Fire Reports Sept 20, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 20, 2020

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Note: Yellow Pine received 0.17″ rain during Saturday’s Thunderstorms.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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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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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 9/20 at 3pm

DEQ Burn Ban for Valley County

Due to continued smoke impacts from regional wildfire activity, IDEQ has issued a Red Air Quality Advisory for Southwest Idaho. Moderate to heavy smoke impacts are expected to continue throughout the area. Smoke impacts may be higher in the morning and evening hours. Hourly air quality values may range from the moderate (yellow) to very unhealthy (purple).

Due to the continued degradation in air quality and potential health impacts, IDEQ has also issued an Air Quality Forecast & Caution for the area. During a Stage 1 Forecast & Caution (Air Quality), ALL OUTDOOR OPEN BURNING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED per IDAPA Specifically “there shall be no new ignition of open burning of any kind”. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Solid waste (e.g., rubbish, tree leaves, yard trimmings, and gardening waste) if no scheduled house-to-house solid waste collection service is available and the burning is conducted on the property where the waste was generated
* Tree leaves, yard trimmings, or gardening waste if allowed by local ordinance or rule and conducted on the property where the waste was generated
* Fires for the preparation of food or recreational purposes, such as campfires and barbecues
* Ceremonial fires
* Small fires set for hand-warming purposes
* Weed control along fence lines, canal banks, and ditch banks
* Crop residue disposal (agricultural burning activities)
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Fire Abatement:

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.
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Fire Meeting Sept 15

Link to recorded meeting on Sept 15th at the community hall with Buck Fire Incident Command Team (about 2 hours long.)
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Fire Reports:

Buck Fire

Buck Fire Update – September 20, 2020

• 19,139 acres
• 6 percent contained
• Location: 7 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 MILES ne Cascade, Idaho
• Start Date: August 26
• Cause: Lightning

There has been no significant growth in the fire this weekend. Yesterday intermittent rain occurred with an accumulation of approximately ¼ to ½ inch (since Friday). Temperatures were relatively cool. Fire activity was moderate due to recent precipitation over the fire and lower temperatures as well as a daily inversion. Closures remain in effect, however, Johnson Creek Road is now open. Many fire personnel will be on this road, please use caution.

There are alternate routes to Yellow Pine:

1. The Lick Creek Road, out of McCall, is open. The roadway may be rough, and it may not be an ideal route to tow a trailer. Contact Valley County for specific information on Lick Creek Road.

2. National Forest System road 474 or the South Fork Salmon River Road is undergoing construction. The week of Sept. 20, the road is closed on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open and all day on the weekends.

Fire crews continue to evaluate structure protection needs along the Johnson Creek road. Crews mopped up the powerline area and continue to monitor. Multiple engines are positioned and patrolling the area.

Fire behavior models indicate a very low probability of the fire reaching Yellow Pine within the next week. Observations of the rate of fire spread over the last several weeks correlate with the model predictions. However, as additional protection and preparedness, supplemental fire managers continue to develop contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine.

Today’s Objectives: Limit fire spread to the West and North to reduce impacts to values at risk, limit fire growth and reduce the duration of the fire event. Continue with mitigations and identify further opportunities to reduce impacts near Johnson Creek. Continue to use aircraft when possible to keep the fire in check and slow its progression.

Weather: Temperatures of 32 to 66 F. Humidity 29 to 80%. Rain is not expected. Winds blowing from the south in the morning (less than 5mph.). Southwest winds of 3 to 7 mph in the afternoon with gusts of around 12 mph. Tonight winds of around 5 mph. from the south.

Closures: Fire managers continue evaluating the need to modify area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities through Oct. 1, unless rescinded earlier.

Personnel and resources: 166 people are assigned to the fire, 14 engines, 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

Check InciWeb for Closures

Current as of 9/20/2020, 1:36:55 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 Active Flanking Spotting Group Torching
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 149
Size 19,139 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 6%
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.

Projected Incident Activity The fire area will experience temps in the lower 60s with low RH values of 29-36% (for this time of year) with winds that will be variable around 5mph in the morning and becoming southwest 3 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Due to the precipitation over the fire and current fire behavior observed on 9/19 it is anticipated that there will be moderate activity until fuels have dried out.

Weather Concerns Conditions will remain relatively cool on Sunday with dry westerly flow aloft. Then, southwest flow aloft will develop Monday leading to a warmer and drier trend with passing mid to high clouds.

9-18-2020 Buck Fire map – action points


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

Porphyry Fire Update September 19, 2020

The Porphyry Fire continues to burn in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 5 miles east of Hettinger Ranch. Twenty-one personnel are currently assigned to the fire and it is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Command Organization. The fire is now estimated at 15,000 acres and continues its growth to the east/northeast with southwest winds. Yesterday the forecasted winds developed over the fire later in the day and were accompanied by wetting rain. No significant fire growth occurred during yesterdays shift. The most significant growth has been in the drainage of the South Fork of Chamberlain Creek. Showers and thunderstorms are forecasted for todays weather over the fire area. Winds are forecasted to be out of the west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon and a high temperature of 54.

