Sep 18, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Sep 18, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Sep 22 – Equinox
Sep 25 – YPFD Training 10am at Fire Hall
Oct 12 – Festival Committee meeting at 4pm
Oct 31 – Halloween
(details below)

Local Events:

Sep 25th – YPFD Training

We will be having a training day on the 25th of Sept. at 10am at the fire hall.
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Oct 12 – Festival Committee

A meeting is scheduled at 4pm by the Music Festival committee. If you are interested in being a working member of the festival planning committee for next year, please plan to attend. If you are unable to attend please contact Deb Filler for additional info.

Village News:

VYPA Audit

The VYPA audit committee consisting of Kat Amos, Ann Forster and Willie Sullivan met on September 12, 2022 and did a preliminary audit of the Association accounts. Not all outstanding bills and deposits are available at this time but from the information we do have we believe the Association to be in a positive financial situation. We will conduct an item by item audit in the Spring after all credits and debits are available.
From Willie S.
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Monday’s Smoke – Sept 12th Red AQ

courtesy Eye-n-Sky
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Idaho Power

A report that Idaho Power crew was here Monday, September 12th, replacing a power pole over by the Fire Hall.

Sept 17th: Power blipped off and back on at 545pm.
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September 17th Annual Fish Fry

Yellow Pine celebrated the annual fish fry. Thanks to Stu For the Halibut and Sue and Steve for the great location, Alpine Village. A sprinkle of rain chased all but a few hardy folks inside then back out to the fire pit.
(courtesy LM) more photos posted at the Yellow Pine Group Facebook Page
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Found Keys Profile Gap

A note received Sept 6th: “Coming out of Big Creek yesterday I noticed someone had hung up a set of Toyota keys on the Profile Summit sign at the top of Profile. It appears someone lost the keys, someone found them and put them on the sign. I thought I would pass it on to you so if you think it might help reunite the Toyota driver with their keys you could put it in the Times. Cheers!” – DV

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Dump News

A report of a mattress left on the burn pile a few weeks ago. Please review the Transfer Station rules below.
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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Hwy 55 Update from ITD August 26, 2022
With Labor Day approaching and higher traffic volumes anticipated, both lanes of State Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry will be open noon Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5, to accommodate holiday travel.
Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Be Wasp Wary

Long legged wasps are building nests under eves and any small crack they can enter under roofs, behind shutters, under propane tank lids and even inside truck mirrors.
* Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.
* Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. …
* Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. …
* Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.
* Avoid flowering plants when possible.
* Keep work areas clean
Check for wasp nests either early morning or late evening when it is cooler and they are less active.

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

Be Fox Aware

* Do not feed foxes human food
* Feed domestic pets indoors
* Make sure your pets are updated on Rabies vaccines
* Small pets could become a snack

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Sept 8: Bins emptied Wednesday Sept 7th.

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: (208) 634-7176

Local Groups


YPWUA Grants

On August 27th many water users attended a presentation from Mountain Waterworks on the future of our water system. Many also called in on Zoom. The YPWUA Board, over the last three years, has worked alongside Mountain Water Works to obtain grants to replace our failing drinking water system.

Mountain Waterworks gave an excellent presentation on the status of our current system. The slow sand filters have been damaged by an earthquake and are cracked, our inlet water system is very crude and open to contamination, our chlorine injection building is below ground level and dangerous to our operator, it is also leaning and could fall into Boulder Creek, and our leaking distribution lines need to be replaced and increased in size.

We have been granted over 7 million dollars with the potential for additional no match money. Of that amount, the agencies granting this money are requiring the water users to repay $500,000 over a 30 year period. That amount is approximately $18.10 per month, per user or about an additional $217 per year. Mountain Waterworks explained that Yellow Pine is the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s number one priority for grants this year. Many communities in Idaho are fighting for this money for their projects. Yellow Pine received more money by population and also the lowest required payback of any community.

In 2007 the DEQ imposed a $100 per day fine on the YPWUA for not complying with the 1995 court order to repair our system. That fine was dropped by the court but a new date was established for 2026. If this project is not completed by 2026, that $100 Per day fine is reinstated. That calculates to $30 per month, per user, so we either pay $18.10 per month now and get our system fixed or pay $30 per month on fines and get nothing.

During discussion with those attending the meeting the group determined that we don’t have a choice. This project needs to be done to insure the community of Yellow Pine will continue to exist. The group was asked if there was objection to the project, by a show of hands, no one objected. So the board decided to approve this project.

Some at the meeting agreed to the additional costs but wanted to know if there was a way to pay either monthly or quarterly. We are in the process of looking into payment options.

