyson.

Mrs. James Stippich is home from her school at Weiser, visiting her mother, Mrs. Grace Sanders.

Mrs. E. Tennyson called on Mrs. Ambrose Shorten Monday afternoon, who has been quite sick for several weeks, but is now recovering nicely.
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Central Mesa

Mrs. Wallace has pneumonia after an attack of the Flu.

Miss Josie Aston was out Sunday for the first time since having the flu.

Mr. Pass got moved just in time, for he took the flu and is up now. Mrs. Pass has it, too.

More flu than anything else, so it is hard to get news.
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Bramwell
By E. F. Wells.

The two Newman families are all up and around again from an attack of the flu.

The James Bonham family, who have been having a tussle with the flu, are about all able to sit up now.
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(Too late for last week.)

The holidays passed off rather quietly in these parts, most of the people staying close at home on account of the flu epidemic.

Our school has been closed since Monday evening on account of the flu.

The families of Elmer and Frank Newman all have the flu.

Two children of James Bonham are sick with the flu.

The sad news of the death of D. Sasser spread over the wires Monday morning. He passed away at the home of his parents in Caldwell about midnight Sunday, from pneumonia, following a case of the flu. He leaves a wife and two small children, besides his father, mother and one half brother to mourn his loss.
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Letha

On account of the low attendance at school and the fact that there were a number of cases of influenza in our neighborhood, the teachers, Mrs. Shane and Miss Bowers, volunteered to take a month’s vacation without pay, hoping that by Feb. 1 the epidemic will have run its course and the sick ones be able to return to school and the well ones will not be afraid to attend. This disposition on the part of the teachers to bear their share of the disadvantages the schools have experienced is certainly appreciated by the school board and the patrons of District 4. It is hoped by using every precaution now, by Feb. 1 we may resume out school work and continue up to the first of June.

The school trustees met in special session to transact necessary business connected with the special election to be held Jan. 18 to vote on the change of site for the schoolhouse. It is proposed to have the new site in Letha.

Dan Hansen is suffering with the flu this week.

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Sawyer and infant son are all victims of the influenza. They are being cared for by Mrs. Sawyer’s sister, who recently arrived from Minnesota to make the acquaintance of the babe. The brave little girl has her hands full and sympathetic neighbors are doing all they can to aid her.

Influenza has invaded the Robt. Howard home and several members of the family are ill.

N. D. Wentworth, who has been quite ill, is able to be about again.

R. B. Wentworth came home Monday from the Sisler ditch camp. He was fortunately one of those who did not take the Flu.

Many of our people are taking advantage of this nice freezing weather and preparing, by putting up quantities of ice, to keep things cool next summer.
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South Slope
By Mrs. C. W. Cook

Now that the Slope people have been generally attacked by the flu they are spending their time indoors getting rid of it as fast as they can.

The Will Tucker and Ed Tyler families are doing nicely and able to be around.

Several members of the Warden household are convalescent.

Miss Gertrude McSparran is recovering from pneumonia.

Miss Irene Jensen is spending this week at home, her school being closed on account of quarantine.

The Slope people are very solicitous for Duncan Hunter and sincerely hope for his recovery.
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Montour
By Mrs. R. E. Noland

Mrs. Cronk, a niece of Mrs. McRoberts, died at the ditch camp Sunday night. The remains were taken to Midvale for burial.

The family and brother of Ford [?ostic] are getting over an attack of influenza.

J. S. Robinson, who is employed at the dam, is getting to be quite an efficient nurse. He is at present taking care of the Clark Cox family, who are down with the influenza.
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Upper Mesa

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meier and son Melvin are having their turn with the flu, but all are getting along nicely.
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Central Mesa
Regina Conrad

The Fulgham and Wallace families are having their siege of the flu. Mrs. Burdell is helping to take care of them.

Mrs. Bayston is on the sick list this week and is unable to teach school.

The Johns family are ill with the Spanish Influenza.

Mr. Wallace and Wilmer Buck, who have been working on the canal, also have the flu.
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Nazarene Church Notes

It takes something like an epidemic or quarantine to keep holy people from assembling together and when temporarily hindered God will make up to them these precious blessings in other means of grace. We rejoice in our pastoral visitation to find the saints rejoicing in the Lord and seeking practical ways to show their love for Him. Let us earnestly pray that the plague may be removed soon.

– W. H. Parker, Pastor.
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Baptist Notes

No church services next Sunday, as the Flu epidemic still continues. We can hardly expect to reopen before the 19th.

Now is the time we need to keep close to God and be much in prayer. Especially remember the sick in prayer to God for their recovery. If you are stricken look up to him in trust and faith. Let us not be frightened, but in confidence bear with what comes our way, and do whatever service we can. We can safely lean upon our God in these days of anxiety. Remember to read his word also. It has a message of good cheer and uplift for us all.
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source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. January 09, 1919, Page 1

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Strict Regulations On Public School Pupils
Forbidden To Attend Shows, Dances And Church Until January 19

Pupils of the Grangeville public schools have been forbidden to attend churches, theaters, dances and all public gatherings, by an order issued by the local board of education. the regulations will remain in force until Sunday, January 19, and may be continued at the option of the board. Purpose of issuing the order is to guard against spread of Spanish influenza, so that the schools, which had been closed for several months, will not again be interrupted.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. January 09, 1919, Page 2

Ferdinand

School opened here last Monday with a fair attendance.

Oliver Reynolds is dangerously ill with pneumonia.

Miss Lucile Sasse was home from Cottonwood last week. She was suffering from a mild attack of influenza.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. January 09, 1919, Page 3

The Oregon state legislature, scheduled to meet January 13, may not convene, because of seriousness of the influenza epidemic in Oregon. It is felt that the public health may be menaced by the gathering of the lawmakers. And many a time the public would be spared needless suffering were legislative sessions abandoned.
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source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. January 09, 1919, Page 6

Local News In Brief

Catholic Church Services

Regular church services will be held at the Catholic church at the usual hour.

Federated Church services

There will be preaching service at the Federated church Sunday morning at 11 o’clock. The Sunday school literature will be given to those who come for it at ten o’clock.

Takes Office Suite

Dr. B. Chipman, who arrived in Grangeville ten days ago, will establish his office in the suite formerly occupied by Dr. Slusser in the A. & F. block.

Flag at Half Mast

The county flag was at half mast in Grangeville Tuesday, out of respect to the late Col. Theodore Roosevelt.
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Personal

Joe Enger is able to be about, after having suffered for a week from influenza.

A. M. Ecker, clerk in the local post office, has recovered from ten days’ illness of influenza.

A. R. Wiley has recovered from a severe attack of Spanish influenza, and is again able to be about the city.

Dr. W. G. Law has arrived from Vollmer and will be located temporarily at the Imperial hotel. Dr. Law is a chiropractor.

Miss Hazel Calhoun was in Grangeville Tuesday from Cottonwood. Miss Calhoun recently recovered from a severe attack of Spanish influenza.

R. J. Gill, Salmon river stockman, was in Grangeville this week. Mr. Gill has recovered from an attack of influenza, which kept him from his work for some time.
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School Notes

The pupils have entered into their work with a great deal of enthusiasm, in spite of the fact that they are required to do more than the usual hour of home study.

For the first time in the history of the Grangeville high school school was held on New Year’s day.
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Fenn Items

Mr. and Mrs. Marion Weber, who have been quite ill, are now recovering.

