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
P1000323-20170920Snow

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

Click to access 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

Click to access 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

Click to access 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

Click to access 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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Fire Update 9/3/2017

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

Red Flag Warning Sept 3, 10am to Sept 4, 10pm

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
810 AM MDT Sun Sep 3 2017

...HAINES 6 CONDITIONS EXPECTED TODAY AND MONDAY...

.An increasingly hot, dry, and unstable air mass over the Great
Basin today will will remain in place through Tuesday. Haines 6
conditions are expected to last through Monday night.

Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
810 AM MDT Sun Sep 3 2017

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM MDT MONDAY FOR
HIGH HAINES FOR EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST...NORTHERN BOISE
NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN
SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST...WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES 402...
403 AND 421...

* HAINES...6 by early afternoon through this evening and again
  beginning mid- day on Monday through Monday evening.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Labor Day Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Monday Night Areas of smoke. Clear, with a low around 53. North wind 5 to 9 mph.
Tuesday Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 89. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

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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 2 smoke map

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

Smoke Map from Weather Satellite 9/2/2017
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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/2/2017, 3:08:03 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 G Blom
Total Personnel 96
Size 15,278 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-1-2017 Bearskin Closure Map Version #3

News Release:

9-2-2017 Public and firefighter safety primary in Bearskin Fire efforts

With hot and dry weather conditions, the Bearskin Fire continues to grow. The 15, 278 acre fire is burning about 4 miles northeast of Deadwood Reservoir. A National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team is now in command of the fire.

The Bearskin Fire is actively burning in steep and rough terrain, making short crown runs, spreading upslope and spotting ahead of the fire. Slopes are covered with highly flammable stands of lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir heavy with dead and down trees. The fire is surrounded by old burn scars, and firefighters hope to use those to their advantage in suppressing this fire.

To protect public and firefighter safety, the Bearskin Fire area closure has been expanded to include the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds in the vicinity. The NFS Road 582 through Bear Valley remains open at this time. Maps of the closure area are available on the Boise National Forest website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices), Forest Service Ranger Stations, and posted on bulletin boards on roads into the Bear Valley area.

Forest Service personnel are stationed at the primary road junctions to assist the public in understanding the closures and ensuring their safety. Any campers who had belongings moved from the closure area should contact the Lowman Ranger Station (208-259-3361).

With fire crews and other resources scarce, firefighters are concentrating on point protection for local infrastructure. Fuels reduction work is underway around the Deadwood Outfitters facilities, Bearskin and Idaho Power weather stations, Deer Flat campground and the Elk Creek Guard station. Fire preparedness is being assessed for Deadwood Reservoir facilities. Crews are improving contingency fire lines on the National Forest System Road 579 (Landmark to Stanley Road) and NFS Road 555 (Deadwood Road). Other Boise National Forest personnel are on hand to ensure that our fish, water and archeologic resources are also being protected.

As a hotter, drier weather pattern establishes over the west, temperatures will remain in the 90s. This will increase the chance of large fire growth, with a Haines Index level expected to rise to 6 by Sunday.

Nationally, the Fire Preparedness Level is still at PL5. About 1.5 million acres are burning across the U.S., with a wildfire year to date total of almost 7. 4 million acres. https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf

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

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/2/2017, 2:53:09 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday July 30th, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM
Location 4 miles NE of Idaho City, Idaho
Size 10 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Friday September 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-1-2017 Boulder Fire Update

The lightning caused Boulder Fire started Wednesday afternoon, and is located 4 miles northeast of Idaho City.

With retardant applications, water bucket drops and the support of two crews, the fire grew little on Thursday.

The 10 acres fire is 50% contained; full containment is estimated by the end of today.

Off road vehicles users should avoid riding on National Forest System roads 357 and 329 due to heavy fire traffic.

A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place. http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_ims/html/ew/scale7/tile_14_18.html

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4836/
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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/3/2017, 7:29:42 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 52,182 Acres

Current Situation: The Highline fire behavior and growth for the day is being reflected in the forecasted high temperatures and high Haines indices. The south end of the fire is starting to burn actively while the north end remains in a stable state. The fire is continuing to spread through backing, active flanking and crown fire in areas with closed canopies in alignment with the wind. Other areas are having occasional torching as areas of heavy concentrated fuels heat up during the burn period. The fire is actively burning in the southern half as well as to the west, south, and east. The weather conditions support the continued growth of the fire in all directions. Significant fire activity continues in the Queen and Deer Creek drainages to the east with group torching and active ground fire as the fire makes an up slope run towards Mule Creek Point. South of Moose Jaw Creek the fire is actively burning with short duration crown fire runs, group torching and active ground fire moving east/southeast towards the headwaters of McCalla Creek. From Moose Creek, the fire is reflecting an increase in activity as it moves south towards upper Lodgepole Meadows. In the areas of Game and Flossie Creeks the fire continues to back to the west. Fire behavior increased today and will continue through Monday evening due to predicted temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal and Haines indices between 5 and 6. The Goat Fire continues growing to the south and west in an old fire scar and has not crossed Canyon Creek, well within the Management Action Point. A RED FLAG Warning is in effect from Sunday 10:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. Monday. A strong upper level ridge is building and will be in place through the Labor Day weekend. Firefighters continue active point protection efforts at Root Ranch with pumps, hoselays and portable water tanks in place in the event the fire threatens the site. The fire edge is about one and a half miles to the west of Root Ranch, smoldering in the bottom of Wapiti Creek. Fire progression towards additional Management Action Points and Values at Risk including Sheepeater Lookout, Butts Point Lookout, Snowshoe Mine, and Fern Creek Cabin, as well as priority areas along the Salmon River Corridor between Lantz Bar and Corn Creek Boat Launch and Campground will be monitored. Fire movement north and east towards Arctic Point Lookout and south and west towards Rock Rabbit Lookout has increased point protection actions. Firefighters completed structure wrap at the Arctic Point Lookout yesterday and have plans to wrap Rock Rabbit Lookout today. Continued fire progression west towards Sheepeater Lookout will be closely monitored to determine timing and needs of unstaffing the Lookout and implementing structure protection measures. Chamberlain Guard Station and Stonebraker are in patrol status by air.