Thank you,

Update: YP Water Users. Clarification regarding bids for facility and water lines improvements. Bids were considerably higher than expected and the work will NOT be started until grant money and users’ fees are adequate.

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

09/08/22 28353795 44021 24 1834 31 T 6845
09/09/22 28399661 45866 24 1911 32 F 1845
09/10/22 28448259 48598 24 2025 34 S 2732
09/11/22 28500682 52423 24 2184 36 S 3825
09/12/22 28545448 44766 25 1791 30 M 7657
09/13/22 28580967 35519 23 1544 26 T 9247
09/14/22 28614389 33422 24 1393 23 W 2097
09/15/22 28648276 33887 24 1412 24 T 465
09/16/22 28683611 35335 24 1472 25 F 1448
09/17/22 28717602 33991 24 1416 24 S 1344
09/18/22 28751812 34210 24.5 1396 23 S 219

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 9-12-22.

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

Aug 27, 2022 Special Water Meeting 12pm at Community Hall
YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 3, 2022 (minutes to follow)
YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 5, 2020 link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Agenda for September 10th VYPA Meeting

Approval of July minutes (August meeting was cancelled)

Treasurer’s report. Lorrine Munn
Community Hall. Rhonda Egbert
Cemetery. Margie Field, Ron Basabe
Infrastructure. Tim Rogers
Harmonica Fest. Josh Jones
YP Water Users. Steve Holloway
New Business:
* Resignation of Hailey Harris, Chairman
* Election of Stibnite Foundation representative
* Election of Stibnite Advisory Council representative
* Discussion: By Law amendment to allow emailing of agenda & minutes

VYPA Minutes Summary September 10, 2022

July minutes correction: Willie Sullivan – YP Water Users. Clarification regarding bids for facility and water lines improvements. Bids were considerably higher than expected and the work will NOT be started until grant money and users’ fees are adequate.

Treasurer’s report: All records kept by the previous Treasures have been put in “the cloud”, making them very difficult to access. The following is the only information given to The new Treasurer:
* General Fund $ 6,695.22
* Festival 10,012.47
* Cemetery 4,363.92
* Infrastructure 2,283.59
* Community Hall 810.07

The audit committee, headed by Willie Sullivan, will meet and provide a more detailed accounting. (See Harmonica Fest report below)

Lorrine Munn, Lynn Imel, and Josh Jones explained the difficulties encountered in accessing community minutes and financial accounts in the cloud. The members agreed that minutes and agendas will be emailed to members who provide email addresses and records will be kept as accounts on the community laptop by Lorrine. Motion to update the Quick Book dated was passed.

No reports were provided by committees for Community Hall, Cemetery, and Infrastructure. Written reports will be shared as they are received.

Harmonica Fest report was given by Josh Jones. Josh reported that there will be a meeting of the festival committee October 12th at 4:00. There are several outstanding bills and grants not yet received. There was approximate gross income of $81,560 and an estimated crowd of 2,700-2,800. There were no incidents of fighting, drunkenness, etc. reported. The members present voiced many good comments and congratulated the committee for a job well done.

Josh volunteered to Chair the 2023 committee and was unanimously elected.

Snow plowing of County roads will be done by Cecil Dallman and paid by Valley County. Plowing of main roads within Yellow Pine will be done by Cecil and paid for by the general fund account.

Water User’s report: Steve Holloway referred to information given at their recent meeting. Contact information for Clint Limbaugh will be sent to all water users.

New Business:

Hailey Harris, Chairman of the Council has resigned. As specified in the By Laws, the other Council members will meet and address the vacancy situation.

Stibnite Advisory Council and Stibnite Foundation representatives’ letters of interest were read. There being only two candidates, Lynn Imel and Willie Sullivan were unanimously elected. Lynn has served on SAC for several years. Willie Will replace Ronda Rogers as the Foundation representative.

When the minutes are developed in more detail they will be posted and emailed.
Lynn Imel, secretary

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
(Vacant), Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Lorrine Munn, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Sept 10, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes (20220910VYPAAgenda-MinutesSummary.txt)
Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes Link:
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

YPFD Budget Meeting Agenda for September 06, 2022, at 10am

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Budget For Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Notice has been given that the Yellow Pine Fire District will hold a public hearing for consideration of the proposed budget, including the estimated revenue for the fiscal year, October 1, 2022 to September 20, 2023, pursuant to Country Law chapter 14, Section 31-1419A. Said hearing will be held at the Yellow Pine Community Hall in Yellow Pine, Idaho on Tuesday September 06, 2022, at 10:00 am. At said hearing all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any they have, why said proposed budget should not be adopted.

