Category Archives: Fire Updates 2017

Updated Fire Reports Aug 29

Boise NF Fire:

Bearskin Fire grows prompting larger closure area

BOISE, Idaho, August 29, 2017 – The approximate 5000-acre lightning caused Bearskin fire continues to grow as it consumes dead, bug kill and down lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir. The area closure has been increased for public safety. Fire officials expect the closure area to expand if the fire continues to spread.

Weather conditions are hot with a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms predicted this week, with maximum temperatures of 90 degree. A fire weather watch in effect lightning beginning Wednesday afternoon and continuing through evening.

The fire is actively burning through dead and down fuel along with tree torching, uphill runs and short-range spotting into flammable forested stands.

With the national preparedness at level 5, full suppression strategies of confine and point protection are being used to address concerns for firefighter safety and the lack of available resources.

Confinement strategies restrict the wildfire within determined boundaries with a combination of direct and indirect actions applied. For example: removing vegetation along the roadside to slow the fire progress enough for firefighters to directly engage. Point protection is a response strategy to protect specific assets or highly valued resources such as remote weather stations, radio towers and structures

With limited resources and Incident Management Teams (IMTs) committed to large fires across the west, a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team has arrived to assist the Forest’s Type 3 IMT with developing a strategy to manage and suppress the fire. NIMO teams increase capacity in the same manner as IMTs and provide additional support in planning, decision processes and efficient and effective agency support.

Bearskin Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/

For all closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices
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Payette NF Fires:

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 .10th of an acres 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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/
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  2. 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.

Fire Information Contact: Brian Harris 208-634-6945

Fire Update 8/27/2017

Local Conditions: Hot, dry and smoky.

Yellow Pine Forecast:

This Afternoon Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. West wind 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight Areas of smoke. Clear, with a low around 54. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Monday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Calm wind.

Monday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
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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 26 smoke map

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

Western Fires Aug 27
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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 8/27/2017, 8:43:07 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 86
Size 29,036 Acres

Current Situation: Fire behavior is beginning to increase again after a few days of cloudy and cooler conditions. Yesterday the fire was most active on the southern half of the incident. On the western perimeter, the fire is actively backing into a west wind in the areas of Game, Flossie, Chamberlain and Lodgepole Creeks. Fuels in this area are predominantly heavy dead and down with a moderate amount of regeneration. The fire remains active on the far southeastern tip and continues to burn in and around the Wapiti Creek drainage. On the eastern perimeter, the fire continues to work itself to the east in the McCalla, Chamberlain and Deer Creek drainages. The northern half of the incident remains relatively inactive with areas of heat where the fire is creeping and burning in the heavy accumulation of dead and down fuels. With conditions becoming much warmer and dryer this weekend, fire behavior will continue to pick up. If wind speeds and the Haines Index continue to rise, then the Highline Fire will see conditions in place for some very active fire behavior by Sunday and Monday. Firefighters continue to patrol the Chamberlain area. Point protection is established at Root Ranch and firefighters are monitoring the fire’s progression. A firing plan and hose lays are in place in the event that the fire threatens the structures at the ranch. At Cold Meadows, a point protection assessment is completed and firefighters and equipment are in place in the event it is needed to protect the site. They have begun setting up hose lays and filling portable water tanks around the guard station. Lower Chamberlain Bridge is under a passive protection plan via a gravity sock and 3/4 inch nozzles setup, misting the bridge and adjacent fuels. The Highline Strategic Long-term Plan has been expanded to include Values at Risk in the Salmon River Corridor from Corn Creek to Lantz Bar in the event the Goat Fire becomes more active. Firefighters have also begun initiating point protection for the Values at Risk on the Salmon River. Stonebraker remains in patrol status and monitored by aerial surveillance.