Highline Fire Infrared Map, Sept 3, 2017

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

9/2/2017, 9:44:03 AM

Goat Fire: (405 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 burning above Phantom Creek 09/02/17

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

9/3/2017, 7:22:50 AM

The Honeymoon and Remington Fires are fires 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.

The lightning caused Honeymoon Fire is estimated at approximately 480 acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire grew to the east today and is on the east side of the Half-Moon drainage. Additionally, the fire continues to back to the south. The fire is located approximately one mile northwest of Sulphur Creek Ranch in steep, inaccessible terrain. 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.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy on the Honeymoon Fire. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire which takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Honeymoon Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety. Points being protected include individual structures, both private and agency owned, and areas of high resource value. Firefighters have initiated point protection for multiple values at risk that are identified in the planning area. There are five (5) resources assigned to the fire.

The Emergency Trail and Road Closure has been put in place, which is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Honeymoon Fire.

The lightning caused Remington Fire remains estimated at five (5) acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. Fire activity today was minimal with backing and low intensity ground fire. The fire is located approximately five miles southwest of Big Baldy Lookout, three miles east-southeast of Chinook Mountain between Remington and Twenty-two creeks in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is burning in the footprint of the 2001 Snowshoe Fire. 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.

Honeymoon Fire Emergency Trail Closure #04-13-17-594
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5543/39693/

Honeymoon Fire Map 09/02/17

Honeymoon Fire 09/01/17

Salmon-Challis NF Fire Overview Map 09/02/17

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/3/2017, 7:22:41 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.

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/3/2017, 7:16:38 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Bartel/Waverek(t)
Total Personnel 35
Size 14,503 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

The lightning caused Ibex Fire is a natural fire located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout.

Ibex Fire September 02, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/39801/

Ibex Fire Map 09/02/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – September 2

Kamiah, Idaho (September 2, 2017) – The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests firefighting resources continue to respond to new fire starts following Wednesday’s storm. Twenty-six lightning-caused starts have been detected with the largest of those being the Center Ridge fire, estimated to be 250 acres, with crews continuing mop up and patrol of the fire. Like many areas across the west and northwest, resources are being shared to protect values at risk. As above average temperatures continue and no precipitation is expected recreationists are reminded to use caution with any device that could cause a spark.

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. Visitors should know before you go: fire and closure information is posted on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater. 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 (21,041 acres) shows minimal growth on the north-northwest side of Marten Hill as well as in the area of Black Butte. It remains west of Sheep Creek. Helicopters are ready for water drops in the event fire activity increases significantly. This fire 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. Information for the Hanover fire is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/.

The Center Ridge fire is contained at 250 acres; the Cougar fire is controlled at 0.5 acre; the Square fire is contained at .25 acre; the Meadow Creek fire is contained at .75 acre, and the Hungry and Johnson Ridge fires are out.

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

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District
Reported Friday, the Little Weitas fire (.1 acre), is burning in heavy timber 0.75 miles north of Little Weitas Butte. The fire is being managed for resource benefits as it performs its natural role on the landscape.

The Liz Butte Fire (5.5 acres), 0.5 miles north of the Liz Butte cabin, is burning in dead and down timber and brush. The fire is staffed and firefighters are assessing the Liz Butte cabin for structure protection. Andys Hump fire (100 acres), 2 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, is burning on the north and south sides of Coolwater Ridge. Structure protection measures are in place on the Coolwater Lookout. Road and trail closures are in effect for the south side of the fire on the Moose Creek Ranger District. Air patrol has been unable to provide details for the Glover fire (25-30 acres), 3.5 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, but a closure order is in effect for a portion of the Eagle Mountain Trail #206 to the south of the fire. No new information is available for the Old Man fire (25-30 acres) one mile southwest of Huckleberry Butte in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. A portion of the Idaho Centennial Trail #220 to the north of the fire is closed for public safety. 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. For information on these fires, please call the Kooskia office at (208) 926-4274.

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 Killed 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.

Moose Creek Ranger District
Eight fires from lightning strikes of a few days ago were detected. The Crow 1, 2 and 3 fires, two to 2.75 miles northwest of Gardiner Peak, are all 10 to 15 acres. The Gardiner Fork fire (10-15 acres) is 1.6 miles northeast of the Gardiner Lookout. The Wylies Ridge fire (20-30 acres) is burning 2.5 miles southwest of Shearer Peak. Three additional fires were found burning in the area of the Coolwater Lookout: the Tanner, Ryder and Grace fires. The Andys Hump fire (reported above on the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District) is also burning on the Moose Creek Ranger District and closures are in effect.

The Falls fire (29 acres) in the Falls Creek drainage is 100% lined and continues to be monitored and patrolled. The Baldy fire is out at .1 acre, and the Goddard fire (2 acres) is expected out today.

The Lone Pine fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness was active Friday in the vicinity of Tony Point. Only minimal activity was noted on all other fires in the wilderness. They include: Buck Lake fire (2,316 acres); Moose Creek 1 fire (14,858 acres); Chute Creek fire (approx. 2,460 acres); Pettibone fire (approx. 307 acres); and Lonesome fire (6 acre). These acreages and fire behavior details will be updated with the next infrared mapping flight. 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.

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

Red River Ranger District
The Turkey fire (.1 acre), 2 miles southwest of Warm Springs Bar, and the Baboon fire (.1 acre), 2.5 miles northeast of the Red River Hot Springs, were reported and staffed by personnel working to suppress them. The French 2, Blanco and Aardvark fires are out. The Zebra fire (.3 acre) 2 miles northeast of Red River Hot Springs is contained and being mopped up.

Activity on the Patrol Ridge fire (580 acres), 4.5 miles east of Windy Saddle, remains minimal as it creeps around the perimeter and north toward the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Minimal fire activity is occurring on wilderness fires on the district. The Rattlesnake Point fire (approx. 4,626 acres) between Rattlesnake Creek and Sabe Creek on the Salmon River has been quiet. An area closure and trail closures remain for the safety and protection of the public.

MAGRUDER ROAD CORRIDOR (Forest Road 468) – Subject to Emergency Closure
Visitors travelling the Magruder Corridor Road, Forest Road 468, to Darby, Montana, are advised that due to fire activity on the Nelson Creek fire the road could close at any time near the West Fork Road (Montana State Hwy 473). Information for the fire and closure is posted on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5549/.

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

For fire information on Hanover, Moose Creek 1, Rattlesnake Point, Lone Pine, Mink Peak, Chute, and Hidden fires, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/13/#
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/2/2017, 12:58:51 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 21,041 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Hanover Fire Update – September 2
The Hanover fire (21,041 acres) shows minimal growth on the north-northwest side of Marten Hill as well as in the area of Black Butte. It remains west of Sheep Creek. Helicopters are ready for water drops in the event fire activity increases significantly. This fire 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 9/1/2017, 2:45:36 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 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 9/1/2017, 2:47:37 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 2,493 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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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 9/1/2017, 2:16:06 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 14,858 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 9/2/2017, 1:56:03 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 Kelvin Thompson, ICT3 Jodi Stone, ICT3(t)
Total Personnel 2
Size 8,497 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 9/1/2017, 10:45:14 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 2,195 Acres

As of the latest infrared flight on 8/31/2017, the fire is 2,195 acres.

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/1/2017, 6:56:44 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 800 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.

Expanded Area Closures in Effect- 9/1/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5493/39690/

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 3, 2017

More than 1.1 million acres have burned in 74 large fires in the West. Six new large fires were reported. Weather conditions across the west continue to make large fires burn actively.

Weather: The high pressure ridge will become centered over the Four Corners, keeping the West hot and dry until afternoon convection begins. Low afternoon humidities will allow for the developing scattered storms to begin as mostly dry before moistening up in the late afternoon. The focus of the convection will be over Oregon, California and the Great Basin. A cold front will begin dropping south into the northern Great Plains from central Canada, bringing breezy winds and cooler temperatures to North Dakota and eastern Montana late in the day.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (14)
Idaho (4)
Montana (28)
Nevada (4)
Oregon (17)
Utah (1)
Washington (5)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update 9/1/2017

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

Yellow Pine Forecast:

Fire Weather Watch in effect from September 3, 10am until September 3, 10pm

Fire Weather Watch

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
247 PM MDT Fri Sep 1 2017

...HAINES 6 CONDITIONS POSSIBLE SUNDAY...

.An increasingly hot, dry, and unstable air mass will build
over the Great Basin this weekend. Haines 5 conditions on
Saturday are expected to increase to Haines 6 on Sunday.

Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
247 PM MDT Fri Sep 1 2017

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR HIGH HAINES IN EFFECT SUNDAY MORNING
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING FOR THE EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL
FOREST, BOISE NATIONAL FOREST, AND WESTERN SAWTOOTH NATIONAL
FOREST - WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES 402, 403, AND 421...

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Fire Weather
Watch, which is in effect from Sunday morning through Sunday
evening.

* HAINES...6 by mid-day Sunday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible
Red Flag Warnings.

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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
Aug 31 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 9/1/2017, 1:36:53 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 G Blom
Total Personnel 96
Size 12,000 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

The 12,000 acre lightening caused Bearskin Fire continues to burn in the northern end of Bear Valley in the Lowman Ranger District.

The Bearskin Fire area closure is being expanded to protect firefighter and public safety, and now includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds in the vicinity.

8-31-2017 Bearskin Topo Map

News Release:

Bearskin Fire Prompts Closures in the Deadwood Reservoir Area

Contact: Venetia Gempler (208) 373-4105
Boise, Idaho, September 1, 2017

The 12,000 acre lightening caused Bearskin Fire continues to burn in the northern end of Bear Valley in the Lowman Ranger District.

The Bearskin Fire area closure is being expanded to protect firefighter and public safety, and now includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds in the vicinity. The eastern boundary of the closure extends from the west side of the NFS Road 582 to the boundary of the Emmett Ranger District, south to the Valley County line and north to the junction of NFS 582 and NFS road 579. The northern boundary of the closure follows the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness boundary to the Lowman-Cascade District boundary and then turns west to Rice Peak and the intersection of the Lowman, Cascade and Emmett Ranger District Boundaries. The NFS Road 582 itself remains open. For closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

The fire is actively burning in lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir stands heavy with dead and down trees from past insect infestations. It is making short crown runs, spreading upslope and spotting continues ahead of the fire. The fire is moving northeast into the fire scars of the 2010 Beaver Complex Fire.

A strengthening high pressure system will return hot and dry conditions to the entire west through Labor Day weekend, with temperatures back in the upper 90’s by Sunday with generally light winds.

Firefighters are providing point protection by removing vegetation around Bearskin and Idaho Power weather stations, Deadwood Outfitters facilities, Deer Flat campground and the Elk Creek Guard station.

The lightning caused Boulder Fire started Wednesday afternoon, and is located 4 miles northeast of Idaho City. With retardant applications, water bucket drops and the support of two crews, the fire grew little on Thursday. The 10 acres fire is 50% contained; full containment is estimated by the end of today. Off road vehicles users should avoid riding on National Forest System roads 357 and 329 due to heavy fire traffic. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place. http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_ims/html/ew/scale7/tile_14_18.html

Campers at any of the Deadwood Reservoir Campgrounds that made their reservations online should contact https://www.recreation.gov/ or call Toll Free 1-877-444-6777. Campers who paid cash on site need to contact the Lowman Ranger Station Recreation staff for camping vouchers (208-259-3361).

The Forest has Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place. For fire restriction details visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

For current closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Closure Map:
InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
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Boulder Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 9/1/2017, 12:18:08 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday July 30th, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM
Location 4 miles NE of Idaho City, Idaho
Size 10 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Friday September 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

9-1-2017 Boulder Fire Update

The lightning caused Boulder Fire started Wednesday afternoon, and is located 4 miles northeast of Idaho City.

With retardant applications, water bucket drops and the support of two crews, the fire grew little on Thursday.

The 10 acres fire is 50% contained; full containment is estimated by the end of today.

