Category Archives: Fire Updates 2017

Fire Update 8/18/2017

Local Conditions: Air quality in Yellow Pine is good, but getting some haze. The high yesterday was 88 degrees, dry and breezy afternoon. The low this morning 43 degrees. It is very dry in the forest.
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Prohibit the the following:

* Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or stove fire, except in designated recreation sites, and only within a metal and/or concrete fire structure provided by the forest service

* Personal charcoal grill

* Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials
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McCall Air Quality
https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=669

NOAA generates daily maps showing smoke patterns if you want to know where all the smoke is coming from:

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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 8/18/2017, 7:55:57 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Saturday July 29th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Incident Description Wildfire Burning Within The Frank Church River Of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Joe Reinarz, Incident Commander, National Incident Management Organization (NIMO)
Total Personnel 38
Size 10,991 Acres

The Highline Fire is currently at 10,991 acres this morning determined from last night’s infrared flight. The fire is burning entirely within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and is being managed under a strategy for the enhancement of natural resources and point protection for values at risk that are within the wilderness.

Chamberlain Airstrip is CLOSED due to fire activity. An Area Closure Order is also in effect for the entire Highline Fire area.

A National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team took over command of the fire on August 17th. The NIMO team will relieve local fire mangers so they can be prepared for future fire activities on the Payette National Forest.

An east wind occurred over the weekend, and continues to be a concern as the fire has burned towards Chamberlain Guard Station and Stonebraker Ranch. Firefighters ignited a burnout along the east side of the Chamberlain Airstrip to reinforce fire lines in the area and protect the airstrip and other values in the surrounding area.

Point protection resources are staged at the Root Ranch and will be used if needed. Point protection at Chamberlain Guard Station and Stonebraker Ranch has been successful thus far in safe guarding and protecting structures and will continue to be the strategy for protecting values at risk.

The fire is south and southeast of Chamberlain Basin. Fire spread over the past week had been to the south and southeast as winds were from the north and northwest until this past weekend – this is not typical for wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest. Usually, the jet stream pushes wildfires in an easterly, northeasterly direction.

An upper level trough remains over the fire area, keeping temperatures cooler, with moister air over the fire. The rainfall from this past weekend has caused fuel moisture to rise; however, winds up to 10 miles per hour early this week will once again dry fuels. Temperatures will slowly rise and humidity will fall beginning today through the rest of the week. Inversions will increase later in the week with possible buildup of smoke in the valleys.

Active fire growth is expected once fuel moisture levels decrease throughout the week.

Highline Fire Infrared Map for Aug 18, 2017

Stonebraker Ranch protected from Highline Fire 08/17/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/16/2017, 10:04:43 AM

General: While normal winds from the southwest are currently over the Payette National Forest, north to northwest winds were experienced over the last few weeks – the result was that fire spread was in a southeasterly direction, and this is not typical for wildfires. Smoke is light over the Forest now, but as the week progresses, winds are expected to once again shift to the north and northwest – as this happens, smoke from wildfires burning to Oregon, Washington and B.C will once again impact the local air shed.

New Fire: The Jackson Bar Fire was reported the evening of Tuesday, August 15th. A suppression strategy is being used on this fire. There are currently smokejumpers and a heavy helicopter assigned to the fire. The fire size is approximately 15 acres. The fire is burning inside the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The fire is located approximately 1.5 miles Northeast of Mackey Bar and 1.5 miles south of 5 Mile Bar. The fire is burning on a ridgeline approximately .75 miles upslope/southeast of the Salmon River.

Jackson Bar Fire, August 15, 2017

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time. The portion that is within the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness is being managed under a strategy of wildfire for resource benefit. The portion outside of the wilderness area is being monitored. As of August 8th, the Krassel airstrip remained closed for a few more days. The Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is open to the public, but motorists are advised to watch for fire related traffic. Valley County lifted the Level 1 -Ready Evacuation Order for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area. The area closure that was implemented by the Forest has been lifted. This lightning-caused fire started on the Missouri Ridge on July 15. Firefighting resources quickly responded with ground crews and fire aviation equipment.

Pueblo Fire: (20 acres) This fire was contained as on August 3rd at 6:15p.m. Full demobilization of resources has taken place. This fire was not within the wilderness and did not have an InciWeb page. The Pueblo Fire is located just outside the wilderness approximately 6 miles north of Big Creek/Edwardsburg near Pueblo Summit and east of the Mosquito Ridge. The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area has been lifted, but a NOTAM has been issued to notify pilots that firefighting aviation assets are working in the area. Big Creek airstrip is open, but caution is advised. A suppression (contain and confine) strategy was used on the Pueblo Fire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area.

Magpie Fire: (.10 acres) Lightening caused and reported on July 28. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 28. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status with no visible smoke showing.

Rooster Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Lightning caused and report on July 26. Located 1/2 mile east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob on the McCall Ranger District. No visible smoke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (28 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell’s Ferry. Two fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire is in monitor status.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. No smoke showing currently. This fire has been declared out.

Marble Mountain Fire: (3 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 2 miles southeast of Edwardsburg. Smokejumpers responded to this fire to aggressively prevent it from growing larger and spreading towards Edwardsburg. The fire was declared out on July 18.

Rocky Point Fire: (.10 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 10 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 2 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status.

For up to date information, please contact the Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600., or the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/18/2017, 7:18:22 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human And Is Currently Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location On the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Incident Description Fire Is Located East Of The Middle Fork Of The Salmon River In Steep, Rocky, And Inaccessible Terrain.
Total Personnel 1
Size 1,650 Acres

The fire is in monitor status under the direction of the North Zone Duty Officer. The fire has not increased in size and fire activity remains in the interior of the burn perimeter.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5458/
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/18/2017, 7:24:40 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 20
Size 5,700 Acres

Fire size is approximately 5,700 acres with no significant growth due to current weather. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, and Ibex Creeks. The fire is most active in Cottonwood Canyon and Rush Creek.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Chute Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/17/2017, 11:47:02 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Sunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 09:00 AM
Location 2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake, 16.7 miles west of Hamilton, Montana
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 1,172 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

The lightning-caused Chute Creek fire was detected August 13 in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness 8 miles southeast of Elk Summit Guard Station and 2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake. The Nez Perce-Clearwater and Bitterroot National Forests are working together in the long-term management and strategy of the fire.

Forest and Fire Management Staff considered the long-term effects of smoke in their decision to manage fires in the wilderness and roadless areas. Fire managers are working with air quality specialists to monitor smoke and potential impacts to communities. In addition to smoke impacts, values at risk, availability of resources, and location were considered in determining suppression actions of fires not threatening communities.

Trail Closure Order – August 17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5515/38345/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5515/
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Mink Peak Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Location Near Mink Peak
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 772 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Located near Mink Peak in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the Mink Peak fire was lightning caused on July 14, 2017. The fire is unstaffed but is being closely monitored by air. The fire is being managed for long-term resource benefit. Visitors to the Selway River may expect to see smoke.the

Forest and Fire Management Staff considered the long-term effects of smoke in their decision to manage fires in the wilderness and roadless areas. Fire managers are working with air quality specialists to monitor smoke and potential impacts to communities. In addition to smoke impacts, values at risk, availability of resources, and location were considered in determining suppression actions of fires not threatening communities.h activity on all sides. Smoke will impact the Selway River corridor.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5491/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/18/2017, 9:56:46 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 12:30 PM
Location South of Grangeville, ID and northeast of Riggins, ID
Incident Commander Irv Leach, Northern Rockies Type 2 IMT
Total Personnel 188
Size 13,710 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 35%

The fire has reached the Salmon River on the west side near Vinegar Creek. Drivers on the Salmon River Road east of Riggins should use caution due to increased firefighter activity. Helicopters will be dipping from the Salmon River when needed. Rafters and recreationists should stay alert to avoid helicopter activity.