Proposed Expenditures:

The following budget is an estimated set forth in said budget of the total proposed expenditures and accruing indebtedness of the Yellow Pine Fire District for the Fiscal Year.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2022-2023

* Fire Fighting; $2867.00
* Wages; $0
* Advertising; $1000.00
* Repairs and Maintenance; $4500.00
* Travel and Training; $3500.00
* Insurance; $3400.00
* Capital Outlay; $1000.00
* Utilities; $3500.00
Total; 19,767.00

I, Ronda Rogers, Secretary/Treasurer of Yellow Pine Fire District, Yellow Pine, Id. do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of the proposed expenditures for the fiscal year 2022-2023. All have been tentatively approved and entered into district records. I further certify Yellow Pine Fire District did give notice for said hearing in two conspicuous places in the fire district, by order of the commissioners. Residents are invited to attend the budget hearing on Sept. 6, 2022 at 10 am and have the right to approve written or oral comments concerning the fire district budget. A copy of said proposed fire district budget in detail is available at 425 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine, Idaho 83677.

Dated this 23th day of August 2022
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Meeting Minutes
Sep 6, 2022 YPFD Budget Meeting (no minutes yet.)
Aug 16, 2022 VSCO After Action Report (plane crash) Link:
Aug 14, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Aug 5, 2022 YPFD Search and Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement Link:
Aug 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 29, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 YPFD Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link: to Amended minutes
Feb 24, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – YPFD AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

If you are burning any piles of forest litter and debris – please have a connected and charged garden hose that can reach your piles. If your hose cannot reach where you are burning, follow the good advice of having a shovel, axe, and water bucket at the scene. Rake away from anything that could ignite. Stop burning if winds become an issue. Make sure your fire is out before you leave the area. Nothing like getting surprised by an escaped fire in the middle of the night!

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

link: YPFD Covid-19 SOP
link: Covid-19 EMS

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 6, Sunday at 10am Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm

Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Our new fall/winter hours are Friday-Sunday 11am to 7pm. Starting after Labor Day weekend.
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals

Big Creek Lodge
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
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Local Observations:

Monday (Sep 12) overnight low of 39 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 48 degrees by 930am, maybe some clouds? Very smoky – Red air quality – reduced visibility, mountains obscured. A few jays, finches and chipmunks observed. Very smoky at lunch time – Red Air quality. Warmer mid-afternoon, improved visibility but still unhealthy smoke, appears to be some clouds above the smoke and variable breezes, high of 84 degrees. Looked like some clouds above the smoke after sunset, Orange AQ, warm and calm.

Tuesday (Sep 13) overnight low of 48 degrees. Started raining this morning around 9am, by 930am we had received 0.01″ of rain, overcast, haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) and 58 degrees. A hairy woodpecker, a few jays and finches, pine squirrel, golden mantled and chipmunks observed. Still raining at lunch time, cloudy and haze of smoke. Lightly misting at 2pm and foggy cloud belts mid-mountain. Stopped raining around 230pm, ridges and peaks socked in by low clouds and haze of smoke – Yellow AQ, high of 62 degrees. Appears mostly cloudy above the smoke after sunset, Yellow AQ, calm and humid.

Wednesday (Sep 14) overnight low of 46 degrees, 0.21″ in gauge from Tuesday’s rain. This morning it was 50 degrees by 930am, mostly clear sky and light haze of smoke, much better air quality. Jays, a few finches and chipmunks visiting. Partly cloudy at lunch time, light breezes and haze of smoke. Mail truck was on time, Johnson Creek road is getting rough. Pleasant temperatures mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy, light breeze and light haze of smoke, high of 79 degrees. Mostly cloudy after the sun set, calm and light smoke.

Thursday (Sep 15) overnight low of 46 degrees, trace of rain early AM. This morning it was 53 degrees by 930am, dark overcast, drying out, haze of smoke – Yellow AQ. Heard a robin, finches calling, jays, golden mantled, pine squirrel and chipmunks observed. Gusty breezes and rain at 1045am. Rain stopped a little after lunch time, then thinner clouds and bits of blue sky. Mild temperatures mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy with patches of blue sky, light breeze and better air quality, high of 72 degrees. Thunder early evening, dark clouds and breezy. Started raining just before 7pm. Light rain at sunset, calmer and dark clouds. Rain stopped before 1015pm.

Friday (Sep 16) yesterday’s rain = 0.19″, overnight low of 39 degrees. This morning it was 43 degrees by 930am, good air quality and partly cloudy. Flicker calling, jays, finches and chipmunks observed. Increasing clouds. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Cool and good air quality mid-afternoon, dark clouds to the east (rumble of thunder) and mostly clear to the west, high of 72 degrees. Partly cloudy, cool and calm after sunset.