Mrs. H. J. Von Bargen, who has been ill with pneumonia, is much better.
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Clearwater

Miss Olive Buchanan, school teacher here, while riding on skis Sunday, fell and sprained her ankle so badly it was necessary for her to have her pupils come to her residence for instruction.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 09, 1919, Page 1

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Regulations Made Severe
Special Officers Stationed to Break Up Crowds in All City Stores.

At the request of citizens who thought the health authorities should not permit crowding at special sales if they would not allow public assemblages for worship or entertainment, the mayor has appointed several extra policemen whose duty it is to keep the crowds in the stores from congregating in a small area. According to the new rules, not more than fifteen persons are admitted into any place of business at a time, and these are not permitted to gather in groups about a single counter. The public is told to make purchases quickly and leave the building. Stores report that they have never done so much business as during the past week of special sales, and that trade has never been so brisk or the people so eager to shop.
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Poultry Man Ill.

N. E. Luce, poultry husbandryman on the University of Idaho extension department staff, is confined to his home with a severe attack of influenza. He first developed the disease Sunday. – Boise Statesman

Mr. Luce was formerly instructor in the university and is well known here.
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Influenza Worse at Potlatch.

Potlatch, Jan. 9. – The number of influenza cases took a decided jump yesterday from 22 to 58 cases. The schools have again been closed until conditions are much improved.
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Flu Worse in San Francisco
623 New Cases and 35 Deaths in 24-Hour Period.

San Francisco. – Six hundred and eighteen new cases of influenza and 27 deaths from the disease were reported to the board of health last night for a 24-hour period ending at 5:00 o’clock.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 09, 1919, Page 2

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Live and Learn or Die and Learn.

After an experiment with lifting the influenza ban, many towns in Idaho have decided that the advantages of public assemblages do not outweigh the increase of victims of the disease. Wallace, Kellogg, Emmett, Caldwell, Boise, Nampa, and many other places have just passed ordinances by which the health officers require a stricter observance of the quarantine than ever before.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 09, 1919, Page 3

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City News

Miss Viola McCarter returned today from Portland, where she is teaching, the schools in that city being closed on account of influenza.

Miss Grace Mullaly of Genesee entered the high school Wednesday to take up the work of the term.

Mrs. Bert Crowe has moved to Moscow for the winter from their farm near Pullman, for the purpose of placing the children in school. Her sister, Miss Thelma Martin, of Stites, will be with her to attend high school.

Mrs. Anna Wiley of Palouse, was shopping in Moscow yesterday and visiting her son, who is in the high school.
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Dame Rumor is Busy

Notwithstanding her long life of uninterrupted activity, old Dame Rumor does not seem to be petering out very fast or showing even slight signs of exhaustion. Just recently she has been doing several marathons around town in an effort to spread the report that the university is a perfect hot bed of influenza cases. With her usual success the first report that there was one case in one sorority has speedily developed into an outbreak of 15 cases in Ridenbaugh Hall to say nothing of victims falling by the wholesale in fraternities and sororities.

It is too bad at this late date to question the veracity of the old lady, but truth compels the statement that up to the hour of going to press there is not one single case of influenza in the university; there are no suspects under observation; and there are no prospects that there will be any suspects.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 09, 1919, Page 4

Cornwall News

Most all the children are attending school now. No new influenza cases reported yet.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., January 09, 1919, Page 1

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Joe Baldus Returns With Bride.

Joe Baldus son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Baldus, pioneer and highly esteemed farmer family of this vicinity, went to Portland recently and on December 30 quietly closed a case in Cupid’s court which had been pending since Joe spent a season at work in that city about a year ago. The blushing bride was Miss Alma Brown, and the happy pair returned to the Baldus home here last Friday to take up their permanent residence.

Since their return Joe has been confined to his bed by an attack of influenza, though no serious complication have appeared and his condition today is reported as satisfactory.
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Red Cross Workers Wanted.

About ten sweater knitters and ten sock knitters are wanted by the Red Cross knitting committee. All work that is out should be finished by the first of February.

This call is urgent and those who will help, the committee will be grateful if you call by phone and notify them.

Mrs. J. G. Wright,
Mrs W. J. Smith, Com.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., January 09, 1919, Page 4

Central Ridge News

Miss Davis of the Liberty school was ill and dismissed her school for three days last week.

Mrs. Galloway was on the sick list last week, but is reported to be able to be up again.

The many Central Ridge friends [of] Mrs. Mat Ransier are glad to know she is recovering from the influenza.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., January 09, 1919, Page 6

What is The Flu Anyway?

Pneumonic plague, imported from China as a consequence of the world war.

“That’s the substance of the Spanish influenza,” explanation offered in a New York medical journal by Dr. James J. King of the United States army medical corps.

Three hundred and fifty thousand lives have thus far been lost in the United States since the epidemic reached “An Atlantic Port” in the summer of 1918.

Other explanations than that offered by Dr. King fail to take into account all the facts. The disease is independent of climatic conditions. It has raged in damp Boston, in moist Cleveland and Detroit, in windy Chicago, in dry Arizona, in balmy Los Angeles, in frozen Alaska and in warm Porta [sic] Rico with equal fury.

It took the open air sleeper and the man who seals his windows and covers his head o’nights.

It hit the riders in crowded street cars and the lonely rider in the luxurious limousine.

Preachers and bartenders fell victims alike.

“There is no known preventive,” says Dr. Rupert Blue of the United States public health service.

Dr. King tells us that pneumonic plague first appeared in 1910 in Harbin, Manchuria. It swept North China. It is yet prevalent. “The mortality,” he says, “Has been fearfully high.”

“In 1917,” adds Dr. King, “about 200,000 Chinese coolies, collected from the northern part of China, where pneumonic plague has raged at intervals since 1910, were sent to France as laborers.

In March, 1918, some of these Chinese were captured by the Germans. “Spanish Influenza” soon appeared in the German army and spread around the world in less than a year.

Dr. King believes pneumonia and bubonic plague germs mingled in the blood of some obscure Chinese coolie in Harbin and produced a new disease terror.

All great wars of history have been followed by disease epidemics.

The next war must be against this plague!

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., January 09, 1919, Page 7

Miss Esther Smith returned this morning from Winchester, where she has been assisting as nurse during the flu epidemic there.

The information was received here this week that Grover C. Cunningham, the second son of Veterinarian Cunningham, who moved from this place to Windham, Montana, some eight years ago, had died of influenza on Nov. 12 at Camp Mills N.Y., aged 33 years. He was a private in the 23rd Machine Gun Battalion.

Chas. F. Thomas last night received word that his son, Bernice, had on Monday successfully undergone an operation at the hospital at Camp Lewis for the removal of pus formation on the left lung, following a recent attack of pneumonia. The young man is said to be getting along satisfactorily, and his mother is still at his bedside, so he is assured of the best nursing.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Irving School, Moscow, Idaho

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courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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January 10

The Rathdrum Tribune., January 10, 1919, Page 1

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From Over The County

Spirit Lake

Bonnie, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Snook, passed away Tuesday morning with the influenza.

Mrs. E. F. Conklin is recovering from influenza.

Mrs. Agnes Sizemore died at the home of her parents Jan. 5. She was stricken with influenza on Christmas day and apparently recovered, but pneumonia developed.

The citizens of Spirit Lake took up a collection of $500 for Mrs. Hamacher and children, and $200 for Henry Oldenburg, who were recently bereaved by death from influenza.

Fire complete destroyed the Cozy theatre at 2 o’clock Sunday morning. The loss is estimated at $3000, covered by insurance except as to the fixtures.
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Harrison

The Harrison schools re-opened Jan. 2 after being closed two months on account of influenza.

