Category Archives: Fire Updates 2016

Fire Updates Sept 21

Pioneer Fire

Boise National Forest

Date of Origin Monday July 18th, 2016
Location 8 miles north of Idaho City
Total Personnel 503
Size 188,404 Acres
Containment 64%

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/

Pioneer Fire Maps
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4866/

September 21 Pioneer Fire Update

Lowman, Idaho – A low pressure system moving into the area off of the Oregon Coast is expected to arrive over the fire area today. The main force of the system will arrive Thursday, bringing with it a 70% chance of rain which could drop .25-.5” of moisture.

Firefighters are successfully meeting management goals by keeping the fire south of the Little Beaver Complex fire scar; east of the 555 Rd, Wild Buck Peak, and Lightning/Rattlesnake fire scars. The East flank of the fire is being held in check by the Lowman Fire scar. By using existing fire scars, firefighters are better able to take action in areas where it is safer to do so. In areas where it is more appropriate to let fire come to firefighters to extinguish it on their terms, firefighters are keeping close eyes on it.

Isolated heat was detected in a couple areas of the fire yesterday. Handcrews are extinguishing hot spots located on the 500 and 510 Road, which they will monitor for a few shifts to ensure they are out.

Approximately 12,000 feet of hose was pulled off of the 545 Road yesterday near the eastern perimeter. Trail and handline repair are ongoing in this area as well.

Infrared technology was used in the area above the Long Creek Summer Homes to check for heat Monday. A substantial amount of hotspots were detected. Firefighters will work 100 feet in from any containment lines to ensure the fire cannot smolder to areas where the fire can ignite again. Once all remaining heat is extinguished, firefighters will feel comfortable dropping the evacuation notice that is in place down to a Level One.

Those not extinguishing hot spots are focusing on repairing dozer and handlines. The dozer line near Deadwood Lookout is nearly complete. When the equipment completes that dozer line, they will begin working on the two remaining dozer lines located west of Warm Spring Creek ridgeline and North of Deer Flat.

Additional repair work in the southern area of the fire was discovered Monday. Once equipment complete repair work in the northern reaches of the fire, it will be moved south to start projects located along the 316 Rd, 397Rd and the Golden Eagle Mine area.

While there are no fire restrictions in place on the Boise National Forest, all recreational users are asked to please be very careful to extinguish campfires for the safety of all.
A Fire Area Closure remains in effect. A map and detailed information is located at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.

EVACUATION NOTICES: The Summer Homes area in Long Creek remains at a Level 2 Notice.

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_6_3323.html
HUNTING INFORMATION: https://idfg.idaho.gov/blog/2016/08/get-current-fire-information-here

Cost: $92.7M Resources assigned: 10 crews, 4 helicopters, 19 engines, 4 water tenders

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Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Park Fires

Maple Fire 45,425 acres
Firefighters are continuing rehabilitation projects in and around the burn area and are monitoring all areas of the fire.

Fawn Fire 2,706 acres
The Fawn Fire is unstaffed and will be monitored. Structure protection remains in place at the Fawn Pass Cabin.

Central Fire 2,129 acres
The Central Fire remains unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. Smoke from the Central Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.

Buffalo Fire 12,693 acres
Firefighters are continuing to monitor the Buffalo Fire. Smoke from the east side of the fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.

Tatanka complex Perimeter Map – 9/17

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Berry Fire

Grand Teton National Park

Date of Origin Monday July 25th, 2016
Location 19 miles NW of Moran, WY
Total Personnel 57
Size 20,852 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/

Updated closure Map 9/20/16

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Fire Updates Sept 20

Pioneer Fire

Boise National Forest

Date of Origin Monday July 18th, 2016
Location 8 miles north of Idaho City
Total Personnel 475
Size 188,404 Acres
Containment 63%

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/

Pioneer Fire Maps
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4866/

Pioneer Fire Update – Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pioneer Fire Information: 844-633-3090, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866
Boise National Forest Fire Information: 208-373-4175

Acres: 188,404 Acres Containment: 64 percent Personnel: 541
Resources assigned: 11 crews, 4 helicopters, 19 engines, 4 water tenders

Fall-like Weather Keeps Pioneer Fire Quiet

LOWMAN, Idaho – Fire behavior is becoming minimal as fall weather deepens; however, like many years before, quiet fires on the Boise National Forest are known to rapidly change behavior with minor changes in weather. This is why firefighters are keeping a close watch on uncontained fire line that is showing signs of even the most minimal fire activity.

Firefighters were able to extinguish additional hot spots found yesterday in the vicinity of the Long Creek Summer Homes. They will use a handheld infrared camera today to find and extinguish remaining heat, further ensuring the safety of the cabins.

Firefighters are assessing hoselays on the eastern flank. Hoses that have been exposed to freezing temperatures will be replaced today. Where they are no longer needed, firefighters will remove hoses and haul them back to camp.

Suppression repair work on dozer lines near the Deadwood Lookout is ongoing. This work entails firefighters spreading seed on steep slopes, prior to an excavator covering it with a stabilizing layer of cut vegetation and leveling the berms. While this section has taken nearly a week to complete, there are still one or two days of work remaining.

On the south end of the Fire, piles of trees that were pushed by bulldozers into large windrows during the construction of containment lines were discovered Sunday along the 316 Road. To repair the Road, engine crews and a processor will be cutting limbs and other debris away from the road. When the processor is done, an excavator will grade and smooth the road, making it safe for wood gatherers.

Three 20-person hand crews will replace three crews that will be going home today after two weeks of hard work. The departing crews will have a chance to rest before being sent on their next fire assignment.

Today’s weather is expected to be mostly cloudy and a little cooler than Monday. Winds may be gusty at times ahead of a low pressure system that will be moving through this area over the next few days.

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_6_3323.html
FIRE-RELATED QUESTIONS: Email pioneerfire2016@gmail.com
HUNTING INFORMATION: https://idfg.idaho.gov/blog/2016/08/get-current-fire-information-here

Sept. 20 Perimeter Map

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Roaring Fire

Location on the ridge between Roaring and Goat Creeks above the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon Rivers
Total Personnel 1
Size 5,731 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4976/

Roaring Fire Trail Closure Terminated

The trail closure for public safety for the Roaring Fire #04-13-16-584 has been terminated. The following are now open:

Bighorn Crags Trail #6021 from just northwest of Big Clear Lake (T21N, R16E Section15) to Dome Mountain at the junction of Trail #6021 and Trail #6172 (T22N, R17E Section18).

Garden Creek Trail #6172 is also closed from Dome Mountain (T22N, R17E Section 18) at its junction with Trail #6021 to terminus at Horse Heaven (T22N, R16E Section 12).

For more information on the Roaring Fire can be found on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4976/

You are also welcome to visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home
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Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Park Fires

Maple Fire 45,425 acres
Firefighters are continuing rehabilitation projects in and around the burn area and are monitoring all areas of the fire.

Fawn Fire 2,706 acres
The Fawn Fire is unstaffed and will be monitored. Structure protection remains in place at the Fawn Pass Cabin.

Central Fire 1,442 acres
The Central Fire remains unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. Smoke from the Central Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.

Buffalo Fire 12,693 acres
Firefighters are continuing to monitor the Buffalo Fire. Smoke from the east side of the fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.
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Berry Fire

Grand Teton National Park

Date of Origin Monday July 25th, 2016
Location 19 miles NW of Moran, WY
Total Personnel 57
Size 20,852 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/

Update 9/20/16. Area Closure Reduced

Sheffield Campground is now open for day use and Arizona and Sheffield Creek Trails are open.

Lands are now available for public use east of Jackson Lake and north of the junction of the Arizona Creek Trail and highway 89/191/287 up to Sheffield Creek Trail.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4954/33872/
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Fire Updates Sept 19

Pioneer Fire

Boise National Forest

Date of Origin Monday July 18th, 2016
Location 8 miles north of Idaho City
Total Personnel 475
Size 188,404 Acres
Containment 63%

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/

Pioneer Fire Maps
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4866/

Sept. 19 Pioneer Fire Update

Firefighters Gain Additional 4 miles of Containment on Pioneer Fire

Lowman, Idaho – After a damp beginning, Sunday turned warmer and drier, allowing the fire to gain seven acres. Firefighter efforts the past few days have contained an additional 1% of the Fire’s perimeter. This is the equivalent of four miles.

Where it is safe to do so, firefighters are looking for opportunities to extinguish pockets of heat that remain along the eastern flank where the fire burned into the Lowman Fire scar. This is to prevent future spread towards the Long Creek Summer Homes area. The Level 2 Evacuation Notice remains in effect for this area. It will be reduced in the near future, which will allow unescorted access.

Along the northwestern flank, handcrews will be extinguishing hot spots discovered yesterday to keep the fire from progressing further west. All uncontained areas of the fire are being carefully watched throughout the day.

Firefighters completed chipping repair work along the 555-R spur road yesterday. This work minimizes erosion on exposed soils and stabilizes the road to make it safer to travel.

Dozer and handline repair is progressing along the Deadwood Lookout. They expect three more days of work before it can be repaired. This repair work protects the soil, disguises scars and helps the landscape recover more quickly. Firefighters are also retrieving gas cans, removing pumps and associated equipment and hauling trash from the Fire area.

Additional dozer and handline was discovered in the southern flank. Resource advisors are developing a repair plan that will help guide equipment operators with repair work.

The weather is expected to stay warm and dry for a few days in advance of another front that may bring rain to the area later this week. The amount of precipitation will depend upon the track the storm follows as it moves inland from the Pacific coast.

Due to the decrease in Fire activity and decline in aircraft use in the southern part of the Fire, the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Pioneer Fire was reduced. This opens all airstrips that were previously closed. To view the new TFR, visit: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_6_4157.html

Hunters and recreationalist are asked to be respectful of the Fire Area Closure that remains in effect. Hundreds of firefighters are concentrated in this area driving heavy equipment and supplies daily. A map and detailed information is located at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices
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Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Park Fires

Maple Fire 45,425 acres
Fawn Fire 2,706 acres
Central Fire 1,442 acres
Buffalo Fire 12,693 acres
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Berry Fire

Grand Teton National Park

Date of Origin Monday July 25th, 2016
Location 19 miles NW of Moran, WY
Total Personnel 57
Size 20,801 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/
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Fire Updates Sept 18

Pioneer Fire

Boise National Forest

Date of Origin Monday July 18th, 2016
Location 8 miles north of Idaho City
Total Personnel 545
Size 188,398 Acres
Containment 62%

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/

Pioneer Fire Maps
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4866/

Pioneer Fire Photographs
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photographs/4866/

Pioneer Fire Closure Order #7 Order No. 0402-00-45
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4866/33503/

Sept. 18 Pioneer Fire Update

Lowman, Idaho – The approaching cold front brought cooler temperatures and light rain Saturday afternoon. With the rain comes falling rocks and debris as well as soft muddy shoulders. Firefighters will take cautious steps today as they remove these new hazards from roadways.

With over 400 miles of containment lines and perimeter to cover, suppression repair work is a long slow process on the Pioneer Fire. While there was no change in containment, the Fire did not grow yesterday.

Two handcrews assessed an area along the far northern perimeter where the Pioneer Fire is moving into the old Buck Fire scar. After determining it was safe to take action, they constructed a narrow handline to prevent further movement.

Several consecutive days of warming and drying revealed some small pockets of heat above the Long Creek Summer Homes yesterday afternoon. Firefighters will assess the area today and will extinguish remaining heat if safe to do so.

The Fire is slowly advancing in the Bear Valley Creek, Crooked River and Deadwood River drainages. Firefighters are monitoring the fire and will take action to suppress it if it reaches strategic locations firefighters can use to safely take action.

Chipping operations and dozer repair work is an ongoing process. Additional dozer and handline needing repair work was discovered yesterday in the southern flank. A repair plan will be developed to take action on it today.

A spike camp was established near Deadwood Reservoir on Saturday to support approximately 300 firefighters working in the northern flanks of the fire. This allows them to access the fire area faster and reduces drive time for firefighters.

Cloud cover the next several days should keep the fire quiet. Despite recent rain, the fire will smolder and creep in the duff and litter underneath any timbered canopy. Large logs and stumps on the fire’s interior will burn until a deep snow arrives.

A Fire Area Closure remains in effect. A map and detailed information is located at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.

Evacuation Notices: The Summer Homes area in Long Creek remains at a Level 2 Notice.

Today is the FINAL day the Air Quality Report will be produced.

Resources assigned: 10 crews, 6 helicopters, 19 engines, 5 water tenders
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Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Park Fires

Maple Fire 45,425 acres
Fawn Fire 2,706 acres
Central Fire 1,442 acres
Buffalo Fire 12,693 acres
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Berry Fire

Grand Teton National Park

Date of Origin Monday July 25th, 2016
Location 19 miles NW of Moran, WY
Total Personnel 119
Size 20,801 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/
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Fire Updates

Pioneer Fire

Boise National Forest

Date of Origin Monday July 18th, 2016
Location 8 miles north of Idaho City
Total Personnel 754
Size 188,398 Acres
Containment 62%

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/

Pioneer Fire Maps
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4866/

Pioneer Fire Photographs
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photographs/4866/

Pioneer Fire Closure Order #7 Order No. 0402-00-45
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4866/33503/

Fire Closure Area & Hunting Units

The Pioneer Fire Closure Area currently covers four hunting unit. Units 33, 34, 35 and 39 are partically closed to public entry. Please note that these units are not fully closed to entry – only the area within these hunt units on this map are closed.

9-14 Pioneer Hunting Units Map

9-17 Great Basin Team 5 Takes Command of Pioneer Fire

New Fire info number: 208.259.3214

GARDEN VALLEY, Idaho – Firefighters expect a slight uptick in fire behavior today due to increased afternoon winds and dryer conditions. Along the 555 Road on the western flank, occasional tree torching may become visible.

A transfer of command took place at 6 a.m. this morning from Great Basin Team 2 to Great Basin Team 5, led by Incident Commander Russ Bird. Team 5 will focus on keeping the fire within its existing footprint and supporting firefighters as they safely complete the last of the repair work. When their work is complete, they will transfer the fire back to the forest for management.

A new Fire Information phone number was installed in Lowman. Please call 208.259.3214 with questions.

On the northern perimeter near the fire scar of the Buck Fire, crews are assessing an area of heat that was detected yesterday. If necessary, firefighters will construct a containment line to prevent the fire from further growing.

Firefighters are nearly finished with clearing hazardous trees along the 579 Road. This serves as the fire’s northern containment line that firefighters will use in the event the fire should move. Four excavators are repairing containment lines east of the 555 Road on the western perimeter. This work will take several more shifts to complete.

The fire’s organization is shrinking as the fire nears containment. Over the next several shifts, the organization will be sized to fit the needs of firefighters. As such, several hundred firefighters will be released home throughout the week, and a smaller Incident Command Post (ICP) was established in Lowman. The Garden Valley ICP is now closed.

All evacuation notices in the Lowman area, except for the Summer Home area in Long Creek, are lifted. All roads in and around the fire area are heavily used by fire equipment. Please use caution and avoid unnecessary trips around the fire’s closure area.

Current evacuation orders: The summer homes in Long Creek remain at Level 2.

A Fire Area Closure remains in effect. A map and detailed information is located at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.

There are no fire restrictions in place for the Boise National Forest or the West Central Idaho Mountains.

The daily outlook for air quality is available at: idsmoke.blogspot.com. The Outlook will be discontinued September 20.

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_6_3323.html FIRE-RELATED QUESTIONS Email: pioneerfire2016@gmail.com

HUNTING INFORMATION: https://idfg.idaho.gov/blog/2016/08/get-current-fire-information-here
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Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Park Fires

Maple Fire 45,425 acres
Fawn Fire 2,706 acres
Central Fire 1,442 acres
Buffalo Fire 12,693 acres
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Berry Fire

Grand Teton National Park

Date of Origin Monday July 25th, 2016
Location 19 miles NW of Moran, WY
Total Personnel 119
Size 20,801 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/

Berry Fire Update 9/17/16

Current Situation: Fire activity on the Berry Fire remained quiet Friday despite warmer and sunny conditions. Today, with warmer and drier conditions continuing, there is potential to see an increase of smoke activity. Crews continue to work in the Flagg Ranch area and improving safety along the Grassy Lake Road. Fire crews continue to scout and monitor the fire perimeter and construct handline as needed. Resources are being released based on current and predicted fire behavior.

Closure Update: Fire Managers reopened Hwy 89/191/287 between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday. Area and trail closures will remain in effect within the Grand Teton Park, Yellowstone Park, and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Grassy Lake Road and Flagg Ranch in Grand Teton Park are still closed.
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Fire Updates Sept 16

Restrictions to be lifted in West Central Idaho Mountains late Thursday night

September 14, 2015 Boise National Forest

BOISE, Idaho – With the reduced risk of wildfires due to cooler temperatures and precipitation in the area, state and federal wildfire officials will lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions within the West Central Idaho Mountains effective Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11:59 p.m.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be lifted on forest and rangelands managed by the Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM, Idaho Department of Lands and other state and private lands within:

* Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley and Washington Counties
* Within Washington County all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Mann Creek Reservoir
* Within Valley County all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Cascade Reservoir
* Within Elmore and Boise Counties all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch Reservoirs

For a map of the Treasure Valley and West Central Mountain Zones visit: Idaho Fire Information.

For a map of the West Central Mountain Zone visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/boise; http://www.fs.usda.gov/payette; http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

Lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, use a charcoal barbeque or sheepherder stove outside of designated campgrounds and recreation sites. Fire managers remind people to use water to put out all campfires and to soak all charcoal and hot ash from barbeques and stoves.

The BLM Fire Prevention Order remains in effect for all BLM managed lands within the state of Idaho. This order prohibits discharging, using, and possessing fireworks; discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition; burning, igniting or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, plastic or explosive material, including exploding targets that may cause a fire.

More information is available at Forest Service, BLM and IDL offices. Current fire restrictions throughout the state are available at http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/fire/restrictions.html and http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/fire-restrictions.html.

County and local officials should be contacted regarding fire restrictions outside the described areas.
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Pioneer Fire

Boise National Forest

Date of Origin Monday July 18th, 2016
Location 8 miles north of Idaho City
Total Personnel 754
Size 188,312 Acres
Containment 62%

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/

Pioneer Fire Maps
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4866/

Pioneer Fire Photographs
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photographs/4866/

Pioneer Fire Closure Order #7 Order No. 0402-00-45
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4866/33503/

Fire Closure Area & Hunting Units

The Pioneer Fire Closure Area currently covers four hunting unit. Units 33, 34, 35 and 39 are partically closed to public entry. Please note that these units are not fully closed to entry – only the area within these hunt units on this map are closed.

9-14 Pioneer Hunting Units Map

9-16 Pioneer Fire transitions to a Type 2 Incident Management Team

FAST FACTS: The Pioneer Fire is 188,312 acres and 62% contained. 627 personnel are assigned to the fire. Resources include: 11 crews, 4 helicopters, 16 engines, 1 dozers and 15 water tenders.

BOISE, Idaho, September 16, 2016 – Today, a Type 2 Great Basin Incident Management Team will shadow the Type 1 Great Basin Team that has been managing the fire for the past two weeks, before it assumes command Saturday morning.

Moderate temperatures and light winds yesterday limited fire growth, allowing firefighters to concentrate on fire suppression repair on the southern half of the fire and strengthening indirect lines on the northern side.

On the northern perimeter of the fire, crews are assessing interior side roads to determine where hazardous snag trees need to be removed. Falling of snags continues along the National Forest System (NFS) Road 579, which is serving as the fire’s northern indirect containment line. Four excavators are repairing firelines east of the NFS Road 555 on the western perimeter. Crews will work today to secure a 100-acre hot spot in this area.

Warmer and drier weather is expected today, with southwest winds gusting to 20 mph. Variable weather will continue, with a cold front forecasted to move through the fire area late today, again pushing down temperatures and raising humidity.

Demobilization of firefighting equipment and personnel continues. Successful suppression strategies and more favorable weather has decreased the size of the workforce required to fight the fire. A new Incident Command Post (ICP) will open today in Lowman, closer to areas of the fire still needing work. The Garden Valley ICP closes tomorrow.

With recent rain and cooler temperatures reducing the risk of wildfire, state and federal fire officials lifted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the West Central Idaho Mountains. More information is available at: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/.

For more information about remaining forest closures, visit the Boise National Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.

Pioneer Fire Map – September 16

Evacuation Orders – Boise County – Bruce Meadows Airstrip Open

By order of the Boise County Sheriff Jim Kaczmarek, the Level 1 evacuation order for Lowman has been rescinded. The level 2 evacuation order for the summer homes in Long Creek remains in place. The Bruce Meadows airstrip is once again open for public use.
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Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Park Fires

Tatanka Complex Update – September 16

Today’s Key Points

· After several days of rain and clouds, a drying trend is forecast for the next few days with clear skies and lower relative humidity. Today, grasses and shrubs remain too wet to ignite. However, heavy fuels such as logs continue to hold heat, and could be a source for fire to ignite unburned islands within fire perimeters in the coming days.
· Fire is a natural part of the Yellowstone ecosystem. The fires burning today are slowly consuming dead wood and logs, cleaning fuels from the forest floor. By consuming these fuels now, the fires are reducing the likelihood of a future, catastrophic fire that could occur when conditions are extremely dry.
· On the Maple Fire, crews have completed removal of flagging and equipment from the burn area. Today they will be clearing hazard trees and snags from along trails.
· For information on today’s air quality, visit http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/
· There will be no update over the weekend unless there is significant fire activity. The next update will be on Monday, September 19, 2016.

Maple Fire: 45,377 acres (no increase since yesterday)

Start Date: August 8, 2016 Cause: Lightning

Location: approximately 1.25 mi NE of West Yellowstone (Intersection of US HWY 20 & 287), 1.5 mi from Madison Junction

Firefighters are continuing rehabilitation projects in and around the burn area and are monitoring all areas of the fire.

Buffalo Fire: 12,693 acres (no increase since yesterday)

Start Date: August 13, 2016 Cause: Lightning

Location: approximately 3 mi NE of Tower Junction

Firefighters are continuing to monitor the Buffalo Fire. The east side of the fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.

Fawn Fire: 2,706 acres (no increase since yesterday)

Start Date: August 4, 2016 Cause: Lightning

Location: approximately 8 mi W of Mammoth Hot Springs, 19 mi NE of West Yellowstone, 10 miles SW of Gardiner

The Fawn Fire remains unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. Preparations for structure protection remain in place.

Central Fire: 1,442 acres (no increase since yesterday)

Start Date: August 26, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: a remote area, approximately 7 mi W of Lake developed area and 2 mi S of Hayden Valley

The Central Fire remains unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. The Central Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.
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Berry Fire

Grand Teton National Park

Date of Origin Monday July 25th, 2016
Location 19 miles NW of Moran, WY
Total Personnel 119
Size 20,801 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/

Berry Fire Update 9/16/16

Current Situation: Fire activity on the Berry Fire remained quiet Thursday with cooler temperatures and partly cloudy skies. Today, with warmer drier conditions predicted, there is potential to see an increase of smoke activity. Crews continue to work in the Flagg Ranch area and improving safety along the Grassy Lake Road. Fire crews continue to scout the fire perimeter and construct handline as needed. Resources are being released based on current and predicted fire behavior.

Closure Update: Fire Managers reopened Hwy 89/191/287 between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday. Area and trail closures will remain in effect within the Grand Teton Park, Yellowstone Park, and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Grassy Lake Road and Flagg Ranch in Grand Teton Park are still closed.
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Fire Updates Sept 15

Restrictions to be lifted in West Central Idaho Mountains late Thursday night

September 14, 2015 Boise National Forest

BOISE, Idaho – With the reduced risk of wildfires due to cooler temperatures and precipitation in the area, state and federal wildfire officials will lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions within the West Central Idaho Mountains effective Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11:59 p.m.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be lifted on forest and rangelands managed by the Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM, Idaho Department of Lands and other state and private lands within:

* Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley and Washington Counties
* Within Washington County all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Mann Creek Reservoir
* Within Valley County all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Cascade Reservoir
* Within Elmore and Boise Counties all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch Reservoirs

For a map of the Treasure Valley and West Central Mountain Zones visit: Idaho Fire Information.

For a map of the West Central Mountain Zone visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/boise; http://www.fs.usda.gov/payette; http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

Lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, use a charcoal barbeque or sheepherder stove outside of designated campgrounds and recreation sites. Fire managers remind people to use water to put out all campfires and to soak all charcoal and hot ash from barbeques and stoves.

The BLM Fire Prevention Order remains in effect for all BLM managed lands within the state of Idaho. This order prohibits discharging, using, and possessing fireworks; discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition; burning, igniting or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, plastic or explosive material, including exploding targets that may cause a fire.

More information is available at Forest Service, BLM and IDL offices. Current fire restrictions throughout the state are available at http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/fire/restrictions.html and http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/fire-restrictions.html.

County and local officials should be contacted regarding fire restrictions outside the described areas.
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Pioneer Fire

Boise National Forest

Date of Origin Monday July 18th, 2016
Location 8 miles north of Idaho City
Total Personnel 754
Size 186,400 Acres
Containment 56%

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/

Pioneer Fire Maps
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4866/

Pioneer Fire Photographs
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photographs/4866/

Pioneer Fire Closure Order #7 Order No. 0402-00-45
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4866/33503/

Fire Closure Area & Hunting Units

The Pioneer Fire Closure Area currently covers four hunting unit. Units 33, 34, 35 and 39 are partically closed to public entry. Please note that these units are not fully closed to entry – only the area within these hunt units on this map are closed.

9-14 Pioneer Hunting Units Map

Pioneer Fire Update – Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pioneer Fire Information: 844-633-3090, 7AM-10PM, or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866
Boise National Forest Fire Information: 208-373-4175

Acres: 186,400 Containment: 56% Personnel: 754
Resources assigned: 16 crews, 4 helicopters, 20 engines, 2 dozers, 19 water tenders

Garden Valley, ID – The Pioneer Fire received between .10 and .5 inch of rain from the weather system that passed through the area yesterday. A small amount of snow mixed with the rain fell on the north end of the fire in the Bruce Meadows area. As a result, the fire gained only 39 acres.

Weather will continue to minimize burning conditions, and aid firefighters in preventing the fire from further spread. The rainy weather limited the use of heavy equipment on the fire line and kept air resources grounded. Work continued on fire suppression repair on the southern half of the fire, and began along Forest Service road 555 along the fire’s western edge above highway 17. Suppression repair also began along Forest service road 582 in the Long Creek area. The removal of hazardous trees (snags) is nearly completed on Forest Service road 579. Containment of the fire was attained where the fire abuts the Rough Fire burn scar on the northeast side of the fire. Additional containment on the east side, north of Highway 17 is expected in the next few days.

The number of Pioneer firefighting resources is decreasing as a result of successful containment strategies and favorable weather. More equipment and personnel demobilizations are planned as fire managers tailor the number of resources to the jobs that remain to be done. The Garden Valley Incident Command Post (ICP) will be closed on Saturday, and an ICP closer to the work that needs to be conducted will be established in Lowman. Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 will replace Team 2 with a shadowing day tomorrow, then will assume command of the fire on Saturday.

With the reduced risk of wildfires due to cooler temperatures and precipitation in the area, state and federal wildfire officials will lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions within the West Central Idaho Mountains effective Thursday, September 15, at 11:59 p.m. Detailed information is available at http://www/blm/gpv/id/st/en/prog/fire/restrictions.html and .
http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.

For more information about remaining forest closures please visit the Boise National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices .

Have you ever been interested about what takes place at a fire camp? The Incident Command Team will host an open house in Garden Valley at the Incident Command Post on Severance Road today, September 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All members of the public are welcome to attend and tour the fire camp.

The daily outlook for air quality is available at idsmoke.blogspot.com

Current evacuation orders are as follows:

• All properties throughout Lowman will remain at Level 1 evacuations.
• The summer homes in Long Creek remain at Level 2 evacuations.

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_6_6910.html
FIRE RELATED QUESTIONS: Email pioneerfire2016@gmail.com
HUNTING INFORMATION: https://idfg.idaho.gov/blog/2016/08/get-current-fire-information-here
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: idahofireinfo.com

Pioneer Fire Information Map September 15

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Roaring Fire

Salmon – Challis National Forest

Date of Origin Tuesday July 26th, 2016
Location [FC Wilderness] on the ridge between Roaring and Goat Creeks above the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon Rivers.
Total Personnel 1
Size 5,731 Acres

Roaring Fire, is a lightning caused fire that started on Tuesday, July 26 and is currently estimated at 5,731 acres. The Roaring Fire is burning in a remote part of the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness on the ridge between Roaring and Goat Creeks above the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon Rivers. This fire is adjacent to the 2014 Goat Fire and is being managed to allow fire to play, as nearly as possible, its natural role in wilderness. This fire may contribute to smoke in both the Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon Rivers depending on wind and weather conditions. At this time, this fire is not impacting river use or camps.

There is an Emergency Trail Closure for the Roaring Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4976/32829/

Personnel at Long Tom Lookout is monitoring the fire daily.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4976/

No current update.
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Carrot Fire

Caribou – Targhee National Forest

Date of Origin Saturday August 13th, 2016
Location 11 miles northeast of Tetonia, Idaho.
Total Personnel 7
Size 606 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4973/

Carrot Fire Closure Rescinded September 15, 2016

IDAHO FALLS, ID: On Thursday, September 15 the Fire Closure Order associated with the Carrot Fire was rescinded. “While not likely, the fire would need at least a week or so of dry conditions, due to the current snow and weather before we’d need to consider closing the area again,” stated Jay Pence, District Ranger, Teton Basin Ranger District. “We believe that to be responsive to the public’s needs, we need to rescind the order.”
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Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Park Fires

Tatanka Complex Update – September 15

Today’s Key Points

· Clouds and rain continue to limit fire behavior. However, firefighters saw plenty of smoke in the Slough Creek area of the Buffalo Fire yesterday, as jackpots of logs remaining from 1988 fires continue to smolder.
· On the Maple Fire, with warmer weather and lower humidity starting today, firefighters anticipate increased fire activity within the perimeter of the fire. Expect to see intermittent smoke in the coming days as the fire continues to creep through dense duff and logs.
· Fire activity was minimal yesterday on the Fawn, Central, and Jasper fires, with the Fawn Fire receiving a trace amount of rainfall.
· For information on today’s air quality, visit http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/

What’s Open:

· All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are open.
· Park visitor centers, concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities are open.
· The road into Slough Creek is open for the first half mile only (to the gravel pit) for fishing access.
· Mount Holmes, Grizzly Lake, Winter Creek, and Trilobite Lake trails are outside the closure area for the Maple Fire. However, these trailheads remain closed due to road constructions. Contact the Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 for information on accessing these trails.
· The Barn’s Hole Road and all park pullouts along the Madison River/West Entrance Road are open.

What’s Closed:

· Slough Creek Campground and trails are closed due to the Buffalo Fire.
· The Mary Mountain Trail is closed due to the Central Fire.
· Visit the links below for the full list and maps of current backcountry campsite, trail, and road closures.

Fire Danger remains HIGH. Campfires are only allowed in provided rock or metal fire rings, grills, barbecues, or grates in the 11 developed campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. Visit the links below for additional details.

Maple Fire: 45,377 acres (no increase since yesterday)

Start Date: August 8, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: approximately 1.25 mi NE of West Yellowstone (Intersection of US HWY 20 & 287), 1.5 mi from Madison Junction

Fire crews are completing the rehabilitation of control lines and are removing flagging, supplies and equipment from the burn area. Firefighters continue to patrol and monitor all areas of the fire.

Buffalo Fire: 12,693 acres (an increase of 498 acres since yesterday due to improved mapping)

Start Date: August 13, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: approximately 3 mi NE of Tower Junction

Firefighters continue to monitor the Slough Creek area. The east side of the Buffalo Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.

Fawn Fire: 2,706 acres (an increase of 4 acres since yesterday due to improved mapping)

Start Date: August 4, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: approximately 8.5 mi W of Mammoth Hot Springs, 16 mi NE of West Yellowstone, 10 miles SW of Gardiner

The Fawn Fire remains unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. Preparations for structure protection remain in place.

Central Fire: 1,442 acres (an increase of 1 acre since yesterday due to improved mapping)

Start Date: August 26, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: a remote area, approximately 7 mi W of Lake developed area and 2 mi S of Hayden Valley

The Central Fire remains unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. The Central Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.

Jasper Fire: 0.1 acres (no increase since yesterday)

Start Date: September 4, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: 5.8 miles E of Tower Junction near Specimen Ridge.

The Jasper Fire is unstaffed and will continue to be monitored.
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Berry Fire

Grand Teton National Park

Date of Origin Monday July 25th, 2016
Location 19 miles NW of Moran, WY
Total Personnel 140
Size 20,801 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/

Berry Fire Update 9/15/16

Current Situation: Fire activity on the Berry Fire remained quiet Wednesday with cooler temperatures, overcast skies, and moderate precipitation throughout the day. Crews continue to work securing the Flagg Ranch area and improving safety along the Grassy Lake Road. Fire crews continue to scout the fire perimeter and construct handline as needed. Resources are being released based on current and predicted fire behavior.

Closure Update: Fire Managers reopened Hwy 89/191/287 between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday. Area and trail closures will remain in effect within the Grand Teton Park, Yellowstone Park, and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Grassy Lake Road and Flagg Ranch in Grand Teton Park are still closed.
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Fire Updates Sept 14

Pioneer Fire

Boise National Forest

Date of Origin Monday July 18th, 2016
Location 8 miles north of Idaho City
Total Personnel 808
Size 186,361 Acres
Containment 56%

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/

Pioneer Fire Maps
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4866/

Pioneer Fire Photographs
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photographs/4866/

Pioneer Fire Closure Order #7 Order No. 0402-00-45
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4866/33503/

Fire Closure Area & Hunting Units

The Pioneer Fire Closure Area currently covers four hunting unit. Units 33, 34, 35 and 39 are partically closed to public entry. Please note that these units are not fully closed to entry – only the area within these hunt units on this map are closed.

9-14 Pioneer Hunting Units Map

Pioneer Fire Update – Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pioneer Fire Information: 844-633-3090, 7AM-10PM, or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866
Boise National Forest Fire Information: 208-373-4175

Acres: 186,361 Containment: 56% Personnel: 808
Resources assigned: 21 crews, 9 helicopters, 22 engines, 2 dozers, 7 water tenders, and 3 masticators

Garden Valley, ID – Cooler weather and light rain is expected on today and will slow the growth of the Pioneer Fire allowing firefighters to strengthen indirect fire lines.

The Pioneer fire has burned into an area of steep and inaccessible terrain influenced by numerous fire scars from previous fires. These fire scars have limited fuel for the fire and limit or completely stop the fire from spreading.

Using previous fire scars leaves less impact on the land as hand lines and dozer lines are not required. This reduces the impact to soils and other resources. This approach lessens the risk to firefighters and allows fire to take its natural role in the ecosystem.

Fire line construction is continuing along the 555, 579 and 591 roads, and also north from the 579 road into an existing fire scar. This fire line will prevent the fire from progressing further north and west.

In the southern portion of the fire, the closure order has been changed, moving the closure to match the fire perimeter. This change allows public access to a larger portion of the Boise National Forest. This area had been closed since the fire started on July 18th. For more information about the modification of the closure order please visit the Boise National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Have you ever been interested about what takes place at a fire camp? The Incident Command Team will host an open house in Garden Valley at the Incident Command Post on Thursday, September 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m. All members of the public are welcome to attend and tour the fire camp.

The daily outlook for air quality is available at idsmoke.blogspot.com

Current evacuation orders are as follows:

* All properties throughout Lowman will remain at Level 1 evacuations.

* The summer homes in Long Creek remain at Level 2 evacuations.

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_6_6910.html

FIRE RELATED QUESTIONS: Email pioneerfire2016@gmail.com

HUNTING INFORMATION: https://idfg.idaho.gov/blog/2016/08/get-current-fire-information-here

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: idahofireinfo.com

9-14 Pioneer Information Map

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Tie Fire Closure Lifted

Caribou-Targhee National Forest Palisades and Teton Basin Ranger Districts

Pursuant to Title 36 CFR 261.SO(a)and (b), the prohibition list in Order number 04-15-514, Emergency Area Road and Trail Closure, applicable to the Palisades and Teton Basin Ranger Districts, Caribou­Targhee National Forest dated September 2, 2016 and signed by Garth Smelser is hereby terminated effective September 8, 2016.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4987/
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Roaring Fire

Salmon – Challis National Forest

Date of Origin Tuesday July 26th, 2016
Location [FC Wilderness] on the ridge between Roaring and Goat Creeks above the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon Rivers.
Total Personnel 1
Size 5,731 Acres

Roaring Fire, is a lightning caused fire that started on Tuesday, July 26 and is currently estimated at 5,731 acres. The Roaring Fire is burning in a remote part of the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness on the ridge between Roaring and Goat Creeks above the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon Rivers. This fire is adjacent to the 2014 Goat Fire and is being managed to allow fire to play, as nearly as possible, its natural role in wilderness. This fire may contribute to smoke in both the Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon Rivers depending on wind and weather conditions. At this time, this fire is not impacting river use or camps.

There is an Emergency Trail Closure for the Roaring Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4976/32829/

Personnel at Long Tom Lookout is monitoring the fire daily.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4976/

No current update.
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Black Fire

Caribou – Targhee National Forest

Date of Origin Friday August 19th, 2016
Location 10 miles southwest of Swan Valley, Idaho.
Total Personnel 24
Size 770 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4991/

No current update.
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Carrot Fire

Caribou – Targhee National Forest

Date of Origin Saturday August 13th, 2016
Location 11 miles northeast of Tetonia, Idaho.
Total Personnel 7
Size 606 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4973/

No current update.
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Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Park Fires

Fire Restrictions Lifted in Yellowstone National Park

9/13

Fire Restrictions Lifted in Yellowstone National Park Fire Danger is High

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Recent precipitation has moderated fire danger throughout Yellowstone National Park. Effective at noon on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, park officials will lift fire restrictions inside the park’s boundaries. Fire danger can change rapidly with changing weather conditions. Currently the fire danger is high. Visitors are reminded to always use caution with fire in the outdoors.

With restrictions lifted, visitors must still follow the park’s year-round regulations concerning fire.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4944/33707/
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Berry Fire

Grand Teton National Park

Date of Origin Monday July 25th, 2016
Location 19 miles NW of Moran, WY
Total Personnel 187
Size 20,801 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/

Berry Fire Update 9/14/16

Current Situation: Fire activity on the Berry Fire remained quiet Tuesday with cooler temperatures, overcast skies, and some precipitation. Today, crews will continue work to secure the Flagg Ranch area and improve safety along the Grassy Lake Road corridor. Fire crews are beginning back haul of hoses and other supplies no longer needed as fire activity diminishes. Fire managers are assessing the current situation to determine a long-term management plan.

Summary: Since the Berry Fire’s discovery on July 25, Grand Teton National Park has managed the fire for ecological benefits. The lightning-ignited fire started on the west side of Jackson Lake near Berry and Owl Creeks.

Closure Update: Fire Managers reopened Hwy 89/191/287 between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday. Area and trail closures will remain in effect within the Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Grassy Lake Road and Flagg Ranch in Grand Teton Park are still closed.
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Fire Updates Sept 13

Pioneer Fire

Boise National Forest

Date of Origin Monday July 18th, 2016
Location 8 miles north of Idaho City
Total Personnel 1110
Size 186,192 Acres
Containment 56%

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/

Pioneer Fire Maps
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4866/

Pioneer Fire Photographs
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photographs/4866/

Pioneer Fire Closure Order #7 Order No. 0402-00-45
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4866/33503/

Fire Closure Area & Hunting Units

The Pioneer Fire Closure Area currently covers four hunting unit. Units 33, 34, 35 and 39 are partially closed to public entry. Please note that these units are not fully closed to entry – only the area within these hunt units on this map are closed.

Fire Closure Area and Hunting Units 09/07/16

9/13 Pioneer Fire Update

Pioneer Fire Information: 844-633-3090, 7AM-10PM, or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866
Boise National Forest Fire Information: 208-373-4175

Acres: 186,192 Containment: 56% Personnel: 1,110
Resources assigned: 29 crews, 6 helicopters, 28 engines, 3 dozers, 6 water tenders, and 3 masticators

Cooler temperatures continue to aid firefighters on Pioneer Fire

BOISE, Idaho, September 13, 2016 – Cooler temperatures in the low 60s raised humidity levels on Monday, bringing slightly beneficial moisture to the southeastern corner of the Pioneer Fire.

Today’s weather will continue these conditions and fuel moisture levels are expected to rise, which will make fire spread less likely. There is a 20 percent chance of showers later in the day and expected high temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Overall, these weather conditions provide an opportunity for firefighters to gain the upper hand on the spread of the fire.

Monday’s winds pushed a few spot fires into the Scott Creek drainage, but firefighters and aerial operations successfully suppressed these spot within containment lines. Moderate weather aided fire management and helped facilitate suppression repairs; today resources will advance these efforts.

In the fire’s upper region in Bear Valley, crews will continue to strengthen containment lines to prevent further northeastern movement of the fire. They will continue to improve indirect fire lines along National Forest System (NFS) Roads 591 and 555, east and northeast of Deadwood Reservoir.

Throughout the southern portion of the fire, below highway 17, resources will monitor and prepare the area for repair activities. Residents and travelers to these regions should be alert for the presence of firefighting crews and heavy equipment.

The Boise National Forest has issued a revised closure order for the southern portion of the fire. The current closure order and map are available on online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.

The daily outlook for air quality is available at idsmoke.blogspot.com

Boise National Forest Revises Pioneer Fire Area Closure

The Boise National Forest area closure has been revised as a result of containment on the southern portion of the Pioneer Fire. The new closed area is effective immediately and visitors to the forest are reminded not to enter burned areas beyond the containment lines because of snags and other safety hazards.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4866/33698/

Updated Pioneer Fire Closure Area September 13

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Roaring Fire

Salmon – Challis National Forest

Date of Origin Tuesday July 26th, 2016
Location [FC Wilderness] on the ridge between Roaring and Goat Creeks above the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon Rivers.
Total Personnel 1
Size 5,731 Acres

Roaring Fire, is a lightning caused fire that started on Tuesday, July 26 and is currently estimated at 4,562 acres. The Roaring Fire is burning in a remote part of the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness on the ridge between Roaring and Goat Creeks above the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon Rivers. This fire is adjacent to the 2014 Goat Fire and is being managed to allow fire to play, as nearly as possible, its natural role in wilderness. This fire may contribute to smoke in both the Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon Rivers depending on wind and weather conditions. At this time, this fire is not impacting river use or camps.

There is an Emergency Trail Closure for the Roaring Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4976/32829/

Personnel at Long Tom Lookout is monitoring the fire daily.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4976/

The Roaring Fire is actively burning in the Roaring Creek drainage between the Bighorn Crags and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Recently, the fire burned down to the Middle Fork Salmon River just down river of Roaring Creek. The fire has also continued to burn in the upper ends of Roaring Creek, near Mt. McGuire, and southwest of McGuire Lake. Because the Fire is now burning along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, boaters need to be aware that they may observe fire activity. At this time, no boaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon or the Salmon River are being impacted. Boaters should continue floating past the fire areas and should expect to see smoke and fire in a wilderness environment.

