Fire Reports Sept 24, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 24, 2020

Power outage 9/24 from 1207pm to 303pm.

9/24 fire meeting scheduled 1pm with new IC.

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.

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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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YP has received 0.01″ of rain by 930am 9/24, light showers fell early afternoon. Forecast for more rain on Friday.

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 report 9/24: slow going, lots of fire traffic, Idaho Power trucks. Smoky in the fire area, better air in Cascade.

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 is local today (better air in Cascade)
Map 9/24 1130am

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:

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

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 Reports:

Note: 9/24 eye witness report: Smoky in the fire area, logs smoldering, very little flame visible. The fire has burned down to the power line corridor for about 2 miles.

Buck Fire

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Buck Fire Update – September 24, 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.

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. Great Basin Team 3 took over management of the fire yesterday. This is a normal rotation cycle and is not a result of fire activity. Local crews and engines on the ground will remain the same.

Weather: Showers likely. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. West wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight a 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.

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

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

9-23-2020 Buck Fire – hose lay along road


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 24, 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. Thursday and Friday will bring cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and a chance of rain showers across the Payette National Forest. 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 being to climb back up this weekend and that will allow fuels to dry back out. 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 and ground 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 9/24/2020, 9:50:06 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 31
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 9/24/2020

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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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Trap Fire Update September 24, 2020

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 reduced fire activity allowing fire fighters to increase the amount of containment line on the north and eastern portions of the fire. Gusty winds, ahead of incoming storm front, will likely cause single tree torching and creeping of fire within the existing fire perimeter today.

Hazard tree mitigation along highway 21 has ended, and the highway is now fully open. However; the public is still encouraged to drive slowly due to smokey conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

CLOSURES – A forest area closure is in effect for the area around the fire and was expanded on September 19th to include Valley Creek Road (see map). The purpose of this order is to protect the public and fire fighters during wildfire activity suppression activities. This includes all roads, trails, campgrounds, and hunting units within the closure.

Current as of 9/24/2020, 6:28:48 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 128
Size 2,285 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 41%
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 with single tree torching.


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Woodhead Fire

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Woodhead Fire Morning Update 9/24

On Tuesday on the Woodhead Fire small burnouts in Ditch Creek and upper Olive Creek were used to remove vegetation along the fireline in preparation for yesterday’s stronger winds which increased fire behavior mostly on the northern and eastern parts of the fire. Firefighters spent the day holding the main fire within firelines they had built both adjacent to and a short distance from the main fire. Taking advantage of good visibility, helicopters supported this work by dropping over 150,000 gallons of water on the fire as directed by firefighters on the ground.

Weather today and over the next five days should put a damper on fire activity with cloudy skies, cooler temperatures, calmer winds, and higher relative humidity. Today firefighters will continue focusing on holding the fire within their firelines. They will build more fireline directly along the fire perimeter on the western edge of the fire near Duke Creek. In areas near Highway 71 on the southern portion of the fire with minimal fire activity where it has been contained, they will be planning work to repair fireline constructed with bulldozers.

Yesterday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office opened the Council-Cuprum Road to through traffic. As a reminder the State 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 9/24/2020, 11:05:51 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID
Incident Commander Great Basin Team #4, Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 375
Size 95,093 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 due to suppression efforts and heavy helicopter use despite only moderate relative humidity recovery to the low 40s. Winds started to develop in the early afternoon which caused some short to medium range spotting. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting as mechanisms of fire spread.

9.23 Woodhead Fire Progression Map


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Grouse Fire

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Current as of 9/24/2020, 12:33:08 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.


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Badger Fire

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9.24.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday afternoon, Governor Brad Little and several other Idaho state officials, along with representatives of the Army and National Guard, visited the Oakley Helibase for a presentation on the Badger Fire and an aerial tour with Incident Commander Sam Hicks.

On the fire, crews continued to work on putting in line along the eastern and western flanks of the fire. Crews finished initial line in the Fuller Flat area and are now focusing on holding and improving. Crews began putting in line east of Trail Canyon where aerial observations showed hot spots within the fire footprint.

Because of the increased fire activity that is expected with the cold front passage, there will be an extra emphasis on patrolling and improving existing line today. Crews will also continue to work on extending areas of completed line. The road crews will focus on removing dangerous snags from campgrounds within the fire perimeter.

Weather: A cold front is moving in today and will impact local weather through Saturday. Westerly winds are expected to increase to 15-20 mph, with gusts around 30 mph. Cooler temperatures and cloud cover should assist in relative humidity recoveries in the coming days.

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.


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Badger Fire in Game Management Unit 54 impacts big game hunts
By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 3:52 PM MDT
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September 24, 2020

Seventy-seven large fires have burned 3.7 million acres across the western states. Three new large fires were reported in Montana. Large fires in California and Wyoming continue to burn actively, some of them burning thousands of additional acres yesterday.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 241,633 New: 0 Contained 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,276 49 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 2,992 0 5 miles east of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,425 75 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Boise National Forest USFS 19,301 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 800 0
Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 Miles northeast of Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta, ID
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 0 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 11,000 15 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 325 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 2,285 41 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-774-3000
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 116 0
Payette National Forest USFS 93,307 45 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID 208-207-7417