Hanover Fire Daily Update August 17, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/38285/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Rattlesnake Point Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/17/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 4,394 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – August 17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/38319/

Aug 16 – Rattlesnake Point Fire IR Map
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDNCF/2017-08-01-1209-Rattlesnake-Point/picts/2017_08_16-15.43.14.623-CDT.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5442/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/17/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Below Lone Pine Point in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
Incident Commander Mike Blinn, Type 3 IC
Size 5,762 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/38321/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Hidden Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/16/2017, 3:01:35 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Stony Nelson, IC3
Total Personnel 2
Size 4,624 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/38318/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/17/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident Commander Wimer
Total Personnel 12
Size 8,729 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 17 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/38317/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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Buck Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/17/2017, 2:38:38 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 126
Size 132 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%

August 17, 2017- Buck Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5493/38325/

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5493/38298/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5493/
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National Interagency Fire Center

August 18, 2017

Large fire activity continues to dominate Oregon and Montana. Extreme fire behavior caused significant acreage gains on the Milli, Nena Springs, Miller Complex, and Chetco Bar fires in Oregon. More than 19,700 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildfires in the West, Alaska, and Florida.

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Updated Fire Report 8/16/2017

Local Conditions: Air quality in Yellow Pine is much improved, McCall AQI in the green this morning. The high yesterday was 84 degrees and the low this morning 40 degrees. Even though we received a little rain over the weekend, it is still very dry in the forest.
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the restricted state, private and federal lands:

* Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site, or on their own land, and only within a permanent land owner-provided structure. (See liquid petroleum fueled stove exemption below).

* Smoking, outside an enclosed vehicle or building, or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/2017/08/land-management-agencies-to-implement_8.html


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McCall Air Quality
https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=669

NOAA generates daily maps showing smoke patterns if you want to know where all the smoke is coming from:

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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 8/16/2017, 9:49:06 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Saturday July 29th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Incident Description Wildfire Burning Within The Frank Church River Of No Return Wilderness
CTotal Personnel 35
Size 10,200 Acres

A small amount of rain, cloud cover, higher humidity and cooler temperatures slowed fire growth over the last three days.

An east wind occurred over the weekend, and continues to be a concern as fire could burn towards Chamberlain Guard Station and Stonebraker Ranch. Firefighters ignited a burnout along the east side of the Chamberlain Airstrip to reinforce fire lines in the area.

Point protection resources are staged at the Root Ranch and will be used if needed. Point protection at Chamberlain Guard Station and Stonebraker Ranch has been successful thus far in safe guarding structures, and will continue to be the strategy for protecting values at risk.

The fire is south and southeast of Chamberlain Basin. Fire spread over the past week had been to the south and southeast as winds were from the north and northwest until this past weekend – this is not typical for wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest. Usually, the jet stream pushes wildfires in a northeasterly direction.

A upper level trough will be over the fire area today, keeping temperatures slightly cooler, with moister air over the fire. The rainfall from this past weekend has caused fuel moisture to rise; however, winds up to 10 miles per hour early this week will once again dry fuels. Temperatures will slowly rise and humidity will fall beginning today through the rest of the week. Inversions will increase later in the week with buildup of smoke in the valleys.

Very active fire growth is expected once fuel moisture levels decrease throughout the week.

Highline Fire Area Closure Map 08/13/17

Point protection at Stonebraker Ranch 08/14/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/13/2017, 3:21:35 PM

The Payette National currently has 10 wildfires within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are being managed with a strategy to enhance natural resource benefits. The Highline fire is very active, while the other wildfires have shown low to no fire activity over the past few days.

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time. The portion that is within the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness is being managed under a strategy of wildfire for resource benefit. The portion outside of the wilderness area is being monitored. As of August 8th, the Krassel airstrip remained closed for a few more days. The Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is open to the public, but motorists are advised to watch for fire related traffic. Valley County lifted the Level 1 -Ready Evacuation Order for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area. The area closure that was implemented by the Forest has been lifted. This lightning-caused fire started on the Missouri Ridge on July 15. Firefighting resources quickly responded with ground crews and fire aviation equipment.

Pueblo Fire: (20 acres) This fire was contained as on August 3rd at 6:15p.m. Full demobilization of resources has taken place. This fire was not within the wilderness and did not have an InciWeb page. The Pueblo Fire is located just outside the wilderness approximately 6 miles north of Big Creek/Edwardsburg near Pueblo Summit and east of the Mosquito Ridge. The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area has been lifted, but a NOTAM has been issued to notify pilots that firefighting aviation assets are working in the area. Big Creek airstrip is open, but caution is advised. A suppression (contain and confine) strategy was used on the Pueblo Fire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area.

Magpie Fire: (.10 acres) Lightening caused and reported on July 28. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 28. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status with no visible smoke showing.

Rooster Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Lightning caused and report on July 26. Located 1/2 mile east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob on the McCall Ranger District. No visible smoke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (28 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell’s Ferry. Two fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire is in monitor status.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. No smoke showing currently. This fire has been declared out.

Marble Mountain Fire: (3 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 2 miles southeast of Edwardsburg. Smokejumpers responded to this fire to aggressively prevent it from growing larger and spreading towards Edwardsburg. The fire was declared out on July 18.

Rocky Point Fire: (.10 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 10 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 2 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status.

For up to date information, please contact the Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600., or the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/16/2017, 7:31:10 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human And Is Currently Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location On the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Incident Description Fire Is Located East Of The Middle Fork Of The Salmon River In Steep, Rocky, And Inaccessible Terrain.
Total Personnel 1
Size 1,650 Acres

The fire is in monitor status under the direction of the North Zone Duty Officer. The fire has not increased in size and fire activity remains in the interior of the burn perimeter.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5458/
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/16/2017, 7:33:12 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 20
Size 5,700 Acres

Fire size is approximately 5,700 acres with no significant growth due to current weather. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, and Ibex Creeks. The fire is most active in Cottonwood Canyon and Rush Creek.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Chute Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/16/2017, 1:38:40 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Sunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 09:00 AM
Location 2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake, 16.7 miles west of Hamilton, Montana
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 662 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

The lightning-caused Chute Creek fire was detected August 13 in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness 8 miles southeast of Elk Summit Guard Station and 2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake. The Nez Perce-Clearwater and Bitterroot National Forests are working together in the long-term management and strategy of the fire.

Forest and Fire Management Staff considered the long-term effects of smoke in their decision to manage fires in the wilderness and roadless areas. Fire managers are working with air quality specialists to monitor smoke and potential impacts to communities. In addition to smoke impacts, values at risk, availability of resources, and location were considered in determining suppression actions of fires not threatening communities.

Aug 16 – Aerial view of Chute Creek fire

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5515/
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Mink Peak Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Location Near Mink Peak
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 764 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Located near Mink Peak in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the Mink Peak fire was lightning caused on July 14, 2017. The fire is unstaffed but is being closely monitored by air. The fire is being managed for long-term resource benefit. Visitors to the Selway River may expect to see smoke.