Off road vehicles users should avoid riding on National Forest System roads 357 and 329 due to heavy fire traffic.

A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place. http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_ims/html/ew/scale7/tile_14_18.html

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4836/
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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 9/1/2017, 7:46:37 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 84
Size 41,772 Acres

Current Situation: The Highline and Goat fire behavior growth remains in a stable state as the fire continues to spread through backing and flanking with occasional torching as areas of fuels heat up. Heavy loading of dead and down trees with a moderate amount of regeneration make up the predominate fuels in the area. The fire is burning to the south, west and east due to the influence of West/Northwest wind at approx. 1/4 to 1/2 mile per day. Today’s fire activity continues to burn toward and into the McCalla, Chamberlain and Queens drainages to the east. The northern third of the fire is relatively inactive, continuing to burn into the White Bird Meadow. To the west of the areas of Game, Flossie and Moose Creeks continue to have a backing fire through them. On the south, the fire is burning through the mature timber south of Moose Jaw Creek. The predicted weather conditions support the continued growth of the fire in all directions. The forward progression is expected to continue at a steady rate of 1/4 to 1/2 mile per burn period. Firefighters continue active point protection efforts at Root Ranch and Cold Meadows Guard Station. They are monitoring fire progression and remain prepared to initiate protection actions should the fire threaten these locations. The Lower Chamberlain Bridge has passive protection measures in place with a gravity sock, hoselays and nozzles in place to mist the bridge and adjacent fuels. Fire progression towards additional management action points and values at risk including Butts Point, Arctic, Rock Rabbit and Sheepeater Lookouts, Snowshoe Mine, Fern Creek Cabin, and identified values along the Salmon River Corridor from Lantz Bar to Corn Creek are being assessed and monitored. Chamberlain Guard Station and Stonebraker are being monitored and patrolled by air. Fire movement north and east has increased the likelihood of point protection actions at Arctic Point and Rock Rabbit Lookouts. Continued fire progression west towards Sheepeater Lookout will be closely monitored in order to determine timing and needs of unstaffing the Lookout.

Highline Fire Facts – September 1, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/39591/

Highline Fire burning in Chamberlain Crk drainage 08/30/17

Highline Fire Operations map, Sept 1, 2017

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

9/1/2017, 10:37:48 AM

Goat Fire: (236 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. Visit this InciwWeb link for more information on the Goat Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/

Goat Fire IAP overview map, Aug 30, 2017

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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Bell Mountain Fire

September 1, 2017 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709
Twitter @BLMIdahoFire Facebook @Idahofireinfo
#BellMountainFire

Start Date: 8/29/2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: 7 miles north of Clyde, Idaho near Bell Mountain and Basinger Creek. The fire is burning on Idaho Falls District-BLM, Salmon-Challis National Forest, and a small portion of Idaho Department of Lands.
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 1,340 acres
Percent Contained: 50%, containment estimated for 9/02/2017

Structures Threatened: No structures are immediately threatened. There are residences in the general area that fire managers are aware of.

Fuels and Terrain: Started in grass and sage brush, but has now moved into the timber in very steep, shale covered terrain.

Fire Behavior: Fire activity is minimal, smoldering, isolated torching of trees in the timber.

Fire Crews/Resources: 4 engines, 3 handcrews, and 3 helicopters. (90 personnel)

Evacuations: No evacuations.

Closures: No closures, but the Basinger Canyon road is being used by firefighters, please be cognizant.

Summary: The Bell Mountain Fire is now 50% contained. Fire activity and growth is minimal. Firefighters will continue securing the southeast flank and east flank with the help of helicopters. The steep, difficult terrain of Basinger Canyon is making containment difficult, but fire managers do expect to reach 100% containment tomorrow.
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Deer Park Fire caused by vehicle fire

For Immediate Release: August 31, 2017, 5 p.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire Facebook: @Idahofireinfo
(#DeerParkFire & BLMIFDFire)

MENAN, ID – The Deer Park Fire started at approximately 12:30 p.m. August 25 when a vehicle caught fire and spread to consume 17,588 acres. Multiple agencies assisted in firefighting efforts, which included structure protection and evacuations.

The fire was caused by an individual off roading on the lava fields north of Deer Park and west of Menan Butte. While off roading the vehicle high centered and caught fire igniting the vegetation around it.

The BLM asks the public to use existing roads and trails while recreating on public lands. Cross country travel is restricted.

There have been multiple human caused fires this year in the Menan Butte area. The BLM asks the public to keep fire prevention in mind; realizing that shooting can spark a fire, campfires can escape, and driving vehicles off roads or with dragging metal can ignite a wildfire.

For breaking fire information, follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter and search for #BLMIFDFire for posts specifically related to eastern Idaho. For additional wildfire updates, Firewise information, and fire prevention tips visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com. One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.
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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

9/1/2017, 9:34:59 AM

The Honeymoon and Remington Fires are fires 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.

The lightning caused Honeymoon Fire is estimated at 218 acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire is located approximately one mile northwest of Sulphur Creek Ranch in steep, inaccessible terrain. 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.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy on the Honeymoon Fire. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire which takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Honeymoon Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety. Points being protected include individual structures, both private and agency owned, and areas of high resource value. Firefighters have initiated point protection for multiple values at risk that are identified in the planning area. There are five (5) resources assigned to the fire.

The lightning caused Remington Fire remains estimated at five (5) acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire is located approximately five miles southwest of Big Baldy Lookout, three miles east-southeast of Chinook Mountain between Remington and Twenty-two creeks in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is burning in the footprint of the 2001 Snowshoe Fire. 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.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur.

Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at VERY HIGH Fire Danger.

Salmon-Challis NF Fire Overview Map 08/29/17

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 9/1/2017, 9:33:35 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 9/1/2017, 9:36:05 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Bartel/Waverek(t)
Total Personnel 54
Size 13,976 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Fire size is estimated at 13,976 acres. The fire continues to burn in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, Ibex, Trapper, Wickiup, and Cat Creeks. Recent activity pushed the fire in a southeast direction, where it is now burning in the head of Twelvemile Creek and in the northwest portions of Yankee Fork Meadows. Firefighters continue to implement a point protection strategy. Point protection is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from wildfire, without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire.

