Updated Fire Reports Sept 23, 2020


Buck Fire update for 9/23 posted below.

Fire Reports Sept 23, 2020

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

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

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FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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9/23 Gusty breezes this afternoon, high thin clouds and light haze of smoke.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)

Today Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. South southwest wind 5 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Tonight Areas of smoke before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. South southeast wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Thursday Showers likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. West southwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Thursday Night A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. West southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Friday A 50 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Light west southwest wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
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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
9/23 10am

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:

Note: Some daily updates have not been received or posted yet. This message will be updated later if new info arrives.

Buck Fire

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9-23-2020 – The Buck Fire is 19,301 acres and 33 percent contained. The lightning caused fire was ignited Wednesday August 26, at approximately 3:30 p.m. It is located 7 miles south of Yellow Pine.

OBJECTIVES:  The primary focus of the fire managers has been to keep the fire away from homes in Johnson Creek and to prevent it from getting to Yellow Pine. Plans have been developed in the event the fire gets closer to the town. Yesterday, crews began the construction of a contingency line along the southeast edge of town and fire managers are developing a plan to use that line and Stibnite road to prevent fire from getting into the town from the south.

LOCATION:  The fire is located near Johnson Creek road in several places between Trapper and Buck Creeks. Firefighters have been using the powerline corridor as a control feature and have so far been successful in keeping the fire from directly impacting the road. The road was closed on September 17 -20 because of the increased activity with the fire being suppressed near the road.

STRATEGY:  The current strategy for the week is to continue to suppress the fire as it comes down near Johnson Creek road and to use aircraft to slow the spread of fire to the north if it becomes active again. The northwest edge of the fire is in a place that is extremely steep and rocky, and it is too risky to directly engage the fire anywhere except close to the road.
Crews and engines remain in place to protect the private homes if the fire was to become more active. Firefighters are working to slow the spread of the fire and to use natural features and previously burned areas to check the fire from moving rapidly to the north until a season-ending weather event occurs.

CLOSURES:  Closures remain in effect; however, Johnson Creek Road is now open. There is an area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression. The closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

WEATHER:  The forecast for the coming week in uncertain. There is a possibility of precipitation Thursday and Friday, but some forecasts show that that storm may pass to the north of the fire.

OPERATIONS: There will be new Type 3 management team taking over the management of the fire on Thursday, September 24. The team will be able to stay in place at least two weeks and will leave sooner if we get a season-ending weather event. There will likely be some level of firefighter presence in the area for the next 4 – 6 weeks.

Current as of 9/23/2020, 2:16:59 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 136
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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The Porphyry Fire is at 14,486 acres. Fire activity has slowed down thanks to the moisture it received last weekend. Afternoon and evening gusty winds may contribute to increased fire activity but no significant fire spread is expected. Light showers over the incident during the afternoon and overnight relative humidity recovery will also help keep fire spread low.

Area closures are still in place

(no update for 9/23 yet)

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 map for larger image)


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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(no update for 9/23 yet)

Current as of 9/23/2020, 9:25:24 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 2,285 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 39%
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 flanking with group and single tree torching.

Trap Fire IR Map for 9/21


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Grouse Fire

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(no update for 9/23 yet)

Current as of 9/23/2020, 2:01:28 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 68
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 Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Strong winds are expected to arrive today ahead of another cold front. Fire managers on the Woodhead Fire are prepared for a day with high potential for fire growth. Crews have been working diligently to construct fireline on the northern edge of the fire in anticipation of today’s weather forecast. Tomorrow, cooler temperatures and a chance of precipitation will again give firefighters the advantage.

Yesterday, small burnouts were conducted in Ditch Creek and in upper Olive Creek. Burnouts strategically remove grass, brush, and trees along the fireline under select, desirable conditions to lower fire intensity as the main fire approaches. This tactic is being used because it can take advantage of roadways and other natural or manmade fire breaks to be more efficient and effective than having firefighters construct line across the steep and rocky terrain. Helicopters supported firefighters working on the ground and dropped water on less accessible portions of the fire perimeter. Active flame in the Highway 71 corridor did not pose a threat to the containment lines but is a reminder that the fire is not out yet. Firefighters continue to patrol the area and will respond to any additional activity.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office has opened the Council-Cuprum Road to through traffic. Travelers should be aware that this may change 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. Road blocks remain on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road.

Area closures are being constantly evaluated by land managers. Great Basin Team #4 is working with the Payette National Forest, Boise District BLM, Idaho Department of Lands, and the Adams and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices. The closures will be reduced as soon as it is safe for firefighters and the public.

CLOSURES – 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.

Current as of 9/22/2020, 7:33:33 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 354
Size 93,307 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 45%
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 a combination of helicopter bucket use, 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.

9.23 Woodhead Fire Map (link) pdf file

Firefighters working on securing Hwy 71 on 9.10


Satellite Heat map (link)

Large western Idaho fire almost 50 percent contained
by Ryan L Morrison Wednesday, September 23rd 2020 CBS2
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Badger Fire

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9.23.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Helicopters were able to perform numerous bucket drops and assist with hauling supplies in and out of the spike camps yesterday thanks to relatively good visibility. Crews worked on building direct line along Goose Creek. Two hotshot crews worked on handline from Buckbrush Flat south to Fourth Fork Rock Creek. In the north of the fire, crews continued to patrol and improve the line with minimal activity. On the south end of the fire, crews worked on securing and improving the completed line of the fire between Little Piney Creek and Ibex Peak.

Today, crews will continue to monitor and mop-up on the north end of the fire and will continue to patrol and improve the line in the southern part of the fire. Crews working on the southwest flank will work to complete the line between Goose Creek and Piney Creek. Crews will work to cool pockets of heat along the east and west flanks, assisted by aerial resources as conditions allow. Firefighters will mop up and patrol all other areas of the fire perimeter. Road crews will continue to work on clearing snags to ensure public and firefighter safety.

Weather: A high pressure system developing over the region is expected to decrease wind speeds today, but by Thursday a cold front is expected to move into the area which will strengthen southwest winds with gusts up to 30 mph. High temperatures are expected to drop as the week continues and relative humidities are expected to increase 10-20%.

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 9/23/2020, 9:09:04 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 373
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 Backing and creeping surface fire with occasional single tree torching in DIVs B, C, and K. Unburnt fuels within the interior of the fire continue to consume.

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

9.23.2020 Daily Update Map


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Leggit Fire

(no update for 9/23 yet)

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:

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.

Tanker plane fighting Idaho’s Schill Fire crashes outside Emmett. One pilot is dead.
Ruth Brown Idaho Statesman Sept 23, 2020
story: at KIVI TV
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September 23, 2020

Two new large fires were reported, bringing the national total to 76 large fires that have burned 3.7 million acres. Large fires in California, Oregon and Colorado burned thousands of acres yesterday. Residents near 25 large fires remain evacuated from their homes.

(Table won’t paste correctly today – go to link to see Idaho Fires.)