Aug 15 – Mink Peak Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5491/38173/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5491/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017, 7:34:11 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 12:30 PM
Location Gospel Hump Wilderness – 5 mi SW of Square Mountain Historical LO
Incident Commander Irv Leach, Northern Rockies Type 2 IMT
Total Personnel 320
Size 9,508 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 35%

Hanover Fire Daily Update August 15, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/38141/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Rattlesnake Point Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 4,069 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – August 15
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/38171/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5442/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Below Lone Pine Point in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
Incident Commander Mike Blinn, Type 3 IC
Size 5,650 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 15
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/38172/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Hidden Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Stony Nelson
Total Personnel 2
Size 4,600 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 15
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/38168/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/15/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident Commander Wimer
Total Personnel 12
Size 7,758 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 15 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/38169/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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Buck Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/15/2017, 7:46:05 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 150
Size 132 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%

The Buck Fire is located on the St. Joe Ranger District, approximately 17 miles southeast of Avery, Idaho. The fire is burning in steep terrain and heavy fuels along Buck Creek, south of FSR201.

Expanded closure order for the Buck Fire
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5493/38190/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5493/
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National Interagency Fire Center

August 15, 2017

Thirteen new large fires were reported yesterday, bringing the national total to 53 large fires that have burned nearly 270,000 acres. States with the most fire activity include California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. More than 18,400 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the incidents throughout the western United States.

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update 8/13/2017

Getting a little rain today in Yellow Pine, cooler and much better air quality!

Lightning Strikes 8/11/2017
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect.
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/12/2017, 1:56:58 PM

The Payette National currently has 10 wildfires within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are being managed with a strategy to enhance natural resource benefits. The Highline fire is very active, while the other wildfires have shown low to no fire activity over the past few days.

General: Current north to northwest winds are being experienced across the Forest – the result is that fire spread will be in a southeasterly direction. Smoke is abundant across the Forest and mainly coming from wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Canada. Visit these sites for more information on smoke: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/ and https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.html

See map of wilderness fires in the map section.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDPAF/2017-07-19-1731-Payette-Wilderness-Fires/picts/2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

Highline Fire: (9,150 acres) Fire managers have closed the Chamberlain airstrip. Point Protection has safe guarded the structures at the Stonebraker Ranch and Chamberlain Guard Station. The fire is now south and southeast of Chamberlain Basin. Point Protection of values at risk will continue as an on-going strategy. See fire perimeter map in the map section. Lightning caused and reported on July 29. Very active fire behavior observed on a daily basis. Fire spread has been to the south and southeast as winds are from the north and northwest. Very active fire growth is expected over the next week. A CLOSURE ORDER IS IN EFFECT FOR THIS FIRE AREA!

Chamberlain Airstrip Closed due the Approaching Highline Fire
Highline Fire Area Closure Map, August 7

Highline Fire map, August 12, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDPAF/2017-07-19-1731-Payette-Wilderness-Fires/picts/2017_08_12-15.06.29.096-CDT.pdf

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time. The portion that is within the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness is being managed under a strategy of wildfire for resource benefit. The portion outside of the wilderness area is being monitored. As of August 8th, the Krassel airstrip remained closed for a few more days. The Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is open to the public, but motorists are advised to watch for fire related traffic. Valley County lifted the Level 1 -Ready Evacuation Order for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area. The area closure that was implemented by the Forest has been lifted. This lightning-caused fire started on the Missouri Ridge on July 15. Firefighting resources quickly responded with ground crews and fire aviation equipment.

Pueblo Fire: (20 acres) This fire was contained as on August 3rd at 6:15p.m. Full demobilization of resources has taken place. This fire was not within the wilderness and did not have an InciWeb page. The Pueblo Fire is located just outside the wilderness approximately 6 miles north of Big Creek/Edwardsburg near Pueblo Summit and east of the Mosquito Ridge. The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area has been lifted, but a NOTAM has been issued to notify pilots that firefighting aviation assets are working in the area. Big Creek airstrip is open, but caution is advised. A suppression (contain and confine) strategy was used on the Pueblo Fire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area.

Magpie Fire: (.10 acres) Lightening caused and reported on July 28. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 28. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status with no visible smoke showing.

Rooster Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Lightning caused and report on July 26. Located 1/2 mile east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob on the McCall Ranger District. No visible smoke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (28 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell’s Ferry. Two fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire is in monitor status.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. No smoke showing currently. This fire has been declared out.

Marble Mountain Fire: (3 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 2 miles southeast of Edwardsburg. Smokejumpers responded to this fire to aggressively prevent it from growing larger and spreading towards Edwardsburg. The fire was declared out on July 18.

Rocky Point Fire: (.10 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 10 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 2 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status.

For up to date information, please contact the Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600., or the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/11/2017, 7:10:54 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human And Is Currently Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location On the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Incident Description Fire Is Located East Of The Middle Fork Of The Salmon River In Steep, Rocky, And Inaccessible Terrain.
Total Personnel 17
Size 1,350 Acres

Tappan Fire August 11, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/37934/

Tappan Fire Trail Closure Terminated
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/38025/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5458/
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/13/2017, 10:46:23 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 20
Size 5,313 Acres

Ibex Fire August 11, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/37935/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs Fire Update – August 12, 2017

Current status by district:

Salmon River Ranger District

The Hanover fire is currently being managed by Irv Leach’s Type 2 Incident Management Team. Information for the Hanover fire can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/, by calling (208) 839-9974 or on their Facebook page.

For more information on fire activity or area closures on Salmon River Ranger District, please call (208) 839-2211.

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District

The Hidden fire is approximately 4,200 acres. The fire continues to burn in dead and down timber in the footprint of the 2007 Bridge fire. Growth occurred to the north along Big Flat Hidden Ridge trail near the junction with Colt Killed trail, and the fire is less than a mile from that junction. Growth also occurred on the west perimeter near the Hidden Lake and Hidden Peak trails along Hidden Creek ridge. The fire is on the shores of Hidden Lake and backing to the west. Growth occurred between Hidden and Tadpole Lakes over the past couple days. Fire behavior and growth are being monitored with ground and aerial resources. The Nez Perce-Clearwater and Bitterroot National Forests are working together in the long-term management and strategy for this fire. Trail closures remain in effect. Smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula Valleys.

The Maud fire is two miles southwest of Siah Lake. The 2.3 acre fire is burning in large timber in an area with no recorded fire history. Occasional single tree and group torching, resulting in short range spotting, has occurred. Eight rappellers, working with water and tools, are making progress and mop up operations continue.

The Hilton fire (5.5 acres), 1.5 miles southwest of Beaver Ridge Lookout, is in a patrol and monitor status via ground and aerial resources.

For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Locsha/Powell Ranger District, please call (208) 942-3113.

Moose Creek Ranger District

Fires on Moose Creek Ranger District are located in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. These fires are being monitored primarily by air and are being managed for long-term resource benefit. Minimal fire activity occurred Friday on all fires, due in part to somewhat higher relative humidity and a light inversion.

The Moose Creek 1 fire is estimated at 7,758 acres. Structure protection is in place on the Halfway, Meeker and Three Links bridges as well as on the Shissler Lookout. Crews will continue structure protection efforts. Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area and use extreme caution as trees are currently falling in and around the river.

The Lone Pine fire is approximately 5,650 acres. The Mink Peak fire is approximately 765 acres. The Buck Lake fire, in the Buck Lake Creek drainage, is estimated at 382 acres. The Sixty Two fire in Sixty Two Creek remains estimated at 15 acres. Fry Pan fire on the Bitterroot National Forest boundary is 100 acres. Moe fire near Moe Peak is showing no smoke. Smoke from these and other fires will continue to impact the Selway River corridor.

