Updated Fire Reports Sept 28, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 28, 2020

Note: This will be the last Fire Report unless there are significant changes.

Evening update added for Porphyry Fire.

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

YPFD volunteers have been busy gathering up the hose lays.

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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Rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday gave Yellow Pine 0.65″ of much needed precipitation. Forecast for warmer and drier contitions this week.

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. Watch for fire crews working along the road.

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.

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 really good today.
Satellite Map 9/28 140pm

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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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9-28-2020 FINAL Buck Fire Update

This will be the final update unless significant fire activity occurs

Start Date: August 26
Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 19,474
Contained: 33 percent
Personnel: 136
Resources: 2 crews, 1 helicopter, 2 water tenders and 14 engines

Conditions are looking good on the fire. Lower temperatures along with some precipitation have given the fire fighters a slight break. They are beginning to go into repair mode. They will start to pull hoses and pumps. They will repair any hand lines that need it while working any hot spots they find.

You can expect to see some smoke on the fire until the snow flies. These are interior smokes and should not pose a threat. Temperatures are supposed to be higher the next few days but with shorter days and the moisture we have had there will not be much drying of the fire area.

As repairs progress resources will be released a little at a time, the Nevada Interagency Team 3 will start the steps to return management of the fire back to the local units of the Forests.

Since the information will not change from day to day this will be the last update put out by this Team. You can still go to the internet sites listed below for any information.

Weather: The weather is predicted to be above average temperatures with no forecasted precipitation.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities. The new closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

9-28-2020 Buck Fire Topo map

9-28-2020 Buck Fire IR map


Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 28, 2020

All fire area closures have been lifted on the Porphyry Fire.

Trail and road closures have all been lifted and access is open to hunter and recreators. Please be cautious in and around the fire area as fire weekend trees and hot spots are still present. Smoke may still be visible at times but there is no need to report it as the fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground resources, until a season ending rain event occurs. Structure protection will take place as needed and crews are clearing out the Mosquito Ridge Trail and Hand Creek Trail.

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. 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 days. Temperatures will begin to climb back up through the week 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 [fell] 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.

Total Personnel 31
Size 14,486 Acres

Porphyry IR Map 9/28/2020

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Satellite Heat map (link)
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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 smokey 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.

Total Personnel 36
Size 2,285 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%

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Woodhead Fire

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9/28/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

After a weekend of cool temperatures, high relative humidity and rain, this week’s weather will gradually become warmer and dryer, but winds will generally remain light. One factor helping limit fire behavior is that the days are about 1 hour shorter than they were at the start of this fire. Another factor limiting fire behavior has been the increase in relative humidity each night (RH recovery) which adds moisture to vegetation.

As firefighters continued mopping up and chipping along the northern end of the fire, they increased containment to 57%. The black line around the fire perimeter on the map indicates sections that area contained. Mop up ensures there is no heat remaining some distance into the fire from the fireline. Chipping mulches the limbs, cut vegetation, and other slash produced during fireline construction. On the northwestern edge near Dukes Creek, firefighters improved sections of fireline by cutting low hanging limbs off adjacent trees. Removing these limbs helps prevent fire from climbing up and torching the tree. On the eastern side of the fire, firefighters continued mopping up around sections where the fire burned in a spotty manner.

A local Type 3 incident management team will be taking over the management of the fire on Tuesday. Great Basin Team 4 appreciates the support from all the surrounding communities over the past three weeks.

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.

Total Personnel 330
Size 96,223 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 57%

9.28 Woodhead Fire Map (link) pdf file

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Badger Fire

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9.28.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Existing lines continued to hold well yesterday, and firefighters were able to gain depth on the line east of Magic Mountain. Aerial operations patrolled the fire perimeter and backhauled firefighting equipment and rubbish. The repair crew continued rehabilitating dozer line in the Fuller Flat area and the Rock Creek area. Repair crews began assessing the southeast corner of the fire for dozer line rehabilitation.

Today fire crews will continue to focus on patrolling, improving, and mopping up existing fire lines. Repair crews throughout the fire area will be rehabilitating dozer line and removing snags along roads and in campgrounds. Possibilities for firing operations will be assessed in the area east of Magic Mountain, while hand crews will work to improve the existing line.

Weather: Winds will steadily decrease today, and temperatures will remain mild. Relative humidities are expected to stay above 25%. A high pressure system is moving into the region which will bring light, variable winds and warm temperatures.

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.

Total Personnel 448
Size 89,847 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 89%

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September 28, 2020

Light wildland fire activity was reported yesterday. Two new large fires were reported in California. No large fires were contained although firefighters continue to achieve their suppression goals as we near the end of September.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 243,991 New: 0 Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,847 89 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 3,019 5 Beaver Creek, Five miles east of Powell Ranger Station on Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest 208-702-2389
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,375 75 Two miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest USFS 19,474 33 30 miles NE of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,143 0
Grouse Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 Miles NNE OF Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Leggit Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 Five miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 5 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest 208-702-2389
Porphyry Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, McCall Ranger District. 20 miles North of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 10,680 20 Southeast of Elk City, Idaho two miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Sponge Nez Pierce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 610 0 Twenty miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Warm Springs Nez Pierce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 119 0
West Branch Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 113 20 Off FSR 1094, west of the WA/ID state line. 208-557-8813
Woodhead Payette National Forest USFS 95,985 57 20 miles west of Council.