Saturday (Sept 17) overnight low of 36 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 41 degrees by 930am, clear sky above haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) and heavy dew. Jays and finches calling, male hairy woodpecker observed. Clouds building up by lunch time. Broken dark overcast mid-afternoon, rumbles of thunder getting closer and calm. Rain at 340pm for nearly 30 minutes, then wind gusts at 430pm brought another 10 minute shower with thunder, followed by the power blipping off and on at 545pm, high of 71 degrees. Overcast and calm at dusk.

Sunday (Sept 18) overnight low of 37 degrees, little shower before 7am plus yesterday’s rain = 0.03″. This morning it was 44 degrees by 930am, thinning overcast and good air quality. Jays and pine squirrel calling, black-headed grosbeak observed. Mostly cloudy and light haze of smoke at lunch time. Thunder and dark overcast early afternoon. Sprinkles and showers mid-afternoon, occasional thunder and cooler, high of 69 degrees. Dark clouds and rumbles of thunder before sunset.


Stephen Malm

Steve Malm, long time summer resident of Yellow Pine, passed away Aug 27, 2022

Sincere condolences from Yellow Pine.

2004 Independence Weekend Golf Tourney Going for a birdie is the men’s closest to the pin winner, Steve Malm, at 34″
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Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 491 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 14 new deaths

September 16, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 491 new COVID-19 cases and 14 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 493,071.

The state said 22 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 18,046, and 2 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,038.

14 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,156.

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12 new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in last week

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 15, 2022

A total of 12 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 12 new cases compared to seven new cases reported the previous week and nine new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,161 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, they said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

Adams County has reported 608 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to Southwest District Health.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine is now scheduling Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older. Parents or guardians can make appointments in MyChart.

Monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for boosters in people ages 12 and older (Pfizer) and 18 and older (Moderna) are no longer authorized by the federal government.

Both mRNA monovalent vaccines remain authorized for primary series use, and the monovalent Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be used as a single booster dose in individuals 5 through 11 years of age.

In alignment with new federal guidelines, St. Luke’s will no longer provide monovalent boosters for people ages 12 and older.

St. Luke’s will begin administering bivalent boosters when it can be done safely. Pfizer is offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. Moderna is offered on Wednesdays only

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center continues to offer the Moderna primary vaccination two-shot series every Thursday to those age 12 and older.

To receive the vaccine, patients may walk into the clinic, which is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays or call 208-382-4285 for an appointment.

The hospital is not offering any boosters at this time. The formulation of the boosters has changed and as of Sept. 1 only the new and improved formulation is to be used.

The new formulation is more effective against the COVID Omicron sub-variants than the original booster formulation. The hospital does not yet have any of the newly formulated boosters in stock but will notify the public when it is available

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

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Vandals in Valley County


from Valley County Sheriff’s Office Sept 13, 2022

Over the last couple of months someone has decided it would be a good idea to destroy and or take road signs from various places around Valley County. Some of the signs that have been taken have caused some not so funny traffic hazards as they have been removed from important intersections.

While on patrol this morning one of our Deputies came across some of these signs, but not all of them.

We are asking all of our Facebook followers that if you see or have already seen something, please let us know. Even if you think it’s minor or random, that information may lead to finding who is behind these thefts.

As always stay safe and thank you for your support

(via Facebook)
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Highway 55 repaving project could cause delays through late October

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, September 12th 2022

The Idaho Transportation Department will begin repaving a busy stretch of Highway 55, which may lead to some delays for drivers.

Road crews will repave a six-mile stretch south of Cascade, repairing cracks, potholes and uneven surfaces. Additionally, construction will level out steep approaches and add a pavement apron to all roads and driveways connecting to the highway. Drivers could see up to 15-minute delays Monday through Friday through late October. Weekend traffic will not be affected.

“SH-55 is one of the most iconic highways in the state, with some of the best recreational opportunities Idaho has to offer,” said Greer Gardner, project engineer. “The winter snow this area is so popular for can cause wear on a highway. This maintenance will help improve safety and driving comfort for both Valley County residents and travelers.”

Additional information about the project can be found HERE.

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Cascade fund creates scholarships for fire, EMS careers

The Cascade Fire Community Fund has created a scholarship program to help high school seniors start careers in fire and emergency medical services.

The scholarship would reimburse tuition or training costs up to $2,000 per recipient.

The scholarship is available to any graduating seniors at Cascade Schools or the McCall-Donnelly School District who are interested in studying to become firefighters, EMTs or law enforcement officers, said Cascade Fire Community Fund Vice President Brad Howlett.

