Fire Reports Sept 13, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 13, 2020

Johnson Creek road is open, the side roads and trails are closed. The truck blocking the road on Saturday was moved and road open by 4pm. South Fork road is closed weekdays.

Very bad smoke in Yellow Pine today, very hazardous air quality.
Air Quality Alert link:

Sept 13 Smoke 2pm

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Buck Fire

Buck Fire Update – September 13, 2020

6,668 acres
6 percent contained
Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Start: August 26
Cause: Lightning

Despite the smoke inversion the Buck Fire continued to have some active growth yesterday primarily south over the ridge into Burnt Log Creek. The fire continued creeping in dead and down sub alpine fir with short range spotting ahead of the fire into the 2007 Cascade Complex. With decreased visibility aircraft was not able to fly. Fire managers are developing a range of contingency plans should the fire progress beyond the Buck and Trapper Creek drainages.

Today’s Objectives: Once the inversion lifts or opens up, use helicopters to keep the fire in check above the Trapper Creek Ridge to prevent spread further north into Trapper Creek. Fire crews continue to assess and protect resources along Trapper Creek. They are positioned to implement point protection strategies and opportunities to directly attack the fire when it is safe to do so. Significant safety concerns remains to fire personnel because of dense snag stands, inaccessible terrain, and lack of safety zones for personnel.

Weather: The warm and drying trend is expected to continue into next week. The area is experiencing cold nighttime temperatures and warming to mid-70s, low 80s in the afternoon. Relative humidity will be around 9-14 percent. Southwest winds are expected to bring up to, 14 mph gusts in the afternoon.

Closures: A temporary area closure is in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities through Oct. 1, unless rescinded earlier. NFS roads 447, 414, 414A, 414A1, 414B, 414C, 448, 448C, 440, 440A, 451, 416W and NFS trails 089, 088, 075, 090, 081, 087, 097 and 297 are closed.

Personnel and resources: 97 people are assigned to the fire. Seven engines, three crews and two helicopters.

Forest patrols are working extended shifts to extinguish abandoned campfires. Abandoned campfires left over from the weekend continue to be an issue. All Forest visitors are reminded to completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

Its archery season in southwest Idaho. For Public safety, hunters and all visitors are encourage to let someone know where they are going and to sign in at trailheads.

Current as of 9/13/2020, 11:14:55 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 Sean Whalen- Bureau of Land Management NV
Incident Description Active Backing Flanking Short-range Spotting
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 97
Size 6,668 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 6%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 26th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect

8-30-2020 Buck Fire Recreation Area Closure (link)

9-1-2020 Buck Fire – Revised closure map

9-13-2020 Buck Fire opps and topo map

9-12-2020 Buck Fire Landscape photo


Satellite Heat Map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

The Porphyry fire will continue to have hot and dry conditions through the weekend. With elevated temperature and wind you can expect to have some fire growth. Firefighters have been flown out due to fire activity and safety. The fire is across the north fork of Porphyry ridge and is established at the top of Porphyry draining and Mosquito ridge. The fire is established in the north Fork of Wolf Fang creek, the west Fork of Beaver Creek and it has spotted into Boulder Creek. The fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground resources when safe.

Current as of 9/13/2020, 8:23:06 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 10
Size 7,200 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire is active with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Planned Actions Continue to monitor growth and areas of impact, reconnaissance flights and Infrared mapping. Conduct structure protection at Golden Hand, Wardenhoff mines and Porphyry bridge as necessary.

Projected Incident Activity The fire is continuing to spread in all directions. An additional 1000 acres of growth is a potential over the next 48 hours.

Closures — Porphyry (link)

Porphyry Closure Map



Satellite Heat Map (link)
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Grouse Fire

Grouse Fire Update – September 13th, 2020

0 percent contained
Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho
Start: Sept. 6
Cause: Under investigation

Crews are holding the fire east of National Forest System road 166, and have completed and/or improved line along the Northwest and Northeast edges of the fire. Firefighters will continue to secure the line and mop up in these areas. Additional resources will move down the western flank of the fire, building indirect line and going direct where safe to do so. A firefighter was injured yesterday, and the emergency response was immediate and efficient. The individual was quickly transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

A joint area closure of National Forest System Lands between the Boise and Sawtooth National Forests was put in place for public safety. Forest System road 227 and Forest Highway 61 (Pine/Featherville Highway) remain open and the closure does not apply to private land adjacent to these roads. Visitors are reminded that Sawtooth National Forest Campgrounds Abbot, Chaparral, Bird Creek, Shake Creek, Baumgartner and all dispersed sites are closed. Boise National Forest Elks Flat Campground remains open at this time.

Today’s Objectives: Firefighters assisted by heavy equipment will focus on constructing line farther down the western flank of the fire and scout possibilities for additional fire control lines. Firefighters will continue to hold and secure fireline and mop up in the northwest area of the fire.