For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Moose Creek Ranger District, please call (208) 926-4258.

Red River Ranger District

The Plummer fire is located in extremely remote and rugged terrain in the Gospel Hump Wilderness, five miles north of the mouth of Sheep Creek (on the Salmon River). Fire activity is generally in the Marble Butte and Plummer Point areas and is estimated at 150 acres. Smoke continues to inhibit aerial reconnaissance. Coordination with the Hanover Incident Management team and the Salmon River Ranger District is ongoing as the Plummer and Hanover fires are anticipated to burn together.

Fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness include: the Rattlesnake Point fire, 4,069 acres, is located on the north side of the Salmon River between Rattlesnake Creek and Sabe Creek. The west end of the fire showed no growth and only isolated heat. Growth is generally to the east and northeast, although it did move north along the ridge flanked by Bear Creek and Deer Park Creek. It has also burned into the earlier spot in the Sabe Creek drainage. The Nez Perce-Clearwater and Bitterroot National Forests are working together in the long-term management and strategy of the fire. The fire is anticipated to continue east and into the Bitterroot National Forest impacting Blacky Foster, Lantz Bar, and trail systems in and around Harrington Mountain. The Ladder (2 acres) and Bleak (170 acres) fires have shown minimal growth in the last week. Sheep Hill Lookout is identified as a value at risk from the Bleak fire and is wrapped. All three fires are being managed for resource benefits using a point protection strategy. Visitors recreating on the Magruder Road and the Salmon River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area of Bargamin Creek drainage. An area closure is in effect.

For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Red River Ranger District, please call (208) 842-2245.

North Fork Ranger District

The Lolo National Forest to the east of the district has implemented an area closure for public health and safety due to the Sunrise fire that may impact visitors accessing Hoodoo Pass, Hoodoo Lake and the areas adjacent to the pass via Forest Road #250 from Montana. Hoodoo Pass is accessible via Cedar Creek and Freezeout Road (high clearance vehicles recommended and no trailers). For information about the closure and the Sunrise fire, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5379/#

For more information on this development, please call the North Fork Ranger District at (208) 476-4541.

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/2017/08/nez-perce-clearwater-nfs-fire-update.html
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Mink Peak Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/12/2017, 2:44:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Location Near Mink Peak
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 765 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Located near Mini Peak in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the Mink Peak fire was lightning caused on July 14, 2017. The fire is unstaffed but is being closely monitored by air. The fire is being managed for long-term resource benefit. Visitors to the Selway River may expect to see smoke.

Aug 12 – Mink Peak Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5491/37991/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5491/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/12/2017, 9:05:29 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 12:30 PM
Location Gospel Hump Wilderness – 5 mi SW of Square Mountain Historical LO
Incident Commander Irv Leach, Northern Rockies Type 2 IMT
Total Personnel 316
Size 7,333 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 15%

Hanover Fire Daily Update August 13, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/38010/

Fire Progression Map August 13, 2017

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Rattlesnake Point Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/12/2017, 2:03:00 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 4,069 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – August 12
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/37988/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5442/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/12/2017, 2:47:05 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Below Lone Pine Point in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
Incident Commander Mike Blinn, Type 3 IC
Size 5,650 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 12
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/37990/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Hidden Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/12/2017, 2:55:02 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Stony Nelson
Total Personnel 2
Size 4,242 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 11
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/37914/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/11/2017, 12:06:51 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident Commander Wimer
Total Personnel 12
Size 7,758 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 12 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/37989/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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Buck Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/12/2017, 5:28:19 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 120
Size 100 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 5%

The Buck Fire is located on the St. Joe Ranger District, approximately 17 miles southeast of Avery, Idaho. The fire is burning in steep terrain and heavy fuels along Buck Creek, south of FSR201.

August 12, 2017- Buck Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5493/37996/

August 12- Buck Fire Perimeter
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDIPF/2017-08-12-1839-Buck-Fire/picts/2017_08_12-18.47.23.358-CDT.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5493/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/11/2017, 8:03:56 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Total Personnel 14
Size 1,280 Acres

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5343/
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Powerline Fire

Idaho Falls District

Current as of 8/12/2017, 7:44:28 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human-caused, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Friday August 04th, 2017 approx. 08:30 PM
Location Origin of fire, 20 miles south west of Pocatello, ID
Incident Commander Chadwick
Total Personnel 360
Size 55,787 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 98%

Powerline Fire FINAL Update PM August 11, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5467/37938/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5467/
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National Interagency Fire Center

August 13, 2017

Yesterday was another busy day for wildland firefighters across the West. Forty-seven large fires are burning in nine western states. Thirteen new large fires were reported yesterday. Fire managers are hopeful the change in the weather conditions will help firefighters make progress toward containment goals.

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Updated Fire Report 8/11/2017

Update: 4pm thunderstorm, 0.05″ rain. Lightning Strike Map, looks like Parks Creek, Rainbow Ridge and Johnson Creek Ridge had hits.
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Smoke is impacting much of Idaho. There are 180 active wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

Link to McCall Air Quality monitor:
https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=669

Aug 10 air quality map

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions go into effect today.
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/11/2017, 10:15:33 AM

The Payette National currently has 10 wildfires within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are being managed with a strategy to enhance natural resource benefits. The Highline fire is very active, while the other wildfires have shown low to no fire activity over the past few days.

General: Current north to northwest winds are being experienced across the Forest – the result is that fire spread will be in a southeasterly direction. Smoke is abundant across the Forest and mainly coming from wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Canada. Visit these sites for more information on smoke: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/ and https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.html

See map of wilderness fires in the map section.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDPAF/2017-07-19-1731-Payette-Wilderness-Fires/picts/2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

Highline Fire: (9,150 acres) Fire managers have closed the Chamberlain airstrip. Point Protection has safe guarded the structures at the Stonebraker Ranch and Chamberlain Guard Station. The fire is now south and southeast of Chamberlain Basin. Point Protection of values at risk will continue as an on-going strategy. See fire perimeter map in the map section. Lightning caused and reported on July 29. Very active fire behavior observed on a daily basis. Fire spread has been to the south and southeast as winds are from the north and northwest. Very active fire growth is expected over the next week. A CLOSURE ORDER IS IN EFFECT FOR THIS FIRE AREA!

Chamberlain Airstrip Closed due the Approaching Highline Fire
Highline Fire Area Closure Map, August 7

Highline Fire Map August 10, 2017

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time. The portion that is within the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness is being managed under a strategy of wildfire for resource benefit. The portion outside of the wilderness area is being monitored. As of August 8th, the Krassel airstrip remained closed for a few more days. The Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is open to the public, but motorists are advised to watch for fire related traffic. Valley County lifted the Level 1 -Ready Evacuation Order for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area. The area closure that was implemented by the Forest has been lifted. This lightning-caused fire started on the Missouri Ridge on July 15. Firefighting resources quickly responded with ground crews and fire aviation equipment.
InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

Pueblo Fire: (20 acres) This fire was contained as on August 3rd at 6:15p.m. Full demobilization of resources has taken place. This fire was not within the wilderness and did not have an InciWeb page. The Pueblo Fire is located just outside the wilderness approximately 6 miles north of Big Creek/Edwardsburg near Pueblo Summit and east of the Mosquito Ridge. The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area has been lifted, but a NOTAM has been issued to notify pilots that firefighting aviation assets are working in the area. Big Creek airstrip is open, but caution is advised. A suppression (contain and confine) strategy was used on the Pueblo Fire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area.

