Fire Reports Sept 22, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 22, 2020

Note: Today we had a planned power outage from 945am to 1pm so Idaho Power could trim and remove hazard trees in the power line corridor.

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

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Today we have out-of-state smoke, poor air quality. Mostly cloudy with temps in the low 70’s and gusty afternoon breezes.

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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No Camping along Johnson Creek road – all disbursed and camp grounds are closed. (see Buck Fire update for info.)
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Smoke Map
9/22 at 4pm

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:

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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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

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Buck Fire Update – September 22, 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. IR flights last night updated acreage from the past few days. Closures remain in effect, however, Johnson Creek Road is now open. Many fire personnel will be on this road, please use caution.

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. Continue to use aircraft when possible to keep the fire in check and slow its progression.

Weather: Temperatures of 42 to 69 F. Humidity 25 to 63%. Winds southwest around 10-20 mph during the day 4-10 mph in the night with possible gusts of up to 18 mph. Mostly cloudy in the morning with isolated rain showers 9 AM to noon MDT. Clearing and breezy in the afternoon. Chance of showers 20 percent.

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

Current as of 9/22/2020, 3:32:18 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 138
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


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 21, 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. Between a tenth and a quarter inch of rain was received over the Porphyry Fire last weekend as a low-pressure system moved over 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 area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive day. 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.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air 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 9/22/2020, 10:41:47 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 23
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 9/22/2020

(click image for larger size)


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. 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 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Be advised that intermittent closures of the highway are possible due to hazard tree mitigation and increased fire behavior.

Current as of 9/22/2020, 7:32:02 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 139
Size 2,211 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 27%
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 flanking with group and single tree torching.

Weather Concerns
Winds pose a threat to fireline operations due to the high number of snags. A warmer and dry air mass has arrived on the fire. Afternoon wind gusts to 20 mph are possible Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Stronger winds are possible Thursday afternoon ahead of a cold front.

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

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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.

September 21

The Grouse fire is currently 3,980 acres. The fire crossed into the Sawtooth National Forest and both forests are coordinating on the management of the fire. 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.

A local Type 3 IMT continues managing the fire for full suppression.

Objectives: An area closure is in place, including a number of trails and roads. Bulldozers and handcrews continue to put in line where possible with ground crews cutting line where the dozer is not able. Aircraft will continue to support ground efforts as needed. Fire crews are working along NFS road 166 to reduce fire activity to the west if the fire progression changes.

Weather: Colder temperatures and higher RHs will be in place for the day, but a warming trend is expected into next week.

Closures: Visitors are reminded that Sawtooth National Forest Campgrounds Abbot, Chaparral, Bird Creek, Shake Creek and Baumgartner are closed. Boise National Forest Elks Flat Campground and dispersed camping remains open at this time.

Reminder: Please be aware of forest fire restrictions before heading out for the weekend.

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

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Woodhead Fire Morning Update Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Fire activity increased yesterday afternoon on the Woodhead Fire, producing smoke columns visible through the surrounding area. With improved mapping, additional fire growth for the past two days is estimated at 2,181 acres. The fire was most active in the Blue Jay Gulch area in Ditch Creek and in upper Olive Creek. All helicopters assigned to the fire were at work dropping water on the fire to support firefighters working on the ground. Two additional helicopters from the Payette and Boise National Forests assisted during the afternoon.

Some firefighting resources are assigned to work throughout the night, and resources are assigned on all portions of the fire perimeter throughout the day. Today, firefighters will continue to secure the northern end of the fire. The contained section of the fire, including the Highway 71 corridor, be will patrolled. Heavy equipment known as masticators are working to grind down vegetation along the eastern dozer line to widen the line and improve its ability to contain the fire should it continue progressing that direction.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office lifted all evacuations for residents in Crooked River, Ditch Creek, and Wildhorse. Residents only are allowed past the road closure at Mile Marker 12 on the Council-Cuprum Road. The road may open to non-residents tomorrow, dependent upon fire activity and weather conditions. Please check before traveling through the area. As a reminder the endowment lands west of Council are closed, and the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect.