The community fund is a nonprofit group associated with Cascade Rural Fire that assists people in Cascade and southern Valley County experiencing hardships because of structure fires. The group provides support for lodging, food, clothing and other expenses.

“Many of our local first responder agencies are hiring (and have been hiring for some time), and we feel that this is a great way to provide a path for young people to joining one of these exciting careers while supporting our local departments,” Howlett said.

“Adequate staffing levels of our local departments is critical to our community’s resiliency,” he said.

One scholarship was budgeted for the current fiscal year, but more may be available in the future if demand is greater, Howlett said.

Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher and submit an application with letters of recommendation by April 26, 2023.

For more information or to apply for the scholarship, contact Howlett at

source: The Star-News September 15, 2022

Fire Season:

Payette Fire Update 9-15-22

Fire Information: 208-634-0820

Showers over the past 24 hours were lighter and more dispersed than on Tuesday, delivering up to 0.2” of rain in some areas but with most seeing little to none. Today, a 60% chance of heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms is forecast this afternoon. Moist, cool weather is expected to continue through the weekend. The precipitation and high humidity has had a favorable impact on many of the fires. There is still some potential for new fires to be detected, as not all locations within the Payette National Forest received significant precipitation. However, that potential decreases as moist, cool weather continues to saturate fuels. The New Meadows Ranger District is conducting initial attack on two new fires, Lake Fire and Camp Fire. The Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association is engaged in initial attack on the Boulder Fire on Jug Handle Mountain.

TENMILE FIRE (North of Crystal Mountain/Burgdorf – west of Secesh Meadows) & MIDDLE FIRE: (Jackley Mountain Area). These fires are being managed by a Type 2 Incident Management Team, Great Basin Team 4. A separate fire update is being distributed by the Team. An Area Closure is in effect for the Tenmile Fire – French Creek and Warren Wagon Roads remain open. – The Marshall Mountain Mining District and all BLM lands south of FR 318 and FR 320 to the eastern boundary with FS lands are closed. Chimney Rock Rd 335 is closed and all road and trails to the west of Chimney Rock Rd are closed. There is no closure in effect for the Middle Fire. Fire Information: 208-473-7039.

FOUR CORNERS FIRE: (West of Lake Cascade) 13,725 acres, 96% contained. This fire is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team, Nevada Team 2. A separate fire update is being distributed by the Team. Fire Information: 208-207-7417.

RAINBOW FIRE: (Brundage Mountain) The fire is contained at less than 5 acres. This fire is located on the top of Brundage Mountain in the Hidden Valley area and is now in patrol status. No closures are in place for this fire.

NORTH CREEK FIRE: (North of Bear Pete Mountain) The fire is contained. This fire is north of Bear Pete Mountain and has been mapped at 5 acres. It is now in patrol status and is not expected to see additional growth. No closures are in place.

BULLDOG FIRE: (Near Council Mountain) The fire is contained. The fire burned in sub-alpine fir and consisted of multiple spot fires with a combined acreage of 8 acres. It is now in patrol status. No closures are in place for this fire.

PORPHYRY: (9 miles east of Warren) 2,930 acres, 40% contained. Primarily in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Containment goals for portions of the fire located outside the Wilderness area have been achieved. This fire is now in patrol status. The area closure for this fire has been rescinded.

DISMAL & PATROL POINT FIRES: These two fires are about 0.75 miles from each other within the FCRNR Wilderness. They are being managed as one incident by a Type 3 Incident Commander with a point protection strategy. Light precipitation and humidity over 60% were observed over the past two days. The DISMAL Fire is at 9,501 acres and is seeing smoldering and creeping fire behavior on the west, south, and east edges of the fire. More active fire behavior is present towards the northeast. Structure protection is ongoing at Root Ranch (1.25 miles west of the fire) and the Cold Meadows airstrip and Guard Station (0.3 miles southeast). The PATROL POINT Fire is at 16,561 acres and is seeing moderate fire behavior, mostly growing to the southeast and the west. It is approximately 7.5 river miles to the west of the Corn Creek Boat Ramp. Structure protection measures are in place at lower Chamberlain bridge, Lantz bar, Stub Cabin, Horse creek pack bridge, Salmon River Lodge, and Butts Creek Point historic lookout. The area closures for both of these fires have been lifted. Backcountry users are responsible for knowing and preparing for the hazards involved with entering an active fire area.

