Category Archives: Fire Updates 2017

Fire Update 9/20/2017

Note: This will probably be the last fire update for this season.

VanMeter morning of Sept 20
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Local Conditions: In the last 48 hours Yellow Pine has received 1.22″ of rain and a trace of snow, highs in the 40’s and lows just above freezing. Snow in the higher elevations above 6000 feet.

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. High near 46. Southwest wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Tonight Rain showers likely before midnight, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. South southwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Thursday A chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Thursday Night A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 29. North wind 3 to 6 mph.
Friday A chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Cloudy, with a high near 46. North wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Friday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Saturday A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

Johnson Creek Airport WebCam
http://www.ruralnetwork.net/~yellowpinecm/
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Stage 1 Fire restrictions have been lifted.
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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/18/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 07:30 PM
Location 21 miles NE of Lowman, Idaho – located in Valley County
Incident Commander M Quesinberry
Total Personnel 136
Size 30,144 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-15-2017 Bearskin Fire Closure Reduced – Version #4
The Bearskin Fire area closure on the Boise and Salmon Challis National Forest has been reduced significantly due to a decrease in fire activity. The change in the closure opens more than 80,000 acres to fall hunters and recreationists. The modified closure goes into Friday, Sept. 15, at noon.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5536/41165/

9-15-2017 Bearskin Fire Closure Order – Version #4

Bearskin Fire Update – Saturday, September 17, 2017

Boise, Idaho – Most work on the Bearskin Fire was completed by the end of shift Saturday and most resources will be off the fire by tonight in advance of an expected cold front. Only a small workforce of local engines and crews will remain after today, actively engaged in mop-up and monitoring to ensure the fire does not escape containment and to conduct firing operations if needed. Smoke may linger for weeks, and even flare up, as interior hot spots ignite.

Weather was warm and dry Saturday and that is expected to continue for one more day. A cold front will arrive Monday and from 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected between then and Wednesday.

Operations Section Chief John Giller says today, three engines will be working along County Road 579 on the west side of the fire, focusing on an area that showed a little activity late Saturday. The east side of the fire is quiet and in patrol status.

All the suppression repair work is done – suppression repair restores areas on the landscape that have been damaged by the work of equipment and crews fighting the fire. Backhaul will continue today, returning truckloads of equipment used on the fire like pumps and hoses, to the local district.

The National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) which has been managing the fire since Sept. 11 will transfer command to a local Incident Commander Monday morning at 6 a.m. As NIMO prepares to demobilize (leave the incident), leadership attention will be focused on the firefighters, both hand crews and engines, as operational responsibility is transferred to the District. This ensures continuity of tasks and keeps firefighter safety first and foremost.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

Highline Fire Closure Rescinded

McCall, ID – The Payette National Forest has rescinded the Highline fire closure in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness effective immediately, allowing access to the trails, airstrips and area in and around Chamberlain Basin. “While the fire has moderated with the recent wet and cold fall weather, the fire still has a potential to flare up and there are risks associated with traveling in Wilderness that the public needs to understand and have awareness about,” said Anthony Botello, Krassel District Ranger. “Wilderness visitors are warned to take precautions around and under fire-weakened trees while traveling within the fire area,” Botello advises.

The Highline Fire was started by lightning on July 28 in one of the most remote areas of the Wilderness. With the exception of a handful of days, it burned mostly with low intensity and a slow rate of spread for the past 55 days and burned dead and downed vegetation, brush and some stands of trees in a natural, mosaic fashion in the Wilderness. Due to concerns for the safety of employees and visitors, the Payette issued multiple closures as the fire grew and moved.

Lightning ignited fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness are a natural part of the ecosystem and are managed to prevent impacts to and loss of buildings, private land, trail bridges, historic structures and other values at risk, but these natural fires are intentionally allowed to travel across the landscape in as natural a manner as possible.

Trail, airstrip and/or area closures are sometimes necessary to protect visitors from unpredictable fire intensity and spread, while allowing firefighters to take necessary actions. However, closures are also an impact to visitors to the National Forest and even more intrusive to visitors to Wilderness. Wilderness is managed with as few of controls over visitors as possible to maintain the untrammeled nature and primitive and unconfined recreation visitors seek. “We take closures in Wilderness very seriously. We go into them slowly and thoughtfully and come out of them as quickly as we can,” Botello said.

The Highline fire is not entirely out. Its spread has moderated and most areas of the fire are showing little to no heat. The short-term weather predictions are calling for cool and wet weather for the next few weeks with possible seasonal warming and drying by the first half of October. Visitors are encouraged to check with the Payette National Forest for current fire, trail and airstrip conditions and if possible stay out of the Highline fire area. Wilderness users are responsible for understanding their surroundings and taking precautions to avoid hazardous areas where fire has effected trees, soil, water or other features of a natural landscape.

For more information on Wilderness in the Payette National Forests, contact the Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Missouri Fire
1,277 Acres 9/15/2017
Location Missouri Ridge, Krassel District north east of Yellow Pine
Area Closure Order for Missouri Fire has been Terminated 9/15/2017
The Area Closure Order for the Missouri Fire (Order #0412-504) has been terminated effective September 15, 2017. This lightning ignition on the Krassel District north of Yellow Pine has displayed little to no activity and no growth for several weeks. Those venturing into the burned area are advised to watch for hazard trees and unstable terrain. The Missouri Ridge Trail (NFS #031) is passable.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

Goat Fire
818 acres 9/14/2017
Location in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/19/2017, 6:45:27 PM
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 13
Size 84,619 Acres

Highline Fire Update – September 20, 2017

This will be the last distributed update unless significant activity occurs. Monitor Inciweb for the latest information.

Location: The Highline Fire and Goat Fire are both burning on the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, entirely within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (https://tinyurl.com/y8qomgpm), approximately 23 miles east/northeast of Warren, Idaho.

Date of Origin: July 28, 2017 @ approx. 7:00 p.m.

Cause: Started by lightning

Current Size: Highline Fire: 84,619 acres / Goat Fire: 818 Acres

Current Situation: Weather forecasts show conditions will remain very cool, with numerous rain and snow showers possible through early Friday morning. The National Incident Management Organization that has been managing the fire since mid-August will transition with a local Type 3 Incident Commander Thursday morning. The incoming fire resources will spend much of Wednesday shadowing and gaining information about the fire. Continued assessment of the weather conditions and planning for extraction of point protection equipment such as gravity fed sprinkler systems positioned to protect values at risk within the fire area will continue. The need to re-staff Root Ranch and the Beaver and Big Creek areas will be assessed after a dryer weather pattern moves into the area next weekend. A total of 13 people are assigned to the incident.

Fire Management Strategy: The Payette National Forest has selected a monitor/point protection fire management strategy as the fire is burning within the Wilderness and was started naturally by lightning. This management approach allows fire to play its natural role in the Wilderness to achieve ecological benefits for enhancement of forest health and wildlife habitat, while protecting Values at Risk. Suppression actions will be taken as needed to protect Values at Risk.

Closures: No Forest Area Closures are in place. The public is reminded to use caution when traveling in areas near the fire as trees may have been weakened by fire and may fall without any warning.

For More Information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. If you have a question, please email us at payettefireinformation@gmail.com. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/ for more information on the Highline and other fires throughout the nation and http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.

Light snow over the Highline fire, Sept 19, 2017

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
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Highline Fire Closure Area Reduced in Middle Fork Elk Zone

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator
Friday, September 15, 2017

A large portion of the Middle Fork Elk Zone has reopened thanks to cooler temperatures and slower fire growth of the Highline and Goat Fires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The new closure area and other fire updates can be viewed at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/ or https://idfg.idaho.gov/fire.

The updated closure impacts only 17 percent of the Middle Fork Elk Zone, where the season opens today (September 15).

The Big Creek Trail #196 and everything south of the trail is now available to hunters. Several backcountry airstrips are also operational including Cold Meadows, Cabin Creek and Soldier Bar.

While the previous closure affected 52 percent of Unit 26, now only 19 percent of the unit is closed. Nearly half of unit 20A remains closed as fire activity is primarily within that unit.

source:
https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/highline-fire-closure-area-reduced-middle-fork-elk-zone
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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

Honeymoon Fire
1,860 Acres 9/20/2017
Location Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 30 NM NW of Stanely, ID
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/

Tappan Fire
1,650 Acres 9/20/2017
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
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5458/

Ibex Fire
17,256 Acres 9/20/2017
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Updates

Coolwater Complex
3,264 acres 9/18/2017
Location Near Andy’s Lake and Coolwater Mountain
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5597/

Hidden Fire
12,261 acres 9/16/2017
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/

Chute Creek Fire
5,107 acres 9/20/2017
Location 2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake, 16.7 miles west of Hamilton, Montana
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5515/

Buck Lake Fire
2,390 acres 9/20/2017
Location 19 Miles NE of Elk City, Idaho
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5561/

Hanover Fire
26,500 acres 9/18/2017
Location South of Grangeville, ID and northeast of Riggins, ID
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/

Rattlesnake Point Fire
4,843 acres 9/15/2017
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5442/

Moose Creek 1 Fire
17,395 acres 9/20/2017
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/

Lone Pine Fire
15,237 acres 9/20/2017
Location Below Lone Pine Point in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/

Patrol Ridge Fire
1,175 acres 9/14/2017
Location Patrol Ridge – 4.5 miles east of Windy Saddle
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5608/

Big Elk
80 acres 9/18/2017
Location Big Elk Creek
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5602/

Pronghorn Fire
78 acres 9/14/2017
Location Matteson Ridge
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5587/
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest Fires

North Fork Hughes Fire
5,000 Acres 9/18/2017
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5343/

Buck Fire
2,386 Acres 9/18/2017
Location on the St. Joe Ranger District, approximately 16 miles southeast of Avery, Idaho.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5493/
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National Interagency Fire Center

September 19, 2017

Yesterday at 2 p.m. the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group lowered the national preparedness level to PL4. This decision was based on cooler temperatures and rain throughout the western states, decreased initial attack activity, very little growth on large fires, and an increase in the availability of resources.

One new large fire was reported in Utah yesterday, but firefighters contained it. Currently, 44 large fires have burned 1,6 million acres. Firefighters will take advantage of the current weather conditions and push toward containment goals.

Weather: The large, strong, and cold low pressure system will continue to move into the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, and the Northern Rockies bringing widespread rain and mountain snow along with breezy winds rotating counterclockwise around the low pressure area. To the south across the southern half of the Great Basin and California, a windy southwesterly flow will develop and will create pockets of critical fire weather conditions despite having only marginally low afternoon humidity levels. The breezy flow will continue east across the Great Plains toward the Great Lakes. Meanwhile off the East Coast, Jose will continue to spin a few hundred miles off the Jersey Shore possibly moving toward Long Island and Boston.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (6)
Idaho (2)
Montana (15)
Oregon (14)
Washington (7)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update 9/17/2017

Local Conditions: Much cooler temperatures in Yellow Pine the last couple of days. Yesterday the high was 64 and the low this morning 34 degrees. Tomorrow there is a good chance for rain in the forecast. Air has been much better, but there is still a slight haze of smoke.

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Light south southwest wind becoming southwest 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. South southwest wind 5 to 11 mph.
Monday Showers. Temperature falling to around 44 by 9am. South southwest wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Monday Night A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 35. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.
Tuesday Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 48. West southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Tuesday Night Showers. Low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Wednesday Showers. High near 47. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Johnson Creek Airport WebCam
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Boise NF Stage 1 fire restrictions will be lifted effective Sunday, September 17, at 12:01 a.m.

Payette NF Stage 1 fire restrictions were lifted September 15th.

Some fire closure areas have been reduced, see individual fire links for latest reports.
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McCall Air Quality
Sept 16 smoke map

NOAA generates daily maps showing smoke pattern:

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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/16/2017, 12:58:40 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 07:30 PM
Location 21 miles NE of Lowman, Idaho – located in Valley County
Incident Commander M Quesinberry
Total Personnel 136
Size 30,144 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-15-2017 Bearskin Fire Closure Reduced – Version #4
The Bearskin Fire area closure on the Boise and Salmon Challis National Forest has been reduced significantly due to a decrease in fire activity. The change in the closure opens more than 80,000 acres to fall hunters and recreationists. The modified closure goes into Friday, Sept. 15, at noon.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5536/41165/

9-15-2017 Bearskin Fire Closure Order – Version #4

Bearskin Fire Update – Saturday, September 17, 2017

Boise, Idaho – Most work on the Bearskin Fire was completed by the end of shift Saturday and most resources will be off the fire by tonight in advance of an expected cold front. Only a small workforce of local engines and crews will remain after today, actively engaged in mop-up and monitoring to ensure the fire does not escape containment and to conduct firing operations if needed. Smoke may linger for weeks, and even flare up, as interior hot spots ignite.

Weather was warm and dry Saturday and that is expected to continue for one more day. A cold front will arrive Monday and from 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected between then and Wednesday.

Operations Section Chief John Giller says today, three engines will be working along County Road 579 on the west side of the fire, focusing on an area that showed a little activity late Saturday. The east side of the fire is quiet and in patrol status.

All the suppression repair work is done – suppression repair restores areas on the landscape that have been damaged by the work of equipment and crews fighting the fire. Backhaul will continue today, returning truckloads of equipment used on the fire like pumps and hoses, to the local district.

The National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) which has been managing the fire since Sept. 11 will transfer command to a local Incident Commander Monday morning at 6 a.m. As NIMO prepares to demobilize (leave the incident), leadership attention will be focused on the firefighters, both hand crews and engines, as operational responsibility is transferred to the District. This ensures continuity of tasks and keeps firefighter safety first and foremost.

For Forest Closure Orders and maps visit:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices
Scroll down to Lowman Ranger District Closures for Bearskin Area Closure Reduced – Version #4.

Stage 1 fire restrictions will be lifted effective 12:01 a.m. September 17. To view the order
https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

9-15-2017 Bearskin Fire IR Map

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

Missouri Fire
1,277 Acres 9/15/2017
Location Missouri Ridge, Krassel District north east of Yellow Pine
Area Closure Order for Missouri Fire has been Terminated 9/15/2017
The Area Closure Order for the Missouri Fire (Order #0412-504) has been terminated effective September 15, 2017. This lightning ignition on the Krassel District north of Yellow Pine has displayed little to no activity and no growth for several weeks. Those venturing into the burned area are advised to watch for hazard trees and unstable terrain. The Missouri Ridge Trail (NFS #031) is passable.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/

Goat Fire
818 acres 9/14/2017
Location in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/
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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/17/2017
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 70
Size 84,619 Acres

Current Situation: The rain that fell over the Highline and Goat fires over the last 36 hours reduced fire behavior significantly. Approximately two tenths of an inch came down to wet the fuel across the area. A reconnaissance flight on Saturday revealed only isolated pockets of smoldering heat. The largest area of heat concentration was on the northeast corner of the Highline fire in the Big Bear Creek and Mule Creek Peak area. No open flame was observed during the flight and not much discernable fire growth was detected. The weather forecast for the next few days shows a wet system coming in Monday through Friday bringing precipitation amounts of up to one inch over the week. Sunday, crews will be extracted from the Root Ranch and the Beaver and Big Creek areas in front of the forecasted precipitation. Personnel will be consolidating extra point protection equipment in Beaver and Big Creek in anticipation of extraction from the fire area once threat to the values at risk are mitigated. A total of 70 personnel are assigned.

Highline Fire Update – September 17, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/41271/

Highline Fire Operations Map, Sept 17, 2017

List of Trails Partially or Entirely Closed in the Highline Fire Area
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/41041/

Minimal fire behavoir on the Highline Fire Posted on: 09/17/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
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Highline Fire Closure Area Reduced in Middle Fork Elk Zone

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator
Friday, September 15, 2017

A large portion of the Middle Fork Elk Zone has reopened thanks to cooler temperatures and slower fire growth of the Highline and Goat Fires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The new closure area and other fire updates can be viewed at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/ or https://idfg.idaho.gov/fire.

The updated closure impacts only 17 percent of the Middle Fork Elk Zone, where the season opens today (September 15).

https://idfg.idaho.gov/sites/default/files/styles/adaptive/public/media/highline_closure_map_placenames_sept_14_2017.jpg?itok=6ac8YmFu

The Big Creek Trail #196 and everything south of the trail is now available to hunters. Several backcountry airstrips are also operational including Cold Meadows, Cabin Creek and Soldier Bar.

While the previous closure affected 52 percent of Unit 26, now only 19 percent of the unit is closed. Nearly half of unit 20A remains closed as fire activity is primarily within that unit.

source:
https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/highline-fire-closure-area-reduced-middle-fork-elk-zone
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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

Honeymoon Fire
1,860 Acres 9/14/2017
Location Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 30 NM NW of Stanely, ID
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/

Tappan Fire
1,650 Acres 9/14/2017
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
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5458/

Ibex Fire
17,256 Acres 9/14/2017
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Updates

Coolwater Complex
3,118 acres 9/16/2017
Location Near Andy’s Lake and Coolwater Mountain
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5597/

Hidden Fire
12,261 acres 9/16/2017
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/

Chute Creek Fire
4,420 acres 9/15/2017, 8:07:37 PM
Location 2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake, 16.7 miles west of Hamilton, Montana
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5515/

Buck Lake Fire
2,390 acres 9/15/2017
Location 19 Miles NE of Elk City, Idaho
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5561/

Hanover Fire
26,500 acres 9/15/2017
Location South of Grangeville, ID and northeast of Riggins, ID
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/

Rattlesnake Point Fire
4,843 acres 9/15/2017
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5442/

Moose Creek 1 Fire
17,395 acres 9/15/2017
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/

Lone Pine Fire
15,237 acres 9/15/2017
Location Below Lone Pine Point in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/

Patrol Ridge Fire
1,175 acres 9/14/2017
Location Patrol Ridge – 4.5 miles east of Windy Saddle
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5608/

Big Elk
80 acres 9/14/2017
Location Big Elk Creek
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5602/

Pronghorn Fire
78 acres 9/14/2017
Location Matteson Ridge
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5587/
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Idaho Panhandle National Forest Fires

North Fork Hughes Fire
3,931 Acres 9/14/2017
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5343/

Buck Fire
2,100 Acres 9/16/2017
Location on the St. Joe Ranger District, approximately 16 miles southeast of Avery, Idaho.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5493/
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National Interagency Fire Center

September 17, 2017

No new large fires were reported yesterday. Nationally, 49 large fires have burned nearly 1.9 million acres. More than 19,000 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to fires across the western United States.

Weather: Breezy conditions will develop across the northwestern states as the next system begins to move on shore. Widespread wetting rainfall is expected by mid-day in the Cascades. By mid-afternoon, cloud cover will begin to increase across the Northern Rockies and the Great Basin. Temperatures will again be below normal across the West, but could be as much as 20 degrees below normal across the Pacific Northwest. For the most part, California will miss out on the approaching precipitation as conditions remain dry. Looking elsewhere, a breezy southwesterly flow will continue across the Great Plains, extending as far east as the Great Lakes region. Meanwhile, Jose will continue a slow northward track off the East Coast.

States currently reporting large fires:

Arizona (1)
California (7)
Idaho (3)
Montana (14)
Nevada (1)
Oregon (14)
South Dakota (1)
Washington (8)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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PNW Fires 9/17/2017

20170917PNWFires.
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Updated Fire Report 9/15/2017

Local Conditions: We are getting a little rain this morning and much cooler weather. Light haze of smoke and yellow air quality this morning.

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 51. North wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tonight A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light north northeast after midnight.
Saturday Sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Light south wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday Night A 10 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Monday Showers likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Johnson Creek Airport WebCam
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted September 15

Land Management Agencies lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in most zones of the Payette Fire Restriction Area

September 15, 2017

McCall, Idaho – With cooler temperatures and chances of precipitation increasing into next week, local land management agencies will lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Payette West, Payette East, and Long Valley/Meadows Valley Zones of the Payette Fire Restriction Area beginning Friday, September 15, 2017. The Fire Restrictions are rescinded by agencies managing state, private and public lands in the area, including the United States Forest Service (USFS), Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA), and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL). Restrictions were terminated in the Weiser River Zone of the Payette Fire Restriction Area on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

The Little Salmon Zone of the Payette Fire Restriction Area remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions until further notice. See map below for location.

The restrictions were put into effect on August 11 when fire danger and burning conditions were unusually high. Recent storms have brought some moisture with much cooler temperatures to the area, and with the days getting shorter fire conditions have moderated. Forest visitors are reminded that vegetation is still dry and to be careful with all use of fire in the outdoors. The accidental start of a wildfire can still be devastating. Be alert and be aware. Follow these tips to help prevent wildfire:

o NEVER leave a camp fire unattended
o Keep water, dirt and a shovel near your fire at all times
o Make sure your fire is dead out and cold to the touch before you leave it
o Use of fireworks, exploding targets or tracer rounds is prohibited on public lands

Area closures due to active wildfires are still in effect on some public lands, including the area affected by the Highline Fire on the Payette National Forest. Contact the land management agency for your area of interest for specific information regarding fire closures.

Fire restrictions may be lifted but burn bans may still be in place in some areas. Fire restrictions and burn bans address different types of activities. Burn bans pertain to controlled burning activities such as debris burning, slash burning, or agricultural burning, for which a fire safety burn permit from IDL is required. Visit http://burnpermits.idaho.gov/ for more information

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McCall Air Quality
Sept 14 smoke map

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

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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/13/2017, 7:57:17 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 07:30 PM
Location 21 miles NE of Lowman, Idaho – located in Valley County
Incident Commander M Quesinberry
Total Personnel 151
Size 30,075 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-14-2017 Bearskin Fire Update

BOISE, Idaho – Warmer temperatures, cloudy skies and rain greeted firefighters Wednesday morning as they gathered for their morning briefing on the Bearskin Fire and left for the line. By mid-morning, skies had cleared and crews were hard at work on a variety of tasks along NFR Roads 579 and 555.

Crews continued to monitor the area around Deadwood Lodge after Tuesday’s firing operations. Engines patrolled the east side of the fire while saw crews continued cutting snags off NFS Road 579. To the south of the fire on NFS Road 555, Centennial Job Corps Center Crew 9 worked on creating indirect line by removing brush and falling trees that could topple over and block the road, or spread fire if it reached the area.

“Any rain we get helps us on a fire, but we’re not done here yet,” said incident commander Bill Hahnenberg. “There is still smoke coming from parts of the fire and our crews are working hard to improve and secure our existing lines as part of our confinement and point protection strategy.”

Thursday’s plan is to complete all work along NFS Road 579 and continue point protection around Deadwood Lodge. On the north end of NFS Road 555, chipping will continue while saw crews work on clearing brush on the south end of the road. Near Deadwood Reservoir, heavy equipment will be removing snags on the east side of the road as a precautionary measure to prevent trees from blocking the road and resource advisors will also be working around the reservoir to identify any values that need to be protected, should a fire move into the area.

The fire area will be mostly cloudy today with a slight chance of thundershowers in the morning and chance of rain during the remainder of the day. Northwest winds from 5 to 8 mph are expected with gusts of 15 mph possible with morning thunderstorm activity.

The Bearskin Fire area closure remains in place for public safety and includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds and trails in the vicinity. The NFS Road 582 through Bear Valley remains open except between the junctions of NFS Roads 545 and 515 which is closed for construction. Work is expected to last into October. All Forest Closure Orders and maps are available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-noticeserts/boise/alerts-notices

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on public and private lands under fire protection of the Boise National Forest, Boise BLM and State of Idaho. Campfires are only permitted in developed recreation sites with an agency approved metal fire ring. Smoking is allowed in a cleared area of at least 3 feet in diameter, in a vehicle or in a developed recreation site. For specific information visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

9-11-2017 Bearskin Fire Topo Map

Feller-buncher working along NFS Road 579 Posted on: 09/13/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

9/14/2017, 12:33:52 PM

Goat Fire: (818 acres) Reported on August 20th. The fire is located in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage. A management for ecological benefits strategy is being used for this wildfire. The Goat and Highline wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team.

Goat fire creeps down toward Salmon River Posted on: 09/14/17

Highline Fire: (84,619 acres) Camberlain Airstrip is Closed. An area closure order is in effect. The Highline and Goat wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team.

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

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/14/2017, 7:48:48 PM
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 78
Size 84,619 Acres

Current Situation: Cloudy skies, cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity will keep fire behavior generally low today. Yesterday, a few pockets of heat were observed in Big Bear and Mule Creek Peak on the northeast side of the fire area. On the west side, heat is still present to the west of Root Ranch. A few isolated pockets of heat remain in Silver Creek and upper Whimstick Creek on the southeast side. The spots of fire surrounding Rock Rabbit Lookout continued to grow creating more depth around the lookout adding to point protection of the wrapped cabin. Pockets of isolated heat continue on the west side in upper Chamberlain Basin and around Flossie Lake. There was not much change with the Goat fire, with isolated pockets and stringers of heat down into Phantom Creek on the north face of the Salmon River. Firefighters remain at Root Ranch ready to provide point protection. Point protection actions will be implemented at Edwardsburg if the southern part of the Highline fire becomes active and pushes south. Resources assigned include: one type 2 initial attack crew; one local hand crew; one fire use module; one light helicopter; and fireline leadership and support positions. A total of 78 personnel are assigned.

Highline Fire Facts – September 15, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/41105/

Highline Fire near upper Ramey/Silver Creek Posted on: 09/14/17

Highline Fire Overview Map, Sept 14, 2017

List of Trails Partially or Entirely Closed in the Highline Fire Area
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/41041/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
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Highline Fire Closure Area Reduced in Middle Fork Elk Zone

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator
Friday, September 15, 2017

A large portion of the Middle Fork Elk Zone has reopened thanks to cooler temperatures and slower fire growth of the Highline and Goat Fires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The new closure area and other fire updates can be viewed at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/ or https://idfg.idaho.gov/fire.

The updated closure impacts only 17 percent of the Middle Fork Elk Zone, where the season opens today (September 15).

The Big Creek Trail #196 and everything south of the trail is now available to hunters. Several backcountry airstrips are also operational including Cold Meadows, Cabin Creek and Soldier Bar.

While the previous closure affected 52 percent of Unit 26, now only 19 percent of the unit is closed. Nearly half of unit 20A remains closed as fire activity is primarily within that unit.

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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

Honeymoon Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/14/2017, 3:59:06 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday August 27th, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM
Location Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 30 NM NW of Stanely, ID
Incident Commander Getty
Incident Description The Fire Is Being Allowed To Play, As Nearly As Possible, Its Natural Ecological Role In The Environment While Providing For Firefighter And Public Safety.
Current Situation
Total Personnel 7
Size 1,860 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/14/2017, 3:58:53 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 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 9/14/2017, 9:31:55 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Rhoades/Waverek(t)
Total Personnel 15
Size 17,256 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

A transfer of command to a smaller incident management organization and a local Type 4 Incident Commander took place on Thursday, September 14. They will complete repair work and monitor the fire where hot spots still remain.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Updates

Coolwater Complex

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/13/2017, 11:41:23 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/ Natural
Date of Origin Thursday September 07th, 2017 approx. 02:30 PM
Location Near Andy’s Lake and Coolwater Mountain
Incident Commander Steve Goldman, Eastern Area IMT
Total Personnel 121
Size 2,969 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 4%

On September 9 the Andy’s Hump, Old Man and Glover fires were all combined into the Coolwater Complex under Steve Goldman’s Eastern Area Incident Management Team.

Coolwater Complex Update – September 14, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5597/41048/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5597/
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Big Elk Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/14/2017, 2:06:34 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Friday September 08th, 2017 approx. 01:00 PM
Location Big Elk Creek
Incident Commander Chris Young, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 62
Size 80 Acres

Big Elk Fire Update – September 14
The Big Elk fire (approx. 80 acres) showed increased activity to the west Wednesday when winds picked up in the afternoon, resulting in some interior torching east of the 1199 road. Helicopters were able to hold it in check. The incident commanders are holding the majority of the resources for at least another day. Some interior torching can be expected to continue

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5602/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/14/2017, 2:12:49 PM
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 Kevin Barger, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 38
Size 27,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Hanover Fire Update – September 14
With no infrared data available, the Hanover fire is estimated at 27,000 acres. It has crossed over Slate Creek to the north, but helicopter water drops were able to keep it below the 444 road. The fire remains heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored. If conditions allow, more helicopter work will be done today. Ground crews, engines, heavy equipment and helicopters remain assigned to the incident. The Twin Lakes fire is estimated at 30 acres and is being managed with the Hanover fire.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Buck Lake Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:33:21 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Wednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location 19 Miles NE of Elk City, Idaho
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 2,316 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Friday December 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident is being managed for long-term resource benefits and is being patrolled and monitored as it continues to perform its natural role across the landscape.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5561/
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Chute Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/14/2017, 1:48:34 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 4,420 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident will only be updated in the event of significant change in fire behavior or acreage.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/11/2017, 1:02:20 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Matteson Ridge
Incident Commander Jodi Baxter, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 19
Size 78 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 07th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Pronghorn Fire Update – September 14
Smoke jumpers working the Pronghorn fire have been released. Local fire personnel will continue to monitor the fire by air and ground.
The area closure has been lifted.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5587/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/14/2017, 2:29:52 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 Jim Wimer, Type 4 IC
Size 15,237 Acres

This incident will only be updated with significant changes in fire behavior or acreage.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/10/2017, 10:11:21 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 Roy Angeny, Type 4 IC
Total Personnel 12
Size 17,395 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

This incident will only be updated when fire behavior or acreage shows significant change.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/11/2017, 2:02:51 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Unstaffed
Size 4,843 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/12/2017, 12:04:59 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, ICT3
Size 12,261 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/14/2017, 11:18:05 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday June 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Incident Commander Glen Palfrey
Total Personnel 11
Size 3,931 Acres

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/14/2017, 8:35:21 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday August 07th, 2017 approx. 06:45 PM
Incident Commander Local unit
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 89
Size 1,808 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%

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.

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

September 15, 2017

Ten new large fires were reported yesterday. A change in the weather will help firefighters as the work toward containment goals.

Weather: Snow will be possible in the higher elevations in Montana as the upper level low pressure area moves further inland. Temperatures across the West will experience additional cooling from this cold system. Significant rainfall is expected in the lower elevations across the Northern Rockies, eastern Washington and Oregon, and the northern Great Basin. Looking elsewhere, a warm, breezy, and dry southwesterly flow will continue across the Southwest. Meanwhile in the East, attention will turn from the remnants of Irma over the mid-Atlantic to Hurricane Jose as it begins its march toward the East Coast.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (9)
Idaho (5)
Montana (22)
Nevada (1)
New Mexico (1)
Oregon (14)
South Dakota (2)
Texas (1)
Utah (2)
Washington (8)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fires 9/15/2017

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Fire Update 9/13/2017

Local Conditions: Much better air quality in the last few days. We had a couple little rain showers recently, not enough to settle the dust. Weather is still warmer than average for this time of year, but that will chance in the next couple of days.

Yellow Pine Forecast

Tonight Isolated showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 42. North wind 6 to 9 mph.
Friday Showers likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 53. North northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Friday Night A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. North northeast wind 5 to 11 mph.
Saturday A 20 percent chance of showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 60.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Johnson Creek Airport WebCam
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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
Sept 12 smoke map

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

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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/12/2017, 7:26:13 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 07:30 PM
Location 21 miles NE of Lowman, Idaho – located in Valley County
Incident Commander M Quesinberry
Total Personnel 148
Size 29,100Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Bearskin Fire Update – Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BOISE, Idaho – Fire management strategy on the Bearskin Fire continues to focus on ensuring National Forest System (NFS) road 579 remained clear following recent heavy equipment work and a high incidence of falling snags. Defensive firing to reduce the fuel load ahead of the fire began around Deadwood Lodge and approximately midway between the lodge and the intersection with NFS road 555.

Tuesday, engines from the Boise National Forest monitored fire activity along NFS road 579 to ensure safe passage for firefighters and equipment. Chainsaw crews broke up piles of fuel to further secure the side of the road closest to the fire while others worked on widening the indirect line established along NFS roads 579 and 555. Chipping of all green material was completed and prepping operations continued along NFS road 555 to the south toward Deadwood Reservoir. Good preparation work will ensure the area is ready for a safe and effective burn out as needed.

Today’s plan is to patrol and utilize point protection with crews and sprinklers around Deadwood Lodge, while crews continue to chip dead and down fuels along NFS road 579 to improve the indirect line. Engines continue to patrol the east side of the fire and hand crews and heavy equipment will work south below the second bridge on NFS road 555.

The Bearskin Fire has been full suppression since the start, but the management strategy had to be adapted to less available resources. While the confine and contain strategy has been safe and successful, the trade-off has been days with increased smoke and a fire that will likely last until it rains or snows. For information about smoke, please see http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/

The fire area will be partly cloudy Wednesday with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Southwest winds from 3 to 8 mph are expected with the potential for gusts up to 20 mph with thunderstorm activity.

Public Information Officers (PIO) will be staged at specific locations and times daily to answer questions: In Stanley at the Visitor Information Center: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., in Grandjean at the Sawtooth Lodge: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m., in Lowman at the District Rangers office: 9 – 10 a.m., in Crouch at the Community Hall: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. and the Chevron in Garden Valley: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. A PIO will also provide a fire update on KXGV 98.5 in Crouch every day at 11 a.m.

The Bearskin Fire area closure remains in place for public safety and includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds and trails in the vicinity. NFS road 582 through Bear Valley remains open except between the junctions of NFS roads 545 and 515 which is closed for construction. Work is expected to last into October.

All Forest Closure Orders and maps are available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-noticeserts/boise/alerts-notices. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on public and private lands under fire protection of the Boise National Forest, Boise BLM and State of Idaho. Campfires are only permitted in developed recreation sites with an agency approved metal fire ring. Smoking is allowed in a cleared area of at least 3 feet in diameter, in a vehicle or in a developed recreation site. For specific information visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

Point protection sprinkler near Deadwood Lodge Posted on: 09/11/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

9/13/2017, 9:29:41 AM

Goat Fire: (818 acres) Reported on August 20th. The fire is located in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage. A management for ecological benefits strategy is being used for this wildfire. The Goat and Highline wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team.

Highline Fire: (83,630 acres) Camberlain Airstrip is Closed. An area closure order is in effect. The Highline and Goat wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team.

Jackson Bar Fire: (30 acres) This wildfire was reported the evening of August 15th. This wildfire is controlled at this time, and fire activity has not been observed since August 19th.

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time, however heat does still exist in the interior of the fire perimeter. Smoke was noted from this fire on August 19th. T he 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 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., and has been declared out. 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. 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) Lightning caused and reported on July 27. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed. This wildfire has been declared out.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 26. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This wildfire has been declared out.

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. This wildfire has been declared out.

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

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. This wildfire has been consumed by the Highline wildfire.

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. This wildfire 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 wildfire has been declared as out.

For additional information on this wildfires, 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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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/13/2017, 6:41:28 PM
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 83
Size 83,630 Acres

Current Situation: Fire behavior yesterday on the Highline and Goat fires remain generally low to moderate. Cooler and wetter conditions are forecast to enter the fire area bringing reduced fire behavior and spread potential through at least Friday. The Highline fire’s eastern perimeter continues to slowly back towards Root Ranch and Arctic Point Lookout. The fires edge west of Root Ranch has moved down into Ranch Creek and is within one half mile of the Ranch. Fire along the northern tip continues to burn in the top of Harlan Creek and backing slowly down toward the Salmon River remaining high on the breaks. The fire’s western flank continues to back slowly to the west towards Sheepeater Lookout, with pockets of active fire observed around Flossie Lake, Chamberlain Basin, Upper Red Top Meadows and Moose Creek. The southwestern portion of the fire continues to burn actively in areas of timber northeast of Rock Rabbit Lookout. Fire spread on the southern perimeter is mostly backing, but some active runs are occurring when winds, slope and fuels are aligned. The Goat fire continues to back at a very slow rate down towards Phantom Creek and the Salmon River. A new Area Closure Order has gone into effect. The revised order reopens the south and southeast corner of the fire area that had been closed on September 4. The updated Area Closure Order reopens the Big Creek Trail #196 and everything south of the trail as well as adjusting the east boundary to the west to allow the airstrips at Cold Meadows, Cabin Creek and Soldier Bar to open. A new fire start was discovered two miles southwest of Sheepeater Lookout yesterday. It was reported as one tenth of an acre and smoldering in grass and downed fuels. Two firefighters were delivered by helicopter to take suppression action on the new start. Firefighters will continue monitoring the fire by air for movement that may prompt protection actions. Resources assigned include: one type 2 initial attack crew; one local hand crew; one fire use module; one light helicopter; and fireline leadership and support positions. A total of 83 personnel are assigned.

Highline Fire Facts – September 13, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/40887/

Highline Fire Area Closure Reduced

McCall, Idaho – The Highline Fire Area Closure Order that has been in place since September 4, is being modified to encompass fewer acres.

Weather conditions and fire behavior on the Highline and Goat fires has moderated in recent days to allow Payette forest managers to make changes to the current closure area.

The revised order opens the southeast corner of the area that had been closed as the Highline fire moved in that direction.

The changes to the Area Closure Order include opening the Big Creek Trail #196 and everything south of the trail as well adjusting the east boundary to the west to allow the Cold Meadows, Cabin Creek and Soldier Bar airstrips to reopen.

The rest of the area included in the original closure including Chamberlain airstrip remain closed for public safety and protection of hazards due to ongoing fire activity.

Please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/payette/alerts-notices to see the updated Area Closure Order and Map.

Highline Fire Closure Order – September 13, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5387/40899/

Highline Fire Area Closure Map, Sept 13, 2017

Highline fire overview map Posted on: 09/13/17

Fire burns around Rock Rabbit Lookout Posted on: 09/13/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

Honeymoon Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/13/2017, 4:54:10 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday August 27th, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM
Location Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 30 NM NW of Stanely, ID
Incident Commander Severe
Incident Description The Fire Is Being Allowed To Play, As Nearly As Possible, Its Natural Ecological Role In The Environment While Providing For Firefighter And Public Safety.
Current Situation
Total Personnel 7
Size 1,860 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/13/2017, 4:53:47 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 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 9/13/2017, 3:25:34 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Rhoades/Waverek(t)
Total Personnel 15
Size 17,256 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Updates

Coolwater Complex

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/13/2017, 11:41:23 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/ Natural
Date of Origin Thursday September 07th, 2017 approx. 02:30 PM
Location Near Andy’s Lake and Coolwater Mountain
Incident Commander Steve Goldman, Eastern Area IMT
Total Personnel 121
Size 2,969 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 4%

On September 9 the Andy’s Hump, Old Man and Glover fires were all combined into the Coolwater Complex under Steve Goldman’s Eastern Area Incident Management Team.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5597/
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Big Elk Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/13/2017, 11:21:22 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Friday September 08th, 2017 approx. 01:00 PM
Location Big Elk Creek
Incident Commander Chris Young, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 62
Size 80 Acres

Big Elk Fire Update – Sept 13
On the Big Elk fire (approx. 80 acres) Tuesday, fire activity was minimal with no growth, although there was some torching in the interior which may continue. Chris Young, IC Type 3, expects to release a portion of the resources assigned at end of shift today and to possibly return responsibility for the fire to the district on Thursday.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5602/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/13/2017, 11:11:37 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 Kevin Barger, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 40
Size 26,500 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Hanover Fire Update – Sept 13
Cloud cover prevented good infrared mapping Tuesday night for Hanover fire (26,342 acres), but patrol shows the fire has moved over Round Top to the north and is backing into Slate Creek. On the east, the fire holds in Sheep Creek, slowing moving north in the drainage. Some activity continues in Little Boulder Creek to the west. The fire remains heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored. If conditions allow, more helicopter work will be done today. Ground crews, engines, heavy equipment and helicopters remain assigned to the incident. The Twin Lakes fire is estimated at 30 acres and is being managed with the Hanover fire.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Buck Lake Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:33:21 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Wednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location 19 Miles NE of Elk City, Idaho
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 2,316 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Friday December 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident is being managed for long-term resource benefits and is being patrolled and monitored as it continues to perform its natural role across the landscape.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5561/
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Chute Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/11/2017, 11:50:56 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 3,683 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident will only be updated in the event of significant change in fire behavior or acreage.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/11/2017, 1:02:20 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Matteson Ridge
Incident Commander Jodi Baxter, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 19
Size 78 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 07th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5587/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:19:56 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 Jim Wimer, Type 4 IC
Size 10,152 Acres

The Lone Pine fire started July 14 below Lone Pine Point, a very remote area in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. The fire is being managed for long-term resource benefit, using a point protection strategy. Smoke will be obvious along the Selway River corridor. Extreme caution should be used along the river as trees may continue falling in and around the river.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/10/2017, 10:11:21 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 Roy Angeny, Type 4 IC
Total Personnel 12
Size 17,395 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

This incident will only be updated when fire behavior or acreage shows significant change.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/11/2017, 2:02:51 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Unstaffed
Size 4,843 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Area Closure Lifted on Rattlesnake Point Fire
The area closure which resulted from the Rattlesnake Point and other fires has been lifted.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/12/2017, 12:04:59 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, ICT3
Size 12,261 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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Strychnine Fire

Idaho Department of Lands

Current as of 9/13/2017, 8:28:01 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Saturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 4.5 miles northeast of Harvard, ID
Incident Commander Idaho Department of Lands- Jason Svancara Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 140
Size 1,010 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

Strychnine Fire FINAL Fact Sheet 9/11/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5586/40726/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5586/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/12/2017, 12:33:44 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday June 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Incident Commander Glen Palfrey
Total Personnel 11
Size 3,931 Acres

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/13/2017, 5:04:38 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday August 07th, 2017 approx. 06:45 PM
Incident Commander Local unit
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 55
Size 1,800 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%

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.

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

September 13, 2017

More than 21,000 firefighters are assigned to wildfires fires in 10 western states. Favorable weather conditions are helping firefighters make progress toward containment goals.

Weather: The upper level low pressure system along the California Coast will move on shore into the state as another system approaching from the Gulf of Alaska begins to approach the West from the northwest. These two systems will begin to merge in the afternoon and will spread widespread showers with embedded storms across the northwestern quarter of the country. To the east, hot and dry conditions will continue across the Great Plains as the high pressure ridge moves east. Meanwhile the remnants of Irma will drift southward into the southern Tennessee River Valley continuing the persistent rainfall, possibly creating some flooding concerns.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (7)
Colorado (2)
Idaho (3)
Montana (21)
Nevada (1)
Oregon (17)
South Dakota (1)
Utah (1)
Washington (8)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fires 9/13/2017

20170913WestFires
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Fire Update 9/10/2017

Local Conditions: Friday we had quite a thunderstorm, close lightning strikes and hard rain. Much better air quality this weekend, still a light haze of smoke.

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Patchy smoke. Sunny, with a high near 80. Light south southwest wind becoming west 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 49. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Monday Patchy smoke. Sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Monday Night Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 50. West southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Patchy smoke. Sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.
Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

Johnson Creek Airport WebCam
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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
Sept 9 smoke map

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

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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/10/2017, 10:02:28 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 07:30 PM
Location 21 miles NE of Lowman, Idaho – located in Valley County
Incident Commander M Quesinberry
Total Personnel 128
Size 27,400 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-9-2017 Bearskin Fire Update

BOISE, Idaho, September 9, 2017 – Fire activity picked up on the north end of the fire on the ridgeline of Pilgrim Mountain overlooking the lodge at Deadwood Outfitters. The inversion broke early Friday afternoon creating a significant run in that area. The fire is closest to the NFS 579 road at Bernard Creek south of Deadwood Outfitters. Fire activity on the east side was quiet. The fire scar from the 2010 Little Beaver Complex is holding fire progress to the west side of Elk Creek.

Incident Commander Mike Quesinberry said crews have boxed the fire in on the west side and containment is curtailing its spread. As the fire burns south and east it will enter old burn scars that will eventually deprive the fire of fuel.

Fire crews are continuing making successful progress chipping in spite of losing one of two original chippers due to a mechanical breakdown. Two more chippers have been ordered to assist crews with chipping and thinning along NFS 579 and 555.

A Red flag warning is in effect until midnight for scattered lightning. Weather forecast in the fire area Saturday calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly in the afternoon, possibly producing gusts up to 50 mph and one-half inch of rainfall.

The Bearskin Fire area closure remains in place for public safety and includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds and trails in the vicinity. The NFS road 582 through Bear Valley remains open except between the junctions of NFS roads 545 and 515 which is closed for construction (see paragraph below). The Closure Order and maps are available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices or at Forest Service Ranger Stations, and are posted on bulletin boards along roads into the Bear Valley area.

A segment of the Clear Creek Road (NFS road 582) is closed from above the junction with NFS road 545 (Long Creek Summer Homes) north to the junction with NFS road 515 for culvert construction work. Work is expected to last into October. Forest visitors should plan their trips accordingly; maps are available at Lowman Ranger Station (208-259-3361) and on the Boise National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/boise/maps-pubs

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on public and private lands under fire protection of the Boise National Forest, Boise BLM and State of Idaho. Campfires are only permitted in developed recreation sites with an agency approved metal fire ring. Smoking is allowed in a cleared area of at least 3 feet in diameter, in a vehicle or in a developed recreation site. For specific information visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

9-8-2017 Bearskin Fire Progression Map

9-8-2017 Smoke column from the Bearskin Fire rises

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Payette Wilderness Fires

9/9/2017, 7:25:59 AM

Goat Fire: 788 acres) Reported on August 20th. The fire is located in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage. A management for ecological benefits strategy is being used for this wildfire. The Goat and Highline wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team.

Highline Fire: (80,863 acres) Camberlain Airstrip is Closed. An area closure order is in effect. The Highline and Goat wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team.

Jackson Bar Fire: (30 acres) This wildfire was reported the evening of August 15th. This wildfire is controlled at this time, and fire activity has not been observed since August 19th.

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time, however heat does still exist in the interior of the fire perimeter. Smoke was noted from this fire on August 19th. T he 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 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., and has been declared out. 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. 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) Lightning caused and reported on July 27. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed. This wildfire has been declared out.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 26. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This wildfire has been declared out.

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. This wildfire has been declared out.

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

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. This wildfire has been consumed by the Highline wildfire.

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. This wildfire 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 wildfire has been declared as out.

For additional information on this wildfires, 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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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/10/2017, 8:14:40 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 76
Size 82,133 Acres

The Highline and Goat Fires received spotty precipitation yesterday ranging from none to one half of an inch in a few isolated areas. The moisture and lower temperatures resulted in minimal fire activity in areas with lighter fuels such as grass. Active burning persisted in areas with heavier fuels such as blow down which are less affected by small amounts of precipitation. A community meeting was held in Big Creek for residents in the nearby area. Firefighters worked in the Beaver Creek area north of Edwardsburg to set up gravity fed sprinkler systems on bridges and at structures to provide protection should the fire advance into the area. Assessments were conducted at the Snowshoe Mine to determine what protection actions would be appropriate in the area. Fire managers were able to fly over the entire perimeter of the Highline and Goat Fires to see areas that had been covered in smoke for days. An infrared flight last night also provided key intelligence to those working on the incident.

Highline Fire Facts – September 10, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/40569/

Highline Fire Operations Map, Sept 10, 2017

Highline Fire Infrared Map, Sept 10, 2017

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

Honeymoon Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/9/2017, 10:51:01 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday August 27th, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM
Location Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 30 NM NW of Stanely, ID
Incident Commander Severe
Incident Description The Fire Is Being Allowed To Play, As Nearly As Possible, Its Natural Ecological Role In The Environment While Providing For Firefighter And Public Safety.
Current Situation
Total Personnel 9
Size 1,597 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM

The Honeymoon Fire is on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, located west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Honeymoon Fire Update September 8, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5543/40362/

Honeymoon Fire 09/08/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/9/2017, 10:50:52 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 9/10/2017, 10:56:57 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Rhoades/Waverek(t)
Total Personnel 51
Size 16,738 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

September 10 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/40612/

Ibex Fire IR from McKay Creek on Custer Motorway Posted on: 09/09/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – September 9th

Kamiah, Idaho (September 9, 2017)– Firefighters are scrambling to respond to dozens of new fire starts associated with yesterday’s lightning storm which bombarded the forest south of U.S. Highway 12 with 100-150 lightning strikes. According to Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert, preventing new fires from becoming established large incidents in the Forest’s number one priority. “All available firefighting resources have been mobilized, and we are focusing efforts on fires where potential to life and property is highest,” she explained.

Smoky conditions should improve by this afternoon as the high pressure system lifts, but that means increased wind speeds are expected, with gusts up to 30 mph on ridgetops, and will likely result in increased fire behavior.

Two new fires from yesterday’s lightning have quickly elevated in priority on the Red River Ranger District. The Big Elk fire is just north of Elk City and already at 75 acres. Multiple resources including engines, smokejumpers, bulldozers and a hotshot crew are already assigned to the incident and firefighters are attacking the fire directly. The Panther Fire is also a high priority. The fire is located along the Magruder Corridor. It is just 3 acres now, but Probert stated, “We are concentrating resources to keep it contained and not give it a chance to wrap around the face of the ridge and potentially drop into the Red River valley.”

CURRENT STATUS BY DISTRICT

Moose Creek Ranger District (208) 926-4258
The Andys Hump fire is currently estimated at 1,535 acres and is burning across the Moose Creek and Lochsa/Powell Ranger Districts. A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will take over management of the fire after today. Crews continue to focus efforts on establishing fuel breaks and structure protection measures around the community of Lowell. The Andy’s Hump fire will be managed by the Team 2 Team along with the Glover and Old Man fires on the Lochsa/ Powell Ranger District as the “Coolwater Complex”.

The Falls fire (30 acres) in the Falls Creek drainage is 100% lined and continues to be monitored and patrolled. The Brushy fire (102 acres) and the Freeman fire (376 acres) are burning in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The Lone Pine fire (12,369 acres) has advanced north of Bitch Lake to become well established in the upper Bitch Creek. Buck Lake fire (3,920 acres) grew actively southeast and across Marten Creek, as well as north of Rock Pillar. Moose Creek 1 fire (16,801 acres) is in the Freeman Creek drainage and is about .10 mile from the Freeman fire. Other fires in the wilderness include: Crow 1 fire (91 acres), Crow 2 fire (120 acres), and Crow 3 fire (8 acres) all in the Crow Creek drainage; the Gardiner Fork fire (10-15 acres) near Gardiner Peak; the Wylies Ridge fire (20-30 acres) 2.5 miles southwest of Shearer Peak; the Ditch Creek fire (4 acres) in the vicinity of Wylies Peak; Chute Creek fire (2,753 acres); Barren Ridge fire (1,110) 1.6 miles south of California Point; Ballinger fire (1,184 acres) 2.25 miles northwest of Pinchot Point; Isaac Lake fire (1,416 acres) 0.5 miles west of Isaac Lake; Dodge fire (50 acres);Pettibone fire (307 acres), 5 miles northeast of Selway Lodge; and Lonesome fire (23 acres), .5 miles north-northeast of Wylies Peak. Various identified values at risk have protection measures in place. An area closure and various trail closures remain in effect. Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area and should use caution, watching for falling trees and other hazards. Due to the number of fires reported, those under 250 acres will no longer be reported until size or behavior changes significantly.

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District Powell Office: (208) 942-3113 Kooskia Office: (208) 926-4274.
The Hidden fire, at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, did not receive any new infrared data to determine recent acreage as aircraft was unable to fly yesterday. It was most recently estimated at 11,303 acres. Most activity was on the northwest border with the spot over the Montana border growing to about 10 acres in the Fred Burr Creek drainage. Getting helicopter support on the spot remains the highest priority for this fire. A new closure order is in effect on the Montana side of the Hidden fire. For more information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446.

Both the Glover fire (approx. 100 aces), burning 3.5 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, and the Old Man fire (approx. 650 acres), one mile southwest of Huckleberry Butte in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, will be managed along with Andy’s Hump as the “Coolwater Complex” by a Type 2 IMT after today. The Little Weitas fire is still estimated to be 107 acres burning in heavy timber 0.75 miles north of Little Weitas Butte. The Liz Butte fire grew to 686 acres, 0.5 miles north of the Liz Butte cabin, is staffed and structure protection measures are now in place for the cabin. Both Little Weitas and Liz Butte fires are visible from the 500 road, which remains open. Liz Butte Road 560 is closed to the cabin. All of these fires are being managed for resource benefit, utilizing point protection strategies. They are being monitored and patrolled by air and ground resources as conditions allow. Trail and road closures are in effect for the public safety.

Red River Ranger District (208) 842-2245
Four new fires were started yesterday as a result of lightning. The Big Elk fire is estimated at 75 acres and burning north of Elk City. Multiple engines, smokejumpers, heavy equipment and a hotshot crew are responding with air support expected. The Panther Fire is near the Montana Road and estimated at 3 acres. Crews are responding. The Ring Fire, located in wilderness and estimated at 75 acres, is being monitored.

Aerial resources have been successful in holding the Pronghorn fire is currently at 72 acres. It is burning in timber 3.5 miles north-northeast of the Red River Hot Springs. Given the potential for extreme fire behavior on this fire in steep terrain, there has been a limited number of firefighters put on the ground to make direct attack. Fire managers continue to assess opportunities and work on control and mop-up. An area closure is in effect for the protection and safety of the public.

The Patrol Ridge (807 acres) burning on the Moose Creek Ranger District in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness showed no significant growth in the last 24 hours. Trail closures remain in effect. In the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the Rattlesnake Point fire (4,775 acres) also shows minimal activity on the south-facing slope above Bear Creek. An area closure and trail closures remain on for the safety and protection of the public. For fire information on many of these fires, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/13/#.

Salmon River Ranger District (208) 839-2211
The Hanover fire is estimated at 26,000 acres. The fire is holding in the Sheep Creek drainage and continues backing into Porcupine Creek. Helicopter work will continue as conditions allow. It is being heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored. Two 20-person crews, three engines, a type 3 and a type 2 helicopter, and various pieces of heavy equipment remain assigned to the incident for a total of 92 personnel. Information for the Hanover fire is available at
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/.

One new fire start yesterday in the Rough Creek area is estimated between 20-30 acres. The Twin Lakes fire, a located 2 miles north of Square Mountain, discovered on September 4, is estimated at 13.5 acres and is burning on both sides of the 383 trail. The fire is being monitored but remains unstaffed at this time. The Center Ridge fire is 250 acres and is controlled and being monitored by air.

Palouse Ranger District (208) 661-5292.
The Strychnine fire is 1,010 acres is burning five miles northeast of Harvard, Idaho. The fire is being managed by a type 3 incident management organization under the direction of Idaho Department of Lands. Solid firelines are successfully preventing fire spread and no change is reported. Nearly all of the fireline has access to water via portable via water tanks and hose lays. Mop-up efforts are in effect. Smoke will continue to be thick due to weather conditions and multiple fires across the northwest. An area closure is in effect. Additional closures are in place on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices. Information about the fire and closures are available athttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5586.

CLOSURES
For full details and maps about forest closures, please visit the forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.

RESTRICTIONS
Restrictions: Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect in the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area, Riverbreaks, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and Uplands. The restrictions do not include wilderness areas. Information on fire restrictions across the state is located at http://www.idahofireinfo.com/ The Palouse Ranger District is divided by the Coeur D’Alene and Grangeville Dispatch Zones. The portion of the Palouse Ranger District located in the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Zone (which includes Laird Park and Giant White Pine Campgrounds and Bald Mountain Lookout) is in Stage II fire restriction and the portion located in the Grangeville Dispatch Zone is in Stage I fire restrictions. For more information, please call the Palouse Ranger District at 208-875-1131.

AIR QUALITY
Forest and Fire Management Staff consider 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. For current air quality in Idaho, please visit http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/burning/current-wildfire-smoke-info/ and for Montana http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/smokereport/mostrecentupdate.aspx.
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Big Elk Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/10/2017, 9:55:30 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Friday September 08th, 2017 approx. 01:00 PM
Location Big Elk Creek
Size 80 Acres

The Big Elk fire started by lightning on September 8, 2017 just north of Elk City, Idaho in the Big Elk Creek area on the Red River Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The fire quickly grew to 75 acres and fire crews immediately responded with all available resources including engines, smokejumpers, bulldozers, and a hotshot crew. It is currently estimated at 80 acres, having spotted to the south increasing in size by 5 acres on September 9. Firefighters and aircraft will continue attacking the fire directly to prevent spread to any nearby structures and Elk City.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5602/
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Andy’s Hump Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/10/2017, 9:51:54 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/ Natural
Location Near Andy’s Lake and Coolwater Mountain
Total Personnel 43
Size 1,535 Acres

The Andy’s Hump fire started burning August 30, 2017 on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ Moose Creek and Lochsa/Powell Ranger Districts, roughly five miles east of Lowell on the north and south sides of Coolwater Ridge. The fire made a mile run Tuesday, September 5, doubling in size to 1,056 acres. the fire spread slowed on Wednesday with just 200 acres, bringing the total to 1,256 acres. It is spreading to the northwest and “backing” down toward private residences in the Lowell area. Fire managers are focusing efforts on building a fuel break to protect residences, and will be working with residents to make properties more defensible. A public meeting will be held Friday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m. a the Fenn Ranger Station Visitor Center.

Andy’s Hump Update – September 9, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5597/40531/

Infrared topo map – Sept 9, 2017 – Andy’s Hump
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDNCF/2017-09-06-1639-Andys-Hump/picts/2017_09_09-13.18.34.476-CDT.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5597/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/9/2017, 3:17:18 PM
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 Kevin Barger, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 83
Size 26,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Buck Lake Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:33:21 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Wednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location 19 Miles NE of Elk City, Idaho
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 2,316 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Friday December 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident is being managed for long-term resource benefits and is being patrolled and monitored as it continues to perform its natural role across the landscape.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5561/
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Chute Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/3/2017, 4:39:13 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 2,753 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident will only be updated in the event of significant change in fire behavior or acreage.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/4/2017, 2:04:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Matteson Ridge
Incident Commander Jodi Baxter, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 19
Size 76 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 07th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5587/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:19:56 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 Jim Wimer, Type 4 IC
Size 10,152 Acres

The Lone Pine fire started July 14 below Lone Pine Point, a very remote area in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. The fire is being managed for long-term resource benefit, using a point protection strategy. Smoke will be obvious along the Selway River corridor. Extreme caution should be used along the river as trees may continue falling in and around the river.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/10/2017, 10:11:21 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 Roy Angeny, Type 4 IC
Total Personnel 12
Size 17,395 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

This incident will only be updated when fire behavior or acreage shows significant change.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/10/2017, 10:03:05 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 Stony Nelson, ICT3
Size 11,433 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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Strychnine Fire

Idaho Department of Lands

Current as of 9/10/2017, 9:53:31 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Saturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 4.5 miles northeast of Harvard, ID
Incident Commander Idaho Department of Lands- Jason Svancara Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 161
Size 1,010 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

Strychnine Fire Fact Sheet 9/10/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5586/40591/

Perimeter Map 9/8/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5586/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/9/2017, 10:57:10 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday June 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Incident Commander Glen Palfrey
Total Personnel 11
Size 3,738 Acres

North Fork Hughes Fire Update 9/9/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5343/40523/

Topo Map of North Fork Hughes Fire 9/9/17

North Fork Hughes Fire Road and Trail Closure
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5343/40525/

North Fork Hughes Fire Road and Trail Closures Posted on: 09/09/17

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/9/2017, 9:17:43 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday August 07th, 2017 approx. 06:45 PM
Incident Commander Local unit
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 38
Size 1,600 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%

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.

Buck Fire Closure Area Map 9/1/17

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

September 10, 2017

Milder weather conditions continue to help firefighters increase their containment goals. One large fire was reported in Colorado and four were contained: three in California and one in Nevada.

Weather: Hurricane Irma will move across Florida toward Georgia, bringing strong wind, heavy rain, and storm surge to the southeastern U.S. In the West, a trough and weak front will move through the Northwest and the northern Rockies, bringing mild but breezy conditions to the region. High pressure over the Southwest and an upper low off the California coast will draw moisture across the region from Colorado to southern California, producing scattered thunderstorms. Heavy rain and flooding are possible in southern California. Temperatures in the East will be cool in the Northeast and warm in the South. The central states will continue to be warm and dry. The West will see mild to warm conditions across the region.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (8)
Colorado (4)
Idaho (6)
Montana (21)
Nevada (1)
Oregon (15)
Utah (1)
Washington (7)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fires 9/10/2017

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Fire Update 9/8/2017

Local Conditions: Red Air Quality. Hot, dry, dusty and smoky in Yellow Pine.

Red Flag Warning September 8-9

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
819 AM MDT Fri Sep 8 2017

...SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL REDEVELOP TODAY...

.Lingering moisture will combine with an unstable atmosphere
today, causing scattered thunderstorms to redevelop across much of
eastern Oregon and southwest Idaho. Storms will be capable of
producing outflow gusts to 50 mph and up to one-half inch of
rainfall under storm cores. Storms will likely dissipate by
midnight MDT tonight.

Western Payette National Forest-Eastern Payette National Forest-
Northern Boise National Forest-Owyhee Mountains-Burns BLM-
Vale BLM-Baker Valley-
819 AM MDT Fri Sep 8 2017 /719 AM PDT Fri Sep 8 2017/

...RED FLAG WARNING FOR LIGHTNING IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT /11
AM PDT/ TODAY TO MIDNIGHT MDT /11 PM PDT/ TONIGHT...

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Red Flag
Warning, which is in effect from noon MDT /11 AM PDT/ today to
midnight MDT /11 PM PDT/ tonight. This is an upgrade from the
Fire Weather Watch.


* THUNDERSTORMS...Scattered coverage this afternoon and evening.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Up to 50 mph.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Air Quality Alert

Ada-Adams-Boise-Canyon-Elmore-Gem-Owyhee-Payette-Valley-Washington-
1033 AM MDT Fri Sep 8 2017

...RED AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY FOR THE TREASURE VALLEY AREA...

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Red
/Unhealthy/ Air Quality Advisory for the Treasure Valley area due to
elevated pollutant levels. This Advisory will remain in effect until
air quality conditions have significantly improved.

Air pollutants can cause breathing difficulties for children, the
elderly, as well as persons with respiratory problems. Those
individuals who are sensitive to increased particulate matter,
gaseous pollutants such as ozone, or smoke, are encouraged to avoid
prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity. It is also recommended that
all other individuals limit prolonged or strenuous activity
outdoors.

If it is a regularly scheduled work day, you are urged to:

   * car pool, telecommute, or use mass transit
   * avoid idling your vehicle
   * delay fueling your vehicle until late in the day
   * reduce the use of gasoline-powered equipment or delay
     until late in the day.

For details on this Air Quality Advisory, visit the Idaho DEQ
internet site at www.deq.idaho.gov or call 208-373-0313 for recorded
forecast information.

This statement is issued by the Idaho Department of Environmental
Quality. For more information, contact 208-373-0550.

Yellow Pine Forecast
This Afternoon Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tonight A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. West southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday Night Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 50.
Monday Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 83.

Johnson Creek Airport WebCam
http://www.ruralnetwork.net/~yellowpinecm/
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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
Sept 7 smoke map

Smoke Map 9/8/2017

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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/7/2017, 9:06:29 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 07:30 PM
Location 21 miles NE of Lowman, Idaho – located in Valley County
Incident Commander M Quesinberry
Total Personnel 111
Size 24,278 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-7-2017 Bearskin Fire Update

Last night’s early evening infrared flight showed minimal growth to the fire Wednesday. Areas of intense heat are present in the interior, as well as the north, west and south parts of the fire.
Fire crews continued to buy time with help from an inversion parked over the valley. Crews are taking defensive measures to reduce fuels should the fire move toward Deadwood Reservoir, by removing snags for public safety and chipping felled trees. Fire activity was minimal near the intersections of National Forest System road 591 and NFS 510 about a mile and a half from Deadwood Reservoir.

A red flag warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Southerly winds will increase moisture and introduce a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms late Thursday afternoon which is expected to continue through Friday evening. This also brings an increase in southerly winds, especially along south/ west aspects, ridgelines and through north—south oriented drainages Thursday afternoon.

The Bearskin Fire area closure has been put in place for public safety and includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds and trails in the vicinity. NFS road 582 through Bear Valley remains open except between the junctions of NFS roads 545 and 515 which is closed for construction (see paragraph below). The Closure Order and maps are available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices or at Forest Service Ranger Stations, and are posted on bulletin boards along roads into the Bear Valley area.

A segment of the Clear Creek Road (NFS road 582) is closed from above the junction with NFS road 545 (Long Creek Summer Homes) north to the junction with NFS road 515 for culvert replacement work for six weeks. Forest visitors will need to plan their trips accordingly; maps are available at Lowman Ranger Station (208-259-3361) and on the Boise National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/boise/maps-pubs

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on public and private lands under fire protection of the Boise National Forest, Boise BLM and State of Idaho. Campfires are only permitted in developed recreation sites with an agency approved metal fire ring. Smoking is allowed in a cleared area of at least 3 feet in diameter, in a vehicle or in a developed recreation site. For specific information visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

9-7-2017 BearskinTopo Map

9-7-2017 Bearskin Progression Map

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:07:30 PM
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 107
Size 70,938 Acres

Current Situation: An infrared flight was unavailable for the second consecutive night. Satellite images indicate the Highline Fire continued to actively burn despite being blanketed by a thick layer of smoke yesterday. Despite the persistent smoke, a crew swap at Root Ranch was conducted utilizing multiple helicopters. Late yesterday evening, firefighters staged at the ranch reported outflow winds from thunderstorms had caused the fire to cross Wapiti Creek. The fire is estimated to be approximately one and one quarter mile from the ranch. A late afternoon wind shift to a southerly flow resulted in overnight clearing of the smoky conditions that have inundated the fire area for the past several days. There is an increased chance of scattered thunderstorms over the fire area Friday afternoon. Firefighters remain in strategic locations prepared to take action to protect Values at Risk should the fire progression demonstrate a need.

Highline Fire Facts – September 8, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/40398/

Highline Fire Public Overview Map, Sept 5, 2017

Highline Fire Progression Map, Sept 5, 2017

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

9/6/2017, 11:35:10 AM

Goat Fire: (605 acres) Reported on August 20th. The fire is located in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage. A management for ecological benefits strategy is being used for this wildfire. The Goat and Highline wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team.

Jackson Bar Fire: (30 acres) This wildfire was reported the evening of August 15th. This wildfire is controlled at this time, and fire activity has not been observed since August 19th.

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time, however heat does still exist in the interior of the fire perimeter. Smoke was noted from this fire on August 19th. T he 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 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., and has been declared out. 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. 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) Lightning caused and reported on July 27. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed. This wildfire has been declared out.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 26. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This wildfire has been declared out.

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. This wildfire has been declared out.

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

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. This wildfire has been consumed by the Highline wildfire.

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. This wildfire 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 wildfire has been declared as out.

For additional information on this wildfires, 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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East Idaho Fire Update September 7, 2017

IDAHO FALLS, ID: Fire Fighting resources from Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center responded to the Black Cap Fire last night. This lightning caused fire is located six miles northwest of the Craters of the Moon National Monument and is currently approximately 60-acres in size. Resources on the fire include seven engines, two dozers, an eight-person initial attack crew and miscellaneous overhead. Currently there is no estimate of containment or control. There are no structures threatened but there is livestock grazing in the area.

Crews also responded to the Oneida Narrows Fire. This Human caused fire is located twelve miles northeast of Preston, ID and was contained at 3.5 acres. Estimation of control is 7 p.m. tonight.

The 148-acre Little Valley Fire started on September 4 was contained the same day and controlled yesterday at 5:45 p.m.

The Maple Creek Fire (June 25, 2017) and the Maple Creek 2 Fire (July 7, 2017) just north of the Utah boarder and 12-miles East of Preston, ID have burned together. They will be reported now as the Maple Creek 2 Fire. The acreage for this fire is approximately 100 acres.

Please visit our website for the most current info on fires. http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com -EIIFC
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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

Honeymoon Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:42:39 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday August 27th, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM
Location Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 30 NM NW of Stanely, ID
Incident Commander Severe
Incident Description The Fire Is Being Allowed To Play, As Nearly As Possible, Its Natural Ecological Role In The Environment While Providing For Firefighter And Public Safety.
Current Situation
Total Personnel 9
Size 1,597 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM

The Honeymoon Fire is on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, located west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Honeymoon Fire Update September 8, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5543/40362/

Honeymoon Fire 09/08/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/8/2017, 8:15:53 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 9/8/2017, 6:42:00 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Rhoades/Waverek(t)
Total Personnel 51
Size 16,738 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

September 8 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/40400/

Ibex Fire Map September 8
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDSCF/2017-07-26-1017-Ibex/picts/2017_09_08-12.54.34.729-CDT.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – Sept. 7

Kamiah, Idaho (September 7, 2017) – As fire activity continues across the forest, many trails, some roads and other larger areas across the Forests are closed for public and firefighter safety. With the potential for new closures to take effect as a result of changing fire conditions, forest visitors are encouraged to check current information – full details and maps, please visit the forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.

The Andy’s Hump fire remains a full suppression fire with structure protection measures in place for the community of Lowell. The lightning caused fire started August 30 on the Moose Creek and Lochsa/Powell Ranger Districts. A public meeting is scheduled for this Friday, September 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Fenn Ranger Station Visitor Center.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect in the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area, Riverbreaks, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and Uplands. The restrictions do not include wilderness areas. Information on fire restrictions across the state is located at http://www.idahofireinfo.com/ The Palouse Ranger District is divided by the Coeur D’Alene and Grangeville Dispatch Zones. The portion of the Palouse Ranger District located in the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Zone (which includes Laird Park, Giant White Pine, and Bald Mountain Campgrounds) is in Stage II fire restriction and the portion located in the Grangeville Dispatch Zone is in Stage I fire restrictions. For more information, please call the Palouse Ranger District at 208-875-1131.

CURRENT STATUS BY DISTRICT

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District
The Andys Hump fire is now estimated at 1,256 acres after growing just 200 acres in the last 24 hours. A Type 3 team is taking over management of the fire today. The fire moved over a mile to the northwest down Knife Edge Ridge and to the west above Kerr and Lottie Creeks on Tuesday, September 5. Heavy equipment line is currently being established around Lowell. All resources have been pulled off the hill with the main focus being on the structure protection around Lowell. Structure protection measures are in place on the Coolwater Lookout.

The Glover fire (approx. 100 aces) is burning 3.5 miles east of Coolwater Lookout. The Little Weitas fire (approx. 70 acres) is burning in heavy timber 0.75 miles north of Little Weitas Butte. The Liz Butte fire (approx. 400 acres), 0.5 miles north of the Liz Butte cabin, is staffed and structure protection measures are now in place for the cabin. Aerial reconnaissance will occur as conditions permit. Both Little Weitas and Liz Butte fires are visible from the 500 road, which remains open. Liz Butte Road 560 is closed to the cabin. The Old Man fire (approx. 650 acres) is one mile southwest of Huckleberry Butte in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. All of these fires are being managed for resource benefit, utilizing point protection strategies. They are being monitored and patrolled by air and ground resources. Trail and road closures are in effect for the public safety. For more information on these fire and associated closures, please call the Kooskia office at(208) 926-4274.

The Hidden fire, at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, is now estimated at 10,689 acres, with just under 300 acres of growth yesterday primarily n the Big Flat drainage. While recent smoky conditions have not allowed for helicopter water drops on the spots near the Montana border, fire managers are coordinating with the Bitterroot National Forest in order to accomplish the work as soon as conditions allow. Trail closures remain in effect for the safety and protection of the public. For information on the Hidden fire or closures, please call the Powell office at (208) 942-3113.

Salmon River Ranger District
The Hanover fire is 24, 854 acres. The fire is holding in the Sheep Creek drainage and continues backing into Porcupine Creek. Helicopter work will continue as conditions allow. It is being heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored. Two 20-person crews, three engines, a type 3 and a type 2 helicopter, and various pieces of heavy equipment remain assigned to the incident for a total of 92 personnel. Information for the Hanover fire is available at
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/.

The Twin Lakes fire, a located 2 miles north of Square Mountain, discovered on September 4, is estimated at 13.5 acres and is burning on both sides of the 383 trail. The fire is being monitored but remains unstaffed at this time. The Center Ridge fire is 250 acres and is controlled and being monitored by air. For more information on fire activity or closures on Salmon River Ranger District, please call (208) 839-2211.

Palouse Ranger District
The Strychnine fire is 970 acres is burning five miles northeast of Harvard, Idaho. The fire is being managed by a type 3 incident management organization under the direction of Idaho Department of Lands. Firefighters made great progress again yesterday toward fire containment. Existing fire lines are widening and approximately 90% of the fire line has access to water via portable via water tanks and hose lays. putting in direct line and remain optimistic about progress to be made during today’s operational period. An area closure is in effect. Additional closures are in place on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices. Information about the fire and closures are available athttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5586/ or by calling (208) 661-5292.

Moose Creek Ranger District
The Falls fire (30 acres) in the Falls Creek drainage is 100% lined and continues to be monitored and patrolled.

The Andys Hump fire (reported above on the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District) is also burning on the Moose Creek Ranger District. The fire has spotted to the south and southeast. Closures are in effect. See above for more information.

The Brushy fire (102 acres) and the Freeman fire (376 acres) are burning in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The Lone Pine fire (12,369 acres) grew significantly to the east and has advanced north of Bitch Lake to become well established in the upper Bitch Creek. Buck Lake fire (3,920 acres) grew actively southeast and across Marten Creek, as well as north of Rock Pillar. Moose Creek 1 fire (16,801 acres) showed active growth in the area north and northwest of Freeman Peak where it has moved into the Freeman Creek drainage and is about .10 mile from the Freeman fire. Other fires in the wilderness include: Crow 1 fire (91 acres), Crow 2 fire (120 acres), and Crow 3 fire (8 acres) all in the Crow Creek drainage; the Gardiner Fork fire (10-15 acres) near Gardiner Peak; the Wylies Ridge fire (20-30 acres) 2.5 miles southwest of Shearer Peak; the Ditch Creek fire (4 acres) in the vicinity of Wylies Peak; Chute Creek fire (2,753 acres); Barren Ridge fire (1,110) 1.6 miles south of California Point; Ballinger fire (1,184 acres) 2.25 miles northwest of Pinchot Point; Isaac Lake fire (1,416 acres) 0.5 miles west of Isaac Lake; Dodge fire (50 acres); Pettibone fire (307 acres), 5 miles northeast of Selway Lodge; and Lonesome fire (23 acres), .5 miles north-northeast of Wylies Peak. Various identified values at risk have protection measures in place. An area closure and various trail closures remain in effect. Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area and should use caution, watching for falling trees and other hazards. Due to the number of fires reported, those under 250 acres will no longer be reported until size or behavior changes significantly. For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Moose Creek Ranger District, please call (208) 926-4258.

Red River Ranger District
Aerial resources have been successful in holding the Pronghorn fire (mapped at 48 acres). Progress continues with fireline established along the north ridge of the perimeter, northeast toward Meadow Creek, and along the west edge. It is burning in timber 3.5 miles north-northeast of the Red River Hot Springs. Given the potential for extreme fire behavior on this fire in steep terrain, there has been a limited number of firefighters put on the ground to make direct attack. Fire managers continue to assess opportunities and work on control and mop-up. An area closure is in effect for the protection and safety of the public.

The Patrol Ridge (807 acres) burning on the Moose Creek Ranger District in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness showed no significant growth in the last 24 hours. Trail closures remain in effect. In the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the Rattlesnake Point fire (4,775 acres) also shows minimal activity on the south-facing slope above Bear Creek. An area closure and trail closures remain on for the safety and protection of the public. For fire information on many of these fires, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/13/# . For more information on fire activity or closures on the Red River Ranger District, please call (208) 842-2245.