The influenza ban in Harrison has been lifted from all public gatherings excepting dances.

Ice up the St. Joe is delaying the boats.
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Coeur D’Alene

Clarence S. Sowder, age 20, son of County Auditor-elect C. O. Sowder, died of pneumonia at Washington, D. C. He was in the student army training corps in George Washington university, and contracted influenza there.

Ice is nine inches thick on Fernan lake.
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Post Falls

Mrs. Schinzel of Cedar Creek received a telegram informing her of the death of her son, Leo, in France. He had been wounded in battle but had recovered and died of spinal meningitis after the armistice was signed.

A lynx is believed to be stealing Will Ness’ chickens.
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A year ago voluntary food control was a daring adventure in democracy; during the year an established proof of democratic efficiency.
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Gold production in the United States in 1918 fell to 3,313,000 fine ounces, worth $68,493,000, the lowest in 20 years, and the silver production dropped to 67,879,000 fine ounces, worth $67,879,000 at the standard government price of $1 an ounce, the smallest record since 1913.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., January 10, 1919, Page 2

School Notes

School opened last Monday with an 80 per cent attendance.

Because of conditions an attempt is being made to secure the services of a school nurse. Miss Papendick as at hand on Monday and Tuesday in this capacity and we are sorry she could not continue the work. A surprisingly large number of pupils were found to have inflamed throats and bad tonsils, and a few had a temperature above normal and high pulse. Teachers are watching pupils closely and particular attention is paid to ventilation and the temperature of the rooms.

All unnecessary meetings in school, such as parties, inter-high school athletics, etc., will be prohibited indefinitely because of the imminence of influenza.

During our forced vacation all desks and seats in both buildings have been planed, scraped and varnished. The furniture presents a fine appearance and is as good as news. The cost amounts to less than one-fifth the cost of new furniture.

It has been the habit of some pupils in the primary grades to bring their younger brothers or sisters, who are not yet of school age, to spend the afternoon with them in the school room. Naturally this interferes somewhat with the work. We need to make all possible progress during the remainder of this year and would suggest that parents discourage this habit.

We wish to acknowledge our indebtedness to Miss Elise Papendick for the liberal donation of several reference texts; and especially for a collection of native butterflies, all mounted and classified.
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Doings of Legislature.

The Idaho legislature has ratified the prohibition amendment to the federal constitution.

The first bill introduced called for an appropriation of $75,000 to meet the expenses of the legislature, including salaries of members.

Two members of the house were taken ill with influenza.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., January 10, 1919, Page 3

Local Paragraphs.

Rathdrum was again free from influenza Thursday, the two cases recently reported having recovered. No new cases have been reported since.

About 20 young people from Spirit Lake attended the roller skating at the armory in Rathdrum last Saturday and gave rise to fears that the influenza might again be spread to this community by such visitations, causing an order to be issued closing the rink. A dance that was to have been given New year’s eve, was cancelled in order to obviate this danger of contact with other communities where the influenza situation was serious.
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Personal Mention.

Miss Marian Laird returned last week to Ione, Wash., to resume teaching.

Miss Grace Hulsey of Spirit Lake, returned this week to resume her studies in the Rathdrum high school.

Miss Stella Hurrel has returned from Spokane and has resumed her studies in the Rathdrum high school.
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Oscar G. Sheffield

The body of Oscar Sheffield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Sheffield, arrived Tuesday from Newport News, Virginia, where he died of influenza-pneumonia while in the military service. …

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. January 10, 1919, Page 6

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19190110AFP3Mexico Hit By “Flu”
Most Fatal Epidemic in History of Country.
Shortage of Necessary Drugs One of Reasons for Heavy Death Rate.

Laredo, Tex. — According to reliable information brought here by arrivals from various portions of Mexico, the present epidemic of Spanish influenza in that country has been the most fatal epidemic in the history of Mexico, the death rate exceeding that caused by any previous epidemic of typhus, yellow fever or smallpox. The undertakers of Mexico were caught in the influenza epidemic without practically any supply of coffins or caskets on hand, and even the old custom of renting caskets for burial purposes only, after which the body is removed at the grave and placed in a pine box, had to be abandoned, as some of the wealthier class were buried in caskets that were formerly used for rental purposes only.

In Mexico City it is estimated that at least 40,000 cases of influenza were in that city the middle of October, many cases developing into pneumonia and causing several thousand of deaths, these latter being mostly among the poor people who contracted the disease and were compelled to lie down on the dirt floors of their jackals and there contracted pneumonia and died. A big death rate also occurred among the better class, despite the care given them. In Guadalajara, Gunnajuato, Torreon, Tampico, Saltillo and Monterey the number of cases of influenza were heavy, while the death rate was likewise heavy. In Vera Cruz over one-third of those stricken with the influenza are said to have succumbed to subsequent pneumonia. In many places the heavy death rate in Mexico was due to the shortage of aspirin, quinine and other necessary drugs used in the cure of influenza.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. January 10, 1919, Page 8

People and Events

Maurice M. Myers left for California last Sunday to be at the bedside of his father, who is critically ill with pneumonia.

The home of Rev. George Sprattler in Prosperity has been invaded by the flu. Mr. Sprattler is recovering from a siege of the illness and now three of his children are down with it.

Miss Ella Chipp is confined to her home with an attack of the flu.

Paul Bulfinich was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon a victim of the flu.

J. P. Mehlhaff has recovered from the flu and is again on deck at the Leader Hardware company’s store.

Mrs. Maurice M. Myers was taken to the Bethany Deaconess hospital on Tuesday evening, suffering from an attack of the flu.

Ralph Wheeler, brother of Mrs. O. F. Crowley, is ill with a light case of the flu. He is at the home of his sister, who is taking the best care of the lad.

Mrs. C. Lee French was up for the first time Thursday since being laid low by the flu. Mrs. French is gradually recovering her former strength and health.

The local chapter of the Red Cross is doing all it can to assist those who are in need of help through the sickness befalling them. While it is impossible for the Red Cross to send out trained nurses for the reason that none are available, the organization is sending out practical workers to help the sick whenever they can be obtained. The local chapter of the organization of mercy is anxious to learn the names of any women who are ready to go to the homes of those where several members of the family are down with illness, either in the city or in the country. Notify or call on Mrs. R. F. Noth or Mrs. R. B. Greenwood, American Falls.

Before the flu embargo was placed on picture shows here Manager Crowley of the Auditorium had booked the “Crisis” for presentation. Recently he was notified that the film would be here and ready to be shown Friday evening, but through a misunderstanding somewhere it will be impossible to show the film on that night. Later in the season Mr. Crowley hopes to be able to present this famed film to an audience.

It may be well to state now and then that it is good practice to keep plenty of fresh air circulating in every indoor place, be it sleeping or dwelling room or work shop. If the germs of influenza have invaded a room they are just as apt as not to escape through an open window. And then influenza will have become out-flew-enza.

The weather holding forth here this week is the sort that can be fittingly called nice winter weather. While it is rather nippy, yet the air is full of refreshing ozone. Get plenty of that fresh air into your dwelling, working an sleeping rooms and there is no legitimate reason why any sickness should befall you.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. January 10, 1919, Page 4

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Official Proceedings Of County Commissioners.

Orofino, Idaho, Dec. 13 1918.

Board of Commissioners convened in regular session at 9 a.m. this date pursuant to adjournment of December 12 1918. …

Following miscellaneous claims allowed and warrants ordered drawn on current expense fund for same.