Magpie Fire: (.10 acres) Lightening caused and reported on July 28. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 28. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status with no visible smoke showing.

Rooster Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Lightning caused and report on July 26. Located 1/2 mile east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob on the McCall Ranger District. No visible smoke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (28 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell’s Ferry. Two fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire is in monitor status.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. No smoke showing currently. This fire has been declared out.

Marble Mountain Fire: (3 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 2 miles southeast of Edwardsburg. Smokejumpers responded to this fire to aggressively prevent it from growing larger and spreading towards Edwardsburg. The fire was declared out on July 18.

Rocky Point Fire: (.10 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 10 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 2 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status.

For up to date information, please contact the Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600., or the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/10/2017, 7:09:59 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human And Is Currently Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location On the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Incident Description Fire Is Located East Of The Middle Fork Of The Salmon River In Steep, Rocky, And Inaccessible Terrain.
Total Personnel 17
Size 1,350 Acres

Tappan Fire August 10, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/37862/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5458/
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/10/2017, 7:19:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 26
Size 5,700 Acres

Ibex Fire August 10, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/37863/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/11/2017, 9:09:34 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 12:30 PM
Location Gospel Hump Wilderness – 5 mi SW of Square Mountain Historical LO
Incident Commander Irv Leach, Northern Rockies Type 2 IMT
Total Personnel 318
Size 6,756 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 15%

Hanover Fire Daily Update August 11, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/37876/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Rattlesnake Point Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/11/2017, 11:45:24 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 3,810 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – August 11
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/37898/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5442/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/10/2017, 1:45:03 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Below Lone Pine Point in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
Incident Commander Schaeffer – Type 4 IC
Size 5,500 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 10
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/37847/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Hidden Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/10/2017, 1:48:21 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Stony Nelson
Total Personnel 1
Size 3,300 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 10
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/37849/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/10/2017, 1:44:12 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident Commander Wimer
Total Personnel 12
Size 7,500 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 10 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/37850/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/11/2017, 8:03:56 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Total Personnel 14
Size 1,280 Acres

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5343/
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Powerline Fire

Idaho Falls District

Current as of 8/9/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human-caused, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Friday August 04th, 2017 approx. 08:30 PM
Location Origin of fire, 20 miles south west of Pocatello, ID
Incident Commander Chadwick
Total Personnel 360
Size 55,787 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 98%

Powerline Fire Update – August 11, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5467/37882/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5467/
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National Interagency Fire Center

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Updated Fire Reports 8/9/2017

Update: Hanover Fire near Riggins continues to grow

KTVB August 09, 2017

RIGGINS, IDAHO – The Hanover Fire northeast of Riggins has burned almost 6,500 acres – more than 10 square miles.

The fire started after a lightning strike on August 1st.

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night at 8 o’clock Mountain Time in the gym at Salmon River High School in Riggins.

The Salmon River Road is open and the Salmon River is open to all activities. But the fire has been moving slowly down slope toward the river, and firefighter equipment and activity has increased on the Salmon River Road east of Riggins.

Also, helicopters may start dipping from the river, so rafters and other recreationists are advised to watch out for that.

source: http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/hanover-fire-near-riggins-continues-to-grow/463222581


Photo By Jonathan Moor Posted on: 08/09/17
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Smoke is impacting much of Idaho. Link to McCall Air Quality monitor:
https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=669

Afternoon thunderstorms and smoke

“The reason it’s so smoky is that the clockwise circulation around the huge high pressure system has been pulling smoke from the wildfires in Canada and Montana. We’re also getting some of that bad air from Washington as well as the 2017 fire season in the West may be one of the worst in recorded history.”
http://www.cdapress.com/article/20170807/ARTICLE/170809855
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to be implemented in Treasure Valley and West Central Mountains

BOISE, Idaho – August 7, 2017

With the threat of wildfire danger increasing throughout southwest Idaho, local wildland fire management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective August 11, 2017 beginning at 12:01 a.m. They will remain in effect until further notice. These restrictions are intended to decrease the chance of any preventable fires in the designated areas.

Stage 1 restrictions prohibit fires, campfires, or camp stoves in areas other than designated recreation sites with approved fire structures. Stage 1 also prohibits smoking in open areas except when stopped in sites that are free of flammable materials with a radius of at least 3 feet of barren soil or in developed recreation sites.

The identified areas going into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions include private and public lands protected by the Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment 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 Lake Cascade

* 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 http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

Treasure Valley Fire Restrictions Zone – All of Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette and Washington counties. Portions of Boise County including the administrative boundary of Lucky Peak Lake to Arrowrock Dam, south shore of Arrowrock Reservoir and that portion of Elmore County that lies south of the South Fork Boise River to Anderson Ranch Dam, south along Anderson Dam Road (FS Rd 134) to Highway 20, east on Highway 20 to the Elmore/Gooding County line south to Interstate 84. The Treasure Valley Restriction area is bounded by the Idaho/Oregon boundary to Oreana then follows the Bachman Grade to Triangle and continues east-northeast of the Owyhee Front to the Bruneau River. The northern boundary begins near Weiser, Idaho and follows Highway 95 to Indian Valley, then generally follows the Little Weiser River to the Payette and Boise National Forest boundary lines.

West Central Mountains Fire Restrictions Zone – Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment Lands within Elmore County, Boise County, and Valley County to include all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade. From the point where the Boise National Forest boundary intersects State Highway 20 near Dixie following the Boise National Forest boundary west and north along the ridge of the Danskin to Boise Front foothills and extending north encompassing the Idaho Department of Lands to its intersection back with the Boise National Forest boundary near Sagehen Reservoir. The far northern boundary includes all Boise National Forest lands, excluding the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All lands north of Sagehen Reservoir including Tripod Mountain and West Mountain within the North Fork Payette River drainage north to near Tamarack Resort.

With the fire season well underway, these restrictions are intended to keep visitors to public lands safe as well as preventing unwanted human-caused wildland fire. If you are planning a visit to public lands in these areas, please visit the following link for current fire restrictions:

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html
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Missouri Fire

8/8/2017, 9:58:00 AM

Payette National Forest
Contact Fire Information: 208.634.0820
PayetteFireInformation@gmail.com
http://www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

Start Date: July 15
Incident Commander Eddie Taylor
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 52
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

This will be the last report for this wildfire unless fire activity increases. The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time. The portion that is within the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness is being managed under a strategy of wildfire for resource benefit. The portion outside of the wilderness area is being monitored.

As of August 8th, the Krassel airstrip remained closed for a few more days.

The Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is open to the public, but motorists are advised to watch for fire related traffic. Valley County lifted the Level 1 -Ready Evacuation Order for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area. The area closure that was implemented by the Forest has been lifted.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/9/2017, 1:54:22 PM

The Payette National currently has 7 wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are being managed with a strategy to enhance natural resource benefits. The Highline fire is very active, while the other wildfires have shown low to no fire activity over the past few days.

