Fire Reports Sept 27, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 27, 2020

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.

Thanks for taking a look!

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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Rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday gave Yellow Pine 0.65″ of much needed precipitation.

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.
9/27 map 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:

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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9-27-2020 Buck Fire Update

Start Date: August 26
Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 19,474
Contained: 33 percent
Personnel: 149
Resources: 3 crews, 3 helicopters, 2 water tenders and 14 engines

Last night’s temperature drop combined with the moisture from the previous day put a lot of water on the fire area. The fire area that received the most moisture was the part of the fire with the most heat.

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: Predictions say there should be one more day of cooler weather followed by above average temperatures and no forecasted precipitation.

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 revised closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

9-25-2020 Buck Fire Progression 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


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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. Rain and cooler temperatures have 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 smoky conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

Sierra Front Incident Management Team will transfer the Trap Creek Fire back to Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Salmon-Challis NF fire personnel as of 0700 Monday, September 28th. Incident Command will be Colton Bates.


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Woodhead Fire

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9/27/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

Yesterday’s cold, wet weather on the Woodhead Fire kept fire behavior very minimal. Firefighters took advantage of this minimal fire behavior to accomplish a lot work, and they increased total containment to 55%. This work included building fireline on the northwestern edge near Dukes Creek by connecting fireline built by hand and bulldozer with some existing roads. Along the northern end of the fire, containment increased as firelines were strengthened. On the eastern edge, minimal fire behavior allowed firefighters to continue building more fireline right next to the fire’s edge.

Today, north winds will bring cold air and limit daytime warming. The cool temperatures combined with yesterday’s rain will keep fire behavior minimal, and firefighters will continue securing the fireline. High pressure will arrive over the fire area on Monday and bring a gradual warming and drying trend and light winds.

Along other areas of the fire, chippers are mulching limbs, slash, and other cut vegetation along firelines. Near Highway 71 on the southern portion of the fire, heavy equipment has started repairing fireline that is no longer needed.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is open for all through traffic. The Payette National Forest closure remains in effect but 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.


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Badger Fire

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9.27.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Acres: 89,623 Containment 84% Crews: 6 Helicopters: 9 Dozers: 7 Engines: 35 Personnel: 462

Activity on the Fire: Despite yesterday’s winds, minimal fire activity was seen yesterday, and some light rain fell in the fire area. Crews improving and mopping-up along existing lines were able to gain more depth. In the area east of Magic Mountain, crews were able to strengthen the existing dozer line. The repair crew worked on rehabilitating dozer line in the Rock Creek area and elsewhere within the fire perimeter.

Thanks to mellowing weather, another day of minimal fire activity with moderate-to-limited spread is anticipated. Crews and aerial operations will continue to patrol mop-up, and improve existing line all along the fire perimeter. Preparation work for future firing operations will take place along the west flank of the fire. Repair crews will be rehabilitating dozer line in the northwest of the fire and the area between Fuller Flat and Durfee Meadow, as well as continuing to remove snags along roads and in campgrounds.

Weather: The cold front is passing out of the area today. Strong west to northwest winds blowing 15-25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph, are expected. However, these winds are predicted to diminish over the course of the day. Relative humidities should stay above 35%.

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 has begun in Game Management Unit 54, 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.


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September 27, 2020

Wildland fire activity continues in 10 western states where 69 large fires have burned 3.7 million acres. Wildland firefighters prepare for another day of critical weather conditions in Northern California. Evacuation orders are still in effect for 17 large fires in the West.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 242,947 New: 0 Contained: 1
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,623 84 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 75 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 119 0 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-774-3000
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 113 20
West Branch
Idaho Panhandle USFS 95,985 55 9 miles west of Coolin 208-557-4013
Payette National Forest USFS 2,285 100 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID