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Fire Update Aug 20, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Extreme Fire Danger!

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Red Flag Warning Aug 20, 12pm-9pm

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
156 PM MDT Sun Aug 19 2018

...An upper low will drop into the region Monday bringing
scattered to numerous thunderstorms to the Boise, Payette, and
Western portions of the Sawtooth Forests. Some of these cells
should produce wetting rains. This system is also expected to
bring strong and gusty winds across the southern portions of the
Idaho BLM lands from Boise through Twin Falls...

Western Payette National Forest-Eastern Payette National Forest-
Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
156 PM MDT Sun Aug 19 2018

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT
MONDAY FOR LIGHTNING FOR WESTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL
FOREST...EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST... NORTHERN BOISE
NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN
SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST...WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES
401...402...403 AND 421...

* THUNDERSTORMS...Increasing coverage of thunderstorms expected
  through the afternoon and early evening. Some of these will
  produce wetting rains around 0.10 to 0.15 inches...mainly
  across the Frank Church Wilderness area.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Around 30 mph.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now, or will shortly.

Yellow Pine Forecast

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 9:00 MDT
95 Moderate

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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Closed.
8/11 PM update: The Meadow Creek Road above Stibnite has an emergency closure as the Kiwah Fire has bumped the road above Indian Creek. No other closures are in effect at this time. The road is open to Thunder Mountain, but members of the public are asked to limit traffic on the road as firefighters are working along the road and in Thunder Mountain. A future closure of the Thunder Mountain area may be necessary depending on the impact of an expected high level of fire activity today. Helicopters are assisting firefighters with water bucket drops throughout the north side of the fire.

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Kiwah Fire 8-20 Thermal Map

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location eight (8) miles northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station on the south side of the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday July 18th, 2018 approx. 05:30 PM
Current as of 8/20/2018, 7:31:43 AM
Total Personnel 10
Size 15,437 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 1%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Kiwah Fire Update August 20, 2018

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT FOR SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS AND GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS…

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 15,437 acres. The fire is burning in a mixed conifer forest on the Middle Fork Ranger District and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station within the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Yesterday, fire activity was minimal on all sides of the fire, with no significant growth. Fire managers continue to monitor progress on the east side of the fire by lookouts. The potential for the fire to continue to grow remains, as there are many burning areas within the fire perimeter.

There are two closures associated with the Kiwah Fire. The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Trail Closure Order #04-13-18-600 and the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Road Closure: #0412-524. The closure orders are on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/.

Fire management is being coordinated between the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Payette National Forest. The Kiwah Fire is being managed to restore and maintain ecological process consistent with the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Management Plan. A priority of fire mangers is providing employee and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include private property and mining infrastructure, Forest Service Guard Stations, Middle Fork Salmon River boat traffic, road and trail improvements, lookout buildings, communication sites, and cultural resources. The cultural resources are abandoned, historical mining structures. Challenges firefighters are facing on this incident include extended hot and dry conditions, heavy fuel loading, and limited availability of firefighting resources to support this fire.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Kiwah Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety.

To date firefighters have created protection plans for the Stibnite Mine Site, Thunder Mountain, Indian Creek Guard station, and Pistol Creek Ranch areas. To date, significant progress has been made to implement these protection plans, with point protection measures in place on both the Salmon-Challis and Payette National Forests. The fire will continue to be monitored for fire spread in the direction of these values. There are 10 firefighters assigned to the Kiwah Fire. Work will continue into the coming weeks.

Firefighters and fire managers will continue to utilize the resources available complete the needed work as efficiently as possible. Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to spread until a significant precipitation event occurs. Typically, season-ending weather events occur in this area between the last half of September through the first half of October.

An upper low situated to our west will create the focus for fire weather concerns today. Scattered thunderstorms will be the focus of concern across all zones particularly during the mid to late afternoon hours with gusty winds upwards of 60+mph. Improving conditions are expected late evening. Watch for quickly changing and shifting wind directions.

Nationally, there are 53 uncontained large fires in the west managed under a full suppression strategy, and 57 large fires managed under a strategy other than full suppression. These fires are contributing to the smoke, which is drifting into the valleys surrounding Salmon and Challis. The public can find further information on smoke at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/, https://arcg.is/1zfeqH, and http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. The Kiwah Fire is on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/.

Visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF for further information.

Area Overview Map August 20

Point Protection Measures at Stibnite

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/
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Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests
Location West side of Highway 95 near mile marker 184; near Pollock
Cause Human
Date of Origin Monday July 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Size: 7,997 acres (based on infrared data)
Containment: 28%
Total Personnel: 446

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Update – August 20

Summary: Yesterday, crews took advantage of favorable weather to work directly on the fireline along the south half of the western flank on White Bird Ridge to keep fire out of the Rapid River drainage. Firefighters scouted for line locations suitable for heavy equipment to construct perimeter line and still protect sensitive resources on the southwestern end of the fire. Firefighters finished structure assessments in Shingle Creek, Papoose, the Rapid River area, and Round Valley.

Today there is a RED FLAG WARNING for lightning. With the help of aviation resources, crews will continue to secure direct line on White Bird Ridge between Pollock Mountain and the Adams/Idaho county line as long as lightning does not threaten their exposed position. These firefighters will be “spiking out” on this remote section of line as weather allows. Heavy equipment will construct indirect fireline on the south flank east to Hwy 95, using existing roads where feasible, to limit spread potential any further south. Contingency plans for point protection will be made in Elk Lake subdivision. Higher humidity and precipitation from passing thunderstorms is expected to moderate fire behavior.

Community Meeting: Tuesday evening 6:30 pm Mountain Time. New Meadows High School. Meeting will be livestreamed on Facebook, see below.

Resources Threatened: Private property and structures in the Pollock, Pinehurst, Hillman Basin, and Elk Lake areas remain threatened, as well as state and federal infrastructure (Highway 95) and natural resources.

Evacuations/Closures: Residents in Hillman Basin and Boulder are in “Go” status. Residents in the North Pollock, Elk Lake and Pinehurst areas and residents along Hwy 95 from mile marker 167 to 177 are in pre-evacuation status (“Be Set”). Smokey Boulder Road to Railroad Saddle is closed. Both Idaho and Adams counties use AlertSense for emergency alerts. In Idaho County, call the Sheriff’s Department @ 208-983-1100 to enroll; in Adams County, visit https://bit.ly/2AU0C5R to sign up. Additionally, the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests have area closures in effect, including portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA); see https://bit.ly/2ATSand, https://www.fs.usda.gov/payette or Inciweb for more details.

Follow Emergency Evacuation Information on: https://www.facebook.com/ACSO911/ (Adams County) or
https://www.facebook.com/Idaho-County-Sheriffs-Office-178393728844032/

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), so if you fly, we can’t!

Announcements: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect; use the following link for specific restriction information https://bit.ly/2ag2SUy . For public and firefighter safety, please adhere to all safety signage and speed reductions. Do not stop along the highway corridor near the fire. For road conditions and closures http://511.idaho.gov/.

For smoke and air quality information, see https://bit.ly/2nooV2z or AirNow https://bit.ly/2tm1VG6
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999 (maps, photos, links, etc.)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakeCreekFire/ (daily updates & video updates)

8/20/18 Rattlesnake Creek Map

Rattlesnake Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999/

Drone, radio issues hamper Idaho firefighting efforts

Technology-based issues have caused delays in recent days for crews working two of Idaho’s wildfires.

KTVB Staff August 20, 2018

Boise – Fire managers are accustomed to dealing with outside forces creating challenges for firefighters. Usually those outside forces involve weather or difficult terrain.

But in recent days, technology-based issues have caused delays for crews working two of Idaho’s wildfires.

On Saturday, air operations for the Rattlesnake Creek Fire were shut down after a drone was seen over the fire, officials said. Helicopters had been dropping water on spot fires along the fire perimeter before being grounded due to the drone.

This was at least the second time that a drone has grounded aerial operations on the fire.

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Rabbit Foot Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Date of Origin Thursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 14 Nautical Miles South West of Salmon, ID
Cause Lightning/natural
Current as of 8/20/2018, 9:23:00 AM
Total Personnel 620
Size 34,518 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 3%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

August 20, 2018 Daily Update for the Rabbit Foot Fire

Summary: Engagement of firefighters was limited yesterday due to an intermittent failure of the primary radio system. The system was tested extensively and technicians believe that the problem has been identified and solutions are being implemented. Further testing is ongoing and firefighters are expected to re-engage today. The safety of fire personnel and the public is our primary concern and communication is a cornerstone of insuring that safety.

Due to the volatility of the fuels and the difficult terrain, a full suppression strategy and indirect tactics has been implemented as the best option for successful containment and control. Strategy and tactics are under constant re-evaluation by fire and land manages to ensure the most effective and efficient actions are taken.

At this point, the majority of indirect line has been completed due to the hard work of the firefighters. An opportunity in the Van Horn creek area, allowed firefighters to move adjacent to the fireline and establish an anchor point producing a 3% containment of the fires edge. Structure protection has also been a priority with 70 sprinklers kits already deployed. Planned burnout out operations to strengthen containment lines are in place and will occur when weather conditions are favorable.

Initial attack resources are identified for rapid deployment should a new start occur in the management area. Helicopters are available for water drop missions, logistical support as well as medical assistance.

Weather: A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for thunderstorms, lightning and strong outflow winds. Storms may bring up to .50 inches of rain on parts of the fire area. Temperatures will be in the mid 60’s to lower 70’s, with humidity 34-44%. Winds will be out of the north 12-18 mph with gusts to 55 mph.

Closures: Stage One fire restrictions remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands. Fire related area closure orders remain in effect and have expanded in response to the new fire growth. For more information on fire restrictions and area closures, visit Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/) or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/).

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for non-incident aircraft including drones was adjusted in order to fit the fires need and facilitate air traffic around the fire area . Pilots see NOTAM #8/1950.

Evacuation Notices: The Lemhi County Sheriff’s department will continue to notify residents regarding level 1 and level 2 pre-evacuations. Please contact the Sheriff’s department for any questions related to evacuations at (208) 756-8980.

August 20, 2018 Perimeter Map

Rabbit Foot Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/

(Rabbitfoot)

In the Salmon-Challis National Forest, operations on the Rabbit Foot Fire were being hampered on Sunday due to what fire managers described as “intermittent failure of the primary radio systems.”

Officials said the fire operations would remain limited until reliable ground communications are reestablished. Stressing that safety of fire personnel and the public is top priority, officials said that crews will continue to fight the fire where communications are good.

source: KTVB
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NIFC

August 20, 2018

Nationally, 109 large fires have burned more than 1.9 million acres. More than 27,000 firefighters, support personnel, national guard and military soldiers are assigned to wildfires in 12 states. Evacuation orders are in effect for residents who live near 20 large fires in the West. Extreme fire behavior was reported on the Stone and Front fires in California and the South Sugarloaf and Sheep Creek fires in Nevada.

Weather: The high pressure ridge over the West will amplify north from Mexico to southern Montana where it will encounter an unusually strong back door cold front that will be producing a strong northeasterly pressure gradient over the western half of Montana, northern Idaho, and northern Washington. The pressure gradient will create pockets of critical fire weather conditions, especially across northern Washington where afternoon humidities will be quite lower. Across western Washington and Oregon, a weak low pressure area in the middle levels of the atmosphere will move in-shore and inland. This will trigger isolated convection along and east of the Cascade Crest. Some storms will be dry. The greatest concentration of storms (widely scattered) will be over western Montana, where they will be overall wet. Across the Great Plains, a strong area of low pressure will bring cooler temperatures to the region. In the East, scattered showers will be possible across Virginia and North Carolina. The remainder of the East should be dry.

Idaho Fires: 11 Acres: 169,707 New: 0 Contained: 2
Artesian Jefferson County CNTY 1,000 40 4 miles north of Roberts
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 240 25 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-5561
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 5,524 31 5 miles east of East Hope 208-265-8058
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 15,437 1 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Mesa Payette National Forest FS 34,719 91 4 miles south of Council 208-634-0820
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 34,512 3 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,000 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 7,997 28 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-495-6934
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 90 6 miles east of Bellevue 208-731-8604
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 870 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-267-5561
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,555 19 18 miles east of Athol 208-265-8058
Barney Idaho Falls District BLM 605 100 41 miles southeast of Challis
North Wendell Gooding County CNTY 2,274 100 5 miles north of Wendell

source:
https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Aug 19, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 19, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

May 10 Burn Permits required
May 15 Firewood Season Starts – permits at The Corner
September 2 Public meeting at the Big Creek Ranger Station re: Big Creek Hazardous Fuel Reduction
September 3 Labor Day
September 8 at 10am Community Hall YP Fire Budget Hearing
September 8 at 2pm Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting

(details below)
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Village News:

Possible Problem Bear

A report Sunday (Aug 19) of a “BIG bear” hanging out in the upper village. Be “Bear Aware” – Remember to secure your BBQ, trash and pet food.
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Problem Mule Deer

The old mean doe is still around. A report that she killed a small dog (Dougie?) in its yard on the west side of Yellow Pine this last week. (Probably the same doe that has stomped other dogs in Yellow Pine!) Please watch your dogs and kids, and your back.
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Kiwah Fire

The Kiwah fire is burning east of Yellow Pine in the Wilderness in the Indian Creek drainage. Meadow Creek Road is Closed and the Mule Hill trail leading down into Indian Creek is closed.

8/11 PM update: The Meadow Creek Road above Stibnite has an emergency closure as the Kiwah Fire has bumped the road above Indian Creek. No other closures are in effect at this time. The road is open to Thunder Mountain, but members of the public are asked to limit traffic on the road as firefighters are working along the road and in Thunder Mountain. A future closure of the Thunder Mountain area may be necessary… Helicopters are assisting firefighters with water bucket drops throughout the north side of the fire. – Brian Harris PNF

8/19 Point Protection Measure at Stibnite
link to FB photo:

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Ice Hole Campground

The Cascade Ranger District [has] temporarily closed Ice Hole Campground for reconstruction beginning Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

The Campground will remain closed for the remainder of the 2018 season. Project funding was provided by local Tribes and a State RV Grant.

Forest Service crews and contractors will repair existing resource damage, enabling visitors to have an improved recreational experience in the future.

link to project
https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49637
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Please do not dump appliances or tires at our transfer station, it is for household trash only and must be placed in the dumpsters.

“Bring it, Don’t Burn it.” There is a burn pile for woody debris only. Please don’t put trash or cardboard in the burn pile.
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Local Events:

Will there be a Labor Day Golf Tourney ???

(List your event here for free!)
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

July 24th Yellow Pine water update:

It is good to go back to the even/odd watering schedule. Even/odd means if your address is 315 Yellow Pine Avenue, you can water on odd days such as the 1st, 3rd, 5th etc. And if your address is 316, water in even numbered days. The only request is that watering be done between 6am and 1pm. Also please limit to one sprinkler at a time.

Also it is requested that no lawn watering be done August 1st through the 6th to be able to withstand the draw from Harmonica.

Our second sand filter will be on line soon and give us more capacity. Thank you everyone for your patience during the high water demand time. – SH

There was a YPWUA Annual Shareholder’s meeting Saturday July 7, no minutes yet.
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VYPA News:

Yellow Pine Village Association Minutes: August 11, 2018

Officers Present: Deb Filler, Chairman; Vice Chairman, Ronda Rogers; Treasurer, Joel Fields; Secretary, Lynn Imel; Absent: Member-at-large, Kathy Hall

The meeting was opened at 2:00 by Deb Filler

There being no objections or corrections, the minutes of the July meeting were accepted as written and posted on Facebook and community bulletin boards.

Treasurer’s report. See attached [below]. Joel Fields reported there are outstanding invoices related to the Harmonica Festival; he expects those will be presented and paid before November. Bill McIntosh explained that the grant from the McCall Chamber of Commerce for advertising required matching money to be paid out; the reimbursement and grant money of about $7,000 should be received by December.

Cemetery Report was presented by Tim Rogers. He has received the cemetery records from past Commissioner, Willie Sullivan. The financial account records are kept by the Village Treasurer, Joel Fields, who will meet with Tim to review the cemetery finances. Cemetery money is a separate fund administered by three elected Commissioners. The graves sites are being marked with numbers that correlate with the (repaired) board to be placed at the cemetery. Marge Fields reported that the map of grave sites has been digitized and each site is being identified as containing a burial, cremated remains, or a memorial stone without remains. A designation will be made for members of the Armed Forces. Burial plots can be reserved for $100. The availability of water was discussed; at present there is no water. (see below: Ron Earl elected to serve as the third commissioner on the board)

Community Hall report: Deb Filler provided the report for Kathy Hall, Chairman of that committee. The improvements in the community hall will be prioritized by the committee and financed by that fund. (see Treasurer’s report for fund amount)

Harmonica/Music Festival report: Lorrine Munn, Chairman, presented the report on the event. Thanks to numerous volunteers the event was very successful. A complete financial printout will be provided at the September meeting. The gross so far recorded is greater than the previous year’s event.

Election of Cemetery Commissioner: Ron Earl was unanimously elected to the Cemetery Board. Tim Rogers, Ron Earl and Marge Fields serve on that Board.

Old Business

Steve Holloway provided an up-date on the status of the water supply provided by Yellow Pine Water Users Association.

* The main focus of the water board is the create and maintain a safe system for users and staff.

* The second bay of the sand filter is functioning and approved by DEQ.

* Chlorine level is being adjusted as required. It may fluctuate during peak use.

* Please cooperate on lawn watering. Odd addresses water on odd days; even addresses on even days. Water lawns in the morning, use only one sprinkler, shut off by 1:00 p.m. so chlorine levels can be adjusted.

* Weekend users water lawns when they are in YP. Full time residents during the week days.

* No lawn watering on Harmonica Festival weekend.

* Warren Drake has been hired as a licensed operator ($1,200/mo.) as required by regulations. He makes required adjustments, manages samples, and deals with DEQ when necessary. He also works for other small water companies.

* If air gets into the water lines, DEQ requires that a notice be issued to boil domestic water.

* Work is underway to create an accurate map of all water lines and plan future work.

* Dave McClintock has agreed to help if there is an emergency in the winter.

* The Board will try to have a member attend YP town meetings to answer questions.

(YPWU Board: Willie Sullivan, Stu Edwards, Dawn Brown, Steve Holloway, Dave Prouty. The YPWU is not administered or affiliated with the Village of Yellow Pine Association.)

Midas Gold will be giving the Yellow Pine community three $10,000 donations over the next three years. Yellow Pine selected four representatives to work as liaisons between the community and Midas Gold. (Lorrine Munn, Cecil Dallman, Willie Sullivan, Lynn Imel) They identified community needs and selected the water supply system as being the most important need. The $10,000 donation will be made directly to the YPWU. The Water Board will decide the best use of the money. The remaining two annual donations will be designated at later dates.

Noxious Weed program: The county coordinator has completed the Yellow Pine spraying project and accounted for all of the equipment loaned.

Golf Tournament Joel Fields, Marge Fields, and Kathy Hall announced they will be organizing the 2019 July 4th golf tournament. (Golf tournaments are not affiliated with the Village of Yellow Pine Assoc.)

Harmonica/Music Festival 2019 chairman: Lorrine Munn offered to serve as chairman for next year’s event. Unanimously approved.

New Business

There being no further topics for discussion, the meeting was adjourned.

Submitted for publishing by Lynn Imel

Financial report to accompany minutes:

Fund Description 8/10/18 Balance
General Village Fund $1,724.51
Cemetery Fund $5,732.38
Harmonica Fund $20,419.19
Community Hall Fund $1,817.16
Restrooms Fund $6,050.76
Road & Ditch Fund $500.00
Total Community Funds $36,244.00

Next VYPA Meeting:

September 8, 2pm, Community Hall, Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting
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YPFD News:

There was a YPFD Fire Commissioner Meeting June 9, no minutes yet.

There was a YPFD Fire Commissioner Meeting August 6, no minutes yet.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 – 2019

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, 2018 to September 20, 2019, pursuant to County Law chapter 14, Section 31-1419A. Said hearing will be held at the Yellow Pine Community Hall in Yellow Pine, Idaho on Saturday September 08, 2018, at 10:00 AM. At said hearing all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any they have, why said proposal budget should be adopted.

Proposed Expenditures:

The following budget is an estimate set forth in said budget of the total proposed expenditures and accruing indebtedness of the Yellow Pine Fire District for the Fiscal year 2018 – 2019.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2018 – 2019:

* Fire Fighting/Rescue: $8,132
* Wages: $0
* Advertising: $2,000
* Repairs and Maintenance: $4,000
* Utilities (Fixed Cost*) $4,000

Total:
Fixed: $4,000
Insurance $2,500
Total $18,132

I, Dan Stiff, Chair Yellow Pine Fire Commissioner, Yellow Pine, Idaho, do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of the proposed expenditures for the fiscal year 2018 – 2019. 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 (2) conspicuous places in the fire district, by order of the commissioners. Residents are invited to attend the budget hearing on September 08, 2018, at 10:00 AM at the Yellow Pine Community Hall, and have the right to approve written or oral comments concerning the fire district budget. A copy of the proposed fire district budget in detail is available at 320 Westside Ave, Yellow Pine, Idaho, 83677.

Dated this 15th day of August 2018

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

Burn Permits Needed After May 10

A reminder that May 10 is beginning of fire season where burning permits for open burning are required throughout most Fire Districts. Since the YPFD doesn’t issue actual “Burn Permits” per say, notification of a large pile burn would be appreciated. The notification makes the fire officials aware of those who have a planned burn. Seeing smoke can easily raise concerns. When neighbors call in seeing smoke, we can reduce their anxiety by knowing that there was a notification by a property owner. This elevates the response to smoke investigations.

Contact Fire Chief Jeff at 633-1010 or email j4star1911 @ gmail.com

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

Next meeting:

YP Fire Budget Hearing: September 8, 2018 – 10am Community Hall

Fire Department Training on Sunday’s at 11:00 all are welcome

Special Use Permit for Fire Station and Helispot:

The Boise National Forest has granted a “Special Use Permit” to the Yellow Pine Fire Protection District for the Fire Station lot and the Helispot. The Helispot is a new addition and the Fire Station lot was a renewal. This permit will expire 12/31/2037 (20 years) and will need to be rewed again at that time. Thanks to Jake Strohmeyer, District Ranger and Chris (Kit) Woras, Special Use Permit Administrator of the Boise Forest for spending a lot of time and correspondence to get this permit completed.

Helispot / Life Flight:

A lot of progress has been made on the new Helipad near the crossroads.

Anyone needing a Smoke/CO detector or fire extinguisher please let Jeff, Cecil or Dan know.

– Fire Chief Jeff

There are YPFD T-shirts, as well as YPFD patches and stickers for sale at the Tavern now.
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge

Open for summer (208) 633-3377
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Summer Hours: 8am to close 7 days a week.

Daily Menu: full Breakfast served also Burgers and Pizza for Afternoon and Evening. Good selection of Beer and Wine.
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The Corner 633-3325

Our hours for this week: Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-close

We will also be cooking most of the week for private events so if anyone wants something outside of those hours just call and we can usually accommodate.

The Corner Store is open as well, just call for grocery needs, fresh produce, eggs, meat etc.
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430
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Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine
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Local Observations:

Monday (Aug 13) overnight low of 43 degrees, clear sky and light haze of smoke this morning, Yellow AQ. Gravel truck/trailer turning around on the residential streets with back-up beepers before 830am. Good water pressure this morning. A few finches and a couple of pine siskins visiting. Getting breezy before noon, clear and good air. Increasing haze late afternoon, hot and breezy, high of 89 degrees. Cooling off some after sundown, lighter breezes.

Tuesday (Aug 14) overnight low of 42 degrees, clear sky and light haze of smoke this morning, Green AQ. It has been 45 days since our last drop of rain, very dry! Low water pressure. Gravel truck traffic from the pit going up Johnson Creek road. Female hairy woodpecker and a couple of female/juvenile hummingbirds, pine squirrel “chipping” from the fence and a couple of chipmunks dashing about. Local streets are very dusty. A few pine siskins visited early after lunch. Clear, sunny, hot and gusty hot breezes early in the afternoon, high of 92 degrees. Increasing smoke to the west later in the afternoon. Little male downy woodpecker visited this evening and a raven calling from the forest. Clear, warm, hazy and almost calm after sundown. Yellow AQ.

Wednesday (Aug 15) overnight low of 41 degrees, clear sky and moderate haze of smoke this morning, Yellow AQ. Gravel trucks hauling from the pit up Johnson Creek. Good water pressure. A few pine siskins and a red-breasted nuthatch, not many birds around. Getting a bit breezy by lunch time. Hot by early afternoon, moderate haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) and hot variable breezes, high of 94 degrees. Quiet and very warm evening, female/juvenile calliope hummingbird at the feeder. Warm evening, haze of smoke and setting sun paints everything with a golden glow. Slow to cool down after sunset.

Thursday (Aug 16) overnight low of 50 degrees, mostly cloudy above the smoke this morning, Yellow AQ. A couple of loud airplanes around 9am. (Airport Webcam is not reporting.) Low water pressure. A couple of juvenile jays trying to figure out the suet feeder, not many birds around. Two hummingbirds visited at lunch time, one was a young male calliope. Hot, cloudy and smoky by early afternoon, light hot breezes, very dry, high of 93 degrees. Quiet evening, better water pressure. Mostly cloudy after sundown and warm. Golden crescent moon in the southwest at dark.

Friday (Aug 17) overnight low of 52 degrees, mostly cloudy to partly clear above the smoke this morning, Yellow AQ. A few cassins finches and a couple of hummingbirds visiting. Good water pressure. Raven calling just before lunch time. Hot this afternoon, high of 90 degrees, cloudy, smoky and breezy. This evening towering thunderheads to the east (partly cloudy) variable breezes and perhaps the sound of thunder (or dump trucks) and haze of smoke. Slow to cool off after sundown, a little breezy before midnight.

Saturday (Aug 18) overnight low of 49 degrees, clear sky above haze of smoke, Yellow AQ. It appears the thunderstorms tracked north of McCall last evening, no rain or lightning. Finches and hummingbirds visiting this morning, several chipmunks scurrying around. Gravel truck/trailer parked on main street, not sure if they are hauling today. Pine siskins showed up for a lunch time seed snack. Mid-afternoon “chunky” clouds, warm and light breezes, haze of smoke, high of 86 degrees. Dusty streets! Comical juvenile stellar jay visited. Increasing smoke this evening. Female hairy woodpecker visited before sundown. Low smoke coming upriver this evening (probably from the Rattlesnake Creek fire), and high “clouds” of smoke in an otherwise clear sky. Fat first quarter moon tinted orange in the south west just at dark.

Sunday (Aug 19) overnight low of 45 degrees, clear sky above haze of smoke, Yellow AQ. Finches, pine siskins and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Getting breezy before lunch time. Water pressure down a little. A few small clouds by early afternoon, thicker haze of smoke, hot and breezy. Hot dry afternoon, high of 90 degrees, haze of smoke and some thin high clouds streaking the sky, light breezes. Female hairy woodpecker and a juvenile jay visited the suet feeder early this evening. Not seeing as many colombian ground squirrels, but plenty of chipmunks. Low smoke coming up river before sundown, yellow air quality.
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RIP:

Gene Battles

June 14, 1937 – August 4, 2018

Gene was born on Flag Day (June 14), 1937 to Paul and Gracie Battles in Hanford, Calif. They soon moved to Coalinga, Calif. where his dad worked in the oil fields.

He was joined by two brothers and two sisters. He had a good childhood growing up in a small town and getting into all the mischief one did at that time with friends.

In 1954 he enlisted in the Army. After basic training in Atlanta he was sent to Ft. Richardson, Alaska, near Anchorage. He really liked Alaska and wanted to stay, but had to return to California when his enlistment was up for his separation from the service.

It took him 11 years to return. In the meantime he married Betty Lindsay, they had two daughters, Debbie and Brenda. He became an iron worker and welder.

He still wanted to go back to Alaska, so he packed up his family and headed up the Alcan for what the Betty felt was a “hair raising” trip. He went to work building metal buildings and later working on the oil drilling platforms out in the Kenai Inlet and on the North Slope preparing for the oil pipeline to be built.

He and Betty parted ways. Cold weather hit and work shut down, so he and Elaine left for California to find winter work and see family. While there, his sister Claudia introduced them to the Bomengens, who owned West Mountain Lodge in Cascade. They were looking for a manager for the lodge and cabins on the west side of Cascade Lake.

Gene was always going back to Alaska but thought a couple of years on the way would be okay. That turned into 45 years.

After two years at the lodge, they started Gene’s Pump Service installing water pumps working with Gary Wilson of Gary’s Well Drilling. The next year his brother Clay and his family moved to Cascade. They partnered and began also installing septic systems and built some log houses.

In 1988 they went to New Zealand with Elaine’s parents and brother and his wife. They stayed for six weeks renting a van and touring both islands. His mother-in-law said she never laughed so much or had such a good trip. I attribute that to Gene’s good nature and fun ways.

Work dried up with a downturn in the economy. So, Gene bought a truck and began delivering freight for Action Express out of Boise to Cascade, McCall and New Meadows. When that slowed down he went to work for Ray Arnold driving Ray’s truck coast to coast. He got to see a lot of country and Elaine got to go with him, too, sometimes.

After being away from home most of the time for five years, he quit and went to work for Harp Oil delivering fuel locally and to the back country, Stibnite, Thunder Mountain, Big Creek and Warren. He became manager when Bud Harp retired.

After 11 years he retired from that. He and Elaine bought a travel trailer and made many great trips all around the country reconnecting with old friends and family.

Even though he never made it back to Alaska, except for visits, his 45 years in Cascade were very good until he began experiencing Alzheimer’s and they stayed home close to family. It is a terrible disease that slowly steals your abilities, your memories, your personality and then your life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Gracie Battles and his daughter Brenda.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, daughters Debbie (Mark) Duty, Vicki (Carl) Nickels and Doneva Daggett. Also brothers Clay and Dennis and sisters Helen Brown and Claudia Beswick and two half sisters Linda and Robin plus numerous grand and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews..

He received excellent care from Ashley Manor – Highmont in Boise and from Auborn Crest Hospice. They were wonderful to him and to his family.

We will have a celebration of his life at the American Legion on Sept 22, 2018, giving his family and friends all time to be able to come. He was the best partner I could ever ask for.

source: The Star-News
https://www.mccallstarnews.com/

Note: For those who wish to send a card to Elaine, email me for her address. – rrS
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Frances Elen Olson

Frances Elen Olson, 81 of Cascade, passed away peacefully at her home after a four year battle with cancer.

Frances was born on Dec. 13, 1937, in Caldwell to Obie and Lottie Haskins. Frances spent all of her youth and most of her adult life in Cascade. Frances attended K-12 at the Cascade School as well as did all her children.

In 1952 the love of her life Thomas N. Olson moved to town. In March of 1956 (their senior year) Tom and Frances snuck off to Lovelock Nevada and got married. When they returned home to Cascade they each went home like nothing happened and kept it a secret from family and friends until after they graduated.

Later that year the first of five children were born a son Tammy followed by daughters Tronnie and Rorie and sons Tom Jr. and Tobie.

After graduation Tom worked for J.I. Morgan and they lived in New Meadows for a couple years before settling back in Cascade.

Upon returning to Cascade the two built their forever home where they spent over 60 years together raising their family. Frances raised kids while working as a swim instructor, where she shared her love to swim, teaching the community children.

She spent time helping at the hospital, worked part time at the Boise Cascade mill and remained active in the electoral committee until recent years. In 1979 Tom and Frances started their own business, Olson’s Excavating, and for 35 years she was the secretary and chief bottle washer.

Most of the crew knew her as “Gram” and the only trouble at work scarier than having to answering to Tom in the field was having to answer to “Gram” in the office.

In 2004 Tom and Frances retired and sold the business to Tobie. After retiring they spent time together around Cascade in the summers and traveled to Arizona during the winters to enjoy time with old friends and new acquaintances.

Frances lived her entire life with her focus on her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend to all that knew her. She always stood firm for what she believed.

Frances never knew a stranger. Her home and kitchen was open day or night to anyone that needed it. She loved to cook and have her family near.

She loved music and did not always stick to singing in the shower. It was no surprise to find her humming or singing along to a tune in the grocery store or yodeling in the kitchen to entertain the kids or grandkids while she prepared a meal.

Frances gave a whole new meaning to:

Dance as though no one is watching
Love as though you have never loved before
Sing as though no one can hear you
Live as though heaven is on earth

Frances truly loved life and her family and had a strong religious belief that carried her through. Frances was so much too so many, her legacy will live forever, she will be greatly missed by all of those that had the pleasure to know this truly amazing woman.

Frances is survived by Husband Tom Sr., children Rorie, Tom Jr., and Tobie; and 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by parents Obie and Lottie, son Tammy, daughter Tronnie, brother’s Jessie, Albert, and Roy

A funeral service will be held Saturday Aug. 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall located at 105 E Mill Street, Cascade with a potluck to follow.

source: The Star-News
https://www.mccallstarnews.com/
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Idaho News:

Is Your 911 Dollar Going to the Right County?

Valley County Sheriff’s Office August 15, 2018

Have you recently moved to Valley County or have you changed your provider recently?

Many of you may not know that your Federal mandated dollar might be going to the wrong Public Safety entity. When you move to Valley County and you have had your cell phone activated in another area, your 911 dollar is still going to the original County that your cell phone was set up in. We are encouraging our citizens to double check their cell phone bill to see if the 911 money is actually coming to Valley County and not where you use to live. To do this, check your bill or call your cell phone provider and ask them. If it is still going to your old residence’s agency, then have them switch it to Valley County. The 911 money is federally mandated to come out of a phone bill and help the Public Safety Agency in which you live in to pay for 911 equipment in your area. This does not apply to a home phone or a hard line, that is automatically done at the phone company and goes off of your physical address, this is only for cell phones. So please check and make sure that your contribution is going to the right place.

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McCall hosts housing forum in an attempt to combat one of the biggest problems in Valley County

Steve Dent Aug 13, 2018 KIVI TV

McCall – Tourism continues to grow in McCall and the surrounding Valley County and that was pretty evident with the traffic and people at the beach on a Monday afternoon.

“Tourism is the bread and butter for a lot of our communities in the west central mountains,” said Andrew Mentzer the executive director of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council.

Although the tourism industry is booming, business face a shortage of workers and fueling that is the lack of affordable housing in the McCall.

“It is a huge challenge, a lot of our service industries our restaurants have had to cut back services because they don’t have enough workers,” said McCall Mayor Jackie Aymon. “Local housing, workforce housing or whatever you want to call it is probably the number one issue and one of the biggest obstacles of economic development in our community.”

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Valley County Sheriff: 17-year-old falls in Payette Lake, in ‘grave condition’

by CBS 2 News Staff Tuesday, August 14th 2018

Cascade, Idaho (CBS2) — Sunday afternoon emergency services responded to Payette Lake after reports of a 17-year-old fell into the water as he was paddle boarding.

Deputies say the 17-year-old’s father called 911 and reported that his son was on a paddle board near their pontoon boat when he collapsed into the water. The father said his son was not breathing and they were trying to get them on the pontoon boat.

The sheriff’s office says the 17-year-old was wearing a US Coast Guard approved life jacket at the time.

Valley County Marine Patrol responded in three minutes.

The 17-year-old was brought over to the sheriff’s office patrol boat where first aid was rendered and finally CPR was performed on the male. While doing this, the Marine Patrol took the male to the McCall Fire and EMS boat and was transferred to St. Luke’s McCall and then by air ambulance to St. Luke’s Downtown where the sheriff’s office says he is in “grave condition”.

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Public Utility

UTV owners gather at Brundage Mountain for ‘takeover’

By Max Silverson for The Star-News August 16, 2018

Erika Christensen and her family gathered at Brundage Mountain Resort on Friday to watch barrel racing, but there was not a horse in sight.

Instead, the Christensen family watched contestants riding in UTVs taking turns ripping around in circles.

The races were just one event of the UTV Takeover, which drew an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 people to Brundage, which served as a base for outings and tours.

Activities throughout the event were intended to foster a family-friendly environment.

… Activities during the week included 100-mile group rides to places like Yellow Pine and Warren, plus shorter 50 mile rides to places like Granite Lake, Hazard Lake and the Brundage Mountain fire lookout.

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Whooping cough outbreak worsens in southwestern Idaho

Whooping cough has sickened roughly 122 people in the region. Health officials say those numbers could go higher when school starts.

Rebecca Boone Associated Press August 14, 2018

Boise — Health officials say a whooping cough outbreak has now sickened roughly 122 people in southwestern Idaho, and they’re warning those numbers could increase with the start of the school year.

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, can be avoided with a series of vaccines. But the illness can be serious or even fatal for infants because the vaccine series takes multiple months to complete.

Cases of pertussis have been found throughout the Southwest District Health region, which includes Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette and Washington counties. But the bulk of them have occurred in Canyon County, where 94 people have contracted the disease.

District environmental health supervisor Jami Delmore says people who have a cough that lasts two weeks should see a health care provider to determine if the illness is pertussis. The disease is treatable with a five-day course of antibiotics.

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CDC monitoring measles outbreak in 21 states, including Oregon

Some 107 people have contracted the measles thus far in 2018, according to the CDC.

Mark Bergin August 15, 2018 KTVB

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring the spread of measles in 21 states, including Florida.

The Florida Department of Health said Monday it is investigating a case of measles in an unvaccinated child in Pinellas County.

The other states included are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, and Washington D.C.

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Idaho Falls couple rescued after being lost in cave for nearly 2 days

AP August 14, 2018

Jackson Hole, Wyo. (AP) – A man and woman got lost inside a mazelike ice cave in Wyoming for nearly two days and were hypothermic when rescuers found them.

Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr told the Jackson Hole News and Guide the Idaho Falls couple had burned their backpacks and other gear to stay warm after getting soaked by a waterfall in the Darby Canyon Ice Cave.

The 27-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife left Idaho Falls at 7 a.m. Saturday to explore the caves. Their family called authorities when they didn’t return.

Carr says rescuers found them shivering and “unable to move” and helped them out of the cave around 11 p.m. Sunday.

The undersheriff says the cave system is mazelike and unmapped and only experienced spelunkers are encouraged to enter.

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Pilot makes emergency landing into Snake River

Steve Bertel Aug 14, 2018 KIVI TV


picture by Doug Locksmith

Owyhee County – A pilot suffering an undisclosed health condition was apparently forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday morning into the Snake River.

It happened about 10:30 a.m., near the Sunrise Skypark in Owyhee County, according to an Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher.

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Plane crashes in Caribou County

The pilot and passengers were sent to the hospital

By Lindsay Kerr August 13, 2018 Local News 8

Caribou County, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office along with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a plane crash that happened Monday morning.

The Lincoln County, Wyoming Sheriff’s office received a 911 call around 9 a.m. about a plane crash in a heavily wooded area northwest of the Smoky Canyon Mine in Caribou County.

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Officials release names of individuals in plane crash

The pilot and passengers were sent to the hospital

By Lindsay Kerr August 15, 2018 Local News 8

The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of those involved in a plane crash that happened Monday morning.

Pilot John Craig Koehler, 66, of Afton, Wyoming, passenger Evan Zane Hathaway, 29, of Afton, Wyoming and passenger Tristan Brant Smith, 41, of Smoot, Wyoming were rescued from the crash.

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Two dead after plane leaves Caldwell and crashes in Baker City

by CBS 2 News Monday, August 13th 2018


(Photo courtesy Baker County Sheriff)

Caldwell, Idaho (CBS2) — Deputies say two people died Saturday after their plane crashed in a Baker City hay field.

The hay field was located near Lindley Road and I84.

According to Baker County Sheriff, 77-year-old William Watts and 70-year-old Mihoko Matsuda Nelsen died in the crash.

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Judge: Idaho violated US Constitution with oil leases order

by Keith Ridler Associated Press Tuesday, August 14th 2018

Boise, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution by forcing several mineral rights owners to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company without giving them a meaningful way to fight the state’s decision.

The ruling Monday in U.S. District Court in Boise could have significant ramifications for a state-approved process intended to prevent a minority of mineral rights owners from stopping natural gas and oil production.

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Fire News:

August 19, 2018 Fire Update

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Three firefighters injured on Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Feared high winds never arrived, aiding efforts

By Max Silverson for The Star-News August 16, 2018

Three people were injured this week on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire south of Riggins, while the Kiwah Fire in eastern Valley County crept closer to the area proposed for gold mining by Midas Gold Corp.

Two members of the Navajo Interagency Hotshot team received burns when a large snag fell on them while working near the end of their shift, Forest Service Public Information Officer Al Koss said.

… A total of 22 people had been injured as of Tuesday on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire, Koss said.

“Injuries vary from heat stroke to cuts, bruises and sprains to serious injuries such as snags falling on the hotshot members,” he said.

A third person working on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire was hospitalized in an incident on Monday unrelated to the accident involving the two hotshots, Koss said.

… Midas Gold may be forced to evacuate personnel at the Stibnite mine if the Kiwah Fire closes in, Midas Gold Inc. Vice President of Public Affairs Mckinsey Lyon said.

The fire is burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness with minimal intervention from firefighters.

Firefighters will be used stop the fire’s spread and protect structures should it move closer to the Stibnite area, Payette National Forest Public Affairs Office Brian Harris said.

… Kiwah Fire

The Kiwah Fire had grown to an estimated 15,437 acres as of Wednesday in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness within the Indian Creek drainage.

The fire was ignited by a lightning strike on July 17 and has been largely allowed to play its natural role in the wilderness under Forest Service policies.

Currently 17 firefighters are assigned to the Kiwah Fire. On Tuesday the fire was active in the basin to the east of Battle Axe Mountain, the Forest Service said.

The Kiwah fire was burning about 3.5 miles from the Midas Gold operations on Tuesday, Lyon said.

“Under our current plan, if a fire reaches within 1.5 miles of . . . . potential evacuation routes, or if USFS Fire Crews advise, we have instructed our employees to leave the site,” she said.

Midas Gold has taken measures to protect buildings and equipment at the site and will rely on firefighters if the Kiwah fire approaches, Lyon said.

The site houses offices, a shed housing core drilling samples, employee housing, a solar power facility and a fuel storage area, Lyon said.

Most of Midas’ buildings on site are sided and roofed with metal, which makes them less likely to burn, she said.

The company’s operations on the site are minimal while it awaits an environmental review of its proposed gold and antimony mine in the area.

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Land, roads reopen in fire’s wake

Sharps Fire now 90 percent contained

Mark Dee August 17, 2018 IME

With closures lifting and the Sharps Fire 90 percent contained Thursday morning, crews continued to scale back efforts on the 64,853-acre burn.

The Southern Idaho Type 3 team, which marshals the 100 or so firefighters now assigned to the blaze, plans to hand over operations to a smaller, local unit on Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Their main task will be to monitor the burnout and rehab land upended during suppression, including removing berms and repairing bulldozed fire lines—just the first steps in a long process of restoring the burnout, almost three weeks after the fire was first sparked east of Bellevue.

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Mining News:

Full Midas Press Release – Kiwah Fire

As of August 14, the Kiwah fire was burning approximately 3.5 miles from our project location.

Our first concern is the safety of all employees, contractors and other visitors to site. We have watched the situation closely and cannot thank the USFS fire crews enough for their assistance, clear and consistent communication and their dedication to keeping everyone safe.

Our current standard operating procedure for evacuating the camp in the event of a wildfire is based on the limited size crew and personal property at site. We are currently operating under the terms of our emergency fire response and evacuation plan and in the future, when we are in construction and operations, we will further develop this plan to comply with company and Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requirements (PRO 8-27) for expanded personnel and activities on site.

Under our current plan, if a fire reaches within 1.5 miles of Stibnite, the Yellow Pine Stibnite road, Profile Creek Jct. or Monumental Summit, which are potential evacuation routes, or if USFS Fire Crews advise, we have instructed our employees to leave the site. The fire did get close to this boundary over the weekend but the fire has since moved to the north east and away from our site.

1. What buildings, equipment, supplies, etc. are in place at the site that could be in harm’s way?

a. Current infrastructure at the site includes our offices, core shed, employee housing, solar power facility, fuel storage area and laydown yards.

b. Most of Midas’ buildings on site are sided and roofed with metal which makes them less likely to be impacted by fire.

c. We also have vehicles and machinery up at site that we use in our day-to-day operations.

d. We’ve done as much as we can to reduce the likelihood any existing infrastructure will be in harm’s way. Over the years, the Forest Service has implemented wildland fire mitigation measures to trim and thin potential hazards around site. We have also implemented many preventative measures like thinning vegetation, keeping the site clear of debris and creating fire-safe perimeters around buildings located on private land.

e. A lot of the area surrounding the immediate site has been impacted by forest fires in the past. This means most of the land package held by Midas Gold has been impacted by forest fire so there is limited fuel left in the area to burn.

2. Is Midas Gold sending its own personnel and equipment to the area to implement protection and set up patrols? If so, how many people and what sort of equipment?

a. We have staff on site 24 hours a day. However, if the fire gets within the 1.5 mile boundary, we will leave the site. We are most concerned with keeping our team safe and letting the crews at the USFS do their job.

b. The current fire location and our project are within the USFS fire protection zone boundary. We are not allowed, or trained, to fight forest fires. The Forest Service has the training and the expertise to protect Stibnite.

c. Until a fire reaches the evacuation perimeter, and we have to leave, we will help firefighters in any way we can. We have large (2,000-3,000 gallon) water tanks placed near the infrastructure at site and in locations for fire crews to use, if needed. In the past and, if requested by the Forest Service, we can provide access to our water well and airstrip to facilitate the Forest Service activities.

d. Our fuel storage area is protected by multiple containments to make sure it is protected in situations like this. The fuel is stored in double walled containers which are placed in a cement enclosure with an impermeable liner. In addition, the cement enclosure is surrounded by an unvegetated buffer zone with cement knee walls to minimize risk of fire entering the area. As one final layer of protection, the water tank near the fuel storage area is equipped to spray a fine mist over the fuel storage area in case we need to leave the site.

3. Which resources are considered the most critical and would receive the highest level of protection?

a. The absolute most important resource at site is our team. Our employees and people at the site receive the highest level of protection, which is why we instruct our crews to not engage in fighting the fire.

b. This summer we have 2-17 staff members on site plus contractors who are working to complete special projects.

4. What kinds of protection will be implemented? Foam? Foil wraps? Sprinkler systems? All of the above?

a. As mentioned above, we’ve implemented many preventative measures like thinning vegetation, keeping the site clear of debris and creating fire-safe perimeters around buildings. The Forest Service would implement Point Protection measures at our facilities but the metal structures at Stibnite do not require wrapping or foaming.

b. At this stage in our operations, we will not deploy additional protections other than water tanks located next to our infrastructure.

5. Will Midas rely on fire managers to provide protection or will Midas supplement those methods as needed?

a. We have taken the preventative measures we feel are necessary to protect the existing infrastructure at the site. We will now rely on fire managers to provide protection in the case of a wildfire. In these extreme situations, everyone is safer when the trained experts can do their job without interference or interruption.

Mckinsey Lyon
Director of Public Affairs
Midas Gold Inc.
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Commission takes up bridge concerned in gold haul route

By Lorie Palmer August 14, 2018 Idaho County Free Press

Grangeville, ID — Concern for a bridge – mainly, for who would be liable for injuries and repairs if it failed under freight weight – is expected to hold up new Orogrande-area gold digs for a month or more while Idaho County researches road history details and prepares to enter an agreement that may involve residents and the company now leasing the old Friday Mine.

Following an Aug. 7 Idaho County Commission meeting, the Lewiston Tribune reported Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, that a project by Sweden-based Endomines could yield 75,000 ounces of gold while employing 10-plus workers for seven to 10 years.

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Lawsuit: Dredge mining done without permits in Idaho river

By Keith Ridler – 8/15/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — A conservation group has filed a federal lawsuit contending a miner in Idaho is ignoring environmental laws and encouraging unpermitted mining by other gold seekers.

In its citizen enforcement lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, the Idaho Conservation League contends that suction dredge mining by Shannon Poe of Concord, California, is violating the federal Clean Water Act on the South Fork of the Clearwater River.

… Federal and state agencies have repeatedly notified Poe of the violations, but Poe denies he is subject to the Clean Water Act, the lawsuit says. Poe didn’t respond to a phone message Wednesday.

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Public Lands:

BC-YP-SF August 23rd Meeting

This is just a reminder that the August meeting will be held at 10:00 am at the E.O.C in Cascade Thursday the 23rd next week.

Josie Greenwood
STEAM and Environmental Educator
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Appeals court ruling halts giant forest project in Idaho

By Keith Ridler – 8/16/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — A giant forest project in Idaho is on hold following a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The decision Monday halts the 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage, prescribed burning to reduce forest fire risks and the closing of some roads.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed the lawsuit and appeal. It contends the project allows more logging of mature forests, which harms species that rely on old-growth. The group also said the project harms fish habitat for federally protected bull trout.

Other environmental groups backed the project.

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Portion of Long Gulch Road closed for bridge construction

Mountain Home, Idaho, Aug. 16, 2018 — The Boise National Forest is announcing that a portion of Long Gulch Road (Forest Road 213), located approximately 7 miles northwest of Prairie, will be closed while the bridge over Rattlesnake Creek is replaced.

The Mountain Home Highway District (MHHD) will enact the closure and begin construction on Aug. 20, with work expected to be completed before the Labor Day weekend. This portion of the road is managed and maintained by MHHD.

The existing timber bridge has exceeded its designed life and is being replaced with funding from the Forest Service, MHHD, and the Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee. Once complete, the new structure will be wider and longer to better accommodate higher stream flows and trailer travel.

For more information contact the Mountain Home Highway District, 208-587-3211.
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Critter News:

Photos: Corgi Fest packs Ann Morrison Park with puppy love

Saturday Corgi Fest packed Ann Morrison Park with corgis from around Idaho. The event benefits Idaho Humane Society and Fuzzy Paws Rescue.

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Pet Talk – Prostate Cancer in Dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt August 17, 2018 IME

Prostate cancer is the development of a malignant tumor of the prostate. It occurs in both neutered and unneutered dogs. Although castration protects against most other prostatic diseases, it does not always prevent prostate cancer. Castration does not increase the risk of prostate cancer. The most common type of prostate cancer is called transitional cell carcinoma, which typically spreads from the bladder or urethra. Occasionally, other types of cancer can spread to the prostate (metastasis) from cancers in other organs of the body. The only way to distinguish the different types of cancer is to biopsy the dog’s prostate and send the biopsy samples to a veterinary pathologist.

Clinical signs occur as the tumor enlarges and presses on the urethra, the tube conveying urine from the bladder to the penis. Bloody urine, bloody or yellow discharges from the penis, straining to urinate and straining to defecate may all occur. If the tumor grows into the urethra, it can obstruct urine flow. Prostate cancer can spread to the backbone, leading to pain or difficulty at the rear legs while walking. An enlarged and irregular prostate can be detected by rectal palpitation, just like in humans.

Diagnostic tests are always performed. These include blood tests, urinalyses and abdominal X-rays. Chest X-rays may be indicated to search for metastases. Examination of tissue specimens is necessary to confirm the diagnosis. Cells are attained by needle aspiration of the prostate using ultrasound to guide the needle into the prostatic tumor. These cells are sent to a pathologist to confirm the diagnosis.

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MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter receives $530 grant

The Star-News August 16, 2018

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter in McCall has received a $530 Petfinder Cat Enrichment Grant from the Petfinder Foundation.

The Cat Enrichment Grant program was awarded to Petfinder organizations by providing funds to purchase cat enrichment toys to stimulate their minds, making them more adoptable.

The Petfinder.com Foundation assists the 12,000+ animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com

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Big Hole range rider tracks wolves toward middle ground

By Ted Mcdermott – 8/11/18 AP

Jackson, Mont. — Chet Robertson found the spot he was headed to on a recent morning by doing what he’s done six hours a day, July through September, for the last eight summers: following wolves.

The wolves that led Robertson here, to a little island made by the braiding of Miner Creek, on the west side of the Big Hole, had cornered some elk and wounded one of them.

“But they headed right down this trail here,” Robertson says, “so off I go.”

A range rider hired by the Big Hole Watershed Commission, a Divide-based conservation nonprofit, Robertson’s job is, at its core, profoundly simple.

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Famous Oregon wolf OR-7 sires 5th consecutive litter of pups

8/15/18 AP

Portland, Ore. — A wolf known as OR-7 that established the first gray wolf pack in western Oregon in six decades has sired at least one pup for his fifth consecutive year, wildlife biologists said Wednesday.

Three wolf pups were captured frolicking in front of a remote camera set up in southwest Oregon by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said Amaroq Weiss, of the Center for Biological Diversity. The footage was recorded in early July and released this week.

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Togo wolf pack responsible for killing cattle

8/14/18 AP

Spokane, Wash. — Members of the Togo wolf pack in the Colville National Forest of eastern Washington state killed one cow and injured another last week.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says the Togo pack is responsible for five depredations in the past 10 months, including two last November and one in May.

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Fish and Game set traps to catch young grizzly bear roaming around N. Idaho homes

Idaho Fish and Game officials said they received several calls about the bear raiding chicken coops near Athol.

Taylor Viydo KTVB August 15, 2018

Athol, Id. — The race is on to catch a young grizzly bear spotted near some homes in Kootenai County.

Idaho Fish and Game officials said they received several calls about the bear raiding chicken coops near Athol.

As of Tuesday, Fish and Game has just one trap in this area to get a hold of the two-and-a-half-year-old grizzly.

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Idaho wildlife officials relocate chicken-chasing grizzly

8/17/18 AP

Athol, Id. — Wildlife officials in northern Idaho have trapped and relocated a young grizzly bear that was reportedly raiding chicken coops and damaging sprinkler heads near the small town of Athol.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game regional conservation officer Craig Walker told the Coeur d’Alene Press that the bear was seen roaming for five days between Chilco and Athol. After the grizzly was spotted digging up a dead goat that had been recently buried in a field, authorities brought in a trap and used a chunk of the goat as bait.

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Health officials: Boise County bat tests positive for rabies

Steve Bertel Aug 16, 2018 KIVI TV

Boise – A bat found in Boise County has tested positive for rabies, making it the second rabid bat discovered in Idaho this season, health officials said.

“The bat was found inside a Boise County home where it had potential contact with a dog. The dog was current on its rabies vaccine. Those who were staying at the home are being assessed for potential exposure,” said Central District Health Department spokesperson Christine Myron.

… “It’s important that people have their pets vaccinated to protect them in case they interact with a rabid bat or other wild animal. It’s also important for parents to talk to their kids about not touching wild animals.”

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Boaters urged to avoid Chinook salmon spawning nests

Steve Bertel Aug 14, 2018 KIVI TV

Stanley, Idaho – Starting Wednesday, Aug. 15, all boaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River will be urged to steer clear of Chinook salmon spawning nests — known as redds — as they navigate the 100-mile-long National Wild and Scenic River in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

“The Chinook spawning season on the main-stem Middle Fork occurs for a month, from August 15 to September 15. The Middle Fork Ranger District will mark key salmon spawning areas, so boaters know which areas to avoid,” said Steve Stuebner, spokesman for the Middle Fork Outfitters Association.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
August 17, 2018
Issue No. 882
Table of Contents

* Report Summarizes Tribes’ Work, Results From 10 Years Of Columbia River Fish Accords
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441301.aspx

* Willamette Falls Sea Lion Task Force Meets Three Days Next Week To Review Lethal Removal Request
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441299.aspx

* Deadline Extended For Amendments To Columbia River Basin Fish And Wildlife Program
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441298.aspx

* BPA Briefs NW Power/Conservation Council On The Spring Spill Surcharge Numbers
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441297.aspx

* Commercial Fishing For Columbia River Fall Chinook To Open For Treaty, Non-Treaty Gillnetters
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441296.aspx

* Council Gets Update On BPA Efforts To Reduce Funding For Fish/Wildlife Program Projects
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441295.aspx

* WDFW Restricts Fisheries On Columbia River, Two Tributaries To Support Steelhead Run
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441294.aspx

* Council Approves Letter Inviting Nominees To Regional Science Review Panels, Approves Members
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441293.aspx

* Lawsuit Filed Calling For Expanding, Revising Critical Habitat For Southern Resident Killer Whales
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441292.aspx

* Study Suggests Young Salmon May Leap To Remove Parasitic Sea Lice
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441291.aspx

* Basin Climate Outlook: Continued Hot, Dry Weather Expected For Coming Months, With More Wildfire Potential
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441290.aspx

* WDFW Seeking Public Comment On Draft Blue Mountains Elk Herd Plan
http://www.cbbulletin.com/441289.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

New rules in effect to prevent chronic wasting disease from entering Idaho

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The disease has never been found in Idaho, but is in neighboring states

At its July 26 meeting in Idaho Falls, Fish and Game Commission approved several new rules to prevent chronic wasting disease from entering Idaho, or managing the disease if it ever is found in Idaho.

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Hunters should check for wildfires in their hunting areas before their trips

Large wildfires are burning in Central and North Idaho and there are land closures

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Friday, August 17, 2018

Hunters planning their first trips want to pay close attention to fire closures and be prepared to alter their plans if necessary.

Large fires are currently burning in Central and North Idaho and are likely to be burning when archery season opens at the end of August. Fires have created large closure areas that will temporarily curb hunters’ access to some areas. To see current area closures and fire boundaries go to Fish and Game’s Idaho Fire Map.

Boundaries change as summer progresses and we get into fall, but it’s important that hunters know fire closures often extend far beyond the boundaries of the active fires.

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Warm weather hunters can avoid meat spoilage with extra preparation

Cooling meat immediately is critical during hot weather

By Mike Demick, Conservation Information Supervisor
Friday, August 17, 2018

Idaho’s big game early season hunts have started and hunters are already heading to the woods to take advantage of what looks to be a great season. While these early hunts have some advantages, hunting during warm weather requires extra preparation and special care to prevent spoiling of game meat.

Plan Ahead

Besides packing your gear, you should always have a plan before you leave home for handling the meat should the hunt be successful. Knowing how to quickly get the animal out of the woods and where to take the meat are questions every early season hunter should ask themselves.

“With daytime temperatures reaching the 80-90’s, you don’t have time to look for friends to help or call around to multiple cold storage facilities,” says David Silcock, Idaho Fish and Game Regional Conservation Officer based in Salmon. “Always know in advance who can help and where you can take the meat to cool and store it.”

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More F&G News Releases

https://idfg.idaho.gov/press
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Fun Critter Stuff:

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Firefighters battling California wildfires care for dehydrated fawn

Zac Self Aug 13, 2018 KIVI TV

Firefighters battling the Holy Fire in Southern California took care of a dehydrated fawn Monday afternoon.

Officials with the Cleveland National Forest tweeted that the firefighters stumbled upon the fawn and discovered she was heat exhausted and dehydrated.

The men can be seen in a photo giving the fawn a much-needed drink of water before helping get her back on her feet.

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Red Flag Warning Aug 20, 12pm – 9pm

Yellow Pine Forecast

Tonight A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Monday Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. North northeast wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 53. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Patchy smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Real Time Lightning Strikes Map

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
156 PM MDT Sun Aug 19 2018

...An upper low will drop into the region Monday bringing
scattered to numerous thunderstorms to the Boise, Payette, and
Western portions of the Sawtooth Forests. Some of these cells
should produce wetting rains. This system is also expected to
bring strong and gusty winds across the southern portions of the
Idaho BLM lands from Boise through Twin Falls...

IDZ401>403-421-201800-
/O.CON.KBOI.FW.W.0009.180820T1800Z-180821T0300Z/
Western Payette National Forest-Eastern Payette National Forest-
Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
156 PM MDT Sun Aug 19 2018

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT
MONDAY FOR LIGHTNING FOR WESTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL
FOREST...EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST... NORTHERN BOISE
NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN
SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST...WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES
401...402...403 AND 421...

* THUNDERSTORMS...Increasing coverage of thunderstorms expected
  through the afternoon and early evening. Some of these will
  produce wetting rains around 0.10 to 0.15 inches...mainly
  across the Frank Church Wilderness area.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Around 30 mph.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now, or will shortly.

Updated Fire Reports Aug 19, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

It has been 50 days since our last drop of rain. Weather continues to be warmer and drier than normal.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Extreme Fire Danger!

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Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow Pine

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 10:00 MDT
60 Moderate

Smoke Forecast

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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Closed.
8/11 PM update: The Meadow Creek Road above Stibnite has an emergency closure as the Kiwah Fire has bumped the road above Indian Creek. No other closures are in effect at this time. The road is open to Thunder Mountain, but members of the public are asked to limit traffic on the road as firefighters are working along the road and in Thunder Mountain. A future closure of the Thunder Mountain area may be necessary depending on the impact of an expected high level of fire activity today. Helicopters are assisting firefighters with water bucket drops throughout the north side of the fire.

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Kiwah Fire Aug 19 Thermal Map

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location eight (8) miles northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station on the south side of the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday July 18th, 2018 approx. 05:30 PM
Current as of 8/19/2018, 8:51:19 AM
Total Personnel 10
Size 15,437 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 1%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Kiwah Fire Update August 19, 2018

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.

Salmon, Idaho (August 19, 2018):

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 15,437 acres. The fire is burning in a mixed conifer forest on the Middle Fork Ranger District and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station within the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Yesterday, fire activity was minimal on all sides of the fire, with no significant growth since the fire was last flown on Thursday. Fire managers continue to monitor progress on the east side of the fire by lookouts. The potential for the fire to continue to grow remains, as there are many burning areas within the fire perimeter.

There are two closures associated with the Kiwah Fire. The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Trail Closure Order #04-13-18-600 and the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Road Closure: #0412-524. The closure orders are on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/.

Fire management is being coordinated between the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Payette National Forest. The Kiwah Fire is being managed to restore and maintain ecological process consistent with the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Management Plan. A priority of fire mangers is providing employee and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include private property and mining infrastructure, Forest Service Guard Stations, Middle Fork Salmon River boat traffic, road and trail improvements, lookout buildings, communication sites, and cultural resources. The cultural resources are abandoned, historical mining structures. Challenges firefighters are facing on this incident include extended hot and dry conditions, heavy fuel loading, and limited availability of firefighting resources to support this fire.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Kiwah Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety.

To date firefighters have created protection plans for the Stibnite Mine Site, Thunder Mountain, Indian Creek Guard station, and Pistol Creek Ranch areas. To date, significant progress has been made to implement these protection plans, with point protection measures in place on both the Salmon-Challis and Payette National Forests. The fire will continue to be monitored for fire spread in the direction of these values. There are 10 firefighters assigned to the Kiwah Fire. Work will continue into the coming weeks.

Firefighters and fire managers will continue to utilize the resources available complete the needed work as efficiently as possible. Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to spread until a significant precipitation event occurs. Typically, season-ending weather events occur in this area between the last half of September through the first half of October.

Dry conditions are forecast today. There is a very small chance for a few showers to form overnight, but better chances arrive during the day Monday. Unsettled conditions continue through Wednesday, with isolated thunderstorms possible each day.

Nationally, there are 56 uncontained large fires in the west managed under a full suppression strategy, and 57 large fires managed under a strategy other than full suppression. These fires are contributing to the smoke, which is drifting into the valleys surrounding Salmon and Challis. The public can find further information on smoke at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/, https://arcg.is/1zfeqH, and http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. The Kiwah Fire is on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/.

Visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF for further information.

Closures — Kiwah Fire
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/

Area Overview Map August 18

Kiwah Fire Map August 17

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/
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Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests
Location West side of Highway 95 near mile marker 184; near Pollock
Cause Human
Date of Origin Monday July 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Current as of 8/18/2018, 8:34:05 PM
Total Personnel 455
Size 7,997 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 28%

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Update, Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Information Phone Number (208) 495-6934

UAS SHUTS DOWN AIR OPERATIONS OVER FIRE

Size: 7,997 acres (based on infrared data)
Containment: 28%
Cause: Human
Location: West of Pinehurst and Gotzinger, Idaho
Structures Destroyed: 0

Total Personnel: 455 including 7 hand crews, 23 engines, 3 dozer, 12 water tenders, 2 masticators and 2 helicopters

Summary: An unmanned aircraft system (UAS or “drone”) violated the temporary flight restriction around the Rattlesnake Creek Fire area yesterday, causing aircraft operations to shut down. Drones in and over fires are unsafe and pose a significant safety risk to our firefighters in the air and on the ground. Helicopters had been providing support to firefighters on the ground by dropping water on spot fires along the fire perimeter, and air operations stopped immediately upon discovery of the drone over the fire.

Today, crews will take advantage of favorable weather to work directly on the fireline along the south half of the western flank on White Bird Ridge to keep fire out of the Rapid River drainage. Heavy equipment will construct perimeter line on the southwestern end of the fire. Structure assessments will continue in Denny, and firefighters will scout and identify values at risk in Shingle Creek, Papoose and the Rapid River area. Point protection will be implemented as necessary in Hillman Basin, Boulder, Elk Lake subdivision and along Hwy 95. Warm temperatures and low humidity values will prevail over the fire today, with a series of low-pressure systems to follow early in the week.

Resources Threatened: Private property and structures in the Pollock, Pinehurst, Hillman Basin, and Elk Lake areas remain threatened, as well as threats to state and federal infrastructure (Highway 95) and natural resources.

Evacuations/Closures: Residents in Hillman Basin and Boulder are in “Go” status. Residents in the North Pollock, Elk Lake and Pinehurst areas and residents along Hwy 95 from mile marker 167 to 177 are in pre-evacuation status (“Be Set”). Smokey Boulder Road to Railroad Saddle is closed. Both Idaho and Adams counties use AlertSense for emergency alerts. In Idaho County, call the Sheriff’s Department @ 208-983-1100 to enroll; in Adams County, visit https://bit.ly/2AU0C5R to sign up. Additionally, the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests have area closures in effect, including portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA); see https://bit.ly/2ATSand or Inciweb for more details.

Follow Emergency Evacuation Information on: https://www.facebook.com/ACSO911/ (Adams County) or

https://www.facebook.com/Idaho-County-Sheriffs-Office-178393728844032/

Please observe posted speed limits along Hwy 95 adjacent to the fire and be aware of active fire traffic.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), so if you fly, we can’t!

Announcements: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect; use the following link for specific restriction information https://bit.ly/2ag2SUy . For public and firefighter safety, please adhere to all safety signage and speed reductions. Do not stop along the highway corridor near the fire. For road conditions and closures http://511.idaho.gov/.

For smoke monitoring information, see Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
https://bit.ly/2nooV2z or https://bit.ly/2tm1VG6

For further information, please visit the following links:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999 (maps, photos, links, etc.)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakeCreekFire/ (daily updates & video updates)

Unmanned Aircraft System Shut Down Air Operations over Fire

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS or “drone”) was detected over the Rattlesnake Creek Fire this afternoon, violating the temporary flight restriction (TFR) and grounding our firefighting air operations. UAS in and over fires are unsafe and pose a significant risk to our firefighters in the air and on the ground. Helicopters had been providing support to firefighters on the ground by dropping water on spot fires along the fire perimeter. Air operations immediately stopped working on fire suppression efforts after the “drone” was discovered over the fire area. We would like to remind the public that if you fly manned or unmanned vehicles over a fire area, this has a direct ability on our ability to fight fires. Please remember, “If you fly, we can’t.”

8/18/18 Rattlesnake Creek Map

Rattlesnake Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999/

Rattlesnake Creek Fire growing in Adams County

Containment has dropped to 28 percent. A Level 3 Evacuation order remains in effect from the Adams-Idaho county line to Hillman Basin Road.

KTVB August 18, 2018

Boise — The Rattlesnake Creek Fire is still actively burning in timber and grass on the west side of U.S. Highway 95 near Pollock, and spreading in Adams County.

The fire has burned 7,752 acres as of 9 a.m. Saturday morning, according to officials with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. It is 28-percent contained.

Air operations were put on hold Saturday afternoon, after a drone was seen over the fire. Helicopters had been dropping water on spot fires along the fire perimeter before being grounded due to the drone. Flying a drone near a wildfire is punishable under the federal law against resisting or interfering with the efforts of firefighters to extinguish a fire. A temporary flight restriction against manned or unmanned aircraft is also in effect for the fire area.

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Rabbit Foot Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Date of Origin Thursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 14 Nautical Miles South West of Salmon, ID
Cause Lightning/natural
Current as of 8/18/2018, 8:52:19 PM
Total Personnel 651
Size 34,512 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 3%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Injuries (to date): 3 Structure Destroyed: 0

August 19 Daily Update for the Rabbit Foot Fire

Engagement of firefighters will be limited today due to an intermittent failure of the primary radio system. It will continue until reliable ground communications are reestablished. Initial attack , structure assessments, logistics support, and air resources will continue to respond in areas where communications are good. The safety of fire personnel and the public is our primary concern.

Summary: Firefighters continued construction and improvement of indirect dozer lines and roads in preparation for the fire’s eventual advance. Significant work has already been completed along the Silver Creek road and other locations around the fire. Thirty six miles of road have been cleared using feller-bunchers and firefighting crews and dozers have constructed 49 miles of indirect containment lines around the fire perimeter. This will allow firefighters a greater margin of safety and more opportunities to slow and stop the fire’s progress. Burnout out operations on the interior of some of these lines may be initiated to strengthen them if weather conditions allow. Due to the volatility of the fuels and the difficult terrain, a full suppression strategy and indirect tactics presents the best option for successful containment and control at this time. An opportunity in the Van Horn creek area allowed firefighters to establish an anchor point and gain a foothold producing a 3% containment of the fires edge. Point and structure protection has also been a priority with 70 sprinklers kits already deployed.

Initial attack resources are identified for rapid deployment should a new start occur in the management area. A night shift is also on duty and available for patrolling lines, conducting suppression actions, and doing structure protection, should they be required.

Helicopters are available for water drop mission, logistic support as well as medical assistance. Helicopters and their crews assisted in a search and rescue effort in response to a single engine airplane accident and expedited the transport of injured civilians.

Weather: Today’s weather will be mostly sunny with areas of smoke and haze. Temperatures will be in the mid 60’s to lower 70’s, with humidity 52-64%. Winds will be out of the north 3-8 mph with gusts to 15 mph.

Closures: Stage One fire restrictions remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands. Fire related area closure orders remain in effect and have expanded in response to the new fire growth. For more information on fire restrictions and area closures, visit Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/) or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/).

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for nonincident aircraft including drones will be updated to reflect fire growth on the south flank. Pilots see NOTAM #8/1105.

Evacuation Notices: The Lemhi County Sheriff’s department will continue to notify residents regarding level 1 and level 2 pre-evacuations. Please contact the Sheriff’s department for any questions related to evacuations at (208) 756-8980.
Email: RabbitFootFire2018@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/
Closures: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/

Aug. 19 Air Quality/Smoke Report
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6090/46211/

Rabbit Foot Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/
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Fire crews are working to control 12 new lightning-caused wildfires

Karen Lehr Aug 18, 2018 KIVI TV

Boise, Idaho – The Boise BLM responded to twelve lightning-ignited wildfires across the district Friday, and crews successfully contained all of the fires Saturday.

With exception to the Alkie and Benny Fires, all fires have been controlled at this time. Officials predict the Alkie and Benny Fires will be controlled by 8:00 p.m. Sunday.

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Final Update – Boise BLM responds to multiple lightning wildfires

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2018, 6:44 pm
Contact: Boise District Fire Information Line (208) 384-3378
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
The Boise BLM responded to twelve lightning ignited wildfires across the district yesterday (8/17/18). Fire resources successfully contained all of the fires today. With exception to the Alkie and Benny Fires, all fires have been controlled at this time. The Alkie and Benny Fires will be controlled at 8 PM tomorrow (8/19/18). This will be the last update.

Alkie Fire
• Located approximately 7 miles north of Glenns Ferry, ID
• Estimated at 2,027 acres
• Cause – Lightning
• *Fire 100% Contained – Estimated Control Time 8 PM on 8/19/2018*

Benny Fire
• Located approximately 9 miles north of Glenns Ferry, ID
• Estimated at 902 acres
• Cause – Lightning
• Consumed the Little C Fire.
• *Fire 100% Contained – Estimated Control Time 8 PM on 8/19/2018*

Cutoff Fire
• Located approximately 13 miles southwest of Grand View , ID
• *Controlled*

Big C Fire
• Located approximately 9 miles northwest of Glenns Ferry, ID
• *Controlled*

Muddy Fire
• Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, OR
• *Controlled*

Poison Fire
• Located approximately 25 miles southwest of Bruneau, ID
• *Controlled*

MM 98 Fire HWY 20
• Located approximately 1 mile northeast of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

MM 108 Fire HWY 20
• Located approximately 8 miles northeast of Mountain Home Idaho, ID
• *Controlled*

Twenty Fire
• Located approximately 5 miles northeast of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

Canyon Fire
• Located approximately 5 miles north of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

Goldie Fire
• Located approximately 10 miles south of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

For More Information,
Keri Steneck, Fire Information and Prevention Office, 208 384-3210
Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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Artesian Fire Update

DATE: August 18, 2018 8:00 p.m.
CONTACT: Katie Gorby, kgroby@fs.fed.us, 208-497-7270
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info
(#ArtesianFire)

Start Date: 08/18/2018 11 a.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: Highway 33 Mile Marker 62, 3 miles east of Sage Junction. (Private & BLM lands)
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: estimated 1900 acres
Percent Contained: containment estimated, August 19

Fire Behavior: Creeping and smoldering with intermittent flair ups.
Structures Threatened: Yes, one ranch a ½ mile south of the fire potentially threatened.
Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and brush, flat ground.
Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 6 brush truck, 4 tenders (BLM, USFS, Central Fire District, Hamer VFD, Roberts VFD) and 3 dozers. 2 single air tankers, 1 heavy air tanker, 1 helicopter, 2 Fire Bosses and a very large air tanker. Madison Fire Department, Ucon Fire Department and Ammon Fire Department ordered for structure protection.
Evacuations: All evacuation will be handled by Jefferson County Sheriff as necessary.
Closures: No closures.

Summary: The Artesian Fire has grown to 1900 acres. The line is holding in the South. There are some interior pockets still goings. They are working to keep those interior pockets from sending up embers and igniting fires over the line. As of right now they are focusing on holding and securing the fire line.
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Large brush fire burning north of Wendell

Extreme caution is urged on Idaho Highway 46 between Wendell and Gooding.

KTVB Staff August 18, 2018

Gooding County — A brush fire that broke out Saturday afternoon has grown to at least 1,500 acres north of Wendell, and is at the Gooding-Lincoln county line.

The fire, now being called the North Wendell Fire, was reported at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday and erupted in strong winds.

Kelsey Brizendine, a public information officer with Twin Falls District BLM, said “until the wind stops, (firefighters) are going to have some issues.”

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NIFC

August 19, 2018

Nationally, 110 large fires have burned over 1.9 million acres. Six new large fires were reported in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon. Eight large fires were contained including the Ferguso Fire in California.

Weather: The ridge of high pressure will remain strong over the inland west and continue to bring warmer than average temperatures with diurnal winds and marginal overnight humidity recoveries. Isolated storms will be possible along and west of the Continental Divide in Montana and Wyoming. A strong high pressure area at the surface will move south into central Montana, creating a breezy easterly flow across the western half of the state and possibly northern Idaho. With the center of the high pressure area located mostly over southern California, the northerly flow on the front (east) side of the ridge will suppress monsoonal convection to mainly areas near the Mexican Border. Further north, a trough of low pressure will bring cooler temperatures and possibly isolated storms to the Pacific Northwest. A passing trough of low pressure will bring scattered storms to the central portion of the Great Plains, while a stalled front is expected to bring the same to the Deep South and along the Atlantic Coast south of Delaware. Both the Great Lakes Region and the Northeast will remain warm and dry under the influence of a weak high pressure ridge.

Idaho Fires: 13 Acres: 171,153 New: 2 Contained: 4
* Artesian Jefferson County CNTY 1,000 40 4 miles north of Roberts
Barney Idaho Falls District BLM 605 0 41 miles southeast of Challis
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 200 25 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-6774
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 5,150 31 5 miles east of East Hope 208-264-0571
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 15,437 1 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Mesa Payette National Forest FS 34,719 90 4 miles south of Council 775-403-2144
* North Wendell Gooding County CNTY 1,800 0 5 miles north of Wendell
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 34,512 3 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,000 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 7,452 28 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-495-6934
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 90 6 miles east of Bellevue 208-731-8604
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 870 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-557-8813
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,555 19 18 miles east of Athol 208-264-0571
Ross Fork Fort Hall Agency BIA 2,480 100
Alkie Boise District BLM 2,027 100
Benny Boise District BLM 902 100
Cutoff Boise District BLM 474 100

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Idaho History Aug 19

Mount Idaho, Idaho County, Idaho

(part 2)

Mount Idaho, Idaho

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Mount Idaho is a ghost town in Idaho County, Idaho, United States. The town served as county seat of Idaho County from 1875 to 1902.

A 45-mile (72 km) stretch of trail opened in 1860 in the Mount Idaho area is believed to be one of the earliest examples of a toll road on record in the region. According to local legend, the owner of this road, Mose Milner, was forced to sell the area to Loyal P. Brown after being permanently disabled in a fight with a mountain lion. Brown is considered the founder of Mount Idaho.

The town of Mount Idaho was founded around 1862 as an outpost serving nearby gold mining areas. By 1873 Mount Idaho was connected by stagecoach with Lewiston.

During the 1877 Nez Perce War a hotel in Mount Idaho served as a hospital. Some of the dead from that conflict were buried in the town’s cemetery.

By 1892 Mount Idaho was in competition with nearby Grangeville, some 3.5 miles (5.6 km) away, as the main town in Idaho County. The county seat was moved from Mount Idaho to Grangeville ten years later. By 1922, when the town’s post office closed, Mount Idaho had been effectively assimilated by Grangeville.

source: Wikipedia
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LP Brown Hotel Mount Idaho

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undated – no credit

source: “History of the State of Idaho” By C. J. Brosnan 1918 (18 meg)
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Mount Idaho – Idaho County – Idaho

Idaho County was originally founded as a region of Washington Territory in 1861, named for a steamer called Idaho that was launched on the Columbia River in 1860. It was reorganized by the Idaho Territorial Legislature on February 4, 1864. In this context, the name of the county predates both the Idaho Territory and the State of Idaho. The county seat is Grangeville. Previous county seats were Florence (1864–75) and Mount Idaho (1875–1902).

Idaho County is the largest County in Idaho. It covers 8,503 square miles, and has 6,925 square miles of National Forest land within the county.

Mount Idaho is a ghost town in Idaho County. The town served as county seat of Idaho County from 1875 to 1902.

A 45-mile stretch of trail opened in 1860 in the Mount Idaho area is believed to be one of the earliest examples of a toll road on record in the region. According to local legend, the owner of this road, Mose Milner, was forced to sell the area to Loyal P. Brown after being permanently disabled in a fight with a mountain lion. Brown is considered the founder of Mount Idaho.

The town of Mount Idaho was founded around 1862 as an outpost serving nearby gold mining areas. By 1873 Mount Idaho was connected by stagecoach with Lewiston.

During the 1877 Nez Perce War a hotel in Mount Idaho served as a hospital. Some of the dead from that conflict were buried in the town’s cemetery.

By 1892 Mount Idaho was in competition with nearby Grangeville, some 3.5 miles away, as the main town in Idaho County. The county seat was moved from Mount Idaho to Grangeville ten years later. By 1922, when the town’s post office closed, Mount Idaho had been effectively assimilated by Grangeville.

source: Elmore County Press
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Mt. Idaho

The City of Graves and Springs; An Embryo Metropolis, etc.

The Nez Perce News Thursday, May 26, 1881

Mt. Idaho, the county seat of Idaho County was first located in 1875 and contains a population of about 400 souls. The town is admirably located on Butcher Creek, in a grove of timber on the base of the foothills at the head of Camas Prairie; being two miles from the Clearwater River and fifteen miles above the mouth of its middle fork and fifteen miles distant from Salmon river. An extraordinary volume of business for the size of the place is transacted here, as may be readily conceived when the fact is stated that all the numberless mining camps in the hundreds of miles of territory drained by the Salmon and Clearwater rivers are largely dependent upon this point for their supplies of the necessaries of life. From early summer till the winter rains have demoralized the roads, an almost endless procession of pack trains with freight en route from Lewiston to Mt. Idaho line the main thoroughfare between the two places. This continuous arrival and departure of pack trains lend to the streets of Mt. Idaho a scene of cheerful business activity that is heightened by the pleasant location of the town in the timber, while the presence of mules and idle Indians clad in the gorgeous blanket paraphernalia of burden and barbarism contrast admirably with the plain dress and somewhat abrupt manners of the miners and packers busily engaged around, and these again, combing with the spruce appearance of a few blue coats from the neighboring military post of Camp Howard and the broadcloth and white shirts of the resident citizens, blends into one harmonious whole and forms the picturesque foot ensemble of a model frontier mountain town.

Such is what may be termed a bird’s eye view of Mt. Idaho. To come down to the actual details of which the whole is composed, its business interests comprise three general merchandising stores, one flour and grist mill, a hotel, livery stable, saloon, variety store, two blacksmith shops, butcher shop, drug store, boarding house, cabinet shop, three attorneys, two saw mills in the near vicinage of the town, the finest court house building in the territory of Idaho, and a Large number of private residences built in the most approved styles of modern architecture. The stores of Mt. Idaho are more spacious and carry larger stocks of merchandise than many more pretentious places. The branch establishment of Messrs. Grostein & Binnard, of the city, under the management of Maj. Binnard and Mr. Greenburg is doing a splendid business and the firm as usual is always enlarging their extensive warehouse or building new graineries to accommodate their extensive transactions in the products of Camas prairie. J.P. Vollmer & Co., of this city, also have a branch store at Mt. Idaho under the management of Mr. Wallace Scott, the resident partner of the firm; they carry a large stock of goods adapted, to the varied interests which concentrate there, are doing a good business and will have a big two story brick store when bricks are cheaper. The establishment of Mr. H.C. Brown completes the merchandising interests of Mt. Idaho. Mr. Brown has a magnificent display of goods on exhibition and for sale, and has a large constituency of friends on the prairie and in the outlying mining camps. The Mt. Idaho hotel is a fine, hand finished building, owned and run in tip top shape by Hon. L.P. Brown, the original proprietor and locator of the town site and the father of the town. He also owns the grist mill on Butcher creek, fitted to run by steam power, and has also vast interest all through the Salmon and Clearwater country and in addition to being the great sheep raiser of North Idaho, he owns and operates the daily stage line between Lewiston and Mt. Idaho. John Denny has a variety store stocked with useful notions; John McPherson owns the livery stable where stock are carefully tended at living rates; at Auchinvole & Co.s Saloon, the choicest grades of Hybrid refreshments are served in real ? style by the boss mixolygist, J.J. Manuel; Dr. J.B. Morris is the resident physician and proprietor of the drug store and being an ? student of medicine is ? in the practice. Crooks & Sebastian supply the burg with the succulent meat for which Camas prairie is justly?. G. Ellsworth manufactures furniture at his cabinet shop; Mrs. ? ? private boarding house in the summer; the two blacksmith shops are operated by the one, by Adams Schubert , a thorough master of his profession, the other by C.R. Aben, who knows his business equally well. Shissler & Mathison’s saw mill is located on Butcher creek, three miles from Mt. Idaho and Bartley’s saw mill on three mile creek.

One of the solidest muldoons on the prairie is Hon. B.F. Morris, clerk of the District Court, who in conjunction with others, owns 1,200 acres fenced, and much of it under cultivation in the heart of the prairie, in the locality known as Centerville. The county officers of Idaho county who have their offices on the ground floor of the fine court house are, Treasurer, Wm. Baird, a brother of Ezra Baird of this city, and just as good a man, auditor and recorder, J.B. Chamberlain, as good a “watch dog of the treasury” as was ever elected to that position; sheriff, T.J. Rhoades, who knows his duty and goes for it on the spot; the probate judge is John Bower, in whose hands the interests of widows and orphans are ever safe; we can personally vouch that W.J. Rainey is a zealous assessor, for he stopped us on the trail and cinched a $4 poll tax out of us, but we forgive him for that as he serves Chinamen just the same way. The county surveyor is Fremont Cobb a late arrival from Kansas, who is inducing a large immigration to Camas prairie from that state by the glowing descriptions he is publishing of this favored country. The law practice is confined to A.H. Gordon, Hon S.S. Fenn and J.H. Forney. Mr. Fenn is North Idaho’s favorite statesman; he has represented the territory in Congress for four years as it was never represented before nor since; besides being repeatedly sent to different legislations; we accepted his hospitality for a night and gleaned much valuable information from his well stored mind, for which our thanks are due. Mr. J.H. Forney is a gentleman of southern birth and a natural born lawyer, who has so assiduously cultivated his talents by hard study that he has become a ripe scholar, ? we were not surprised to hear that he has been uniformly succeeded ? his practice, never having ? case, which speaks volumes for the industry ability and zeal which he puts into his clients cause, and accounts for the good practice he is building up.

At this point our notes are very indistinct so we are reluctantly compelled to bid a temporary adieu to Mt. Idaho an din so doing return our special thanks to Hons. L.P. Brown, B.F. Morris, J.H. Forney, F. Cobb, Joh McPherson and S.S. Fenn for valuable courtesics extended and also generally to a large number of other friends on the prairie including the county officials for favors and hospitality accepted and preferred. No stronger proof of the hospitable character of the people of Camas prairie can be advanced than the bare statement of the fact that we have accepted 30 invitations to dine with different hosts on Camas prairie on the coming glorious Fourth of July.

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source: Idaho County GenWeb
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Lumber Mill Mount Idaho 1870s

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photo from Lewiston Morning Tribune – Jul 1, 1962
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Mill Men Wasted No Time

Jul 11, 2011 Lewiston Tribune

Because of the back-breaking task of whipsawing lumber, primitive sawmills were introduced early into Idaho mining areas.

Two of the first on record were established in 1862, one in the Pierce area and the other at Mt. Idaho. Alonzo Leland, later a Lewiston newspaperman and attorney, was instrumental in the start of the Pierce-area mill.

Lumber from the Mt. Idaho mill, which was probably the first to do any planing, was used for the construction of the DeFrance Hotel at Lewiston. L.P. Brown, who owned most of the town of Mt. Idaho and operated a sawmill for many years, probably started the mill there.

For most of the 28 territorial years, the Lewiston area was lumber hungry and whatever was produced was quickly used in building.

Mill owners of those years did not thrive, however. Instead they were plagued with hard luck of various types – machinery failed to come through or was forever breaking down and there were long waits for replacements.

Water power, which turned the wheels of the earliest mills, was undependable since the rivers were either too high or too low most of the time.

Worse still, fires often erased the work of years and insurance rates were considered prohibitively high.

excerpted from: The Lewiston Tribune (pulled from a seven-section volume of work compiled by Tribune staff during Lewiston’s 1961 centennial.)
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Notable Mount Idaho Residents

from “An Illustrated History of Idaho” 1899

One authority states that the first permanent settlement in Idaho was made at Mount Idaho, the present county-seat of Idaho county.
Pg 59

Jay M. Dorman

No man has been a more prominent factor in the growth and improvement of Mount Idaho than this gentleman, who for many years has been identified with its building interests, nor have his efforts contributed alone to his individual prosperity, for he belongs to that class of representative Americans who promote the public good while securing their own success.

A native of Delaware county. New York, he was born August 27, 1837, and is descended from an old American family, early settlers of the Empire state. His father, Anthony Dorman, was likewise born in Delaware county and married Miss Charlotte Bursack, a lady of German descent. Their only child, Jay M. Dorman, was left an orphan at a tender age and was reared by his aunt until fourteen years of age. With her he removed to Louisiana, where he learned the carpenter and joiner trade.

In 1861 he went to California by way of the isthmus route, sailing on the steamer North Star, which arrived in San Francisco in July. He worked in a sawmill on the coast range for a time, and by the water route went to The Dalles and then by mule train to the place of the gold discoveries in Idaho. He traveled with a company of eight, who ultimately reached Lewiston, which was then a town of tents, with only two log houses. Mr. Dorman proceeded to Elk City, and engaged in mining at different claims for nine years, but met with only a moderate degree of success. He had at times as high as three thousand dollars, but like many other miners sunk his capital in a bedrock tunnel. He, however, never lost anything through gambling or in the saloon, as so many men did in those early days.

In 1871 he came to Mount Idaho, at which time there was but one log house in the town. Here he began work at the carpenter’s trade, and since that time has been actively interested in the erection of most of the buildings of the place, so that Mount Idaho now largely stands as a monument to his skill, thrift and enterprise.

In 1877 he built his own commodious residence, one of the most attractive homes of the place. In connection with contracting and building, Mr. Dorman has also superintended the operation of his ranch, comprising three hundred and twenty acres of good land, on which he raises hay and grain.

The county-seat of Idaho county was established at Mount Idaho in 1875, and our subject erected the court-house and jail there. He served the county for two years in the position of treasurer and for one term as county commissioner, discharging his duties in a most prompt and commendable manner. In politics he has been a lifelong Republican, and in addition to the other offices mentioned he has served as school trustee, the cause of education finding in him a warm friend and one zealous in advancing its interests. Thus in many ways he has been prominently identified with the advancement of his county along material, political and educational lines, and at all times is a progressive, public-spirited citizen.