General: Current north to northwest winds are being experienced across the Forest – the result is that fire spread will be in a southeasterly direction. Smoke is abundant across the Forest and mainly coming from wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Canada. Visit these sites for more information on smoke: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/ and https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.html

See map of wilderness fires in the map section.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDPAF/2017-07-19-1731-Payette-Wilderness-Fires/picts/2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

Highline Fire: (6,295 acres) Fire managers have closed the Chamberlain airstrip due to the fire approaching this area. The fire is currently burning about 1/2 mile north of the Stonebraker Ranch. Point Protection of values at risk is taking place now at Stonebraker Ranch and the Chamberlain Guard Station. See fire perimeter map in the map section. Lightning caused and reported on July 29. Very active fire behavior observed August 7th. Fire spread has been to the south and southeast as winds are from the north and northwest. Very active fire growth is expected over the next week. A CLOSURE ORDER IS IN EFFECT FOR THIS FIRE AREA!

Highline Fire Perimeter, Agust 9, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDPAF/2017-07-19-1731-Payette-Wilderness-Fires/picts/2017_08_09-14.56.21.863-CDT.pdf

Magpie Fire: (.10 acres) Lightening caused and reported on July 28. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 28. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status with no visible smoke showing.

Rooster Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Lightning caused and report on July 26. Located 1/2 mile east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob on the McCall Ranger District. No visible smoke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (28 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell’s Ferry. Two fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire is in monitor status.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. No smoke showing currently. This fire has been declared out.

Marble Mountain Fire: (3 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 2 miles southeast of Edwardsburg. Smokejumpers responded to this fire to aggressively prevent it from growing larger and spreading towards Edwardsburg. The fire was declared out on July 18.

Rocky Point Fire: (.10 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 10 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 2 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status.

Pueblo Fire: This fire was contained as on August 3rd at 6:15p.m. Full demobilization of resources has taken place. This fire was not within the wilderness and did not have an InciWeb page. The Pueblo Fire is located just outside the wilderness approximately 6 miles north of Big Creek/Edwardsburg near Pueblo Summit and east of the Mosquito Ridge. The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area has been lifted, but a NOTAM has been issued to notify pilots that firefighting aviation assets are working in the area. Big Creek airstrip is open, but caution is advised. A suppression (contain and confine) strategy was used on the Pueblo Fire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area.

For up to date information, please contact the Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600., or the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/8/2017, 7:04:47 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human And Is Currently Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location On the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Incident Description Fire Is Located East Of The Middle Fork Of The Salmon River In Steep, Rocky, And Inaccessible Terrain.
Total Personnel 17
Size 1,267 Acres

Tappan Fire August 8, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/37735/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5458/
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/8/2017, 7:13:17 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 26
Size 4,790 Acres

Ibex Fire August 8, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/37736/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/9/2017, 9:44:42 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 12:30 PM
Location Gospel Hump Wilderness – 5 mi SW of Square Mountain Historical LO
Incident Commander Irv Leach, Northern Rockies Type 2 IMT
Total Personnel 294
Size 6,467 Acres

Hanover Fire Daily Update August 9, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/37758/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Rattlesnake Point Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/9/2017, 11:50:14 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 2,514 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – August 9
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/37773/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5442/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/9/2017, 12:00:02 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Below Lone Pine Point in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
Incident Commander Schaeffer – Type 4 IC
Size 5,292 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 9
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/37774/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Hidden Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/9/2017, 12:11:32 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Brandon Cichowski, Powell RD
Total Personnel 1
Size 3,300 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 9
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/37777/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/9/2017, 12:06:36 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident Commander Wimer
Total Personnel 12
Size 7,169 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 9 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/37776/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/8/2017, 9:16:21 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Total Personnel 14
Size 1,150 Acres

Steep, rugged terrain is challenging; presenting multiple safety concerns for firefighters. The fire is burning in a remote location within the Salmo Priest Wilderness where access is very limited. The fire is burning in very large trees on a steep slope. As the fire burns, trees are falling and sliding down slope. The fire is currently creeping and backing down hill.

Fire managers are considering several variables and evaluating the fire from both air and ground. It has been determined that firefighters cannot safely engage the fire due to remoteness, rugged terrain, heavy fuels, snags, lack of helicopter landing spots, escape routes and safety zones.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5343/
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Powerline Fire

Idaho Falls District

Current as of 8/9/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human-caused, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Friday August 04th, 2017 approx. 08:30 PM
Location Origin of fire, 20 miles south west of Pocatello, ID
Incident Commander Chadwick
Total Personnel 403
Size 52,014 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 47%

August 9th Powerline Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5467/37750/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5467/
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Fire crews getting a hand on wildfires burning in Southern Idaho

by KBOI web staff Tuesday, August 8th 2017

[info on 3 fires]
The Mammoth Fire
The Shoestring Fire
The Powerline Fire

http://idahonews.com/news/local/fire-crews-getting-a-hand-on-wildfires-burning-in-southern-idaho
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National Interagency Fire Center

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update 8/7/2017

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Smoke is impacting much of Idaho. The public can monitor smoke at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/

Smoky conditions expected to continue this week across the Pacific NW from British Columbia wildfires. Possible improvement next weekend. Stay tuned! Credit: NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“The reason it’s so smoky is that the clockwise circulation around the huge high pressure system has been pulling smoke from the wildfires in Canada and Montana. We’re also getting some of that bad air from Washington as well as the 2017 fire season in the West may be one of the worst in recorded history.”
http://www.cdapress.com/article/20170807/ARTICLE/170809855
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to be implemented in Treasure Valley and West Central Mountains

BOISE, Idaho – August 7, 2017

With the threat of wildfire danger increasing throughout southwest Idaho, local wildland fire management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective August 11, 2017 beginning at 12:01 a.m. They will remain in effect until further notice. These restrictions are intended to decrease the chance of any preventable fires in the designated areas.

Stage 1 restrictions prohibit fires, campfires, or camp stoves in areas other than designated recreation sites with approved fire structures. Stage 1 also prohibits smoking in open areas except when stopped in sites that are free of flammable materials with a radius of at least 3 feet of barren soil or in developed recreation sites.

The identified areas going into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions include private and public lands protected by the Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment 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 Lake Cascade

* 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 http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

Treasure Valley Fire Restrictions Zone – All of Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette and Washington counties. Portions of Boise County including the administrative boundary of Lucky Peak Lake to Arrowrock Dam, south shore of Arrowrock Reservoir and that portion of Elmore County that lies south of the South Fork Boise River to Anderson Ranch Dam, south along Anderson Dam Road (FS Rd 134) to Highway 20, east on Highway 20 to the Elmore/Gooding County line south to Interstate 84. The Treasure Valley Restriction area is bounded by the Idaho/Oregon boundary to Oreana then follows the Bachman Grade to Triangle and continues east-northeast of the Owyhee Front to the Bruneau River. The northern boundary begins near Weiser, Idaho and follows Highway 95 to Indian Valley, then generally follows the Little Weiser River to the Payette and Boise National Forest boundary lines.

West Central Mountains Fire Restrictions Zone – Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment Lands within Elmore County, Boise County, and Valley County to include all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade. From the point where the Boise National Forest boundary intersects State Highway 20 near Dixie following the Boise National Forest boundary west and north along the ridge of the Danskin to Boise Front foothills and extending north encompassing the Idaho Department of Lands to its intersection back with the Boise National Forest boundary near Sagehen Reservoir. The far northern boundary includes all Boise National Forest lands, excluding the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All lands north of Sagehen Reservoir including Tripod Mountain and West Mountain within the North Fork Payette River drainage north to near Tamarack Resort.