No current update.
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Black Fire

Caribou – Targhee National Forest

Date of Origin Friday August 19th, 2016
Location 10 miles southwest of Swan Valley, Idaho.
Total Personnel 24
Size 770 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4991/

No current update.
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Carrot Fire

Caribou – Targhee National Forest

Date of Origin Saturday August 13th, 2016
Location 11 miles northeast of Tetonia, Idaho.
Total Personnel 7
Size 606 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4973/

No current update.
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Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Park Fires

Tatanka Complex Update September 13

Today’s Key Points

Rain and snow across the park limited fire activity yesterday. Wet conditions today will again limit fire behavior.

The South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park closed Sunday afternoon due to the Berry Fire burning south of the park. The park anticipates reopening the road sometime today. Call 307-344-2117 for the most up-to-date road information.

On the Maple Fire, crews continue to patrol and monitor all areas of the fire. Today, crews will be rehabilitating control lines along the Madison River and the northwest corner of the fire.

The road into Slough Creek will be open today for the first half mile to the gravel pit to allow fishing access. Slough Creek Campground and area trails remain closed.

Fire activity was minimal yesterday on the Fawn, Central, Jasper, and Buffalo fires.

For information on today’s air quality, visit http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/

What’s Open:

All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are open, except for the South Entrance which is temporarily closed due to fire activity.

Park visitor centers, concession-operated services, and businesses in surrounding communities remain open.

Mount Holmes, Grizzly Lake, Winter Creek, and Trilobite Lake trails are outside the closure area for the fire. However, these trailheads remain closed due to road construction. Contact the Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 for information on accessing these trails.

The Barn’s Hole Road and all park pullouts along the Madison River/West Entrance Road are open.

What’s Closed:

The South Entrance is closed due to the Berry Fire, but is expected to open sometime today. Call 307-344-2117 for the most up-to-date road information.

The Slough Creek Campground and trails are closed due to the Buffalo Fire.

The Mary Mountain Trail is closed due to the Central Fire.

Visit the links below for the full list and maps of current backcountry campsite, trail, and road closures.

Level 1 Fire Restrictions will be lifted today. Note that campfires are only allowed in provided rock or metal fire rings, grills, barbecues, or grates in the eleven developed campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. Visit the links below for additional details.

Maple Fire: 45,377 acres (an increase of 1,887 acres since yesterday due to more accurate mapping) StStart Date: August 8, 2016 Cause: Lightning

Location: approx. 2.89 mi NE of West Yellowstone (Intersection of US HWY 20 & 287), 3.57 mi SW of Mount Holmes Lookout, 1.78 mi from Madison Junction

The perimeter is secure. Engines and crews continue to patrol the fire’s edge.

Buffalo Fire: 10,839 acres, no increase since yesterday (Acreage is estimated; when weather conditions improve, IR imagery will provide more accurate data.)

Start Date: August 13, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: approximately 3 mi NE of Tower Junction and 1.6 mi S of the park boundary

Crews have completed cleanup of downed and hazardous trees from trails. The east side of the Buffalo Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – Northeast Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams.

Fawn Fire: 2,694 acres, no increase since yesterday.

Start Date: August 4, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: W of Fawn Pass, approximately 8.5 mi W of Mammoth Hot Springs, 16 mi NE of West Yellowstone, 10 miles SW of Gardiner, and 27 mi SE of Big Sky

The Fawn Fire remains unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. Preparations for structure protection remain in place.

Central Fire: 1,399 acres, no increase since yesterday. (Acreage is estimated; when weather conditions improve, IR imagery will provide more accurate data.) Start Date: August 26, 2016 Cause: Lightning Location: a remote area, approximately 7 mi W of Lake developed area and 2 mi S of Hayden Valley

The Central Fire remains unstaffed and will continue to be monitored. The Central Fire can sometimes be seen on the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout – South Webcam at https://go.nps.gov/YellowstoneWebcams

Jasper Fire: 0.1 acres (no increase since yesterday) Start Date: September 4, 2016 Cause: Lightning

Location: 5.8 miles E of Tower Junction near Specimen Ridge.

The Jasper Fire is unstaffed and will continue to be monitored.
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Berry Fire

Grand Teton National Park

Date of Origin Monday July 25th, 2016
Location 19 miles NW of Moran, WY
Total Personnel 187
Size 20,801 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/

Berry Fire Update 9/13/2016

Current Situation: Fire activity on the Berry Fire moderated on Monday due to cooler temperatures and overcast skies. The fire area received precipitation overnight, which will continue to keep fire activity quiet. Today, crews will continue work to secure the Flagg Ranch area and improve safety along the highway corridor.

Summary: Since the Berry Fire’s discovery on July 25, Grand Teton National Park (GRTE) has managed the fire for ecological benefits. The lightning fire started near Berry and Owl creeks on the west side of Jackson Lake.

Closure Update: Fire Managers are planning to reopen Hwy 89/191/287 between the junction of Leeks Marina in Grand Teton NP and Grant Village in Yellowstone NP sometime during the afternoon today. The area and trail closures will remain in effect within the Grand Teton Park, Yellowstone Park, and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Grassy Lake Road and Flagg Ranch in Grand Teton Park are still closed.
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Fire Updates Sept 12

Pioneer Fire

Boise National Forest

Date of Origin Monday July 18th, 2016
Location 8 miles north of Idaho City
Total Personnel 1033
Size 185,895 Acres
Containment 56%

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866/

Pioneer Fire Maps
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4866/

Pioneer Fire Photographs
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photographs/4866/

Pioneer Fire Closure Order #7 Order No. 0402-00-45
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4866/33503/

Fire Closure Area & Hunting Units

The Pioneer Fire Closure Area currently covers four hunting unit. Units 33, 34, 35 and 39 are partically closed to public entry. Please note that these units are not fully closed to entry – only the area within these hunt units on this map are closed.

Fire Closure Area and Hunting Units 09/07/16

Pioneer Fire Update September 12, 2016

Pioneer Fire Information: 844-633-3090, 7AM-10PM, or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866
Boise National Forest Fire Information: 208-373-4175

Resources assigned: 27 crews, 9 helicopters, 21 engines, 3 dozers, 6 water tenders, and 1 masticator

Garden Valley, ID – A dry cold front moved into the region yesterday increasing cloud cover, lowering temperatures, and producing breezy conditions over the fire. With a change in weather, Sunday’s observed fire activity was some group torching of trees, and creeping and backing flames. Continued north to northwest winds is ushering in cooler temperatures that help raise relative humidity values in the coming days. This increase in surface moisture will also raise precipitation chances into mid-week. Fuel moisture values will slowly rebound which will greatly aids in reducing fire activity.

Safety for firefighters and support personnel is a priority as the fire area is located in rugged terrain and thick timber. Crews continue to construct indirect fire line along the 591 and 579 roads east and northeast of Deadwood Reservoir. Heavier fuels are being removed along these indirect fire lines using mechanical logging equipment (feller/buncher) and wood chippers. In conjunction with these indirect containment lines, hose lines are in place if needed as reinforcement to hold potential fire activity. Heavy equipment is also being used to reduce the amount of hazardous trees and risk near firefighters.

Fire activity in the Miller Mountain and Long Creek area is slowly burning into the Lowman Fire burn scar where fuels are sparse and broken which will limit fire activity. Fire activity in the Crooked Creek drainage is slowly backing down toward the creek and should hold once fire reaches the creek. Both these areas will be monitored by firefighting resources. All other existing fire lines are holding and will be monitored in the coming days.

