Fire Reports Sept 14, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 14, 2020

There will be a Buck Fire update meeting in Yellow Pine on Tuesday, Sept 15th at 6pm in the Community Hall with the Incident Management Team.

Johnson Creek road is still open, it’s the side roads and trails that are closed. South Fork road is closed during the week for construction.

We are still under an Air Quality Alert (link)

Smoke Monday Sept 14th at 230pm

Local Photos

Buck Fire picture taken from Johnson creek road 14 miles from Yellow pine at 10:14 pm. Sunday night Sept 13th.

photo courtesy Ray Lutz

Ash Fall in Yellow Pine Monday, Sept 14th

photo courtesy Doug Christison
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Buck Fire

Buck Fire Update – September 14, 2020

12,049 acres
6 percent contained
Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Start: August 26
Cause: Lightning

The Buck Fire burned actively under the smoky skies and became significantly more active once the inversion lifted late yesterday afternoon. Most growth occurred to the north and through the old Cascade Complex scar toward Riordan Lake. Aircraft were used for water drops to cool the western edge and ridges above the Johnson Creek corridor. Fire managers have plans and protection measures in place around the structures nearest to the fire and other contingency plans in the event the fire were to progress beyond the Trapper Creek, Buck Creek and Bear Creek drainages. With recent fire activity, the Incident Management Team will be hosting a community meeting in Yellow Pine, Tuesday evening, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Yellow Pine Community Center.

Today’s Objectives: If available, 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 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 11-16 percent. South winds are expected to bring up to, 21 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.

Personnel and resources: 101 people are assigned to the fire. Seven engines, two crews and two helicopters.

Forest patrols are continue to extinguish abandoned campfires. 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 9/14/2020, 10:33:37 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)

9-13-2020 Buck Fire opps and topo map


Satellite Heat Map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

9,570 Acres
0% contained

The Porphyry fire will continue to have hot, dry and windy conditions today through Tuesday. With elevated temperatures and winds you can expect to have some fire growth. The fire is across the north fork of Porphyry ridge and is established at the top of Porphyry draining and Mosquito ridge. The fire continues to burn in the north Fork of Wolf Fang creek, the west Fork of Beaver Creek, Coin Creek, Hand Creek and it has spotted into Boulder Creek. Fire resources are implementing structure protection on the Werdenhoff mine in Smith Creek Drainage and collecting information for future suppression strategies.

Current as of 9/14/2020, 12:17:01 PM
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 8
Size 9,570 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 Werdenhoff mine in Smith Creek drainage.

Porphyry Closure Update (link)

Porphyry Fire IR Map 9-13-2020 (link) pdf file


Satellite Heat Map (link)
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Mann Creek Fire Update 9/14/2020

Payette NF

Last report unless significant activity. The fire is 18 acres and 100% contained. The fire started on September 8, 2020 and the cause is still under investigation. Firefighters continued work through the weekend to secure the fire’s perimter and extiguish areas of heat. A local fire engine is headed out this morning to check the fire and insure all areas are secure. There is no closure area in effect for the Mann Creek fire.
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Grouse Fire

Grouse Fire Update – September 14th, 2020

3,686 acres
5 percent contained
Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho
Start: Sept. 6
Cause: Under investigation

Crews are continuing mop up operations on the northern edges of the fire, holding the perimeter as well as securing the line deeper into the interior. Hot shot crews are gridding around the fire to locate and extinguish spot fires, while additional resources are building indirect fireline down the western flank, going direct where safe to do so.

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: Fire resources will continue to hold and secure the perimeter of the fire, concentrating efforts in the northwestern portion. Handcrews are tasked with extinguishing spot fires, while heavy equipment and supporting resources push south along the western flank to continue building indirect line.

Weather: Temperatures will steadily increase throughout the week, while RH values drop. A chance of rain at the end of the week could bolster firefighting progress. Smoke will linger in the area from fires in western Idaho, Oregon, and California may affect firefighting efforts and visibility.

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, 11 engines, 1 Air Attack, 3 helicopters, 5 bulldozers, and 4 water tenders.

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.

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 Grouse Fire and adjacent areas, please call the Mountain Home District office at: (208) 587-7961.