August 31 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/39573/

Ibex Fire Map Map 08/29/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – August 31

Kamiah, Idaho (August 31, 2017) – Lightning activity across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Wednesday resulted in numerous new fires and reports of new fires. Staffed lookouts and aerial reconnaissance will be busy today as they attempt to identify new starts. With resources stretched, fire managers are tasked with prioritizing placement of personnel and equipment. For instance, a district that received no lightning activity will be asked to share firefighters, engines, and so on, with districts that have or expect to have more initial response activity.

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. Visitors should know before you go: fire and closure information is posted on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater. 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
Wednesday the Hanover fire (20,221 acres) had some increased fire activity on the north side where it pushed to Umbrella Butte, but favorable winds kept it moving into the wilderness. Activity on the northwest side of the fire into Boulder Creek was minimal. The west and south edges of the fire were quiet Thursday, and activity remains west of Sheep Creek on the east side This fire 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. Information for the Hanover fire is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/.

Three new fires have been staffed: the Center Ridge fire (approx. 250 acres), the Johnson Ridge fire (1 acre), and the Squaw fire (.25 acre) two miles northeast of Bald Mountain. Firefighters are working to suppress the fires, supported by aerial water drops. Reports of additional fires are being investigated.

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 (estimated 70-80 acres), 4 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, is burning in timber and brush on the north and south sides of Coolwater Ridge. The Glover fire (25-30 acres), 3.5 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, is burning slowly north-northeast. A closure order is in effect for a portion of the Eagle Mountain Trail #206 and one is expected for a segment of Road #317 in the vicinity of the Coolwater Lookout. The Old Man fire (25-30acres), one mile east of Old Man Point in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, is moving downhill in brush. All of these fires are being managed for resource benefit, utilizing point protection strategies. For information on these fires, please call the Kooskia office at (208) 926-4274.

An additional closure order has been implemented for approximately two miles of Packers Meadow Road #373 from the Idaho/Montana border. Crews assigned to the Lolo Peak fire will continue to patrol and monitor the area of an earlier burnout.

Fire activity was moderated Wednesday on the Hidden fire (approx. 7,909 acres), at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, due to an inversion over the area most of the day. Winds produced by afternoon thunderstorms did not hit the fire area. The fire remains approximately one-half mile from the Idaho/Montana boundary. 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.

Moose Creek Ranger District
One new fire at Donner Point has been staffed. Firefighters are completing line and will install hose lays today in efforts to suppress the fire. The Falls fire (29 acres) continues to burn in the Falls Creek drainage, but remains within the containment line.

Significant fires in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness include: Buck Lake fire (2,316 acres) pushed nearly a mile to the east, with short-range spotting to the east; Moose Creek 1 fire (14,858 acres); Lone Pine fire (10,152 acres) has merged with both the Mink Peak and Tony fires and continues to move east towards Moose Ridge and northeast toward the Selway River and the Moose Creek 1 fire; Chute Creek fire (approx. 2,460 acres); Pettibone fire (approx.. 307 acres); Lonesome fire (6 acre). Fire mangers continue to communicate with the Bitterroot National Forest regarding fires with potential to move onto that forest.
These wilderness fires are being monitored by air. Various identified values at risk continue to be under point protection, including lookouts and bridges. An area closure and 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.
For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Moose Creek Ranger District, please call (208) 926-4258.

Red River Ranger District
Seven fires were reported and staffed Wednesday. The Flat Iron fire, the Stag fire; the Mike fire, and the Red Horse fire are all contained. Firefighters have lined the French fire, 3 miles southeast of Elk City, and the Blanco fire, 5 miles north of the Red River administrative site. The Aardvark fire (.25 acre), 8 miles east of Elk City on Simmons Ridge is staffed and being suppressed with the assistance of aerial water drops. The Bat fire is out.

The Patrol Ridge fire (580 acres), 4.5 miles east of Windy Saddle, continues steady growth around the perimeter, including north toward the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

Minimal fire activity is seen on wilderness fires on the district. The Rattlesnake Point fire (approx. 4,626 acres) between Rattlesnake Creek and Sabe Creek on the Salmon River continues to have minimal growth to the north toward Rattlesnake Point and along Trail #577. Due to lack of significant growth over the past weeks, this will be the last report for the Bleak fire (182 acres) north of Sheep Hill Lookout and the Plummer fire (estimated 200 acres), east of the Hanover fire. An area closure and trail closures remain for the safety and protection of the public.

Visitors to the Red River Ranger District wanting to travel the Magruder Corridor Road, Forest Road 468 to Darby, Montana, are advised that there is no through traffic. The road is closed by due to fire activity on the Nelson Creek fire. The road is closed 4 miles west of its junction with the West Fork Road (Montana State Highway 473). For more information about the Nelson Creek fire and closure, please see InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5549/.

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

For fire information on Hanover, Moose Creek 1, Rattlesnake Point, Lone Pine, Mink Peak, Chute, and Hidden fires, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/13/#
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017
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 Dave Bales, Type 2 Southwest Area IMT 4
Total Personnel 76
Size 20,221 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Hanover Fire Update – September 1
The Hanover fire shows activity on the north side near Umbrella Butte, where it continues to slowly push into the wilderness. There was also some minimal activity on the north-northwest side of Marten Hill. The fire continues to hold up west of Sheep Creek. If activity increases significantly today, helicopters will be making water drops to help hold it in check. This fire 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 Progression Map-Aug 28

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:45:36 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 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.

Buck Lake Fire Update – August 31
The Buck Lake fire pushed nearly a mile to the east over the past two days, again doubling in size to a total of 2,316 acres. The fire also had short-range spotting to the east.

Buck Lane Fire IR Map – Aug 31

Click to access 2017_08_31-16.40.08.545-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:47:37 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 2,493 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Chute Creek Fire Update – August 31
The Chute Creek fire has shown only minimal growth along the perimeter of the fire over the past several days. Winds from thunderstorms did impact it.

Aug 29 – Chute Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_29-14.30.51.090-CDT.pdf

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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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.