With the fire season well underway, these restrictions are intended to keep visitors to public lands safe as well as preventing unwanted human-caused wildland fire. If you are planning a visit to public lands in these areas, please visit the following link for current fire restrictions:

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html
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Missouri Fire

8/7/2017, 2:59:08 PM

Payette National Forest
Contact Fire Information: 208.634.0820
PayetteFireInformation@gmail.com
http://www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

Start Date: July 15
Incident Commander Eddie Taylor/
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 52
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

The Missouri Fire has not been active for a 2 week timeframe. The portion that is within the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness is being managed under a strategy of wildfire for resource benefit. The portion outside of the wilderness area is being monitored.

The Krassel airstrip remained closed for a few more days.

The Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is now open to the public, but motorists are advised to watch for fire equipment and dump trucks in the area. Some delays may occurs as equipment is in the area. Valley County has lifted the Level 1 -Ready Evacuation Order for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area. The area closure that was implemented by the Forest has been lifted.

This lightning-caused fire started on the Missouri Ridge on July 15. Firefighting resources quickly responded with ground crews and fire aviation equipment.

General: Current north to northwest winds are being experienced across the Forest – the result is that fire spread will be in a southeasterly direction. Smoke is abundant across the Forest and mainly coming from wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Canada. Visit these sites for more information on smoke: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/ and https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.html

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/7/2017, 3:48:54 PM

The Payette National currently has 7 wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are being managed with a strategy to enhance natural resource benefits. The Highline fire is very active, while the other wildfires have shown low to no fire activity over the past few days.

General: Current north to northwest winds are being experienced across the Forest – the result is that fire spread will be in a southeasterly direction. Smoke is abundant across the Forest and mainly coming from wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Canada. Visit these sites for more information on smoke: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/ and https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.html

See map of wilderness fires in the map section.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDPAF/2017-07-19-1731-Payette-Wilderness-Fires/picts/2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

Highline Fire: (3,664 acres) Fire managers have closed the Chamberlain airstrip due to the fire approaching this area. The fire is currently burning in the Stonebraker Ranch area. Point Protection of values at risk is taking place now. See fire perimeter map in the map section. Lightning caused and reported on July 29. Located just 1.5 miles north of Chamberlain Basin. Very active fire behavior observed August 6th. Fire spread has been to the south and southeast as winds are from the north and northwest. Very active fire growth is expected over the next week.

Chamberlain Airstrip Closed due the Approaching Highline Fire

At 1430, Monday August 7, 2017 Forest Service officials closed the Chamberlain airstrip due to the approaching Highline Fire. The fire is currently 1.5 miles to the north of the airstrip and burning in a southerly directions. The airstrip will remain closed until further notice.

Highline Fire Map August 7, 2017

Magpie Fire: (.10 acres) Lightening caused and reported on July 28. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 28. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status with no visible smoke showing.

Rooster Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Lightning caused and report on July 26. Located 1/2 mile east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob on the McCall Ranger District. No visible smoke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (28 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell’s Ferry. Two fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire is in monitor status.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. No smoke showing currently. This fire has been declared out.

Marble Mountain Fire: (3 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 2 miles southeast of Edwardsburg. Smokejumpers responded to this fire to aggressively prevent it from growing larger and spreading towards Edwardsburg. The fire was declared out on July 18.

Rocky Point Fire: (.10 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 10 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 2 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status.

Pueblo Fire: This fire has been contained as of August 3rd at 6:15p.m. Full demobilization of resources has taken place. This fire was not within the wilderness and did not have an InciWeb page. The Pueblo Fire is located just outside the wilderness approximately 6 miles north of Big Creek/Edwardsburg near Pueblo Summit and east of the Mosquito Ridge. The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area has been lifted, but a NOTAM has been issued to notify pilots that firefighting aviation assets are working in the area. Big Creek airstrip is open, but caution is advised. A suppression (contain and confine) strategy was used on the Pueblo Fire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/7/2017, 10:05:02 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human And Is Currently Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location On the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Incident Description Fire Is Located East Of The Middle Fork Of The Salmon River In Steep, Rocky, And Inaccessible Terrain.
Total Personnel 24
Size 1,230 Acres

Tappan Fire August 6, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/37610/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5458/
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/7/2017, 10:04:33 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 26
Size 4,646 Acres

Ibex Fire August 6, 2017 Update

Smoke from the Ibex and other fires in the region is impacting Challis and surrounding areas. A smoke sensor is now located in Challis. The public can monitor this sensor at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/. Over the last several days, there has been a north to northwest weather influence, causing smoke to filter into Salmon and the surrounding areas from fires in not only Idaho but also Montana, Washington, and Canada.

The lightning caused Ibex Fire was detected at approximately 3:45 PM on July 24, 2017, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Staffing includes 26 personnel and one helicopter. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols.

Estimated size of the fire is 4,646 acres. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, and Ibex Creeks. The fire was most active in Rush Creek within the southeast portion of the fire, with some growth to the north. On the northeast portion of the fire, the fire is burning up to the 2007 Showerbath Fire. In the next two to three days, fire managers anticipate continued growth to the northwest, with fire backing down the Cottonwood drainage, and for the fire to follow available fuels to the southeast.

An Emergency Trail and Road Closure is in place, which is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Ibex Fire. Closure information and a map is on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/37446/.

Weather outlook for both the Ibex fire calls for a series of waves or weak systems to bring isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms to the area Monday through much of this week. Expect cooler temperatures and higher humidity from these systems.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/7/2017, 9:51:42 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 12:30 PM
Location Gospel Hump Wilderness – 5 mi SW of Square Mountain Historical LO
Incident Commander Irv Leach, Northern Rockies Type 2 IMT
Total Personnel 229
Size 5,431 Acres

Hanover Fire Daily Update August 7, 2017

A public meeting is planned for Monday, August 7, at 7 p.m. at the Grangeville Senior Center, 108 Grangeville Truck Route.

Fire Update: On Sunday firefighters continued to construct fire line to keep the fire east of RD 221, south of RD 444 and north of the Salmon River. Helicopters were limited because of heavy smoke, but did make water drops when visibility conditions permitted later in the day. Two heavy equipment task forces built fuel breaks along RD 394 while equipment and hand crews built fuel breaks along RD 643 and RD 394. Structure protection measures have been put in place in the historic Florence district. Firefighters constructed fireline from the Salmon River to a dozer line coming from RD 394.

On Monday, heavy equipment task forces and hand crews will continue building fuel breaks along RD’s 394, 643 and 221. A fuel break is being built along RD 643 from RD 9924 to RD 394. As visibility permits, helicopters will provide water drops. Firefighters will build a dozer line from RD 394 to Scott Saddle trail and then down to the Salmon River. The northwest flank of the fire will be scouted for potential contingency lines.

continued: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/37637/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Rattlesnake Point Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/7/2017, 11:51:56 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural

Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 2,644 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – Aug 7

The Rattlesnake Point fire on the north side of the Salmon River between Rattlesnake Creek and Nixon Creek is now 2,514 acres, with the majority of the growth to the northeast. The fire has spotted northeast along Bear Creek and east of Bear Creek along the ridge above. There is also a 5-acre spot east of Nixon Creek.