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. Fire personnel are focusing on point protection preparations.

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Current as of 9/19/2020, 8:45:27 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 21
Size 15,000 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.

Planned Actions Continue to monitor growth and areas of impact, reconnaissance flights, use of lookouts, and Infrared mapping. Implement structure protection at Golden Hand and Wardenhoff mines as needed.

Projected Incident Activity Colder weather has diminished fire activity significantly. Fire movement is expected to be creeping and smoldering with approximately 100 acres of growth across the entire fire.

Porphyry Fire IR Map 9/19/2020


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

The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The Trap Creek Fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. As of yesterday morning, Sierra Front Incident Management Team 1 with Incident Commander Scott Stephenson took over fire operations. Moisture and cooler temperatures helped moderate yesterday’s fire behavior.

Highway 21 is open, however, a pilot car is in place from mile post 116 to 119 due to limited visibility from smoke and for firefighter safety. Monday, a hazard tree mitigation project will begin along the burned sections of highway to address standing hazard tree patches that continue to pose a threat to firefighter and public safety. Be advised that intermittent closures of the highway are possible due to increase in fire behavior and the upcoming hazard tree mitigation project.

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Current as of 9/20/2020, 7:48:16 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 112
Size 2,021 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%
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, backing with single tree torching.

Trap Fire Closure Map Version 2


Satellite Heat map (link)

Trap Creek Fire

Sept 20, 2020 CBS2

The Trap Creek Fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley.

Fire officials say “Moisture and cooler temperatures helped moderate Saturday’s fire behavior.”

Highway 21 is open but fire officials want the public to be aware that intermittent closures of the highway are possible due to an increase in fire behavior.

The Trap Creek Fire is approximately 2,021 acres and twenty percent contained. There is a total of 112 personnel working on the fire.

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Grouse Fire

Grouse Fire Update – September 20th, 2020

3,980 acres
39 percent contained
Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho
Start: Sept. 6
Cause: Under investigation

After receiving significant rainfall over the fire area, operations have shifted to monitoring, mop up and suppression repair. Resources continue to be reassigned to Incidents of greater need. Repair and Rehabilitation of a burned area can last up to one year after the fire is out. The first step is to repair damage created by the suppression activities including repairing dozer lines by pulling material over the bare soil and re-seeding with native species. The second step is to stabilize soils and waterways that are in danger of producing sediment and uncharacteristic stream flows. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment will be conducted to determine the needs which are in a large part based on the severity of the burn.

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.

Today’s Objectives: Fire resources will continue to hold and secure the perimeter of the fire, mopping up and monitoring. Crews on the western edge of the fire will be engaged in preparing contingency line.

Weather: Cooler temperatures are expected for today, leading to a drying and warming trend through the remainder of the week.

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.

Personnel and resources: 125 people are assigned to the fire. Two 20 person crews, 10 engines, 1 Air Attack, 2 helicopters, 3 bulldozers, and 6 water tenders.

For public safety: Forest visitors are reminded to let someone know where they are going in case of emergency.

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.

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Current as of 9/20/2020, 8:33:09 AM
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 125
Size 3,980 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 39%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Woodhead Fire

Woodhead Fire Morning Update Sunday, September 20, 2020

Variable trace amounts of rain were recorded on the Woodhead Fire yesterday. Relative humidity stayed higher and some cloud cover passed through the area. Most notably, heavy smoke cleared out of the area, creating clean air for residents and clear visibility for aviation resources. Helicopters supported firefighters with water buckets, and fire managers were able to reconnaissance. Existing roads are being utilized as fireline, connected by fireline built either by dozers or hand crews.

Fire activity did pick up late in the day, causing smoke plumes to be visible in the vicinity. However, this smoke was mainly from heavy dead and down vegetation, such as large trees, which produced thick white smoke but caused only minimal overall fire growth.

Winds will increase again today, and a warming, drying trend will be in place throughout the week. High temperatures will remain near-normal, and relative humidity isn’t expected to drop below 30%. This will be very advantageous for firefighters. With the change in weather, tactics are changing to a more direct approach, constructing fireline directly on the fire’s edge rather than further away from the fire in an indirect approach.

Containment has been achieved on fireline on the southern portion of the fire. Evacuations have been lifted for Seid Creek, East Pine/Pine Estates, Advent Gulch, upper Rush Creek, and Cow Creek. Additionally, Washington County roads within the fire area are open, including Mill Creek and West Pine, to residents and through traffic. The burned area remains closed in addition to the existing closures described below.