A switch to southwest winds is expected today. Regional smoke may again enter the area, but it is not expected to be as heavy as it was last week when it limited aviation support to the firefighters. Tomorrow, the next cold front arrives, bringing high winds, lower temperatures, and a chance for precipitation.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is closed to non-residents 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.]

MAPS – Daily maps are posted at [InciWeb.]

Current as of 9/21/2020, 6:05:07 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
otal Personnel 333
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 was kept to moderate levels again due to moderate humidity recovery, morning cloud cover and light winds. This limited fire behavior to groups of trees flaring up,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.

9.22 Woodhead Fire Map (link) pdf file


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Badger Fire

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9.22.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday, crews and dozers continued to construct direct line on the southern perimeter and completed line down Rams Horn Ridge. Structure protection actions continued around recreation residences near Magic Mountain Ski Resort. Aerial resources supported ground crews along the west flank to halt further fire spread to the west. Heavy equipment cleared rocks and debris from the Trapper Creek Road, moving west toward Diamondfield Jack Campground. Crews began to fall snags along egress routes for firefighter safety. A community meeting for residents of Rock Creek and Dry Creek was held last night with the incident commander and local agency representatives.

Today, suppression resources on the southwest flank of the fire will actively engage the fire’s edge with direct and indirect line to stop fire spread to the south and west near Pike Mountain and Magic Mountain Ski Resort. Crews will work to cool pockets of heat along the east flank, assisted by aerial resources as conditions allow. Firefighters will mop up and patrol all other areas of the fire perimeter. Feller bunchers are dropping snags along roads for public and firefighter safety.

Weather: The weather will be trending warmer and drier through the week. Temperatures will range from 75-78˚F with relative humidity of 15-20%. Winds will be southwest, shifting to westerly this afternoon, with gusts to 20 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 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.

Current as of 9/22/2020, 2:50:17 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 49%
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 Surface fire spread with moderate ROS and occasional single-tree torching in DIVs B, C, and K. Closure order remains in place – see related order and map.

Weather Concerns

24 Hours: Warming and drying.

48-72 Hours: Southwesterly winds 10-15 m.p.h. with gusts to 20 m.p.h. Haines Index 5. Incoming dry cold front will bring increasingly gusty southwesterly winds. Lower humidities in the teens and poor recoveries.

72 Hours+: Any precipitation associated with the passing cold front will be slight with no wetting rains expected. A rise in temperature, a drop in relative humidity, and increasing winds have the potential to increase fire activity along the uncontrolled fireline.

9.22.2020 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:

Hwy 17

A fire was reported yesterday by the Boise County Emergency Management Team near the Banks to Loman road around MM2, about 8 acres. Traffic was impacted.

No heat showing on satellite map:
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Schill Fire Update September 22nd, 2020

Start Date: 09/22/2020
Start Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 2 miles southeast of Emmett, Idaho near Pearl Road
Cause: Under Investigation
Fire Size: Estimated at 25+ acres
Fire Behavior: Running
Structures Threatened: None
Fuels and Terrain: Rolling hills. Burning in grass and brush

Fire Crews/Resources: One BLM engine, one BLM dozer, six contract engines, one Idaho Department of Lands engine, Gem County resources, Meridian resources, Middleton resources, Star resources, Eagle resources, Black Canyon RPFA resources, one air attack, two single engine airtankers (SEATS) and one Forest Service helicopter.

Evacuations: None
Closures: None

Summary: Multiple cooperators are responding to the Schill Fire near Emmett, Idaho. The fire is running in grass and brush in steep terrain. Fire crews are currently engaging in suppression efforts to stop active fire spread.
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September 22, 2020

Seventy-five large fires have burned more than 3.7 million acres in 11 states. More than 30,000 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildfires across the country. Evacuation orders remain in place for residents near 23 large fires in the West.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres:242,127 New: 0 Contained 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,090 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 208-660-2058
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,380 65 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest USFS 19,139 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 800 0
Grouse Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 Miles northeast of Glenns Ferry, ID 208-565-7408
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 208-660-2058
Porphyry Payette National Forest USFS 17,628 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 11,000 11 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-660-2058
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 325 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Trap Sawtooth National Forest USFS 2,211 27 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-731-8604
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 116 0
Woodhead Payette National Forest USFS 91,126 44 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID 208-207-7417