Visitors recreating on the Magruder Road and the Salmon River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area of Bargamin Creek drainage. An area closure is in effect.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5442/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/7/2017, 11:45:39 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Below Lone Pine Point in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
Incident Commander Type 4 IC
Size 4,867 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 7

The Lone Pine fire grew to 4,867 acres with most growth to the northwest up Meeker Ridge. The fire continues to fill in on all sides and was active in Grizzly Saddle on the south side of the Selway River. Also in the vicinity is the Mink Peak fire (642 acres), growing into Pack Creek to the southeast. The Lone Pine and Mink Peak fires will likely merge. Smoke will impact the Selway River corridor.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Hidden Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/7/2017, 11:48:51 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Brandon Cichowski, Powell RD
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,815 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 6

New mapping on the Hidden fire shows it at [2,815 Acres 8/7]. Fire activity was moderated Saturday due to dense smoke over the fire area for most of the day. The fire has reached Frog Lake on the southeastern edge of the fire. It remains one-half mile from Hidden Lake but is expected reach the lake in the next several days. Trail closures remain in effect. Smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula valleys.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/7/2017, 11:42:29 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident Commander Wimer
Total Personnel 12
Size 6,449 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 7 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update

The Moose Creek 1 fire grew to 6,449 acres with the majority of the growth being up Whistling Pig Creek drainage and north toward East Moose Creek. Minimal growth also occurred on the north slope above Dog Creek. Crews will conduct burnout operations below Shissler Lookout today. The Halfway, Meeker and Three Links bridges have been wrapped and have pumps and hose in place for their protection. Structure protection remains in place on the Shissler lookout. Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area and use extreme caution as trees are currently falling in and around the river.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/6/2017, 9:42:42 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Total Personnel 14
Size 996 Acres

Steep, rugged terrain is challenging; presenting multiple safety concerns for firefighters. The fire is burning in a remote location within the Salmo Priest Wilderness where access is very limited. The fire is burning in very large trees on a steep slope. As the fire burns, trees are falling and sliding down slope. The fire is currently creeping and backing down hill.

Fire managers are considering several variables and evaluating the fire from both air and ground. It has been determined that firefighters cannot safely engage the fire due to remoteness, rugged terrain, heavy fuels, snags, lack of helicopter landing spots, escape routes and safety zones.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5343/
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Powerline Fire

Idaho Falls District

Current as of 8/6/2017, 10:14:39 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human-caused, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Friday August 04th, 2017 approx. 08:30 PM
Location Origin of fire, 20 miles south west of Pocatello, ID
Incident Commander O’Donnell
Total Personnel 301
Size 51,050 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 25%

Powerline Fire Update – August 7, 2017 – morning update

An infrared flight mapped the fire last night estimating the size at 51,050 acres with 25% contained. An infrared flight detects the heat on the ground and maps intense and scattered heat. This assists fire resources in establishing their tactics for fire suppression.

The dozer line on the west side of the fire west of the Arbon Valley Highway is holding well. Crews will continue to secure the line and mop up hot spots.

The dozer line built yesterday on the north portion of the fire from Arbon Valley Highway east to Michaud Creek Road was successful and crews will continue to secure unburned fuel between the dozer line and the perimeter and mop up hot spots.

Fire has moved onto the National Forest on the east perimeter and is holding up in the pinyon and juniper trees at this time. The fuel moisture is much higher in this portion of the fire. Crews are scouting the area today for existing trails and roads to use to secure the fire on this edge.

The southern edge between Arbon Valley Highway and Mink Creek Road is the most active portion of the fire as it threatened the community of Pauline yesterday. Crews are actively working to secure unburned fuel within the perimeter of the fire and mop up heat close to the structures in the community.

Fire managers are working with the Power Companies to replace downed and damaged power poles and restore power to the affected communities.

continued: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5467/37641/

Fire Map August 7

Photo 08/07

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5467/
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Lava Flow Fire

Idaho Falls District

Current as of 8/5/2017, 8:19:52 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning Strike Hold-over
Date of Origin Wednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location Seven miles South of Atomic City, Idaho
Incident Commander Cory Berkebile
Total Personnel 129
Size 24,500 Acres.

Lava Flow Fire Update 8/5

Summary: There is minimal fire activity this morning. There is still vegetation interior to the fire perimeter burning, but there is a low probability of fire growth. Firefighters will continue to secure and mop up the fire perimeter.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5460/
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Mammoth fire

Twin Falls District BLM

August 7, 2017

Located: 7 miles north of Shoshone
Size: estimated 50,182 acres
Contain: estimated 8/7/2017 at 8 p.m.
Control: estimated 8/10/2017 at 8 p.m.
Resources: 24 engines, two type two initial attack hand crews, one type one hot shot crew, 20 overhead, four dozers, three water tenders, one camp crew
Fuel type: grass and brush
Fire behavior: moderate
Structures: yes- one primary residence and two minor structures
Cause: undetermined

Yesterday’s burn out operation was successful. Most of the forward progression has stopped. Crews are improving containment lines and mopping up hotspots. Some interior burning is expected today, but should not cause any additional growth.

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/
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Shoestring Fire

Twin Falls District BLM

August 7, 2017

Located: 6 miles north of Wendell
Size: 35,737 acres
Contain: 8/7/2017 at 6 p.m.
Control: 8/9/2017 at 6 p.m.
Resources: five engines, five overhead, two dozers, three helicopters, four water tenders, one camp crew
Fuel type: grass and brush
Fire behavior: smoldering
Structures: none
Cause: undetermined

Crews continue to monitor and mop up hot spots. Some interior pockets are expected to burn together today, but no additional acreage is expected.

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/
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National Interagency Fire Center

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to be implemented in Treasure Valley and West Central Mountains

BOISE, Idaho – August 7, 2017

With the threat of wildfire danger increasing throughout southwest Idaho, local wildland fire management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective August 11, 2017 beginning at 12:01 a.m. They will remain in effect until further notice. These restrictions are intended to decrease the chance of any preventable fires in the designated areas.

Stage 1 restrictions prohibit fires, campfires, or camp stoves in areas other than designated recreation sites with approved fire structures. Stage 1 also prohibits smoking in open areas except when stopped in sites that are free of flammable materials with a radius of at least 3 feet of barren soil or in developed recreation sites.

The identified areas going into Stage 1 Fire Restrictions include private and public lands protected by the Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment 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 Lake Cascade

* 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 http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

Treasure Valley Fire Restrictions Zone – All of Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette and Washington counties. Portions of Boise County including the administrative boundary of Lucky Peak Lake to Arrowrock Dam, south shore of Arrowrock Reservoir and that portion of Elmore County that lies south of the South Fork Boise River to Anderson Ranch Dam, south along Anderson Dam Road (FS Rd 134) to Highway 20, east on Highway 20 to the Elmore/Gooding County line south to Interstate 84. The Treasure Valley Restriction area is bounded by the Idaho/Oregon boundary to Oreana then follows the Bachman Grade to Triangle and continues east-northeast of the Owyhee Front to the Bruneau River. The northern boundary begins near Weiser, Idaho and follows Highway 95 to Indian Valley, then generally follows the Little Weiser River to the Payette and Boise National Forest boundary lines.

West Central Mountains Fire Restrictions Zone – Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM and State and Endowment Lands within Elmore County, Boise County, and Valley County to include all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade. From the point where the Boise National Forest boundary intersects State Highway 20 near Dixie following the Boise National Forest boundary west and north along the ridge of the Danskin to Boise Front foothills and extending north encompassing the Idaho Department of Lands to its intersection back with the Boise National Forest boundary near Sagehen Reservoir. The far northern boundary includes all Boise National Forest lands, excluding the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All lands north of Sagehen Reservoir including Tripod Mountain and West Mountain within the North Fork Payette River drainage north to near Tamarack Resort.

With the fire season well underway, these restrictions are intended to keep visitors to public lands safe as well as preventing unwanted human-caused wildland fire. If you are planning a visit to public lands in these areas, please visit the following link for current fire restrictions:

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html
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