EVACUATIONS – Evacuations are still in place for Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River. Residents may be escorted in to care for animals; contact the Adams County Sheriff at 208.253.4227. The Red Cross is available at 800.853.2570 to assist evacuees.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is open to residents only between Council and Mile Marker 12; it is closed beyond that. 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.

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Current as of 9/19/2020, 7:45:26 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 353
Size 91,126 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 44%
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 limited to flanking, backing and group tree torching. Overnight RH recovery was into the mid 70s which keep fire behavior overnight to a minimum. Fire spread along the east and north flanks was slowly chunking through fuel concentrations which caused group tree torching. Surface spread was kept to a minimum due to RH holding through the day in the mid 40s.

Woodhead Fire Map 9.20 (link) pdf file


Satellite Heat map (link)

Woodhead Fire growth slows; progress made on other Idaho fires
by Ariana Pyper Saturday, September 19th 2020 CBS2

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Badger Fire

9.20.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Acres: 89,090 *
Containment: 12%
Crews: 3
Helicopters: 5
Dozers: 6
Engines: 17
Personnel: 266
* Acreage based on more accurate data

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday, Bombadier “Super Scooper” airtankers obtained water from Murtaugh Lake to drop on hot spots in the fire near Magic Mountain Ski Area. Firefighters secured vacation cabins and organizational camp structures near the ski area. Feller-bunchers, dozers, and hand crews built line from Elk Butte south to Goose Creek on the western edge of the fire. Heavy equipment cleared large rocks and debris from roads below steep slopes within the perimeter. Line in Trapper Creek area is now contained.

Today, feller-bunchers and dozers will work in the Magic Mountain area to construct direct and indirect line, assisted by aviation resources as conditions allow. Progress will continue on direct and indirect line construction on all other uncontained edges of the Badger Fire.

Weather: High pressure is building over the area. Temperatures will range from 68-74 ˚F with relative humidity of 27-33%. Winds will be southwest at 6-12 with gusts to 18 mph.

Evacuation: The evacuation order for all residents in Rock Creek Canyon and Dry Creek was lifted at 8 am today by Twin Falls and Cassia County Sheriff’s Departments. The Rock Creek Road is closed at the BLM/private land boundary.

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 at (link).

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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Current as of 9/20/2020, 9:59:33 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Saturday September 12th, 2020 approx. 05:19 PM
Location 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho
Incident Commander Sam Hicks – Type 2 Team – Great Basin Team 5
Incident Description Fire Is Burning In The Cassia Division Of The Sawtooth Nf, And Blm Lands On The North Edge.
Coordinates 42.091 latitude, -114.169 longitude
Total Personnel 286
Size 89,090 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory, Heavy Logging Slash, Beetle- killed timber.
ERCs above the 97th percentile. 1,000-hour fuel moisture below 10 percent.
Significant Events Active fire behavior DIV F is experiencing surface spread at moderate to high ROS along the east side of Rock Creek Rd.
Moderate to high rates of spread in DIVs B and C to the west in the Deadline Ridge area.

Closure order remains in place – see related order and map.

Evacuation order remains in place through Sunday morning at 0800.

9.20.2020 Daily Update Map


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Leggit Fire

5 miles east of Atlanta

820 acres

Leggit Fire Update for September 18, 2020

The Leggit Fire is burning in the Sawtooth Wilderness, Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The fire started on August 29, 2020. Currently the fire is 820 acres. It is 5 miles East of Atlanta, Idaho. There are 40 fire personnel assigned to the fire. There is a Closure Order in place for the Area.

Leggit Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure (link) pdf file

Satellite Heat map (link)
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September 20, 2020

Nationally, no new or contained large fires were reported. Firefighters continue to make headway with their suppression goals. A total of 80 large fires have burned over four million acres.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 251,823 New: 0 Contained: 0
Badger Sawtooth National Forest FS 99,627 0 20 miles southwest of Oakley 385-237-4598
Beaver Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 2,992 0 7 miles southeast of Powell Junction
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,357 35 2 miles west of Lakeview 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest FS 19,139 6 30 miles northeast of Cascade 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 800 0 33 miles west of Hamilton
Grouse Boise National Forest FS 3,980 39 35 miles northeast of Glenns Ferry 208-565-7408
Leggit Sawtooth National Forest FS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta
Marion Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 1,520 0 5 miles south of Powell Junction
Porphyry Payette National Forest FS 15,000 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 13,000 11 12 miles southeast of Elk City 208-660-2058
Sponge Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 325 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Trap Sawtooth National Forest FS 2,021 20 9 miles northeast of Stanley 208-731-8604
Warm Springs Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 116 2 15 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Woodhead Payette National Forest FS 91,126 44 20 miles west of Council 208-207-7417