Forest and Fire Management Staff consider 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. For current air quality in Idaho, please visit http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/burning/current-wildfire-smoke-info/ and for Montana http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/smokereport/mostrecentupdate.aspx
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Andy’s Hump Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/8/2017, 11:52:00 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/ Natural
Location Near Andy’s Lake and Coolwater Mountain
Total Personnel 43
Size 1,256 Acres

The Andy’s Hump fire started burning August 30, 2017 on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ Moose Creek and Lochsa/Powell Ranger Districts, roughly five miles east of Lowell on the north and south sides of Coolwater Ridge. The fire made a mile run Tuesday, September 5, doubling in size to 1,056 acres. the fire spread slowed on Wednesday with just 200 acres, bringing the total to 1,256 acres. It is spreading to the northwest and “backing” down toward private residences in the Lowell area. Fire managers are focusing efforts on building a fuel break to protect residences, and will be working with residents to make properties more defensible. A public meeting will be held Friday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m. a the Fenn Ranger Station Visitor Center.

Andy’s Hump Update – September 6, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5597/40235/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5597/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:44:00 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 Kevin Barger, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 83
Size 24,854 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Hanover Fire Update – Sept 4
The Hanover fire (23,333 acres) grew somewhat in upper Boulder Creek north of Marten Hill. The fire is holding in the Sheep Creek drainage and continues backing into Porcupine Creek. If conditions permit, the incident commander intends to make aerial reconnaissance of the fire today. It is being heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored. Two 20-person crews, three engines, a type 3 and a type 2 helicopter, and various pieces of heavy equipment remain assigned to the incident.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Buck Lake Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:33:21 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Wednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location 19 Miles NE of Elk City, Idaho
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 2,316 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Friday December 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident is being managed for long-term resource benefits and is being patrolled and monitored as it continues to perform its natural role across the landscape.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5561/
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Chute Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/3/2017, 4:39:13 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 2,753 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident will only be updated in the event of significant change in fire behavior or acreage.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5515/
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Rattlesnake Point Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/27/2017, 2:26:15 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Unstaffed
Size 4,626 Acres

This incident will only be updated when there has been significant change in fire behavior or acreage.

An area closure is in effect for public health and safety due to activity on the Rattlesnake Point fire. The Main Salmon River is open to the public for boat traffic along the closure area. River right and river left are open to all boat traffic and camping. River users should expect to see smoke and may encounter smoky conditions while on the river.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/4/2017, 2:04:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Matteson Ridge
Incident Commander Jodi Baxter, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 4
Size 48 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 07th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5587/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:19:56 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 Jim Wimer, Type 4 IC
Size 10,152 Acres

The Lone Pine fire started July 14 below Lone Pine Point, a very remote area in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. The fire is being managed for long-term resource benefit, using a point protection strategy. Smoke will be obvious along the Selway River corridor. Extreme caution should be used along the river as trees may continue falling in and around the river.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:54:15 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 Roy Angeny, Type 4 IC
Total Personnel 12
Size 16,801 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

This incident will only be updated when fire behavior or acreage shows significant change.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/7/2017, 8:03:48 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 Stony Nelson, ICT3
Size 10,689 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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Strychnine Fire

Idaho Department of Lands

Current as of 9/8/2017, 9:22:29 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Saturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 4.5 miles northeast of Harvard, ID
Incident Commander Idaho Department of Lands- Jason Svancara Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 196
Size 1,010 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%

Strychnine Fire Fact Sheet 9/8/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5586/40358/

Perimeter Map 9/7/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5586/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/8/2017, 8:37:34 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday June 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Incident Commander Glen Palfrey
Total Personnel 11
Size 3,520 Acres

North Fork Hughes Fire Update 9/7/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5343/40276/

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/7/2017, 2:09:42 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday August 07th, 2017 approx. 06:45 PM
Incident Commander Local unit
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 38
Size 1,500 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%

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.

Buck Fire Closure Area Map 9/1/17

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

September 8, 2017

Eighty-two large fires have burned over 1.4 million acres nationally. The majority of the fires are burning in California, Montana and Oregon. Firefighters are reaching containment goals as large fire activity continues throughout the West.

Weather: The ridge over the West will slide east as an upper low moves toward California. Moisture will move north along the West Coast, producing scattered showers and thunderstorms from northern California to western Washington. Widely scattered thunderstorms will form across eastern Oregon, Idaho and western Montana late in the day. Scattered thunderstorms will continue across the Four Corners states. A cold front will enter the Northwest, ushering in cooler conditions. Smoke will remain trapped in many valleys of the northwestern U.S. but most will be cleared by the frontal passage.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (14)
Colorado (2)
Idaho (8)
Montana (26)
Nevada (3)
New Mexico (1)
Oregon (18)
Utah (1)
Washington (8)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update 9/6/2017

Local Conditions: Red Air Quality. Hot, dry, dusty and smoky in Yellow Pine. PLEASE be very careful with campfires.

Red Flag Warning until September 6, 10:00 PM MDT

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
830 AM MDT Wed Sep 6 2017

...HAINES 6 CONDITIONS TO PERSIST THROUGH TONIGHT...

.A hot, dry, and unstable airmass over the region will remain in
place through tonight. This will continue the Haines 6 conditions
across the eastern Payette National Forest, Boise National Forest,
and western Sawtooth National Forest; which are zones 402, 403
and 421.

Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
830 AM MDT Wed Sep 6 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING FOR HIGH HAINES REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM
MDT TONIGHT ACROSS THE EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST, BOISE
NATIONAL FOREST, AND WESTERN SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST - WHICH ARE
FIRE WEATHER ZONES 402, 403, AND 421...

* HAINES...6 through tonight.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Air Quality Alert

Ada-Adams-Boise-Canyon-Elmore-Gem-Owyhee-Payette-Valley-Washington-
1158 AM MDT Tue Sep 5 2017

...RED AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY FOR THE TREASURE VALLEY AREA...

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Red
/Unhealthy/ Air Quality Advisory for the Treasure Valley area due to
elevated pollutant levels. This Advisory will remain in effect until
air quality conditions have significantly improved.

Air pollutants can cause breathing difficulties for children, the
elderly, as well as persons with respiratory problems. Those
individuals who are sensitive to increased particulate matter,
gaseous pollutants such as ozone, or smoke, are encouraged to avoid
prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity. It is also recommended that
all other individuals limit prolonged or strenuous activity
outdoors.

If it is a regularly scheduled work day, you are urged to:

   * car pool, telecommute, or use mass transit
   * avoid idling your vehicle
   * delay fueling your vehicle until late in the day
   * reduce the use of gasoline-powered equipment or delay
     until late in the day.

For details on this Air Quality Advisory, visit the Idaho DEQ
internet site at www.deq.idaho.gov or call 208-373-0313 for recorded
forecast information.

This statement is issued by the Idaho Department of Environmental
Quality. For more information, contact 208-373-0550.

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight Widespread haze before midnight. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 56. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Thursday Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. East southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Friday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Patchy smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. South southwest wind 3 to 5 mph.
Friday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
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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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DEQ issues statewide air quality advisory

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Boise – Smoke impacts from wildfires have prompted the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to issue a statewide air quality advisory.

This advisory is in effect through Thursday, September 7, at 10 a.m. MDT at which time conditions will be evaluated again on a county-by-county basis. This advisory does not apply to lands within Indian reservation boundaries or to activities associated with fire suppression.

Air quality is in the Moderate to Very Unhealthy categories throughout most of the state and is forecast to remain that way for the next 24 to 48 hours.

Under this advisory, all open burning is prohibited, including campfires, recreational fires, weed control burning, and residential burning.

Daily updates on air quality conditions at various locations in Idaho are available on DEQ’s Air Quality Reports and Forecasts and Current Wildfire Smoke Information webpages. For areas where air quality monitors are not available, the Visibility Range and AQI Table can help determine the necessary precautions to take.

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McCall Air Quality
Sept 5 smoke map

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

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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/6/2017, 10:12:24 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 07:30 PM
Location 21 miles NE of Lowman, Idaho – located in Valley County
Incident Commander M Quesinberry
Total Personnel 130
Size 23,926 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-5-2017 Red Flag warning remains in place on Bearskin Fire
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5536/40110/

Yesterday the fire moved south and west toward Deadwood Reservoir. It backed down south of the NFS road 510 into the Warm Springs and Wilson drainages. A smoke inversion remained in place for most of the day and only partially lifted.

Crews made progress chipping the felled trees north of Deadwood Reservoir along the NFS road 555 (Scout Mountain/Deadwood Road) and NFS road 579 (Landmark to Stanley Road). Snags along the corridor are being removed for public and firefighter safety. Felling the trees and chipping helps reduce the heavy fuel load and enhances the ability of the roads to act as fuels breaks.

A red flag warning is still in place and hot, dry and unstable weather continues to dominate our area. Winds out of the east are expected for Tuesday morning, shifting to northwest winds by midmorning which may move the Bearskin Fire in the direction of the Elk Creek Guard station. An increase in fire activity is expected again today when the inversion lifts. Insect-killed dead and down lodgepole pine and subalpine fir remain between the fire and Deadwood Reservoir. The fire is less than two and a half miles east of the Reservoir and there has been limited spread into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the northeast side of the fire.

9-6-2017 Bearskin Fire Progression Map

9-6-2017 Bearskin Fire Topo Map

9-5-2017 Bearskin Fire seen from Bear Valley

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Regional wildfires put strain on crews fighting Bearskin Fire

Alex Livingston, KTVB September 05, 2017

Lowman, ID – With nearly 60 major wildfires raging across the West, fire crews are stretched thin, and managers are hoping to avoid any new fire starts.

From the weather to the rugged terrain, crews battling the Bearskin fire, which is 21 miles north of Lowman, are fighting more than the flames that have already burned 19,000 acres.

“Overall it’s been steadily moving in all four directions,” said Jake Stohmeyer with the Boise National Forest.

The fire is still growing, and with only 120 firefighters working on this fire, Stohmeyer says they are extremely tight on personnel.

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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/6/2017, 7:30:03 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 82
Size 70,938 Acres

Current Situation: The Highline Fire continued to actively burn under a thick layer of smoke. The most active area is located on the southwestern perimeter in the Ramey Creek watershed. The fire in this area is burning in thick timber and continues to burn aggressively with torching, limited crown fire and spotting out to one quarter mile. The fire advanced approximately one half mile in this area on Tuesday. Heavy smoke is slowing fire spread on other portions of the incident. On the western, northern and eastern perimeters the fire continues to actively back with average spread distances of one tenth to one third of a mile per day. The smoke is not expected to begin clearing out until Thursday muting overall fire behavior. After several days of limited growth due to being inundated with smoke, the Goat Fire experienced favorable winds and daytime warming resulting in moderate growth to the southwest. A RED FLAG Warning is in effect until 10:00 p.m. tonight for a Haines of 6 (high level of atmospheric instability). Hot, dry, and unstable conditions will continue over the fire area through tonight under a ridge of high pressure. Thick smoke over the fire area will also continue, and will likely limit the impact of instability. North winds will continue through at least today with the earliest chance for thunderstorms beginning Thursday afternoon. The chance of thunderstorms will increase Friday afternoon into the weekend. Firefighters will continue to monitor the Highline and Goat Fires for impingement of Management Action Points that will prompt additional point protection at other Values at Risk within the Fire Planning Area. Active point protection efforts will continue at Root Ranch and Cold Meadows. Fire progression to the south has triggered the need to assess the areas around Smith Creek, Big Creek and the Edwardsburg community approximately 10 miles to the southwest of the fire. Passive point protection will occur at the Lower Chamberlain Bridge, Arctic Point and Rock Rabbit Lookouts and the bridges in the Big Creek area. Firing operations will begin around Root Ranch if necessary. Fire progression towards additional Management Action Points and Values at Risk including Sheepeater and Butts Point Lookouts, Fern Creek Cabin, and priority areas along the Salmon River Corridor will be monitored to determine the need for point protection actions. Stonebraker and Chamberlain Guard Station will be monitored by air.

Highline Fire Facts – September 6, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/40186/

Highline Fire Infrared Map, Sept 6, 2017

Highline Fire Progression Map, Sept 5, 2017

Highline Fire Operations Map, Sept 5, 2017

Monumental Bridge on Big Creek Posted on: 09/05/17

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

9/5/2017, 8:36:06 PM

Goat Fire: (605 acres) Reported on August 20th. The fire is located in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage. A management for ecological benefits strategy is being used for this wildfire. The Goat and Highline wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team.

Jackson Bar Fire: (30 acres) This wildfire was reported the evening of August 15th. This wildfire is controlled at this time, and fire activity has not been observed since August 19th.

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time, however heat does still exist in the interior of the fire perimeter. Smoke was noted from this fire on August 19th. T he 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 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., and has been declared out. 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. 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) Lightning caused and reported on July 27. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed. This wildfire has been declared out.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 26. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This wildfire has been declared out.

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. This wildfire has been declared out.

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

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. This wildfire has been consumed by the Highline wildfire.

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. This wildfire 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 wildfire has been declared as out.

