Fire Reports Sept 26, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 26, 2020

In the 24 hours ending at 930am Saturday morning we received 0.60″ of rain.

Sunday, 9/27 fire meeting scheduled 1pm with new IC 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.

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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Yellow Pine received 0.60″ of rain by Saturday morning Sept 26th.

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, graded earlier this month, reported to be rough.

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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Air Quality is much better today.
9/26 1230pm

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:

Buck Fire

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Buck Fire Update – September 26, 2020

• Start Date: August 26
• Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 miles NE of Cascade, Idaho
• Cause: Lightning
• Acres: 19,474
• Contained: 33%
• Personnel: 149
• Resources: 3 Crews, 2 Helicopters, 3 Water Tenders, 13 Engines

Things are slowing down as the temperature drops and the moisture rises. Yesterday afternoon and evening rain showers brought about .8 inches of precipitation to the fire area.

Today hand crews and engines will be used to secure the fire edge that has backed to Johnson Creek Road. Ground resources will continue to assess and protect resources along Johnson Creek and will continue to assess areas where contingency lines may be utilized.

There will be a Community Meeting at 1:00 pm, Sunday September 27, at the Yellow Pine Community Hall, in Yellow Pine. This meeting is to introduce the community to the new team and to bring the community up to date on what has been taking place on the fire since Nevada Team 3 took over management of the fire. All are welcome to come.

Today’s Objectives: Limit fire spread to the West and North toward the Johnson Creek corridor and the town of Yellow Pine, to reduce impacts to values at risk, large fire growth and a long duration fire event.

Weather: Cooler temperatures and more precipitation are expected for the next few days. 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.

No new map.


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 25, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is still estimated at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Friday and Saturday 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 begin to climb back up Sunday and that will allow fuels to dry back out. Fire spread and activity may increase as the fire area dries out but overall fire activity will be low due to time of season, cooler temperatures and length of daylight.

Although rain is expected 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. The closure area will be re-evaluated after the weekend.

This will be the last report until Monday, September 28, 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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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.


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Woodhead Fire

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9/26/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

Yesterday on the Woodhead Fire, cool, cloudy, humid weather kept fire behavior very minimal through the day followed by a ½” of rain overnight. Despite last night’s rain, large trees remain very dry and will need more moisture before they are resistant to burning. An area of high pressure will arrive at the start of next week bringing warm, dry weather but no strong winds.

The northern tip of the fire has strong firelines along the fire perimeter allowing fire managers to concentrate work on the eastern and northwestern sides of the fire. On the northwestern edge near Dukes Creek, a crew and a bulldozer built fireline directly along the fire perimeter, and they will continue today. On portions of the eastern edge of the fire, fireline exists short distances from the main fire perimeter. In the remainder, firefighters have been building fireline right next to the main fire’s edge. With cooperative weather and minimal fire behavior they will continue this work today.

All the good work along the fire perimeter isn’t reflected in the map which shows long sections of uncontained fire because fire managers must meet a high standard before they can label sections of the fire perimeter as contained. Many sections along the 128-mile fire perimeter are very close to meeting that standard.

Chipping occurred yesterday and will continue today to mulch limbs and other cut vegetation along firelines. On the southern portion of the fire near Highway 71, heavy equipment will begin repairing fireline where it is no longer needed.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is open for all through traffic, but the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect, and will be revised by October 1st. Road blocks are on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road. The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety. Descriptions and maps of the closures are available at InciWeb.


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Badger Fire

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9.26.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Existing containment lines held well through another windy day yesterday, with crews patrolling and mopping up throughout the fire perimeter. In the area east of Magic Mountain, crews performed successful firing operations off dozer line to combat the active edge of the fire.

Another windy day is expected, making patrol and mop-up a continued emphasis. On the more active edge of the fire east of the Magic Mountain area, crews will hold secured line following yesterday’s firing operations. The road crew will continue working on snagging and prepare to start rehabilitating dozer line within the fire perimeter.

Weather: As the cold front continues to move through the area, winds of 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph are expected. Cooler daytime temperatures and cloud cover will continue to improve relative humidity recoveries, keeping them above 40%.

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. For more information, call the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter


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September 26, 2020

Initial attack activity was light across the country yesterday. Seventy-four large fires have burned 3.7 million acres in 10 states. Wildland firefighters in Northern California prepare for predicted strong winds today. Other states received some rain yesterday, helping firefighters make progress toward containment goals.

Idaho Fires: 15 Acres: 245,061 New: 0 Contained 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,452 60 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 19,474 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
113 20 9 miles west of Coolin 208-557-4013
Payette National Forest USFS 95,985 47 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID 208-207-7417