Fire Reports Sept 21, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 21, 2020

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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 Map
1130am Sept 21

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:

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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Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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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 21, 2020

19,139 acres
20 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 relatively cool air combined with higher humidity resulted in moderate fire activity. Due to the precipitation over the weekend moderate fire activity is expected to continue today. 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 are moving northward continuing to evaluate structure protection needs along the Johnson Creek road. 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. However, as additional protection and preparedness, supplemental fire managers continue to develop contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine. Today crews will be 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. Continue to use aircraft when possible to keep the fire in check and slow its progression.

Weather: Temperatures of 38 to 72 F. Humidity 21 to 64%. Winds southwest around 4-10 mph. with possible gusts up to 16 mph. Rain is not expected. It is expected to be warmer and drier this week, with increasing southwesterly winds. Cloud cover will increase Monday night and Tuesday.

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: 149 people are assigned to the fire, 15 engines, 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

Check InciWeb for Closures

Current as of 9/21/2020, 2:30:13 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 20%
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


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

September 21, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is now 17,628 acres as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Between a tenth and a quarter inch of rain was received over the Porphyry Fire last weekend as a low-pressure system moved over most of western Idaho. Another low-pressure system is set up over the pacific and could bring showers back in to the area near the end of the week. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch, or more, is received for three consecutive days. Temperatures will climb back up and winds will increase helping dry fuels out over the next few days. Although rain was received over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.
Fire information boards are in place and can be found in these locations:
Lower Smith Creek Road
Big Creek Trail Head
Big Creek Parking Lot
Big Creek Air Strip
Big Creek Lodge
Profile Confluence
Profile Summit
Elk Summit
Secesh Fire Station Information Board
Secesh Stage Stop
The Baum Shelter-Warren Idaho

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.

Check InciWeb for Closures

Current as of 9/21/2020, 7:26:08 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 17,628 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.

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 fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Over the weekend, a cold front brought rains that cleared heavy smoke and provided some reprieve for firefighters and the local community. Forecasted winds, drier conditions and warmer temperatures could increase fire activity today.

Hazard tree mitigation has begun along highway 21 and is expected to continue for 2 to 3 days. The project aims to address standing hazard tree patches that continue to pose a threat to firefighter and public safety. Highway 21 is open; however, a pilot car is in place from mile post 116 to 119 during fire crew work hours until 8:00 p.m.. Be advised that intermittent closures of the highway are possible due to hazard tree mitigation and increased fire behavior.

Check InciWeb for Closures

Current as of 9/21/2020, 7:27:38 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 119
Size 2,211 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 25%
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 IR Map for 9/21


Satellite Heat map (link)

Hazard tree mitigation efforts from Trap Creek Fire begin along Highway 21
The fire, located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, is currently 25% contained.
Sept 21, 2020 KTVB
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Grouse Fire

Grouse Fire Update – September 21st, 2020

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

Fire operations will primarily focus on monitoring and patrolling containment lines, repairing dozer lines, and bringing equipment off the fire. In the coming days, the Type 3 incident will transition into a smaller, less complex Type 4 operation (A Type 1 incident being the most complex command system). The fire will be managed and monitored by the local district until the area receives enough precipitation to eliminate any threat of the fire being active. This will be the last public update unless need arises. Any follow-up inquires should be addressed to the Mountain Home Ranger District.

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 will be patrolling the 166 road.

Weather: Cooler temperatures are expected for today, leading to a drying and Southwesterly winds starting Tuesday.

Closures: For public health and safety, a multi-forest closure is in place for the entire fire area. A new forest closure will be created within the week allow the public to access areas not directly Impacted by the fire. 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: 102 people are assigned to the fire. One 20 person crews, 4 engines, 1 helicopter, 3 excavators, and 2 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 9/21/2020, 2:32:15 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 102
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.

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Woodhead Fire

Woodhead Fire Morning Update Monday, September 21, 2020

Clear skies allowed helicopters and aerial observers to operate on the Woodhead Fire yesterday. Smoke columns were visible in several locations during the afternoon, but there was no measurable fire growth to the perimeter. There is a lot of unburned vegetation within the fire perimeter, which means that smoke will be visible on the fire until significant rain or snow occurs. The Council-Cuprum Road is now open between Council and Upper Dale. Adjacent lands managed by the Payette National Forest and Idaho Department of Lands remain closed.

Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity are slowing the fire’s progress and giving firefighters greater success. The reduced fire behavior allowed fire managers to send one crew to assist with a new fire near Lowman with the intention of containing it quickly. Another crew arrives today to replace it.

Yesterday, helicopters were used to drop water buckets on the northwest corner of the fire, where the fire was most active and the access for firefighters is the most challenging. A helicopter transported firefighters to Buck Park to suppress hot spots around the structures. On the eastern edge, dozers completed contingency fireline that has been in progress for four days. It stretches from Hornet Creek to Turkey Track, connecting existing roads, and then continues across the southern boundary of the Payette National Forest to Rush Creek. This fireline gives firefighters an advantageous location to contain the fire should it resume spread to the east.

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 still closed above Upper Dale. 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]

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Current as of 9/20/2020, 10:01:20 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 359
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 No overnight inversion formed, which eliminated the thermal belt. Fire behavior was kept to moderate levels again due to higher RH, cloud cover and low winds. This limited fire behavior to group torching, flanking and short range spotting. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting as mechanism of fire spread.

Woodhead Public Information Map 9.21 (link) pdf file


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Badger Fire

9.21.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday, helicopters were used to backhaul equipment from spike camps on the south end of the fire in the morning, and then dropped water on the upper western perimeter of the fire near Magic Mountain Ski Area in the afternoon as fire behavior increased. “Super Scoopers” continued to assist with water drops as needed on active areas around the fire perimeter. Hotshot crews built direct line from Sagehen Flats south toward Fourth Fork of Rock Creek, assisted by aviation resources cooling hot spots. Another hotshot crew conducted firing operations from the 530 Road to establish a control line on a portion of the eastern flank.

Today, dozers will continue to construct direct line on the east half of the southern perimeter, while hand crews build line on the west half of the southern perimeter toward Diamondfield Jack Campground. Structure protection actions will continue around recreation residences near Magic Mountain Ski Resort. Aerial resources will support ground crews along the west bank to halt further fire spread to the west. Heavy equipment will clear rocks and debris from the Trapper Creek Road, moving west toward Diamondfield Jack Campground. Crews will begin to fell snags along egress outes for firefighter safety.

Weather: High pressure is building over the area. Temperatures will range from 74-79˚F with relative humidity of 17-22%. Winds will be southwest at 6-11 with gusts to 14 mph.

Evacuation: The evacuation order for all residents on private land in Rock Creek Canyon and Dry Creek was lifted at 8 am Sunday 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

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Current as of 9/20/2020, 8:55:53 PM
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
Percent of Perimeter Contained 12%
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.

9.21.2020 Daily Update Map


Satellite Heat map (link)

Badger Fire evacuations lifted, now 25% contained
The fire remains at 89,090 acres.
Sept 21, 2020 KTVB
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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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Other Fires:

Salmon-Challis Forest reports 3 active fires

Sept 21, 2020 Local News 8

The Salmon-Challis National Forest is managing three active fires Monday.

The Haynes fire started Sunday about 15 miles southeast of Salmon on the Leadore Ranger District. Four firefighters are watching that fire, which was estimated at a quarter-acre and burning in grass and timber.

The Trap Fire was estimated at 2,211 acres and burning in lodgepole pine and grass, about 9 miles northwest of Stanley. It was 25% contained Monday.

The Forge fire has been burning since August 26, about 7 miles southwest of the Yellowjacket Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Due to the rugged terrain, firefighters have not been able to directly engage it. The fire is being monitored by the Middle Fork Peak Lookout.

The Muldoon fire, which started August 16, is 100% contained. It was estimated at 374 acres last week.

Stage One fire restrictions have been ordered for the Salmon-Challis Forest. A weak storm system is forecast to arrive in the area Tuesday and bring breezy conditions.

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September 21, 2020

Nationally, 78 large fires have burned 3.9 million acres. Nearly 32,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildfires across the West. No new large fires were reported yesterday. To date 43,598 wildfires have burned 6,982,242 acres, which is over one million more acres burned than the 10-year average.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 244,127 New: 0 Contained: 0
Badger Sawtooth National Forest FS 89,090 12 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 1,380 65 2 miles west of Lakeview 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest FS 19,139 20 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 40 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 17,628 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 2,211 25 9 miles northeast of Stanley 208-731-8604
Warm Springs Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 116 0 15 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Woodhead Payette National Forest FS 91,126 44 20 miles west of Council 208-207-7417