[excerpts]

Application for $40.00 burial expense, Ed. Best, indigent, having been authorized by the Probate Judge, same is hereby confirmed by the board.

Application for $40.00 hospital expense, indigent, Nora Carr, having be authorized by the Probate Judge, same is hereby confirmed by the board.

Board of County Commissioners hereby confirm arrangement made at meeting of board of health, November 15, 1918, attended by Commissioners C. A. Pittwood and Fred Choate and County Physician E. W. Horswill, whereat, upon representation and request of Mrs. M. B. Britan, chairman Clearwater County Red Cross, a Clearwater county Red Cross hospital service was temporarily established for the care of influenza patients. Claims for medical attention and nursing, supplies and other hospital expenses, when properly approved by the proper hospital officers, will be considered an allowed by the board, in regular way. Hospital expenses for patients to be charged for an corrected, as provided by law for the maintenance of temporary hospital service. …

After further consideration of Red Cross hospital claims, board adjourned at 5 p.m. until 9 a.m. January 10, 1919, when regular business will be resumed.

Fred Choate, Chairman.
Attest, Joseph Kauffman, Clerk Board Co. Commissioners.
By W. H. Gillespie, Deputy.

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Road Reports Sept 27, 2020

Johnson Creek road is Open! Watch for fire traffic. Please share road reports. Conditions can change quickly any time of year. Be prepared for rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Local streets damp and pot holes full of water. Watch for YPFD volunteers working along local streets. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN. Report that a dog was hit injured on Main street in June.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Link: Fall 2020 ID-55, Smiths Ferry Improvements
ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
State Highway 55 Construction Work Scheduled starts Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
Fall (September through November) and Spring (March through May)
– Daytime and nighttime work seven days a week
– Full road closures Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
– One-way alternating traffic during all other time frames
link: more info
Note: Due to the Hwy 55 construction from Smith’s Ferry to Rainbow Bridge that starts in September (after Labor Day), the County Commissioners have ordered the closure of Smith’s Ferry Dr. at Packer John Rd. and Round Valley Rd. This closure is in effect along with the expected construction work schedules posted by ITD.
This closure does not apply to the property owners who live beyond the intersection of Packer John Rd. and Smith’s Ferry Dr. as they will continue to be able to access their properties.
Link: Bridge construction at Horseshoe Bend.
Work will generally be done from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday -Saturday. Two travel lanes will remain open during construction. Crews will build half of the new bridge to the west of the existing bridge. When completed, traffic will shift to the new structure, allowing crews to demolish the old bridge and continue constructing the eastern half of the new bridge.

Highway 95: Detour around slide.
More blasting occurred Tueday (Sept 22nd.)
Check ITD (link)
French Creek Road is not an official, nor a recommended detour for Highway 95.

Warm Lake Highway: No problems reported.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Closed 7am to 4pm daily with no closures on weekends.
Saturday (Sept 19) report from mail truck driver (Taylor) Rough road in the construction areas. They have patched the pavement in previous work areas.
The closure sites will change on a weekly basis, and will not always be adjacent to the last closure site. Refer to the current weekly newsletter or the project website to determine the closure point and access for each week. South Fork Road Project page (link)
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Saturday (Sept 19) mail truck driver (Taylor) reports the road is getting a little more washboardy.

Johnson Creek Road: Open Sept 20th
Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.
Report Wednesday (Sept 23) mail truck driver (Taylor) says they were grading the upper part for the fire traffic.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Open.
Report Sept 21: Lick Creek Road was recently graded by Valley County.
Report Sept 23: road is very bumpy. – BJB
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open.
Summit was reported snow free on Sunday June 28.
Report Sept 20: “Profile’s in pretty good shape.” BMc
Porphyry Fire may be impacting upper Smith Creek Road. Unknown if avalanche trees have been cut out.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. No recent reports.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Travel at your own risk.
Report Sept 15: A report of downed trees on the road going over Monumental summit – probably from last week’s wind storm?
Report Sept 22: The road is clear as far as 4 miles this side of the summit. It appeared some trees had been cut recently. It is possible the road has been cleared?
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Cinnabar: Open, trees cut out, travel at your own risk.
Last report received Aug 13: “We made a UTV ride into the Cinnabar mine in early August and as always it was a great trip.” – RE
Also reports of off road travel cutting through the switchbacks and tearing up the hillside.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Warrens Wagon Road: Construction update: The road is CLOSED from 8am-Noon and 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday. The road is OPEN with a PILOT CAR from Noon-1pm and after 5pm Monday-Friday. The road is OPEN without a pilot car on Saturday and Sunday.
Update July 30: (link)
Warren Wagon Road will be open for the remainder of the project with 30 minute traffic delays, without the four hour morning and afternoon closures. No further weekend delays are planned. Road work completion is scheduled for August 27th, 2020. Asphalt paving is in process and will be completed this week. Guardrail system installation is planned for this week. Pavement markings, signage, and turf establishment will occur in August.

Deadwood Summit: Open, travel with caution.
Scott Mountain is also open.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

New Link
Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard
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Weather Reports Sept 20-26, 2020

Sept 20 Weather:

At 930am it was 37 degrees, clear sky above ground fog and light haze of smoke. At 1pm it was mostly cloudy, light breezes and light haze of smoke. At 3pm it was 65 degrees, mostly cloudy, thin haze of smoke and light breeze. At 730pm it was 55 degrees, clear sky and pretty good air quality. At 11pm it looked mostly clear, better air quality (Mars is pale yellow.)

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 21, 2020 at 09:30AM
Clear, light smoke, light breeze, dew
Max temperature 69 degrees F
Min temperature 35 degrees F
At observation 40 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Sept 21 Weather:

At 930am it was 40 degrees, clear sky above haze of smoke to the south east, light breezes and roofs wet with dew. Clear, warming up, light haze of smoke and light breezes at 1pm. At 330pm it was 81 degrees, clear, light breezes and light haze of smoke. At 730pm it was 61 degrees, clear sky, light haze of smoke and slight breeze. At midnight it appeared to be a little more smoky, making Mars look very red.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 22, 2020 at 09:30AM
Clear? above haze of smoke, poor AQ
Max temperature 82 degrees F
Min temperature 37 degrees F
At observation 44 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Sept 22 Weather:

At 930am it was 44 degrees, it appeared to be clear above moderate haze of smoke and poor air quality. At 1pm it looks mostly cloudy above the smoke and light breezes. At 350pm it was 72 degrees, mostly cloudy and gusty breezes with haze of smoke. At 8pm it was 57 degrees, appears to be mostly clear above the smoke and almost calm. Smoky haze at 11pm, brighter stars visible, Mars was orange.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 23, 2020 at 09:30AM
Mostly clear? Smoky
Max temperature 73 degrees F
Min temperature 40 degrees F
At observation 47 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Sept 23 Weather:

At 930am it was 47 degrees, appears mostly clear above moderate haze of smoke, poor air quality. At 1215pm gusty breezes and smoky. At 2pm it was 77 degrees, gusty breezes, mostly high thin wispy clouds and haze of smoke. Bigger wind gusts at 245pm. At 420pm it was 76 degrees, thicker clouds (nearly overcast) gusty breezes and thinner haze of smoke. At 445pm it was 74 degrees and blustery. At 745pm it was 67 degrees, appeared overcast and light haze of smoke. Little sprinkles on and off started around 7am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 24, 2020 at 09:30AM
Dark overcast, light breezes, light smoke
Max temperature 79 degrees F
Min temperature 45 degrees F
At observation 55 degrees F
Precipitation 0.01 inch
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Sept 24 Weather:

At 930am, it was 55 degrees, dark overcast, slightly damp from earlier sprinkles, light breezes and light haze of smoke in the air. Power off 1207pm. Shower some time before 2pm. At 215pm it was 52 degrees, overcast and a few drips off the roof. Possible shower around 230pm? At 3pm cracks in the clouds. Power on at 303pm. At 4pm it was 60 degrees, overcast and calm. At 730pm it was 54 degrees, looks overcast and feels calm. At 1150pm it was 41 degrees and mostly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 25, 2020 at 09:30AM
Overcast, smoky, poor AQ
Max temperature 61 degrees F
Min temperature 31 degrees F
At observation 37 degrees F
Precipitation 0.01 inch
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Sept 25 Weather:

At 930am it was 37 degrees, overcast, smoky and poor air quality. At 1215pm it was 52 degrees, overcast, light breeze and starting to sprinkle lightly (didn’t last long enough to get wet,) haze of smoke. Sprinkling a few drops at 153pm. At 2pm it was 54 degrees, overcast and light steady rain. At 3pm it was 48 degrees, dark overcast and light rain continues. Stopped raining before 4pm. Misty drops started a little after 7pm. At 730pm it was 47 degrees and light sprinkles. Still raining lightly at 1120pm. Steady light rain still falling at 1230am. Still raining lightly at 130am. Probably rained all night with a break before 730am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 26, 2020 at 09:30AM
Low overcast (socked in) and steady light rain
Max temperature 57 degrees F
Min temperature 37 degrees F <- yesterday morning
At observation 43 degrees F
Precipitation 0.60 inch
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Sept 26 Weather:

At 930am it was 43 degrees, low overcast (top of VanMeter socked in) and steady light rain falling. Stopped raining before 1020am. Breaks in the clouds by 1030am. At 1pm mostly cloudy and getting breezy. At 4pm it was 58 degrees, mostly cloudy and light breezes. At 730pm it was 46 degrees, partly cloudy, pretty good air quality and almost calm. At 1130pm it looked mostly cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 27, 2020 at 09:30AM
Partly clear, dew
Max temperature 59 degrees F
Min temperature 36 degrees F
At observation 40 degrees F
Precipitation 0.03 inch
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Fire Reports Sept 26, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 26, 2020

In the 24 hours ending at 930am Saturday morning we received 0.60″ of rain.

Sunday, 9/27 fire meeting scheduled 1pm with new IC at the Fire Hall.

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

Yellow Pine received 0.60″ of rain by Saturday morning Sept 26th.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Open Sept 20th. Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.

Lick Creek road is open, graded earlier this month, reported to be rough.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

So far the Elk Summit route has not been compromised by the Porphyry Fire, but not recommended.

Porphyry Fire is in the upper Smith Creek road area (Coin Creek.)

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Air Quality is much better today.
9/26 1230pm

DEQ Valley County – Burn Ban Lifted

* DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please think about postponing your burn if possible.

* Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, and emergency services have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

* Burning activities are not being prohibited by DEQ but we encourage you to contact your local fire district for information on all open burning activities.
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Fire Abatement:

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Fire Reports:

Buck Fire

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Buck Fire Update – September 26, 2020

• Start Date: August 26
• Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 miles NE of Cascade, Idaho
• Cause: Lightning
• Acres: 19,474
• Contained: 33%
• Personnel: 149
• Resources: 3 Crews, 2 Helicopters, 3 Water Tenders, 13 Engines

Things are slowing down as the temperature drops and the moisture rises. Yesterday afternoon and evening rain showers brought about .8 inches of precipitation to the fire area.

Today hand crews and engines will be used to secure the fire edge that has backed to Johnson Creek Road. Ground resources will continue to assess and protect resources along Johnson Creek and will continue to assess areas where contingency lines may be utilized.

There will be a Community Meeting at 1:00 pm, Sunday September 27, at the Yellow Pine Community Hall, in Yellow Pine. This meeting is to introduce the community to the new team and to bring the community up to date on what has been taking place on the fire since Nevada Team 3 took over management of the fire. All are welcome to come.

Today’s Objectives: Limit fire spread to the West and North toward the Johnson Creek corridor and the town of Yellow Pine, to reduce impacts to values at risk, large fire growth and a long duration fire event.

Weather: Cooler temperatures and more precipitation are expected for the next few days. Fire behavior is expected to be moderate as a result.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities and it will be posted later today. The new closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

No new map.

InciWeb:

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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 25, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is still estimated at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Friday and Saturday will bring cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and a chance of rain showers across the Payette National Forest. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive day. Temperatures will begin to climb back up Sunday and that will allow fuels to dry back out. Fire spread and activity may increase as the fire area dries out but overall fire activity will be low due to time of season, cooler temperatures and length of daylight.

Although rain is expected over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground as needed. Crews continue structure protection on 4 bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area.

An area closure remains in effect for the Porphyry Fire. Agency administrators urge South Fork boaters to move quickly through the section impacted by the fire, and for hunters to remain away from the closure area. There are no current threats to structures, but Golden Hand Mine is in the current path of the fire. The closure area will be re-evaluated after the weekend.

This will be the last report until Monday, September 28, 2020

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire Could Impact Middle Fork Zone Elk Hunters
By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 11, 2020
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Trap Fire

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The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Middle Fork RD of the Salmon-Challis NF, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Continued cooler temperatures, cloud cover and higher humidity has given firefighters time to complete containment line along the north and eastern portions of the fire. Crews continue to monitor fire activity on the south and western perimeter of the fire.

Hazard tree mitigation along highway 21 has ended, and the highway is now fully open. However; the public is still encouraged to drive slowly due to smokey conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

InciWeb:

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Woodhead Fire

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9/26/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

Yesterday on the Woodhead Fire, cool, cloudy, humid weather kept fire behavior very minimal through the day followed by a ½” of rain overnight. Despite last night’s rain, large trees remain very dry and will need more moisture before they are resistant to burning. An area of high pressure will arrive at the start of next week bringing warm, dry weather but no strong winds.

The northern tip of the fire has strong firelines along the fire perimeter allowing fire managers to concentrate work on the eastern and northwestern sides of the fire. On the northwestern edge near Dukes Creek, a crew and a bulldozer built fireline directly along the fire perimeter, and they will continue today. On portions of the eastern edge of the fire, fireline exists short distances from the main fire perimeter. In the remainder, firefighters have been building fireline right next to the main fire’s edge. With cooperative weather and minimal fire behavior they will continue this work today.

All the good work along the fire perimeter isn’t reflected in the map which shows long sections of uncontained fire because fire managers must meet a high standard before they can label sections of the fire perimeter as contained. Many sections along the 128-mile fire perimeter are very close to meeting that standard.

Chipping occurred yesterday and will continue today to mulch limbs and other cut vegetation along firelines. On the southern portion of the fire near Highway 71, heavy equipment will begin repairing fireline where it is no longer needed.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is open for all through traffic, but the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect, and will be revised by October 1st. Road blocks are on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road. The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety. Descriptions and maps of the closures are available at InciWeb.

InciWeb:

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Badger Fire

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9.26.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Existing containment lines held well through another windy day yesterday, with crews patrolling and mopping up throughout the fire perimeter. In the area east of Magic Mountain, crews performed successful firing operations off dozer line to combat the active edge of the fire.

Another windy day is expected, making patrol and mop-up a continued emphasis. On the more active edge of the fire east of the Magic Mountain area, crews will hold secured line following yesterday’s firing operations. The road crew will continue working on snagging and prepare to start rehabilitating dozer line within the fire perimeter.