For additional information on this wildfires, 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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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

9/6/2017

Salmon-Challis NF Area Fire Overview 09/06/17

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Honeymoon Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/6/2017, 10:12:31 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday August 27th, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM
Location Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 30 NM NW of Stanely, ID
Incident Commander Severe
Incident Description The Fire Is Being Allowed To Play, As Nearly As Possible, Its Natural Ecological Role In The Environment While Providing For Firefighter And Public Safety.
Current Situation
Total Personnel 9
Size 1,597 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 PM

The Honeymoon Fire is on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, located west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Honeymoon Fire Update September 6, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5543/40192/

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/
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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/6/2017, 7:39:15 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 9/5/2017, 2:15:14 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Rhoades/Waverek(t)
Total Personnel 40
Size 14,503 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

The Ibex Fire remained active in the Twelvemile drainage and Yankee Fork Meadows Monday. Despite steady winds over the fire area, observations indicate that fire growth was not significant. An update of the exact fire perimeter and fire growth is unknown, as there was no Infrared (IR) flight over the area last night. An IR flight on September 2 estimated the fire at 14,503 acres. 40 personnel, one helicopter, and four engines are currently assigned.

September 5 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/40122/

Ibex Fire with Fire History Map
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDSCF/2017-07-26-1017-Ibex/picts/2017_09_05-14.58.53.223-CDT.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – Sept. 5

Kamiah, Idaho (September 5, 2017) – Widespread haze from dense smoke is expected to remain throughout the area as a high pressure ridge remains over most of the area. In the interest of public safety and protection, many trails, some roads and a few areas are closed because of fire activity on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. For full details and maps, please visit the forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect in the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area, Riverbreaks, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and Uplands. The restrictions do not include wilderness areas. Information on fire restrictions across the state is located at http://www.idahofireinfo.com/.

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. For current air quality in Idaho, please visit http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/burning/current-wildfire-smoke-info/ and for Montana http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/smokereport/mostrecentupdate.aspx .

Current status by district:

Salmon River Ranger District
The Hanover fire (24,364 acres) grew 1,031 acres yesterday as dense smoke conditions in the area limited temperatures. No significant runs were observed on the fire yesterday. The fire is holding in the Sheep Creek drainage and continues backing into Porcupine Creek. If conditions permit, the incident commander intends to make aerial reconnaissance of the fire today. It is being heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored. Three 20-person crews, three engines, a type 3 and a type 2 helicopter, and various pieces of heavy equipment remain assigned to the incident for a total of 92 personnel. Information for the Hanover fire is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/.

The Center Ridge fire (250 acres) was controlled yesterday and placed into a monitor status. It is no longer staffed. It will be monitored by air. The Square fire (.25 acre) is out.

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

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District
The Andys Hump fire experienced some increase in activity yesterday with the fire now estimated at 592 acres. The fire is 2 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, burning on the north and south sides of Coolwater Ridge, on the Lochsa/Powell and Moose Creek Ranger Districts. Structure protection measures are in place on the Coolwater Lookout. This fire is being managed for resource benefits, utilizing point protection strategies. The Glover fire (approx. 100 aces) is burning 3.5 miles east of Coolwater Lookout. The Little Weitas fire (approx. 30 acres) is burning in heavy timber 0.75 miles north of Little Weitas Butte. The Liz Butte fire (approx. 80 acres), 0.5 miles north of the Liz Butte cabin, is staffed and structure protection measures continue for the cabin. If conditions permit, aerial reconnaissance will occur today. Liz Butte Road 560 is closed to the cabin. Fire activity will be visible from the 500 road, though the road remains open at this time. The Old Man fire (approx. 650 acres) is one mile southwest of Huckleberry Butte in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. All of these fires are being managed for resource benefit, utilizing point protection strategies. They are being monitored and patrolled by air and ground resources. Various trail and road closures are in effect for the safety and protection of the public. For information on these fires and closures, please call the Kooskia office at (208) 926-4274.

The Hidden fire, at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, was relatively quiet yesterday as the smoky conditions helped keep temperatures fairly low. The fire grew 194 acres, mostly in the bottom of the Big Flat drainage with minor growth on the NW side of the incident. Infrared imagery now estimates the fire size is 10,529 acres. If conditions allow, helicopter water drops on the spots near the Montana border may occur today. Trail closures remain in effect for the safety and protection of the public. For information on the Hidden fire or closures, please call the Powell office at (208) 942-3113.

Palouse Ranger District
The Strychnine fire (estimated 800 acres) is burning five miles northeast of Harvard, Idaho. The fire is being managed by a type 3 incident management organization under the direction of Idaho Department of Lands. An area closure is in effect. Additional closures are in place on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices. Information about the fire and closures are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5586/ or by calling (208) 661-5292.

Moose Creek Ranger District
The Falls fire (30 acres) in the Falls Creek drainage is 100% lined and continues to be monitored and patrolled.

The Andys Hump fire (reported above on the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District) is also burning on the Moose Creek Ranger District. The fire has spotted to the south and southeast. Closures are in effect.

The Brushy fire (102 acres) and the Freeman fire (376 acres) are new fires burning in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The Lone Pine fire (12,369 acres) grew significantly to the east and has advanced north of Bitch Lake to become well established in the upper Bitch Creek. Buck Lake fire (3,920 acres) grew actively southeast and across Marten Creek, as well as north of Rock Pillar. Moose Creek 1 fire (16,801 acres) showed active growth in the area north and northwest of Freeman Peak where it has moved into the Freeman Creek drainage and is about .10 mile from the Freeman fire. Other fires in the wilderness include: Crow 1 fire (91 acres), Crow 2 fire (120 acres), and Crow 3 fire (8 acres) all in the Crow Creek drainage; the Gardiner Fork fire (10-15 acres) near Gardiner Peak; the Wylies Ridge fire (20-30 acres) 2.5 miles southwest of Shearer Peak; the Ditch Creek fire (4 acres) in the vicinity of Wylies Peak; Chute Creek fire (2,753 acres); Barren Ridge fire (1,110) 1.6 miles south of California Point; Ballinger fire (1,184 acres) 2.25 miles northwest of Pinchot Point; Isaac Lake fire (1,416 acres) 0.5 miles west of Isaac Lake; Dodge fire (50 acres); Pettibone fire (307 acres), 5 miles northeast of Selway Lodge; and Lonesome fire (23 acres), .5 miles north-northeast of Wylies Peak. Various identified values at risk have protection measures in place. An area closure and various trail closures remain in effect. Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area and should use caution, watching for falling trees and other hazards. Due to the number of fires reported, those under 250 acres will no longer be reported until size or behavior changes significantly.
For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Moose Creek Ranger District, please call (208) 926-4258.

Red River Ranger District
Aerial resources have been successful in holding the Pronghorn fire (mapped at 48 acres). It is burning in timber 3.5 miles north-northeast of the Red River Hot Springs. Given the potential for extreme fire behavior on this fire in steep terrain, it has been unsafe to put firefighters on the ground to make direct attack; however, fire managers continue to assess opportunities. Weather will be a determining factor in the decision. In the meantime, it will be addressed by air. Jodi Baxter, a type 3 incident commander, has taken over management of the fire. An area closure is in effect for the protection and safety of the public.

The Patrol Ridge fire at 807 acres, was moderately active Sunday, growing steadily around the perimeter. It is now burning on the Moose Creek Ranger District in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Trail closures remain in effect. In the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the Rattlesnake Point fire (4,775 acres) shows minimal activity on the south-facing slope above Bear Creek. An area closure and trail closures remain on for the safety and protection of the public.

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

For fire information on many of these fires, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/13/#
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Strychnine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/6/2017, 10:24:29 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Saturday September 02nd, 2017 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 4.5 miles northeast of Harvard, ID
Incident Commander Idaho Department of Lands- Jason Svancara Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 120
Size 970 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 30%

The Strychnine Fire is five miles northeast of Harvard, Idaho and burning on steep slopes in heavy timber and brush on primarily industrial timber land with some national forest land ownership.

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is being assisted by US Forest Service Nez Perce- Clearwater Forests Palouse Range District, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and area volunteer fire crews. The fire is currently being managed as a Type 3 incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Please see the Closure tab for the latest information about areas and locations closed due to fire activity.

Strychnine Fire Fact Sheet 9/6/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5586/40188/

Perimeter Map 9/5/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5586/
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/4/2017, 2:26:36 PM
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 Kevin Barger, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 76
Size 24,364 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Hanover Fire Update – Sept 4
The Hanover fire (23,333 acres) grew somewhat in upper Boulder Creek north of Marten Hill. The fire is holding in the Sheep Creek drainage and continues backing into Porcupine Creek. If conditions permit, the incident commander intends to make aerial reconnaissance of the fire today. It is being heavily patrolled and containment lines actively monitored. Two 20-person crews, three engines, a type 3 and a type 2 helicopter, and various pieces of heavy equipment remain assigned to the incident.

Hanover Fire IR Map – Sept 4
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDNCF/2017-08-03-1220-Hanover-Fire/picts/2017_09_04-15.34.29.371-CDT.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Buck Lake Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/4/2017, 2:38:21 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Wednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location 19 Miles NE of Elk City, Idaho
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 3,920 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Friday December 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident is being managed for long-term resource benefits and is being patrolled and monitored as it continues to perform its natural role across the landscape.

Buck Lake Fire Update – Sept 4
Buck Lake fire (3,920 acres) grew actively southeast and across Marten Creek, as well as north of Rock Pillar.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5561/
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Chute Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/3/2017, 4:39:13 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 2,753 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident will only be updated in the event of significant change in fire behavior or acreage.

Chute Creek Fire Update – Sept. 3
Chute Creek fire (2,493 acres) was active on the south edge, with minimal growth on the north near Dead Elk Point; the fire is still 1.2 miles west of Blodgett Lake.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5515/
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Rattlesnake Point Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/27/2017, 2:26:15 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Unstaffed
Size 4,626 Acres

This incident will only be updated when there has been significant change in fire behavior or acreage.

An area closure is in effect for public health and safety due to activity on the Rattlesnake Point fire. The Main Salmon River is open to the public for boat traffic along the closure area. River right and river left are open to all boat traffic and camping. River users should expect to see smoke and may encounter smoky conditions while on the river.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/4/2017, 2:04:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Matteson Ridge
Incident Commander Jodi Baxter, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 4
Size 48 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 07th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5587/
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Lone Pine Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:19:56 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 Jim Wimer, Type 4 IC
Size 10,152 Acres

The Lone Pine fire started July 14 below Lone Pine Point, a very remote area in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. The fire is being managed for long-term resource benefit, using a point protection strategy. Smoke will be obvious along the Selway River corridor. Extreme caution should be used along the river as trees may continue falling in and around the river.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5456/
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/4/2017, 2:45:29 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 Jim Wimer, Type 4 IC
Total Personnel 12
Size 16,801 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

This incident will only be updated when fire behavior or acreage shows significant change.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/5/2017, 11:57:32 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 Kelvin Thompson, ICT3 Jodi Stone, ICT3(t)
Total Personnel 2
Size 10,529 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Hidden Fire Update – Sept 2
The Hidden fire, at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, has grown to 8,497 acres. The active portion of the fire continues to be on the west end, south of the confluence of Big Sand and Colt Kill Creeks. No new growth was observed on the east end near the Montana/Idaho border. The fire remains approximately one-half mile from the border. Trail closures remain in effect for the safety and protection of the public. Smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula Valleys. For information on the Hidden fire or closures, please call the Powell office at (208) 942-3113.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5446/
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North Fork Hughes Fire

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/5/2017, 11:32:46 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday June 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Incident Commander Dave Gesser, Brandon Allen (T) Type 3 IMT
Total Personnel 11
Size 2,600 Acres

North Fork Hughes Fire Update 9/6/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5343/40184/

Topo Map of IR Flight 9/6/17

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/5/2017, 4:20:08 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday August 07th, 2017 approx. 06:45 PM
Incident Commander Local unit
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 10
Size 1,265 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 25%

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.

Buck Fire Closure Area Map 9/1/17

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

September 5, 2017

Extreme fire weather conditions caused many fires in Montana, Oregon and California to gain thousands of acres yesterday. Currently 81 large fires have burned 1.4 million acres in nine western states. More than 27,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildland fires in the West.

Weather: As the hot, dry and unstable ridge of high pressure maintains its grip over the Intermountain West, the remnants of Lidia will continue to move north through California into Oregon. Scattered wet storms will be possible as far north as Mount Rainier in Washington. Closer to the Continental Divide, a cold front dropping south through the Great Plains will produce an easterly wind that will bring slightly less hot conditions to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Easterly winds could present some problems for fires along the Continental Divide, even though surface humidities will be slightly higher.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (17)
Colorado (1)
Idaho (6)
Montana (28)
Nevada (2)
Oregon (19)
Utah (1)
Washington (6)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Sept 6, 2017 Fires Western N. America
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