The Grouse Fire started Sept. 6, 2020, about 7:30 p.m. The fire’s ignition location was along the boundary of the Boise and Sawtooth National Forests about 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho, in the area of National Forest System (NFS) roads 166 and 166e. Campers were evacuated from the area of the closure.

Current as of 9/14/2020, 12:43:14 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 Moderate, Flanking, Backing, Creeping
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 261
Size 3,686 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 5%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

9-8-2020 Grouse Fire Closure Order (link)

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map


Satellite Heat Map (link)
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Woodhead Fire

Woodhead Fire Road Closure and Evacuation Update 9/14/20 (link)

Woodhead Fire Morning Update Monday, September 14, 2020

Fire activity increased late yesterday on the Woodhead Fire when smoke lifted enough to break the inversion and provide air to the fire. The observed easterly growth was on the north side, toward Cuddy Mountain and up Cracker Jack Creek. The fire burned actively through the night. Today’s weather will be very similar, with warm temperatures and light winds. Later this week, a cold front will arrive and bring a chance for moisture.

The closure on Highway 71 has been lifted. Road guards may remain in place on each end of the fire area to caution travelers of falling rocks, equipment working adjacent to the roadway, and possible delays. Please travel slowly, look out for firefighters, and keep headlights on through the fire area.

Firefighters gained a lot of containment on the fire perimeter yesterday. Most of the western perimeter has now been contained. The fire has burned a mosaic across the landscape, leaving patches of unburned vegetation while burning intensely in other areas. Smoke and fire activity may be visible in interior, unburned areas of the fire in the coming days, and firefighters will continue to monitor all contained sections of fireline.

Aviation resources were unable to fly yesterday due to the dense smoke covering the region. In some locations, visibility was reduced to less a mile. Pervasive smoke will be present again today but may begin to break tomorrow. As it does, it allows aviation to support firefighters, but it also causes an increase in fire activity.

Team #4 is working closely with the Washington County Sheriff, Idaho, Department of Lands, Boise District Bureau of Land Management, and Payette National Forest to evaluate the potential for continued fire growth and determine the best actions to contain the fire safely. As the fire continues to grow towards the Cuddy Mountains, there are opportunities to use natural features as fire breaks.

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. The Red Cross is available at 800.853.2570 to assist evacuees.

CLOSURES – Arterial roads leading from Highway 71 between West Pine Creek and the Oregon state line are still closed. The Payette National Forest has issued an area closure for the safety of firefighters and the public.

The Woodhead fire is located on the Weiser Ranger District – northwest of Cambridge, ID. The Woodhead Fire started on September 7, 2020, north of State Highway 71 near milepost 6. A cold front bringing strong sustained winds fanned the flames and it quickly grew to approximately 26,883 acres within first 48 hours. Low visibility, high winds, and powerlines hindered aerial firefighting efforts and precluded the use of airtankers. Great Basin Team #4, Incident Commander Tim Roide, arrived took command on Thursday, September 10 to help manage the blaze. The fire has also burned onto lands managed by Boise District of the Idaho Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Idaho Department of Lands.

Current as of 9/14/2020, 10:26:12 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 294
Size 48,477 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
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 the inversion lifted at 1600. Fire was mainly limited to surface fire spreading with occasional tree torching and short range spotting.

Closures — Woodhead Fire (link)

9.14 Woodhead Progression Map (link) pdf file

9.14 Public Informatino Map (link) pdf file

Fire fighters at night


Satellite Heat Map (link)
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September 14, 2020

Firefighters and support personnel continue to work toward containment goals on 87 large fires that have burned more than 4.6 million acres in 10 states. Residents near 39 large fires in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado remain under evacuation orders.

Idaho Fires: 12 Acres: 76,869 New: 1 Contained: 0
* Badger Sawtooth National Forest FS 5,000 0 20 miles southwest of Oakley
Beaver Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 1,464 0 7 miles southeast of Powell Junction 208-553-1674
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 660 20 2 miles west of Lakeview 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest FS 8,215 6 30 miles northeast of Cascade 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 660 0 33 miles west of Hamilton
Grouse Boise National Forest FS 3,686 5 35 miles northeast of Glenns Ferry 208-373-4105
Marion Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 378 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 3,893 55 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 41,850 40 20 miles west of Council 208-207-7417