ROCK RABBIT: 38.5 acres. 1/4 mile from Rock Rabbit Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness – Krassel Ranger District. Structure protection measures are in place at the lookout. The fire has a low potential for spread.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
DFO – Southwest Idaho RAC
Payette National Forest
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Four Corners Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: Payette and Boise National forests. The fire is location a half mile to the north of Lookout Point, 2 miles west of Cascade high along the ridgeline. (Cascade is not threatened by this fire).
Current as of 9/17/2022
Total Personnel 212
Size 13,727 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 96%
InciWeb Link:
Four Corners Fire Map September 17, 2022

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Residents in path of 4 Corners Fire allowed to return

Firefighters nearly contain 14,000-acre blaze west of Cascade

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 15, 2022

Kevin McNamara was “ecstatic” to return to his home on French Loop on the west side of Lake Cascade on Saturday after having to relocate in the path of the Four Corners Fire.

Mandatory evacuations were lifted Saturday morning for about 400 homes along West Mountain Road.

McNamara found only minor smoke damage to his home and felt a sense of relief from the decreasing fire danger, which once threatened to destroy entire neighborhoods in the area.

Experiencing the Four Corners Fire so close to home sparked conversations about preparing for another fire in the future.

… As of Tuesday, the cost of the fire was about $34.4 million.

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Rainbow Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rainbow Fire is burning at the top of Brundage Mountain and was ignited by lightning on September 7, 2022.
Current as of 9/15/2022,
Size 4 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%
InciWeb Link:
Map, Rainbow fire, September 9, 2022

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Tenmile Fire
Payette National Forest
Nine miles west of Warren, ID
Current as of 9/17/2022
Total Personnel 383
Size 2,003 Acres
InciWeb Link:
9/17/22 Tenmile Fire Public Information Map

9/17/22 Tenmile Fire Progression Map

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Fire near Burgdorf Hot Springs grows to 1,900 acres

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 15, 2022

Lightning from storms on Sept. 7 ignited several fires near Crystal Mountain about two miles from Burgdorf Hot Springs.

Those fires quickly burned together to form the Ten Mile Fire, which reached about 350 acres overnight and growing to about 1,900 acres as of Wednesday.

A team is constantly monitoring the fire in case it spreads toward populated areas, Fire Information Officer Ryan Berlin said.

“There is currently a division assigned to Secesh and Burgdorf evaluating homes, improving defensible space when possible and constructing handline where needed,” Berlin said.

There were no evacuation orders considered as of Tuesday, he said.

… The fire had cost about $1.1 million as of Tuesday.

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Tenmile Fire Update

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Crews continue to clear vegetation and disperse the debris among the forest floor through chipping operations along the NF-318 Road. The fire remains active and continues to hold heat in isolated areas with minimal creeping and smoldering. Yesterday’s clear skies and warmer temperatures increased torching in some areas, which produced smoke columns in the afternoon.

NF-318 Road remains closed to the public to allow for firefighters to safely clear and chip the vegetation debris. Many other roadways remain open to the public, but we ask the public to stay mindful of firefighters and fire traffic in the surrounding areas of the fire.

Recently, several isolated weather systems have moved through the area with only minimal amounts of precipitation falling in and around the fire area. The Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) on Crystal Mountain, in proximity to the fire, received no measurable rainfall. Rainfall is expected mid-day Sunday possibly into the evening with a warming and drying trend to begin Monday and continue Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to be higher than normal throughout the week.

Air Quality:

Air quality remains good. However, with warming temperatures the fire activity may increase and produce smoke that may impact the surrounding communities. Surrounding communities should anticipate that smoke will remain visible until a significant season ending weather event moves through the fire area. Visit for more information. (link)


For the safety of firefighters and the public, two emergency fire area closure orders are in effect for the Tenmile Fire on the Payette National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management, Cottonwood Field Office. The closure orders, including a full description of the trails, roads, and areas closed, are available at (link).
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Rock Rabbit Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rock Rabbit fire is burning the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness approximately 4.5 miles to the northeast of Big Creek.
Current as of 9/15/2022
Size 39 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Rock Rabbit Fire, September 13, 2022

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Porphyry Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: West of Porphyry Creek high along the ridge from the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Current as of 9/15/2022
Size 2,930 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
InciWeb Link:
Map, Porphyry Fire, September 6, 2022

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Dismal Fire
Payette National Forest
The fire is approximately one mile north of the airstrip and 1.5 miles north of the Cold Meadows Guard Station.
Current as of 9/16/2022
Size 9,501 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Dismal Fire, September 14, 2022

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Patrol Point
Payette National Forest
The fire is well established in the base of the Chamberlain Creek drainage about 1/2 of a mile to the south of the main Salmon River and continues to back down towards the river.
Current as of 9/16/2022
Size 16,561 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Patrol Point Fire, September 14, 2022