Suppression repair is nearly complete on the southern portion of the fire south of Highway 17 with only a few spots needing additional clean up. Crews positioned on the southern portion of the fire will continue to monitor containment lines and be available for initial attack for any new wildfire starts.

Based on current and potential fire activity, we do not expect additional closures on the Boise National Forest. Current closures can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.

The daily outlook for air quality is available at idsmoke.blogspot.com

Current evacuation orders are as follows:

All properties throughout Lowman will remain at Level 1 evacuations. The summer homes in Long Creek remain at Level 2 evacuations until further notice.

Evacuations have been rescinded for:

Garden Valley (South Fork Road, east of the Grimes Pass Road and the Banks Lowman Road east of Danskin Station) and Pioneerville.

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_6_6910.html
FIRE RELATED QUESTIONS: Email pioneerfire2016@gmail.com
HUNTING INFORMATION: https://idfg.idaho.gov/blog/2016/08/get-current-fire-information-here
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: idahofireinfo.com

Pioneer Fire Information Map 09/12/16

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Roaring Fire

Salmon – Challis National Forest

Date of Origin Tuesday July 26th, 2016
Location [FC Wilderness] on the ridge between Roaring and Goat Creeks above the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon Rivers.
Total Personnel 1
Size 5,731 Acres

Roaring Fire, is a lightning caused fire that started on Tuesday, July 26 and is currently estimated at 4,562 acres. The Roaring Fire is burning in a remote part of the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness on the ridge between Roaring and Goat Creeks above the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon Rivers. This fire is adjacent to the 2014 Goat Fire and is being managed to allow fire to play, as nearly as possible, its natural role in wilderness. This fire may contribute to smoke in both the Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon Rivers depending on wind and weather conditions. At this time, this fire is not impacting river use or camps.

There is an Emergency Trail Closure for the Roaring Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4976/32829/

Personnel at Long Tom Lookout is monitoring the fire daily.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4976/

The Roaring Fire is actively burning in the Roaring Creek drainage between the Bighorn Crags and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Recently, the fire burned down to the Middle Fork Salmon River just down river of Roaring Creek. The fire has also continued to burn in the upper ends of Roaring Creek, near Mt. McGuire, and southwest of McGuire Lake. Because the Fire is now burning along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, boaters need to be aware that they may observe fire activity. At this time, no boaters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon or the Salmon River are being impacted. Boaters should continue floating past the fire areas and should expect to see smoke and fire in a wilderness environment.

No current update.
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Black Fire

Caribou – Targhee National Forest

Date of Origin Friday August 19th, 2016
Location 10 miles southwest of Swan Valley, Idaho.
Total Personnel 24
Size 770 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4991/

Black Fire Update: September 12, 2016

The Black Fire is a lightning-caused fire that was first detected on August 19, 2016, approximately 12 miles northwest of Swan Valley, Idaho. The fire is 770 acres. The smoke is visible from Highway 26 as well as from the Tetonia, Driggs, and Victor communities.

Fire activity was active yesterday due to high winds and low humidity. Due to forecasted cloud cover, higher humidity, and chance for precipitation fire activity will be moderate considerably today. The fire will continue smoldering and creeping with an occasional single tree torching.

Forest officials are managing the fire to achieve multiple objectives. A primary consideration in determining how a fire is managed is public and fire fighter safety. The steep and rocky location of the Black Fire, along with its falling snags and rolling material, prompted forest officials to adjust their management of the fire accordingly to effectively mitigate these hazardous working conditions for firefighters. Fire is a natural part of the landscape and the lightning-caused Black Fire is being used to improve forest health, create or maintain diversity in the vegetative structure and composition which often improves wildlife habitat.

While the fire is burning within a geographical perimeter in which fire managers expected, point protection and indirect strategies were implemented to minimize fire spread west towards private property. Crews have cleared vegetation along roads and trails that parallel the river in addition to the trail up Burns Creek stopping at the intersection with the Hell Hole Trail. These actions serve as a contingency to keep the fire from moving into the South Fork of the Snake River corridor and impacting private residences at the mouth of Burns Creek. One hand crew and an engine, are working the incident— for a total of 24 personnel.
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Carrot Fire

Caribou – Targhee National Forest

Date of Origin Saturday August 13th, 2016
Location 11 miles northeast of Tetonia, Idaho.
Total Personnel 7
Size 606 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4973/

Carrot Fire Update: September 12, 2016

The Carrot Fire was caused by lightning and first detected August 13, 2016, southeast of Coyote Meadows Trailhead in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. The fire is approximately 606 acres in size.

Fire growth has continued to be slow. 11 acres burned yesterday. Weather forecasts call for a chance of precipitation beginning tonight through Thursday. Fire activity will be significantly moderated due to the cloud cover and higher humidity.

The Carrot Fire is burning within a congressionally designated wilderness area and, after considering a variety of factors, forest managers are allowing this fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem. Naturally occurring fire will improve forest health by creating or maintaining diversity in the vegetative structure and composition, which often improves wildlife habitat.

To the west of the fire, outside of the wilderness area fire fighters have completed a seven mile shaded fuel break adjacent to segments of the Jackpine-Pinochle road. This will provide firefighters a solid contingency line should the fire move west outside the wilderness area. An engine and fuels crew are monitoring the Carrot fire today.
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Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Park Fires

Yellowstone NP Closures and Restrictions Update for Monday, September 12th

Road Closure due to the fire activity in the area:

* Grant Village to South Entrance is closed to public traffic.
* Lewis Lake Campground remains open and travel from the north (Grant Village) is permitted to access the campground.

Lane restriction due to the fire activity in the area:

* Small sections of the West Road Entrance from West Yellowstone to Madison Junction may be reduced to one lane.
* Travelers should slow down and use caution in this area.

Road closure due to road construction:

* Mammoth to Norris Junction was closed at 7:00 AM today.
* This is a hard closure (24/7). The road is not expected to re-open until October 7th.

Indian Creek Campground remains open and can be accessed from the north through Mammoth.

All other Park roads remain open. For additional updates on road closures and road restrictions, call the Yellowstone Road Info Phone at 307-344-2117.

Maple Fire/Tatanka Complex Perimeter Map 9-12

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Berry Fire

Grand Teton National Park

Date of Origin Monday July 25th, 2016
Location 19 miles NW of Moran, WY
Total Personnel 96
Size 20,801 Acres

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4954/

Increased Fire Activity Prompts Highway Closure

September 11: 9 p.m. Update. Fire activity increased on the Berry Fire this afternoon due to strong, gusting winds and very low humidities. Highway 89/191/287 is temporarily closed from Leeks Marina junction in Grand Teton National Park to Grant Village in Yellowstone National Park due to public safety concerns. The Grassy Lake Road is also closed. Fire crews are working through the night and implementing structure protection measures already in place around Flagg Ranch area and the South Entrance of Yellowstone.

The closures are temporary, and roads will reopen when conditions allow. Cooler temperatures and higher humidities are predicted for tomorrow, along with possible moisture.

Additional information will also be posted on the Teton Interagency Fire website at http://gacc.nifc.gov/gbcc/dispatch/wy-tdc

Berry Fire crossed Hwy. 89 on 9.11

Berry Perimeter Map 9/12/16

Alternate route to Yellowstone Map 9/12/16

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