Lone Pine Fire Update – Aug 31
The Lone Pine fire has merged with both the Mink Peak and Tony fires and the combined size is 10,152 acres. The fire continues to move east towards Moose Ridge and northeast toward the Selway River and the Moose Creek 1 fire.

Aug 29 – Lone Pine Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_29-14.55.35.922-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

The Mink Peak fire has been absorbed by the [Lone Pine Fire]. This incident will no longer be updated. Please see Moose Creek 1 fire.
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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:16:06 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 14,858 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 31 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
The Moose Creek 1 fire gained 514 acres in the past couple of days, primarily in the area northwest of Freeman Peak and along Trail 427.

Aug 29 – Moose Creek 1 IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_29-14.43.57.701-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 9/1/2017, 2:27:45 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 Kelvin Thompson, ICT3 Jodi Stone, ICT3(t)
Total Personnel 2
Size 8,328 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Hidden Fire Update – Sept. 1
Over the past couple of days the Hidden fire, at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, continued to advance into the Big Flat Creek drainage, along the northern perimeter of the fire, and downhill toward Colt Killed Creek. It also burned some pockets of timber on the west side. The fire remains approximately one-half mile from the Idaho/Montana boundary. 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.

Aug 27 – Hidden Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_27-14.48.00.648-CDT.pdf

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 9/1/2017, 10:45:14 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 2,195 Acres

As of the latest infrared flight on 8/31/2017, the fire is 2,195 acres.

North Fork Hughes Fire Update 8/31/17
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5343/39538/

N. Fork Hughes Fire IR Map 8/30/17

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/31/2017, 8:12:00 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 450 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.

Update 8/31/17
The Buck Fire (St. Joe Ranger District) is now 450 acres, having grown substantially over the last few days with the changing weather conditions. The fire is 25% contained. Firefighter safety is the top priority as the fire burns in steep, rugged, remote terrain with heavy fuel loads.

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

September 1, 2017

Eighteen new large fires were reported yesterday. Currently, 88 large fires have burned 1.2 million acres in the West and Alaska.

Several states reported significant fire behavior yesterday Extreme burning conditions in Montana caused the Sartin Draw fire to burn more than 72,000 acres yesterday. The East Fork fire also made a 17,500-acre run. Firefighters continue to work toward management goals on several fires in the West.

States currently reporting large fires:

Alaska (2)
California (11)
Idaho (14)
Montana (31)
Nevada (5)
Oregon (19)
Utah (1)
Washington (4)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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MODIS Satellite Images

Aug 31 Western US
Link

Idaho 8/31/2017

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Fire Update 8/30/2017

Local Conditions: Yesterday pre-dawn thunderstorms rolled thru with a bit of rain, then another little shower later in the morning, total precipitation 0.06″. Hot afternoon, high of 97 degrees. This morning we had a low of 47 degrees and mostly cloudy sky. Red Flag Fire Weather Weather Warning for this afternoon for thunderstorms and wind.
The lightning yesterday started several small fires across the Payette NF, 2 are in the Buckhorn area above the South Fork.

Yellow Pine Forecast:
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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
Aug 29 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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Fire Update – Payette National Forest

August 29, 2017

McCall, Idaho – A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the Payette Dispatch Area for lightning effective Wednesday, August 30th afternoon and evening. Thunderstorms are expected to build over the region as an approaching Pacific trough will combine with mid-level moisture to generate showers and thunderstorms. These thunderstorms can produce outflow winds to 55 mph. A Fire Weather Watch means critical fire weather conditions are forecasted to occur – later forecasts can move to Read Flag Warnings.

Six new wildfires have been reported over the past few days within the Payette Interagency Dispatch area. One of these wildfires is human caused, while another is under investigation as a possible human caused wildfire.

Four lightning caused wildfires were ignited in vicinity of Miners Peak Fire Lookout early this morning and are under initial attack at this time. The fire lookout hiked out of the area to ensure safety, as a total of 5 lightning strikes hit the area, and four of the strikes quickly ignited wildfires.

Two of these wildfires burned together to form the Little Buckhorn Fire on the Krassel Ranger District which is currently at 2 acres. Another lightning strike ignited the West Buck Fire also on the Krassel Ranger District and currently being held at .10 of an acre. The fourth wildfire is on the McCall Ranger District in the vicinity of Idler Creek just below Nick Peak – the Idler Fire is currently at .10 of acres. Eight smokejumpers and six heli-rappel firefighters are conducting initial attack on these fires. Two helicopters are assisting with water bucket drops.

The Brownlee Fire was human caused on Tuesday, August 28th, and located at Brown Summit along State Highway 71 on the Weiser Ranger District. Firefighters responded quickly, and kept this wildfire at only .10 of an acre in size. This wildfire has been declared as controlled and out.

The Nethker Fire and the Little Elk Fire were both ignited on August 25th. The Nethker Fire is under investigation as a possible human caused wildfire. It is located on the McCall Ranger District, just off Warren Wagon Road near the Burgdorf intersection. The fire burned .25 of an acre before fighters brought it under control. The Little Elk Fire is located 4 miles east of State Highway 95, southwest of Patrick Butte on the New Meadows Ranger District. This lightning caused wildfire was held to .10 of an acres in size as firefighter quickly responded and controlled the wildfire.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions remain in effect for all public and private lands within the Payette Dispatch area. Campfires on public lands are only allowed at designated sites – these sites are signed as allowing for campfires. If a site is not signed, campfires are not allowed. On private lands, campfires are allowed only in permanent fire structures. Additionally, interagency fire managers would like to remind people that burn permits are required for burning on private lands every year from May 10 through October 20.

Payette National Forest:

Council Ranger District: No new fires reported.