Weather: Temperatures will steadily increase throughout the week, while RH values drop. Smoke from fires in western Idaho, Oregon, and California may affect firefighting efforts and visibility in the area.

Closures: For public health and safety, a multi-forest closure is in place for the entire fire area. The Incident Commander and all firefighting personnel appreciate the public’s cooperation in staying out of the forest closure area and the Incident Command Post. Public entry into the closures only hampers firefighting efforts, and can be a safety hazard for fire personnel and the public.

Personnel and resources: 261 people are assigned to the fire. Six 20 person crews, 10 engines, 1 Air Attack, 3 helicopters, 5 bulldozers, and 4 water tender.

For public safety: All Forest visitors are reminded to let someone know where they are going in case of emergency and please sign in at trailheads.

Forest patrols are still finding abandoned campfires. All Forest visitors are reminded to douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

Current as of 9/13/2020, 12:12:10 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
Incident Commander R ERNE ID-BOF
Incident Description Moderate, Flanking Backing
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 261
Size 3,367 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

Closures — Grouse Fire (link)

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map

9-12-2020 Landscape shot of fire at night


Satellite Heat Map (link)
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Woodhead Fire

Woodhead Fire Morning Update

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Fire activity was moderate on the Woodhead Fire on Saturday due to a stable weather pattern. Weather conditions are expected to change with a low pressure system approaching from the west. Winds are expected to increase to 10 mph with gust up to 25 mph. This system will continue to bring in smoke from Oregon and California fires, causing smoke levels to deteriorate to unhealthy levels for all people. If you are in a smoke sensitive group, avoid outside activities after noon. Go to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality site (link), for more information on health issues and wildland fire smoke.

Firefighters continue to make good progress containing the perimeter, securing private property, and reinforcing firelines. Highway 71 has reopened to residents only, and evacuations are lifted for the highway corridor. All arterial roads remain closed, and Highway 71 is still closed to the public from Hansen Lane to the Oregon state line. Residents should expect delays along the Highway, with some fire activity, rolling rocks, and firefighters and firefighting equipment near the highway. Please use caution, go slow, and travel with lights on.

EVACUATIONS – Evacuations are in place for Seid Creek, East Pine/Pine Estates, Advent Gulch, upper Rush Creek, and Cow Creek. Residents may be escorted in to care for animals; contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 208.414.2121. Evacuees should contact the American Red Cross at 800.853.2570 for shelter and assistance.

CLOSURES – The Payette National Forest has issued an area closure for the safety of firefighters and the public.

WEEKEND REMINDER – Check InciWeb for the latest updates to evacuations and closures before leaving cell service. Respect fire restrictions in your area. Call 1-844-ID-FIRES (1-844-433-4737) or visit (link) to check restrictions in Idaho.

Current as of 9/13/2020, 9:54:31 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, Incident Commander Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 303
Size 41,850 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 22%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 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 Heavy smoke inversion kept fire behavior to a minimum until early afternoon. Moderate fire behavior developed after the inversion broke with an increase in surface spread. Fire was mainly limited to surface fire spreading with occasional tree torch..

Resources assigned include 6 crews, 4 helicopters, 17 engines,2 water tenders and 2 dozers.

An area closure is in effect on the Payette National Forest.

A portion of Highway 71 is now open to local residents. The road closure location has been moved up to the intersection with Advent Gulch. Arterial roads remain closed.

Residences along the Highway corridor may return to their homes. All other evacuations remain in place.

9/10/20 Woodhead Fire Closure Order, Payette NF (link)

9/13/2020 Public Information Map (link) pdf file

Fire activity Woodhead fire night shift


Satellite Heat Map (link)
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September 13, 2020

Large fire activity continues across several western states where 94 large fires have burned 4.6 million acres. More than 30,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to incidents across the country. Evacuation orders remain in effect for communities near 36 large fires in the West.

Idaho Fires: 10 Acres: 69,226 New: 0 Contained: 1
Beaver Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 1,382 0 7 miles southeast of Powell Junction 208-553-1674
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 642 0 2 miles west of Lakeview 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest FS 6,668 6 30 miles northeast of Cascade 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 200 0 33 miles west of Hamilton
Grouse Boise National Forest FS 3,367 0 35 miles northeast of Glenns Ferry 208-373-4105
Marion Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 308 0 5 miles south of Powell Junction 208-702-2389
Porphyry Payette National Forest FS 7,200 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 3,757 23 12 miles southeast of Elk City 208-553-1674
Sunnyside Complex Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 3,628 45 2 miles west of Orofino 208-254-2099
Warm Springs Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 106 0 15 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Woodhead Payette National Forest FS 42,074 22 20 miles west of Council 208-634-0820
Hunter 2 Pend Oreille Area Office, Dept of Lands ST 740 100 5 miles south of Powell Junction