Weather: As the cold front continues to move through the area, winds of 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph are expected. Cooler daytime temperatures and cloud cover will continue to improve relative humidity recoveries, keeping them above 40%.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Hunting: Muzzleloader and rifle season for antelope begins in Game Management Unit 54 today, much of which is in the fire closure area. Hunting is not permitted within the closure area, above. Those who wish are being offered the opportunity to exchange or rain check their tags by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. For more information, call the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter

InciWeb:

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NIFC

September 26, 2020

Initial attack activity was light across the country yesterday. Seventy-four large fires have burned 3.7 million acres in 10 states. Wildland firefighters in Northern California prepare for predicted strong winds today. Other states received some rain yesterday, helping firefighters make progress toward containment goals.

Idaho Fires: 15 Acres: 245,061 New: 0 Contained 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,452 60 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 3,019 5 5 miles east of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Bernard
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,375 74 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck
Boise National Forest USFS 19,474 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,143 0
Grouse
Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 miles north/northeast of Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Leggit
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 5 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Porphyry
Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 208-634-0820
Shissler
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 10,680 20 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Sponge
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 610 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Trap
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 2,285 41 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-774-3000
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 119 0
West Branch
113 20 9 miles west of Coolin 208-557-4013
Woodhead
Payette National Forest USFS 95,985 47 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID 208-207-7417

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Fire Reports Sept 25, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 25, 2020

Sunday, 9/27 fire meeting scheduled 1pm with the new IC for the Buck Fire at the Fire Hall.

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

YP received 0.02″ of rain on Thursday, Sept 24th. Forecast for more rain on Friday (today – light rain falling at 2pm.)

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Open Sept 20th. Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.

Johnson Creek report 9/24: slow going, lots of fire traffic, Idaho Power trucks. Smoky in the fire area, better air in Cascade.

Lick Creek road is open.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

So far the Elk Summit route has not been compromised by the Porphyry Fire, but not recommended.

Porphyry Fire is in the upper Smith Creek road area (Coin Creek.)

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Smoke is local today
9/25 1030am

DEQ Valley County – Burn Ban Lifted

* DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please think about postponing your burn if possible.

* Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, and emergency services have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

* Burning activities are not being prohibited by DEQ but we encourage you to contact your local fire district for information on all open burning activities.
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Fire Abatement:

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Fire Reports:

Note: 9/24 eye witness report on the Buck Fire: Smoky in the fire area, logs smoldering, very little flame visible. The fire is down along the power line corridor for about 2 miles.

Buck Fire

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9-25-2020 Buck Fire Update

Start Date: August 26
Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 miles NE of Cascade, Idaho
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 19466
Contained: 33%
Personnel: 147
Resources: 3 crews, 3 helicopters, 3 water tenders and 13 engines

A small amount of moisture fell on the fire yesterday cooling things down a little. There was moderate fire behavior with little growth.

Several dispersed camping and developed campgrounds in or near the closure area in the Cascade Ranger District are closed. These include, but may not be limited to:

* Yellow Pine Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T19 N, R8 E Section 29.

* The Golden Gate Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T19 N, R8 E Section 33.

* The Ice Hole Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T18 N, R8 E Section 20. Please call ahead if planning on camping, hiking or hunting near the closure.

The fire has not reached Hanson Creek, which is the “Ready” point for evacuation notifications in the town of Yellow Pine. However, as additional protection and preparedness, supplemental fire managers continue to develop contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine. Crews will continue constructing a contingency line on Forest Service land from the gravel pit to Stibnite road. This line will aid firefighters in keeping the fire from spreading into Yellow Pine in the event that the fire moves into the area.

Today’s Objectives: Crews will continue to secure the fire edge that has backed down to Johnson Creek Road. They will continue to protect dwellings along Johnson Creek and to assess areas where contingency lines can be utilized. Great Basin Team 3 took over management of the fire yesterday. This is a normal rotation cycle and is not a result of fire activity. Local crews and engines on the ground will remain the same.

Weather: Cooler temperatures and more precipitation are expected for the next few days. There could be as much as ½ inch of precipitation within the next 24 hours. Fire behavior is expected to be moderate as a result.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities and it will be posted later today. The new closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

Current as of 9/25/2020, 11:23:25 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 26th, 2020 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 30 miles NE of Cascade, ID
Incident Commander ANDY BERTELSON NV-BMD
Incident Description Minimal Backing Creeping
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 147
Size 19,466 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 33%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect. Johnson Creek Road is open.
Weather Concerns 72 Hours: A forecasted warming and drying trend are expected to make fuels more receptive to active fire spread. Expected fire spread to the southwest and west in the Burnt Log Creek drainage and Johnson Creek drainage.

9-25-2020 Buck Fire – IR Topo map

9-25-2020 Buck Fire – Closure area sign

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Porphyry Fire

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(no update yet for 9/25)

Porphyry Fire Update September 24, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is now at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Thursday and Friday will bring cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and a chance of rain showers across the Payette National Forest. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive day. Temperatures will being to climb back up this weekend and that will allow fuels to dry back out. Although rain was received over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground as needed. Crews continue structure protection on 4 bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area.

An area closure remains in effect for the Porphyry Fire. Agency administrators urge South Fork boaters to move quickly through the section impacted by the fire, and for hunters to remain away from the closure area. There are no current threats to structures, but Golden Hand Mine is in the current path of the fire.

Current as of 9/24/2020, 9:50:06 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Natural – Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday August 25th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Location Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, McCall Ranger District. 20 miles North of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Incident Commander Josh Erickson
Incident Description Wildfire – Located In The Porphyry Creek Drainage, In The Frank Church Wilderness Of No Return. Point Protection Strategy Is Being Used Due To Lack Of Safe Access For Firefighters.
Coordinates 45.248 latitude, -115.438 longitude
Total Personnel 31
Size 14,486 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire activity is moderate with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Porphyry Fire IR Map 9/24/2020

InciWeb:

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Porphyry Fire Could Impact Middle Fork Zone Elk Hunters
By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 11, 2020
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Trap Fire

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Trap Fire Update September 25, 2020

The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Middle Fork RD of the Salmon-Challis NF, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Continued cooler temperatures, cloud cover and higher humidity has given firefighters time to complete containment line along the north and eastern portions of the fire. Crews continue to monitor fire activity on the south and western perimeter of the fire.

Hazard tree mitigation along highway 21 has ended, and the highway is now fully open. However; the public is still encouraged to drive slowly due to smokey conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

CLOSURES – A forest area closure is in effect for the area around the fire and was expanded on September 19th to include Valley Creek Road (see map). The purpose of this order is to protect the public and fire fighters during wildfire activity suppression activities. This includes all roads, trails, campgrounds, and hunting units within the closure.

Total acreage: 2,285
Percent Containment: 41%
Personnel on Incident: 125

LEGGIT FIRE: The Leggit Fire is located in the Sawtooth Wilderness 5 miles east of Atlanta (see map). The 820 acre fire is currently being monitored.

Know before you go. All Forest visitors are reminded to check with their local forest districts concerning forest closures and restrictions. For further inquiries about the Trap Creek Fire and adjacent areas, please call the Stanley Ranger Station 208-774-3000

Current as of 9/25/2020, 8:15:42 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Monday September 14th, 2020 approx. 12:45 PM
Location 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho
Incident Commander Sierra Front Type III IMT/Stephenson
Coordinates 44.312 latitude, -115.1 longitude
Total Personnel 125
Size 2,285 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 41%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved Lodgepole Pine with grass understory
Significant Events Minimal fire behavior. The fire is creeping with single tree torching.
Weather Concerns Cloudy conditions should moderate fire behavior. Two Pacific disturbances will rotate through the region tonight and Saturday night resulting in wetting rains in some areas. Strong gusty winds will also accompany the disturbances each day.