Krassel Ranger District:

  1. Little Buckhorn Fire: (2 acres) Started August 29 by lightning. The Little Buckhorn Fire is a result of two lightning strikes that burned together. It is located near Miners Peak Fire Lookout approximately 17 miles east, southeast of McCall. This wildfire is under initial attack with a full suppression strategy.
    West Buck Fire: (.10 acre) Started August 29 by lightning. The West Buck is located near Miners Peak Fire Lookout approximately 16.5 miles east, southeast of McCall. This wildfire is currently under initial attack with a full suppression strategy.
  2. Highline Fire: (32, 010 acres) Started July 28 by lightning. This wildfire is located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The wildfire is being managed under a monitor/point protection strategy to enhance natural resources in the fire area. A National Interagency Management Organization (NIMO) team is managing this wildfire. More information on the Highline Fire can be found at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
  3. Goat Fire: (56 acres) Started August 20 by lightning. This wildfire is located in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage, within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The NIMO team that is managing the Highline Fire is also managing this wildfire. A monitor/point protection strategy is being used for this wildfire.
  4. Payette Wilderness Fires: The Krassel Ranger District has additional wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. For information on these wildfires, please visit this link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5387/

McCall Ranger District:

  1. Idler Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Started August 29 by lightning. This wildfire is currently under initial attack. It is located 12 miles east of McCall on the west facing slope of Nick Peak. Heli-rappel firefighters and smokejumpers are working this wildfire with assistance from helicopter water bucker drops.
    Nethker Fire: (.10 acre) Started August 25. This wildfire is under investigation as a possible human caused wildfire. It is located on the McCall Ranger District, just off Warren Wagon Road near the Burgdorf intersection. This wildfire has been declared as controlled and out. This is will be the last report for this wildfire.

New Meadows Ranger District:

  1. Little Elk Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Started August 25 by lightning. Located 4 miles east of State Highway 95, and southwest of Patrick Butte on the New Meadows Ranger District. This wildfire was held to .10 of an acre, and has been declared out. This will be the last report for this wildfire.

Weiser Ranger District:

  1. Brownlee: (.10 acre) Started August 28, and is human caused. Located at Brownlee Summit on State Highway 71 on the Weiser Ranger District. Firefighters responded quickly and kept this wildfire at only .10th of an acre in size. It has been declared as out. This is will be the last report for this wildfire.

Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association: No new fires reported.

Bureau Of Land Management: No new fires reported.

Idaho Department Of Lands: No new fires reported.

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The Fire Information Hotline 208-634-0820 is updated with new information as it becomes available. Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. To find out about other fires not listed here go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov or http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com.
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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 8/30/2017, 8:52:22 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 99
Size 34,937 Acres

Highline Fire Facts – August 29, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/39339/

Highline Fire Progression Map, August 29, 2017

Highline Fire Infrared Map, August 30, 2017

Highline Fire point protection at Cold Meadows Posted on: 08/28/17

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

Goat Fire: (56 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 Video taken August 29, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photograph/5500/0/71407/

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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Bearskin Fire

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Boise National Forest

Current as of 8/29/2017, 6:01:33 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 G Blom
Total Personnel 102
Size 5,000 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

The 5,000-acre Bearskin Fire is burning in remote, rugged terrain littered with dead and down timber amongst lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir. Both tree species are highly flammable and carry fire easily.

On Monday, August 28, Quesinberry’s NIMO Team arrived to assist with the management and suppression of the fire.

The fire is within close proximity to the 2016 Pioneer and Buck Fires. Old fire scars will be used to slow the fire’s progress. Fire crews are removing vegetation along roads to slow the fire spread and protect values at risk.

Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in place and visitors should drive with caution as firefighting traffic increases. The fire area is closed to all access for public safety however, National Forest System roads remain open. The order will remain in effect until Nov. 15, 2017, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

8-29-2017 Bearskin Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5536/39375/

8-29-2017 Bearskin Fire Closure Order Map – Version #2

Click to access pict20170729-191621-0.pdf

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

August 29, 2017 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709

Start Date: 8/29/2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: 12 miles southwest of Idaho Falls, Idaho on BLM lands (Hells Half Acre)
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 10 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Structures Threatened: No structures are threatened.
Fuels and Terrain: Grass and brush dispersed between lava rock

Fire Behavior: Fire is actively consuming grass and brush between the lava rocks

Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 1 dozer, 1 handcrew, 8 smokejumpers

Evacuations: No evacuations.
Closures: No closures

Summary: The Rising River Fire started at approximately 2 p.m. today by lightning 12 miles southwest of Idaho Falls on Hells Half Acre BLM lands. Smoke is visible from I-15 to the west. Lightning started the fire in the lava fields, which makes accessibility difficult while at the same time slowing the fire’s growth due to lava rock veins across the area. The fire is not threatening structures or roads. Firefighters are hiking into the fire at the time of this release.
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Salmon-Challis 2017 Wilderness Fires

8/29/2017, 8:21:06 AM

The Honeymoon and Remington Fires are fires 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.

The lightning caused Honeymoon Fire is estimated at 184 acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire is located approximately one mile northwest of Sulphur Creek Ranch in steep, inaccessible terrain. 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.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy on the Honeymoon Fire. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire which takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Honeymoon Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety. Points being protected include individual structures, both private and agency owned, and areas of high resource value. Firefighters have initiated point protection for multiple values at risk that are identified in the planning area. There are five (5) resources assigned to the fire.

The lightning caused Remington Fire remains estimated at five (5) acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire is located approximately five miles southwest of Big Baldy Lookout, three miles east-southeast of Chinook Mountain between Remington and Twenty-two creeks in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is burning in the footprint of the 2001 Snowshoe Fire. 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.

Isolated rain showers will cross the Salmon-Challis Forest area this morning, and continue over the Bitterroot Range by late morning.

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 8/29/2017, 8:14:37 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

Located on the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in steep, rocky, and inaccessible terrain. The fire is approximately 1,650 acres burning in grass, brush, and scattered timber.

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/29/2017, 8:29:11 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Bartel/Waverek(t)
Total Personnel 54
Size 11,822 Acres

Ibex Fire August 29, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/39347/

Ibex Fire Map Map 08/29/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – August 29

Kamiah, Idaho (August 29, 2017) – A weather inversion has kept smoke low on the horizon from fires in Idaho and surrounding states. At the same time, that smoke layer provides shading over many of the fires on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, helping to moderate fire activity during periods of hot, dry weather. Radiant heat from the sun does not reach the ground with the same intensity as it does with clear air.

