Fire Reports Sept 25, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 25, 2020

Sunday, 9/27 fire meeting scheduled 1pm with the new IC for the Buck Fire at the Fire Hall.

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 received 0.02″ of rain on Thursday, Sept 24th. Forecast for more rain on Friday (today – light rain falling at 2pm.)

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.

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

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
9/25 1030am

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 on the Buck Fire: Smoky in the fire area, logs smoldering, very little flame visible. The fire is down along the power line corridor for about 2 miles.

Buck Fire

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9-25-2020 Buck Fire Update

Start Date: August 26
Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 miles NE of Cascade, Idaho
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 19466
Contained: 33%
Personnel: 147
Resources: 3 crews, 3 helicopters, 3 water tenders and 13 engines

A small amount of moisture fell on the fire yesterday cooling things down a little. There was moderate fire behavior with little growth.

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: Cooler temperatures and more precipitation are expected for the next few days. There could be as much as ½ inch of precipitation within the next 24 hours. Fire behavior is expected to be moderate as a result.

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.

Current as of 9/25/2020, 11:23:25 AM
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 ANDY BERTELSON NV-BMD
Incident Description Minimal Backing Creeping
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 147
Size 19,466 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 33%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 31st, 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.
Weather Concerns 72 Hours: A forecasted warming and drying trend are expected to make fuels more receptive to active fire spread. Expected fire spread to the southwest and west in the Burnt Log Creek drainage and Johnson Creek drainage.

9-25-2020 Buck Fire – IR Topo map

9-25-2020 Buck Fire – Closure area sign


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

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(no update yet for 9/25)

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


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 25, 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. Continued cooler temperatures, cloud cover and higher humidity has given firefighters time to complete containment line along the north and eastern portions of the fire. Crews continue to monitor fire activity on the south and western perimeter of the fire.

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.

Total acreage: 2,285
Percent Containment: 41%
Personnel on Incident: 125

LEGGIT FIRE: The Leggit Fire is located in the Sawtooth Wilderness 5 miles east of Atlanta (see map). The 820 acre fire is currently being monitored.

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 Trap Creek Fire and adjacent areas, please call the Stanley Ranger Station 208-774-3000

Current as of 9/25/2020, 8:15:42 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 125
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.
Weather Concerns Cloudy conditions should moderate fire behavior. Two Pacific disturbances will rotate through the region tonight and Saturday night resulting in wetting rains in some areas. Strong gusty winds will also accompany the disturbances each day.

Trap Fire IR Map for 9/21


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Woodhead Fire

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9/25/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

Some fire activity on the Woodhead Fire continued into the morning yesterday until daytime relative humidity increased dramatically and decreased fire behavior. This change in weather allowed resources to continue strengthening firelines directly along and a short distance from the main fire perimeter. There are over 120 miles of fire perimeter with firelines along or adjacent to nearly all of it. Where fireline has been constructed a short distance from the fire edge firefighters remain prepared to engage the fire if it approaches the line.

Today, firefighters will continue building fireline directly along the main fire near Dukes Creek. Isolated places have seen limited fire growth shown in the fire progression map. Firefighters will concentrate work in these areas aided by cloudy and humid weather today. During recent days, helicopter pilots have delivered well over 150,000 gallons of water each day, but should get a break today so that they can be ready if fire behavior increases in the future. Along many sections of the fireline, chippers will begin mulching limbs and other cut vegetation. Assessments and planning will continue on the southern portion of the fire for future repair work on firelines constructed by bulldozers on the early days of the fire.

The Council-Cuprum Road is open for all through traffic, but the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect. State endowment lands west of Council are closed as well. Road blocks are 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 Payette National Forest closure will be reduced in size on or before October 1st.

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, 5:09:13 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 369
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 poor overnight relative humidity recovery. Frontal moisture arrived over the fire area, some areas received a light sprinkle but not a wetting rain. RH rose rapidly as the day progressed into the upper 60s. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting as mechanism of fire spread.
Weather Concerns A cold front passed through mid-morning resulting in increased humidity and light rain. Cool and humid conditions continue for Friday with a chance of light rain in the afternoon/evening. Winds will be breezy from the south and southwest. Saturday is a transition day with clouds and precipitation clearing Saturday night. A warming and drying trend develops with wind remaining very light as high pressure dominates.

9.25 Woodhead Fire Map (link) pdf file


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Crews dump over 150,000 gallons of water daily on large W. Idaho fire
by Ryan L Morrison Friday, September 25th 2020 CBS2
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Badger Fire

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9.25.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday’s passage of a cold front saw increased fire activity, but existing containment lines held well. Crews continued to patrol and mop-up along the existing line throughout the day in all areas of the fire. Terrain alignment with wind gusts saw increased fire activity in the area east of Pike Mountain. Crews worked hard to stay on top of hot spots with the help of aerial support. Twin Falls County Sherriff advised residents of cabins in the Magic Mountain area to leave as a precaution.

In light of similar weather conditions today, crews will continue to patrol and mop-up along current lines, as well as working on putting in new line in the southwest quadrant of the fire. The road crew will be transitioning into repair work, rehabbing dozer line within the fire perimeter.

Weather: A second 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 at high elevation. Cooler temperatures and cloud cover, leading to improved relative humidity recovery overnight, will likely help to keep relative humidities above 25% throughout the day.

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.

Hunting: Muzzleloader and rifle season for antelope begins in Game Management Unit 54 today, much of which is in the fire closure area. Hunting is not permitted within the closure area, above. Those who wish are being offered the opportunity to exchange or rain check their tags by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

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.

9.25.2020 PIO Map


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Forest Service clears cabins near Magic Mountain as large S. Idaho fire grows
by CBS2 News Staff Friday, September 25th 2020
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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 25, 2020

Nationally, 74 large fires have burned 3.7 million acres. To date, 44,174 wildfires have burned 7.1 million acres in the United States. This is about one million more acres burned than the 10-year average. Favorable weather conditions helped firefighters contain five large fires yesterday in Arizona, California, South Dakota, and Washington.

Idaho Fires: 15 Acres: 244,098 New: 1 Contained 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,389 61 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 3,019 5 5 miles east of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,375 74 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Boise National Forest USFS 19,466 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,143 0
Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 miles north/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 5 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 208-634-0820
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 10,680 20 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 610 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 119 0
* West Branch
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 113 20 9 miles west of Coolin 208-557-4013
Payette National Forest USFS 95,093 45 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID 208-207-7417