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Ross Fork
Sawtooth National Forest
6 miles E of Atlanta, ID
Current as of 9/17/2022
Total Personnel 592
Size 37,781 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 41%
InciWeb Link:
Ross Fork Fire information map, Saturday, Sept 17

New Forest Closure Map 9-17-22

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Ross Fork Fire evacuation orders reduced to “READY” status

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, September 16th 2022

All areas of the Ross Fork Fire have been reduced to “READY” status as of Friday, Sept. 16, according to Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 9/16/2022
Total Personnel 25
Size 9,598 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 16%
InciWeb Link:
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Woodtick Fire emergency area, road and trail closure rescinded

September 15, 2022 Local News 8

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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Current as of 9/16/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 9,054 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 21%
InciWeb Link:
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/16/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,082 Acres
InciWeb Link:
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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/17/2022
Total Personnel 838
Size 130,086 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%
InciWeb Link:
Public Information Map for Saturday, September 17

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Moose Fire nears 50% containment

September 15, 2022 Local News 8

The human caused Moose Fire burning west and south of North Fork has burned 130,079 acres and is 47% contained.

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Owl and Horse fires remain 0% contained

September 15, 2022 Local News 8

Salmon, Idaho (KIFI) – The Owl and Horse fires remain 0% contained and are under the command of Wyoming Type 3 Team 5.


Public Lands:

Public Lands Clean Up Day to be held Sept. 24 in McCall

United Payette is hosting a Public Lands Clean Up Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning at the Idaho Department of Lands office in McCall.

Participants will meet in the parking lot and then be assigned to a group and an area to clean.

Attendees should bring their own lunch, beverage and work gloves. Email Randy Fox at to RSVP.

The Idaho Department of Lands office is located at 555 Deinhard Lane in McCall.

Visit (link) for more information on United Payette.

source: The Star-News September 15, 2022
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Idaho sells one of five island parcels on Payette Lake

by Keith Ridler Associated Press (CBS2 Idaho) Wednesday, September 14th 2022

Idaho officials on Wednesday sold only one of five parcels at an auction involving a 14-acre island in Payette Lake near the vacation and second-home town of McCall in west-central Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Lands sold one lot on Cougar Island for its appraised value of just over $2 million to Jim Laski of Bellevue, Idaho. Laski has been leasing the lot from the state and built a cabin on it.

The agency also offered for sale the other four lots or the island as a whole, but they went unsold.

The Lands Department in a news release said it “will evaluate the next step for the other parcels on the island. The goal remains maximizing the return on behalf of the endowment beneficiary.”

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Forest Supervisor for Sawtooth National Forest selected

Jake Strohmeyer selected as Forest Supervisor for Sawtooth National Forest

Ogden, UT, September 16, 2022 —Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region, Mary Farnsworth, is pleased to announce she has selected Jake Strohmeyer as the Forest Supervisor for the Sawtooth National Forest.

“We are thrilled that Jake has accepted the position to lead the Sawtooth National Forest. He will bring a wealth of experience to the position,” said Farnsworth. “He’s had a successful career in the Forest Service with an extensive background in Forest Management. I know that his leadership will serve the Sawtooth National Forest well.”

Prior to his selection as Forest Supervisor, Strohmeyer served as the District Ranger for the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest, a position he held since 2016, where he was responsible for all aspects of management of the district’s resources including an active forest health and hazardous fuels reduction program, rapidly growing recreation use, and fire management.

Strohmeyer started his career with the USDA Forest Service in 1994 as a firefighter on the Boise National Forest and went on to work in a variety of positions on the Idaho Panhandle, Nez Perce, and Salmon-Challis National Forests. Prior to becoming a District Ranger, he had been a staff officer for the Payette National Forest where he worked on a wide variety of projects and issues including collaborative travel planning, wilderness management, large scale mining exploration projects, and the Payette’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

Over the years, Strohmeyer has performed several temporary assignments such as Deputy Forest Supervisor, Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Forest System in Washington D.C., and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Coordinator for the Intermountain Region.

Strohmeyer said, “I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibility for managing the Sawtooth National Forest and I am looking forward to getting to know our partners, state agency personnel, congressional legislators, county and city representatives, and communities that use and enjoy the Forest.”
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BLM to conduct prescribed burn in southwest Idaho to improve sagebrush steppe habitat

Sept. 13, 2022

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will implement the Graves Creek Prescribed Burn on roughly 3,550 acres of public land near Juniper Mountain, which is approximately 30 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, OR, between Sept. 19 and Oct. 9, depending on weather and ground conditions. The goal of the burn is to reduce western juniper tree encroachment to help diversify the sagebrush landscape, which improves wildlife habitat.

Fire managers will be waiting for adequate weather conditions to conduct the burn. Burn operations are done in close coordination with the Idaho/Montana Airshed.