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. Visitors should know before you go: fire and closure information is posted on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website atwww.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater. 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
Management of the Hanover fire (17,603 acres) will transition today at 6 p.m. from Dave Bales’ Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team to a local Type 3 incident management organization under the command of Kevin Barger from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The area closure will be modified effective August 30. After transition, InciWeb will continue to be updated with Information for the Hanover fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/.

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

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District
The Glover fire (2 acres) was reported Monday 3.5 miles east of Coolwater Lookout, and the Old Man fire (3 acres), one mile east of Old Man Point in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, will be managed for resource benefits. No trail closures are in place at this time. For information on these fires, please call the Kooskia office at (208) 926-4274.

The Hidden fire (7,657 acres), at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, has been moderately active for the past two days, adding 2,339 acres primarily to the northeast where it is burning both north and south of Big Flat Creek and backing into the Colt Killed Creek drainage. The fire has advanced to approximately one-half mile from the Idaho/Montana border. Trail closures remain in effect for the safety and protection of the public. A smoke column was highly visible Monday and 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.

Crews on the Lolo Peak fire have conducted a successful burnout operation on the northeast side of the Powell Ranger District near Elk Meadows. The burnout reinforced existing firelines on the west perimeter of the Lolo Peak fire utilizing Forest Service road 5903. Crews assigned to the Lolo Peak fire will continue to patrol and monitor the area.

Moose Creek Ranger District
The Sparrow fire (.1 acre), one mile west of Sparrow Point, and the Falls fire (29 acres), in the Falls Creek drainage, are both within containment lines and firefighters are working to suppress them.

Significant fires in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness include: Buck Lake fire (1,086 acres) was the most active fire, having more than doubled in the past few days, with growth on the southern and eastern portions of the fire, although it remains north of Grave Creek and south of Indian Park; Moose Creek 1 fire (14,344 acres) is showing activity mainly in the northeastern and southeastern portions of the fire; Lone Pine fire (7,302 acres) grew to the east and northeast, with active fire also on the north facing slope to the north of Grizzly Saddle, and is within a tenth of a mile of merging with the Mink Peak fire; Chute Creek fire (2,460 acres) has shown only minimal growth on the perimeter;Tony fire (438 acres) shows growth on all perimeters, but primarily to the east where it is now approximately one-half mile from the Selway River; Pettibone fire (307 acres) showed minimal activity to the southeast in Pettibone Creek; Mink Peak fire (821 acres) is showing no significant growth; Lonesome fire (5 acre), 1.5 miles north-northeast of Wylies Peak, grew somewhat to the south.

Fire mangers continue to communicate with the Bitterroot National Forest regarding fires with potential to move onto that forest.
These wilderness fires are being monitored by air. Various identified values at risk continue to be under point protection, including lookouts and bridges. An area closure and 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.
For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Moose Creek Ranger District, please call (208) 926-4258.

Red River Ranger District
The only full suppression fire remaining on the district is the Bat fire (1.5 acre), 1.5 miles east of Big Mallard Creek Trailhead. That fire is contained and firefighters are mopping up.

The Patrol Ridge fire (580 acres), 4.5 miles east of Windy Saddle, has continued to grow steadily around the perimeter but is making no major runs in any particular direction. It has crossed into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the north.

Minimal fire activity is indicated on wilderness fires on the district. Significant wilderness fires include: the Plummer fire (estimated 200 acres), east of the Hanover fire; theRattlesnake Point fire (4,626 acres) between Rattlesnake Creek and Sabe Creek on the Salmon River which continue to have minimal growth to the north toward Rattlesnake Point and along Trail #577; and the Bleak fire (182 acres) north of Sheep Hill Lookout. No infrared mapping flights have occurred for some time, so these acreages are estimates. An area closure and trail closures remain for the safety and protection of the public.

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

For fire information on Hanover, Moose Creek 1, Rattlesnake Point, Lone Pine, Mink Peak, Chute, and Hidden fires, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/13/#
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Hanover Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/28/2017, 7:06:29 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 Dave Bales, Type 2 Southwest Area IMT 4
Total Personnel 229
Size 17,603 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%

Incident Management Team transitions management of Hanover Fire
August 29, 2017 Daily Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/39307/

Hanover Fire Vicinity Map-Aug 28

Area Closure Modified – August 30
The area closure established for the safety and protection of the public has been modified. Please click the adjoining link for a copy of the Closure Order and map.

Click to access pict20170730-111238-0.pdf

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/
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Chute Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/29/2017, 1:28:01 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 2,460 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Chute Creek Fire Update – Aug 28
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5515/39257/

Aug 29 – Chute Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_29-14.30.51.090-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/25/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Location Near Mink Peak
Incident Commander Jim Wimer, Type 4 IC
Size 817 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

This incident will only be updated as fire behavior and/or acreage substantially change. For information on other wilderness fires on the Moose Creek Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, please see Moose Creek 1 fire and Lone Pine fire on this site.

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/29/2017, 1:47:12 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 7,302 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.

Aug 29 Update
The Lone Pine fire has grown to the east and northeast, with active fire also on the north-facing slope to the north of Grizzly Saddle. The fire is within a tenth of a mile of merging with the Mink Peak fire

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/29/2017, 1:21:38 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 Kelvin Thompson, ICT3 Jodi Stone, ICT3(t)
Total Personnel 2
Size 7,657 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 29
The Hidden fire has been moderately active for the past two days, adding 2,339 acres primarily to the northeast where it is burning both north and south of Big Flat Creek and backing into the Colt Killed Creek drainage. The fire has advanced to approximately one-half mile from the Idaho/Montana border.

A smoke column was highly visible Monday and smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula Valleys.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/29/2017, 1:36:10 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 14,344 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 29 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
The Moose Creek 1 fire is showing activity mainly in the northeastern and southeastern portions of the fire where it continues to slowly gain acreage.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405/
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National Interagency Fire Center

August 29, 2017

Large fire activity continues in the West where 52 large fires have burned more than 654,000 acres. Firefighters are making progress toward containment goals despite the hot and dry conditions.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (5)
Idaho (4)
Montana (19)
Nevada (1)
Oregon (13)
Utah (1)
Washington (7)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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