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Woodhead Fire

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9/25/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

Some fire activity on the Woodhead Fire continued into the morning yesterday until daytime relative humidity increased dramatically and decreased fire behavior. This change in weather allowed resources to continue strengthening firelines directly along and a short distance from the main fire perimeter. There are over 120 miles of fire perimeter with firelines along or adjacent to nearly all of it. Where fireline has been constructed a short distance from the fire edge firefighters remain prepared to engage the fire if it approaches the line.

Today, firefighters will continue building fireline directly along the main fire near Dukes Creek. Isolated places have seen limited fire growth shown in the fire progression map. Firefighters will concentrate work in these areas aided by cloudy and humid weather today. During recent days, helicopter pilots have delivered well over 150,000 gallons of water each day, but should get a break today so that they can be ready if fire behavior increases in the future. Along many sections of the fireline, chippers will begin mulching limbs and other cut vegetation. Assessments and planning will continue on the southern portion of the fire for future repair work on firelines constructed by bulldozers on the early days of the fire.

The Council-Cuprum Road is open for all through traffic, but the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect. State endowment lands west of Council are closed as well. Road blocks are on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road.

Area closures are being constantly evaluated by land managers. Great Basin Team #4 is working with the Payette National Forest, Boise District BLM, Idaho Department of Lands, and the Adams and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices. The Payette National Forest closure will be reduced in size on or before October 1st.

CLOSURES – The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. And the Payette National Forest’s full closure description and map are available at InciWeb. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety.

MAPS – Daily maps are posted at InciWeb.

Current as of 9/24/2020, 5:09:13 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID
Incident Commander Great Basin Team #4, Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 369
Size 95,093 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 45%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 07th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Valley bottom dominated by short grass and brush, with sagebrush and pockets of mountain mahogany. The upper elevations and side drainages are dominated by pine and fire with grass and brush in understory, especially on the cooler north slopes.
Significant Events Fire behavior was kept to moderate levels due to suppression efforts and heavy helicopter use despite poor overnight relative humidity recovery. Frontal moisture arrived over the fire area, some areas received a light sprinkle but not a wetting rain. RH rose rapidly as the day progressed into the upper 60s. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting as mechanism of fire spread.
Weather Concerns A cold front passed through mid-morning resulting in increased humidity and light rain. Cool and humid conditions continue for Friday with a chance of light rain in the afternoon/evening. Winds will be breezy from the south and southwest. Saturday is a transition day with clouds and precipitation clearing Saturday night. A warming and drying trend develops with wind remaining very light as high pressure dominates.

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Crews dump over 150,000 gallons of water daily on large W. Idaho fire
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Badger Fire

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9.25.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday’s passage of a cold front saw increased fire activity, but existing containment lines held well. Crews continued to patrol and mop-up along the existing line throughout the day in all areas of the fire. Terrain alignment with wind gusts saw increased fire activity in the area east of Pike Mountain. Crews worked hard to stay on top of hot spots with the help of aerial support. Twin Falls County Sherriff advised residents of cabins in the Magic Mountain area to leave as a precaution.

In light of similar weather conditions today, crews will continue to patrol and mop-up along current lines, as well as working on putting in new line in the southwest quadrant of the fire. The road crew will be transitioning into repair work, rehabbing dozer line within the fire perimeter.

Weather: A second cold front is moving in today and will impact local weather through Saturday. Westerly winds are expected to increase to 15-20 mph, with gusts around 30 mph at high elevation. Cooler temperatures and cloud cover, leading to improved relative humidity recovery overnight, will likely help to keep relative humidities above 25% throughout the day.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Hunting: Muzzleloader and rifle season for antelope begins in Game Management Unit 54 today, much of which is in the fire closure area. Hunting is not permitted within the closure area, above. Those who wish are being offered the opportunity to exchange or rain check their tags by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

9.25.2020 PIO Map

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NIFC

September 25, 2020

Nationally, 74 large fires have burned 3.7 million acres. To date, 44,174 wildfires have burned 7.1 million acres in the United States. This is about one million more acres burned than the 10-year average. Favorable weather conditions helped firefighters contain five large fires yesterday in Arizona, California, South Dakota, and Washington.

Idaho Fires: 15 Acres: 244,098 New: 1 Contained 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,389 61 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 3,019 5 5 miles east of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Bernard
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,375 74 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck
Boise National Forest USFS 19,466 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,143 0
Grouse
Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 miles north/northeast of Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Leggit
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 5 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Porphyry
Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 208-634-0820
Shissler
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 10,680 20 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Sponge
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 610 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Trap
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 2,285 41 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-774-3000
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 119 0
* West Branch
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 113 20 9 miles west of Coolin 208-557-4013
Woodhead
Payette National Forest USFS 95,093 45 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID 208-207-7417

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Fire Reports Sept 24, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 24, 2020

Power outage 9/24 from 1207pm to 303pm.

9/24 fire meeting scheduled 1pm with new IC.

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

YP has received 0.01″ of rain by 930am 9/24, light showers fell early afternoon. Forecast for more rain on Friday.

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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek report 9/24: slow going, lots of fire traffic, Idaho Power trucks. Smoky in the fire area, better air in Cascade.

Johnson Creek Road Open Sept 20th. Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.

Lick Creek road is open.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

So far the Elk Summit route has not been compromised by the Porphyry Fire, but not recommended.

Porphyry Fire is in the upper Smith Creek road area (Coin Creek.)

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Smoke is local today (better air in Cascade)
Map 9/24 1130am

DEQ Valley County – Burn Ban Lifted

* DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please think about postponing your burn if possible.

* Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, and emergency services have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

* Burning activities are not being prohibited by DEQ but we encourage you to contact your local fire district for information on all open burning activities.
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Fire Abatement:

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Note: 9/24 eye witness report: Smoky in the fire area, logs smoldering, very little flame visible. The fire has burned down to the power line corridor for about 2 miles.

Buck Fire

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Buck Fire Update – September 24, 2020

* 19,301 acres
* 33 percent contained
* Location: 7 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 miles ne Cascade, Idaho
* Start Date: August 26
* Cause: Lightning

Yesterday there was moderate fire behavior on the Buck Fire with no significant growth. There is minimal activity on the North, East, and South ends of the fire. The only activity was in the SW corner with backing into the Burnt Log Creek at a moderate pace. The fire hasn’t progressed to the north towards Yellow Pine since 9/16. Resources are continuing to prep contingencies lines to the north of Riordan Creek and monitor fire behavior on the Johnson Creek corridor.

Several dispersed camping and developed campgrounds in or near the closure area in the Cascade Ranger District are closed. These include, but may not be limited to:

* Yellow Pine Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T19 N, R8 E Section 29.
* The Golden Gate Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T19 N, R8 E Section 33.
* The Ice Hole Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T18 N, R8 E Section 20.

Please call ahead if planning on camping, hiking or hunting near the closure.

The fire has not reached Hanson Creek, which is the “Ready” point for evacuation notifications in the town of Yellow Pine. However, as additional protection and preparedness, supplemental fire managers continue to develop contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine. Crews will continue constructing a contingency line on Forest Service land from the gravel pit to Stibnite road. This line will aid firefighters in keeping the fire from spreading into Yellow Pine in the event that the fire moves into the area.