Once initiated, prescribed burning operations are expected to last up to five days. Personnel and equipment will be patrolling the burn and mopping-up hotspots for several days postburn.

The prescribed fire unit will be closed to public access during burning operations for public safety. Local roads in the project area will be intermittently closed during ignition operations, but traffic will be allowed to pass through the burn area, when it is safe to do so. The public can expect to see smoke from the vicinity of Juniper Mountain during ignition operations and residual smoke may be visible for multiple days postburn.

The BLM uses a multi-year, phased approach to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Year-round, crews are spraying noxious weeds, hand-cutting juniper trees and creating fuel breaks to help prevent catastrophic wildland fire. We all need to do our part to ensure One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire. For more information, contact the BLM Boise District Fire Information Line at 208-384-3378 or follow (link)

Critter News:

F&G reminds residents to protect garbage against bears

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking residents to bear-proof their garbage after receiving multiple reports of problem bears, lethally removing one bear and setting a trap for another.

Garbage cans that aren’t bear-proof offer easy access to high calorie foods as bears are fattening up for the winter, especially with a poor huckleberry crop and fires making food harder for the animals to find.

Fish and Game officials are asking residents to either request bear-proof trash cans from Lake Shore Disposal or keep trash inside until the morning of pickup.

Vacation rentals are especially vulnerable, so owners and rental companies are asked to provide clear instructions to renters.

“What we really need is for residents and visitors to make sure bears can’t get to any garbage or other food sources,” Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley said.

“Lethally removing a problem bear is a last resort, but one we have to take if a bear has become too habituated” to accessing human food, Berkley said.

source: The Star-News September 15, 2022
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Elk foundation chapter to host banquet Oct. 1 in Cascade

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Heartland Banquet will be Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 60 in Cascade.

The event will include a general raffle, silent auction and live auction.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation works to preserve and enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife.

The organization also works to improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage.

Call 208-995-3511 for tickets. Seating is limited.

American Legion Post 60 is located at 105 E. Mill St. in Cascade.

source: The Star-News September 15, 2022
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First case of bird flu detected in domestic birds since May in Idaho

KTVB Staff September 14, 2022

On Wednesday, Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) confirmed the first case of bird flu in a domestic flock of chickens and ducks since May.

The confirmed cases of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus were found in a backyard flock in Twin Falls.

ISDA said that while HPAI was detected in wild birds this summer in Idaho, there have not been confirmed cases in domestic birds since May.

Poultry owners are encouraged to reinforce biosecurity measures for their flocks, limiting the number of people who interact with your birds, washing hands before and after handling the birds, and having dedicated clothing and tools for each flock, and prevent wild birds from interacting with domestic birds.

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More positive cases of West Nile Virus reported in Canyon County mosquitos

KTVB Staff September 14, 2022

Another mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile Virus near Parma, according to the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories.

The end of summer is nearing, but health officials are still warning Idaho residents to remain vigilant in trying to keep themselves protected from disease-carrying mosquitos.

Jim Lunders, Director of Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District (CCMAD), explained the process that CCMAD routinely goes through to monitor mosquito populations.


Fish and Game News:

F&G receives multiple reports of mountain lion in Garden City and West Boise

By Brian Pearson, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 16, 2022

Doorbell cameras captures images of a mountain lion between Sept. 12 and Sept. 14

Between Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, Idaho Fish and Game’s Southwest Region Office received multiple reports of a mountain lion moving through western Boise and Garden City. Footage of the animal was captured on two residential doorbell cameras, allowing Fish and Game to confirm that the animal was a mountain lion.

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10 tips for hunters during fire season

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Know before you go, be careful and do your part to prevent wildfires

With ideal conditions for wildfires to spread and with more hunters heading afield, hunters should pay close attention to fire closures and be prepared to alter their plans if necessary. They should also do their part to ensure they aren’t contributing to the problem.

Here are 10 things every hunter can do during fire season:

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Help fight wildlife crime by calling the CAP hotline at (800) 632-5999

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Cash rewards are available to callers who provide information leading to the citation of suspected wildlife violators.

With some hunting seasons underway and more opening soon, Idaho Fish and Game asks the public to call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline if they witness a violation of wildlife laws.

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Traps, snares and pets can be a bad combination, and here’s how to avoid a problem

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Fish and Game provides resources that show pet owners how to spot and avoid trap sets, and how to release their pet if it becomes trapped

With many trapping seasons opening in October, upland game bird hunters and other folks recreating with off-leash pets are reminded to avoid traps and be prepared to act quickly in the event their hunting or hiking companion becomes trapped.

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