He was a volunteer in the Nez Perces Indian war, in 1877, and assisted in building a rock fort in Mount Idaho, which formed such a protection that the Indians made no attempt to attack the inhabitants of the town, and many settlers from the surrounding country also found shelter there.

In 1880 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Dorman and Mrs. Arabella J. Randall, widow of Captain D. B. Randall, who served his country as a lieutenant in the great civil war and as a captain of volunteers in the Indian war. She was the daughter of Captain A. P. Ankenv, of Virginia, and crossed the plains to California in 1849, going to Oregon in 1850. Mrs. Dorman was only four years of age when she went with her father’s family to the Sunset state. By her first marriage she had live children, namely: Oronoka L., wife of S. D. Ingram, of Lewiston; Henry A.; Bell J.; Maude E.; and Ada L., wife of Lewis D. Stevens. Mr. and Mrs. Dorman have one daughter, to whom was given the full name of her father, – Jay M. Mrs. Dorman is a member of the Episcopal church and is one of the honored pioneer women of Oregon and Idaho.

Our subject holds membership in Mount Idaho Lodge, No. 89, F. & A. M., has held various offices in the lodge and served as its treasurer for ten years. He is one of Idaho’s worthy and reliable citizens, and since early pioneer days he has labored for the welfare of the state, proving especially active in the upbuilding of the northern section. He is highly esteemed for his integrity in all the walks of life, and well deserves representation in this volume.
Pgs 318-319

Evan Evans

… He remained in California until 1880, when he came to Grangeville, where he has since made his home. Here he was first employed in carrying the mail, under contract, between Mount Idaho and Pierce City, making the journey on horseback. He received a fair remuneration for his services, and continued that labor until the route was discontinued.
Pg 333

Henry Spalding

A son of the pioneer [Henry Harmon Spalding (1803–1874), and his wife Eliza Hart Spalding (1807–1851).] H. [Henry] Spaulding, early in the year 1874, came to the Camas prairie for the purpose of organizing a grange. The population of that portion of central Idaho scarcely numbered three hundred white men. and the settlers were widely scattered; the prairie was a place of magnificent distances. In July a representative gathering was obtained, which met one day in a school-house near Mount Idaho. Sixteen persons signified their willingness to unite with an order to be known as Charity Grange. Initiations followed; William C. Pearson was chosen worthy master, and J. H. Robinson, secretary. The foundations of the city of Grangeville. the coming commercial center of the Clearwater country, were thus laid.

At that time the land upon which Grangeville subsequently grew was a pasture belonging to the farm of J. M, Crooks. Two stores were in existence in Mount Idaho, which made that place an outfitting place for miners, the only town between Florence and Lewiston. a gap of one hundred and twenty miles. Three miles below the foothills that serve as a site for the hamlet Mount Idaho, the members of Charity Grange commenced building a hall in 1876.
Pg 350

Matthew H. Truscott

The leading merchant and efficient postmaster of Mount Idaho, Matthew H. Truscott, has been a resident of this state since 1865, and has therefore been a witness of the greater part of its growth and development, has seen its wild land reclaimed for purposes of cultivation, its rich mineral storehouses give forth their treasures, and the forests yield their trees to be converted into the homes of white men, who thus replaced the tents of the Indians. He was a young man of only twenty years when he arrived in the territory, his birth having occurred in England, March 20, 1845. He was educated in the schools of his native land, there learned engineering and was for some time employed in that line of industry and at mining.

In 1861 he went to Chili, and two years later proceeded up the Pacific coast to California, where he was engaged in mining and engineering until the spring of 1865, when he came to Idaho, making the journey on horseback through the Indian country, Nevada and the valley of the Humboldt river, to Idaho City, in the Boise basin. He remained there only a month or two, when, attracted by the gold excitement at Coeur d’Alene, he went to Clearwater station and mined in the different camps of Elk City and Newsom. He met with a fair degree of success and still has mining interests on the Clearwater.

On coming to Camas prairie he was employed as engineer in a saw and flouring mill until 1883, when he accepted the position of clerk in the Mount Idaho Hotel. In 1886 he was appointed by President Cleveland to the position of postmaster, an office which he has since filled most satisfactorily to the people of the town and most creditably to himself. He was also agent for the Wells-Fargo Express Company for two years, and in 1892 he entered into a contract with the firm of Vollmer & Scott to manage their general mercantile store in Mount Idaho. The following year he purchased that store, and has since carried on the business on his own account, having the principal establishment of the kind in the town. He is now enjoying a good trade and is meeting with excellent success in his undertakings.

In addition to his duties in the post-office Mr. Truscott has performed other public service, having been deputy sheriff, deputy county assessor, deputy county treasurer and deputy school superintendent, and at the present time he is capably filling the position of county superintendent of schools. In his political affiliations he is a stalwart Democrat, and keeps well informed on the issues of the day, doing all in his power to promote the growth and insure the success of the party. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity and has attained the twentieth degree of the Scottish rite. In his life he exemplifies the benevolent and inspiring principles of the order, and throughout northern Idaho he is widely and favorably known.
Pg 384

Keith Wood White

In 1886 Mr. [Keith Wood] White was elected sheriff of Idaho county, and during his incumbency made his home in Mount Idaho, the county seat. He was also county assessor and also served for one term as deputy sheriff, during which time it was his unpleasant duty to aid in the execution of Walleck, who had been sentenced to death for the murder of a man at Warrens. He has always taken a deep and active interest in the upbuilding and improvement of his county and state, has given his support to all measures for the public good, and was especially zealous in maintaining order at a time when a lawless element infested this then new region.
Pg 713

The legislature of 1889 appropriated fifty thousand dollars for the construction of a wagon road from Mount Idaho to Little Salmon Meadows. This section of the public highway, after it was completed, for a long time was the only means of communication within the state between the northern and southern counties.
Pg 529

excerpted from “An Illustrated History of Idaho” 1899
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“Judge” James W. Poe

The man known as “Judge” James W. Poe was a member of the original group of miners, headed by James Warren, who are credited with the discovery of gold on Warren Creek. James Poe was an important leader in the first years of Warren’s existence and then went on to a distinguished career as a lawyer in the Idaho Territory and then the State of Idaho. …

In 1869, Poe was admitted to practice in the district court, was elected the first district recorder of Warren’s mining district, and then practiced law at Warrens and Mount Idaho until 1876, at which time he was elected attorney for the district comprising all of northern Idaho. Poe then established a law office in Lewiston, where he served as deputy district attorney for ten years. James Poe was elected and served in the territorial legislature in 1879-80, taking an active part in shaping the destiny of the territory during that period. He was a leading member of the state constitutional convention, his knowledge of constitutional law rendering him an important factor in framing the organic law of Idaho. He also had the honor of presiding over the first mass meeting, which was called for the purpose of adopting measures to secure statehood for Idaho.

excerpted from: Pg 28-29 “A History of Warren Idaho – Mining Race and Environment”, by Cletus R. Edmunson
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Link to Mount Idaho (Part 1)
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Road Reports Aug 19

All roads to Yellow Pine are open. Meadow Creek Road is Closed due to the Kiwah Fire.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are beat up and DUSTY. Please drive slow, kids, deer and dogs have the right-of-way (and it helps keep the dust down.) Watch for gravel trucks traveling from the pit out Johnson Creek road, they do not dilly dally.
Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam:

Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:
Idaho Smoke Info:

Quartz Creek: (July 2, 2018) “Quartz Creek has a big wash out just before a switch back towards the top. Right now only motorcycles can get by but with work some atvs can make it. A shovel and a saw may be needed to widen the trail.” – DB
link to FB photo:

Golden Gate Road: Closed. Road to Golden Gate is only passable on foot due to large deep wash-out about 2/3rds of the way up. (2017)
link to FB photo:

Warm Lake Highway: Report (Aug 15) Warm Lake Highway is good.

South Fork Road: Report (Aug 15) South Fork road is good.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
South Fork Stream Gauge:

EFSF Road: Report (Aug 15) EFSF road in good shape, but dust abatement wearing thin.

Johnson Creek Road: Report (Aug 15) mail truck driver (Dean) says the county has graveled from Yellow Pine to Wapiti Meadow Ranch, excellent shape. But the road from Wapiti to Landmark is very washboardy, drive slow. He said the crew told him they will do one more “section” south of Wapiti.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam: (working now)

Lick Creek: Old report (Aug 7) “I went out Lick Creek this morning. Was pretty nice. A bit bumpy starting the ascent to the cliffs and remained a bit bumpy to the summit. Was nice all the way down. A nice McCall police officer reminded me the speed limit right after Lick Creek is 25 mph (from 35 mph) and they will be enforcing it.” – AP
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Report (Aug 12) “Profile is bumpy and dusty.” – BMc
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Old report that the road is very good. Watch for Fire Traffic headed to Thunder Mountain.

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Report (Aug 11) The Meadow Creek Road above Stibnite has an emergency closure as the Kiwah Fire has bumped the road above Indian Creek. No other closures are in effect at this time. The road is open to Thunder Mountain, but members of the public are asked to limit traffic on the road as firefighters are working along the road and in Thunder Mountain. A future closure of the Thunder Mountain area may be necessary…
Old report (July 19) Stibnite to Roosevelt Lake: Road was in great shape (but has not been graded.)
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Open to the adventurous.
Last report (July 13) folks made it over in a small pick up truck, road is rough and getting brushed in.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Old report from Deadwood Outfitters (June 5) “Deadwood Summit is open and in good shape.” Report (July 3) via Stanley and Bear Valley, watch for pot holes and ruts.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
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Weather Reports Aug 12-18

Johnson Creek Stream Gauge 8-19-2018

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Aug 12 Weather:

At 9am it was 59 degrees, clear sky above smoky haze (Yellow AQ), very dry. At 230pm it was 88 degrees, clear sky, breezy and better air quality (just barely in the Green). At 815pm it was 76 degrees, clear and slight haze of smoke.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 13, 2018 at 09:00AM
Clear, light haze of smoke (Yellow AQ)
Max temperature 91 degrees F
Min temperature 43 degrees F
At observation 51 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 13 Weather:

At 9am it was 51 degrees, clear sky and light haze of smoke. Getting breezy before noon. At 3pm it was 88 degrees, clear, breezy and increasing smoky haze. At 6pm blue sky to the east, haze of smoke west and south, breezy. At 9pm it was 72 degrees, clear, light breezes and haze of smoke.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 14, 2018 at 09:00AM
Clear, light haze of smoke (Green AQ)
Max temperature 89 degrees F
Min temperature 42 degrees F
At observation 50 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 14 Weather:

At 9am it was 50 degrees, clear sky, light haze of smoke. At 2pm it was 87 degrees, clear, light haze of smoke and gusty hot breezes. At 830pm it was 75 degrees, clear, haze of smoke and slight breeze.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 15, 2018 at 09:00AM
Clear sky and smoky (Yellow AQ)
Max temperature 92 degrees F
Min temperature 41 degrees F
At observation 51 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 15 Weather:

At 9am it was 51 degrees, clear sky and smoky, yellow AQ. Breezy by lunch time. At 230pm it was 92 degrees, clear with moderate haze of smoke and hot, variable breezes. At 830pm it was 80 degrees, clear sky, haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) and occasional breezes.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 16, 2018 at 09:00AM
Mostly cloudy, haze of smoke (Yellow AQ)
Max temperature 94 degrees F
Min temperature 50 degrees F
At observation 56 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 16 Weather:

At 9am it was 56 degrees, mostly cloudy above a haze of smoke, Yellow AQ. At 245pm it was 92 degrees, appears to be mostly cloudy above moderate haze of smoke (can smell it) and hot light breezes. At 830pm it was 75 degrees, mostly cloudy above haze of smoke, slight breeze.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 17, 2018 at 09:00AM
Mostly cloudy, smoky, slight breeze (Yellow AQ)
Max temperature 93 degrees F
Min temperature 52 degrees F
At observation 60 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 17 Weather:

At 9am it was 60 degrees, mostly cloudy to partly clear, slight breeze. At 3pm it was 85 degrees, mostly cloudy, smoky haze and breezy. At 820pm it was 78 degrees, partly cloudy (impressive thunderhead to the east) warm and breezy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 18, 2018 at 09:00AM
Clear, haze of smoke (Yellow AQ)
Max temperature 90 degrees F
Min temperature 49 degrees F
At observation 54 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Aug 18 Weather:

At 9am it was 54 degrees, clear sky above haze of smoke, Yellow AQ. At 245pm it was 85 degrees, big chunky clouds and light breezes. At 830pm it was 75 degrees, breezy and partly clear (the “clouds” are high level smoke!)

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time August 19, 2018 at 09:00AM
Clear, haze of smoke (Yellow AQ)
Max temperature 86 degrees F
Min temperature 45 degrees F
At observation 53 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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