Today’s Objectives: Crews will continue to secure the fire edge that has backed down to Johnson Creek Road. They will continue to protect dwellings along Johnson Creek and to assess areas where contingency lines can be utilized. Great Basin Team 3 took over management of the fire yesterday. This is a normal rotation cycle and is not a result of fire activity. Local crews and engines on the ground will remain the same.

Weather: Showers likely. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. West wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight a 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities and it will be posted later today. The new closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

Personnel and resources: 136 people are assigned to the fire, 14 engines, 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

Current as of 9/23/2020, 2:16:59 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 26th, 2020 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 30 miles NE of Cascade, ID
Incident Commander Sean Whalen- Bureau of Land Management NV
Incident Description Moderate Backing Single Tree Torching
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 136
Size 19,301 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 33%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect. Johnson Creek Road is open.

9-18-2020 Buck Fire map – action points

9-23-2020 Buck Fire – hose lay along road

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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 24, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is now at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Thursday and Friday will bring cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and a chance of rain showers across the Payette National Forest. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive day. Temperatures will being to climb back up this weekend and that will allow fuels to dry back out. Although rain was received over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground as needed. Crews continue structure protection on 4 bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area.

An area closure remains in effect for the Porphyry Fire. Agency administrators urge South Fork boaters to move quickly through the section impacted by the fire, and for hunters to remain away from the closure area. There are no current threats to structures, but Golden Hand Mine is in the current path of the fire.

Current as of 9/24/2020, 9:50:06 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Natural – Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday August 25th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Location Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, McCall Ranger District. 20 miles North of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Incident Commander Josh Erickson
Incident Description Wildfire – Located In The Porphyry Creek Drainage, In The Frank Church Wilderness Of No Return. Point Protection Strategy Is Being Used Due To Lack Of Safe Access For Firefighters.
Coordinates 45.248 latitude, -115.438 longitude
Total Personnel 31
Size 14,486 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire activity is moderate with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Porphyry Fire IR Map 9/24/2020

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Porphyry Fire Could Impact Middle Fork Zone Elk Hunters
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Trap Fire

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Trap Fire Update September 24, 2020

The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Middle Fork RD of the Salmon-Challis NF, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Over the weekend, a cold front brought rains that reduced fire activity allowing fire fighters to increase the amount of containment line on the north and eastern portions of the fire. Gusty winds, ahead of incoming storm front, will likely cause single tree torching and creeping of fire within the existing fire perimeter today.

Hazard tree mitigation along highway 21 has ended, and the highway is now fully open. However; the public is still encouraged to drive slowly due to smokey conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

CLOSURES – A forest area closure is in effect for the area around the fire and was expanded on September 19th to include Valley Creek Road (see map). The purpose of this order is to protect the public and fire fighters during wildfire activity suppression activities. This includes all roads, trails, campgrounds, and hunting units within the closure.

Current as of 9/24/2020, 6:28:48 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Monday September 14th, 2020 approx. 12:45 PM
Location 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho
Incident Commander Sierra Front Type III IMT/Stephenson
Coordinates 44.312 latitude, -115.1 longitude
Total Personnel 128
Size 2,285 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 41%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved Lodgepole Pine with grass understory
Significant Events Minimal fire behavior. The fire is creeping with single tree torching.

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Woodhead Fire

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Woodhead Fire Morning Update 9/24

On Tuesday on the Woodhead Fire small burnouts in Ditch Creek and upper Olive Creek were used to remove vegetation along the fireline in preparation for yesterday’s stronger winds which increased fire behavior mostly on the northern and eastern parts of the fire. Firefighters spent the day holding the main fire within firelines they had built both adjacent to and a short distance from the main fire. Taking advantage of good visibility, helicopters supported this work by dropping over 150,000 gallons of water on the fire as directed by firefighters on the ground.

Weather today and over the next five days should put a damper on fire activity with cloudy skies, cooler temperatures, calmer winds, and higher relative humidity. Today firefighters will continue focusing on holding the fire within their firelines. They will build more fireline directly along the fire perimeter on the western edge of the fire near Duke Creek. In areas near Highway 71 on the southern portion of the fire with minimal fire activity where it has been contained, they will be planning work to repair fireline constructed with bulldozers.

Yesterday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office opened the Council-Cuprum Road to through traffic. As a reminder the State endowment lands west of Council are closed, and the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect. Road blocks remain on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road.

Area closures are being constantly evaluated by land managers. Great Basin Team #4 is working with the Payette National Forest, Boise District BLM, Idaho Department of Lands, and the Adams and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices. The closures will be reduced as soon as it is safe for firefighters and the public.

CLOSURES – The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. And the Payette National Forest’s full closure description and map are available at InciWeb. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety.

MAPS – Daily maps are posted at InciWeb.

Current as of 9/24/2020, 11:05:51 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID
Incident Commander Great Basin Team #4, Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 375
Size 95,093 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 45%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 07th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Valley bottom dominated by short grass and brush, with sagebrush and pockets of mountain mahogany. The upper elevations and side drainages are dominated by pine and fire with grass and brush in understory, especially on the cooler north slopes.
Significant Events Fire behavior was kept to moderate levels due to suppression efforts and heavy helicopter use despite only moderate relative humidity recovery to the low 40s. Winds started to develop in the early afternoon which caused some short to medium range spotting. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting as mechanisms of fire spread.

9.23 Woodhead Fire Progression Map

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Grouse Fire

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Current as of 9/24/2020, 12:33:08 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause The Fire Is Still Under Investigation And The Cause Is Not Yet Known.
Date of Origin Sunday September 06th, 2020 approx. 11:15 PM
Location 35 Miles NNE OF Glenns Ferry, ID
Incident Commander R ERNE ID-BOF
Incident Description Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering, Backing
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 68
Size 3,980 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

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Badger Fire

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9.24.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday afternoon, Governor Brad Little and several other Idaho state officials, along with representatives of the Army and National Guard, visited the Oakley Helibase for a presentation on the Badger Fire and an aerial tour with Incident Commander Sam Hicks.

On the fire, crews continued to work on putting in line along the eastern and western flanks of the fire. Crews finished initial line in the Fuller Flat area and are now focusing on holding and improving. Crews began putting in line east of Trail Canyon where aerial observations showed hot spots within the fire footprint.

Because of the increased fire activity that is expected with the cold front passage, there will be an extra emphasis on patrolling and improving existing line today. Crews will also continue to work on extending areas of completed line. The road crews will focus on removing dangerous snags from campgrounds within the fire perimeter.

Weather: A cold front is moving in today and will impact local weather through Saturday. Westerly winds are expected to increase to 15-20 mph, with gusts around 30 mph. Cooler temperatures and cloud cover should assist in relative humidity recoveries in the coming days.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

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Badger Fire in Game Management Unit 54 impacts big game hunts
By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
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NIFC

September 24, 2020

Seventy-seven large fires have burned 3.7 million acres across the western states. Three new large fires were reported in Montana. Large fires in California and Wyoming continue to burn actively, some of them burning thousands of additional acres yesterday.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 241,633 New: 0 Contained 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,276 49 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 2,992 0 5 miles east of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Bernard
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,425 75 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck
Boise National Forest USFS 19,301 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 800 0
Grouse
Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 Miles northeast of Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Leggit
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 0 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Porphyry
Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Shissler
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 11,000 15 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Sponge
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 325 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Trap
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 2,285 41 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-774-3000
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 116 0
Woodhead
Payette National Forest USFS 93,307 45 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID 208-207-7417

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