Highline Fire Facts – August 27, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/39164/

Highline Fire infrared map for Aug 27, 2017

Highline Fire MODIS map for Aug 27, 2017

Highline Fire burning on the west flank Posted on: 08/27/17

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

8/26/2017, 5:50:07 PM

New Fire: The Goat Fire was reported on August 20th. The fire is located in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage and is approximately 47 acres in size. A management for ecological benefits strategy is being used for this wildfire.

Goat Fire Map for August 25, 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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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

Current as of 8/27/2017, 12:15:33 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 100
Size 476 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Bearskin Fire continues to grow northeast of Deadwood Reservoir

BOISE, Idaho, August 27, 2017 — The Bearskin Fire, burning in lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir, has grown to 476 acres and is moving east toward National Forest System road 563 and slowly backing to the west. A hundred personnel are fighting the fire.

Firefighters are successfully meeting management goals by continuing to remove roadside vegetation along National Forest System (NFS) roads 579 and 591, the Deer Flat Campground and around and Idaho Power weather station. The Deer Flat Campground south of NFS road 579 has been closed for public safety. Old fire scars to the east and south of the fire are slowing the fire’s progress.

Weather conditions continue to be warm and dry with maximum temperature ranging from 73 to 86 degrees. Temperatures are expected to increase. Wind speeds are light and less than 8 mph. Thunderstorms with little moisture are forecast for Tuesday.

The fire is actively burning through dead and down fuel along with tree torching and short crown runs through flammable forested stands. Full suppression strategies of confine and point protection tactics continue to be used to address concerns for firefighter safety and the lack of available resources.

Confinement strategies restrict the wildfire within determined boundaries with a combination of direct and indirect actions applied. Point protection is a response strategy to protect specific assets or highly valued resources.

With limited resources and Incident Management Teams (IMTs) committed to large fires across the west, a small National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team is arriving in Boise, Idaho, Aug. 29 to assist the forest’s Type 3 IMT with developing a longer-term strategy to suppress the fire burning in bug kill and snags. NIMO teams increase capacity in the same manner as IMTs and provide additional support in planning, decision processes and efficient and effective agency support.

8-25-2017 Bearskin Fire Topo Map

Bearskin Fire Closure
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5536/39079/

8-25-2017 Bearskin Fire landscape photo

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

News Release August 26, 2017 6 p.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709

Start Date: 8/25/2017 at 12:30 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: West of Menan Butte and north of Deer Park, 12 miles west of Rexburg, Idaho on BLM
Cause: Human, under investigation
Fire Size: 14,709 acres
Percent Contained: 30% contained, estimated containment August 28, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Structures Threatened: Structures are threatened near Hamer and county resources are providing structure protection.

Fuels and Terrain: Grass and brush

Fire Behavior: Fire behavior picked up, as expected this afternoon, pushing the fire farther to the west.

Fire Crews/Resources: 20 engines, 5 dozers, 3 water tenders, and the Sawtooth Hotshots (107 firefighters). 10 single air tankers, 2 heavy air tankers, and 1 very large air tanker having been lining the fire with retardant through the day.

Evacuations: No evacuations at this time, contact the county for evacuation information.

Closures: The gun range, Unified Sportsmen’s Club, off of Hwy 33 and west of Menan Butte remains closed to the public, it is being used by firefighters as the incident command post.

Summary: Fire activity picked up this afternoon and the fire made a push of 500 acres to the west. There are structures approximately 1 mile from the fire and county firefighters are providing structure protection. Multiple air resources worked to slow the fire this afternoon. Firefighters did make good progress on the other flanks of the fire and are now estimating full containment for August 28. Firefighters will continue to fight the fire through the night.

For breaking fire information, follow @BLMIdahoFire on Twitter and search for #BLMIFDFire for posts specifically related to eastern Idaho. For additional wildfire updates visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com. One less spark means one less Idaho wildfire.
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Deer Park fire

Madison County in the Plano area

UPDATE: Madison County Sheriff’s Office lifts evacuations near Plano, Deer Park fire grows

The fire is reported to be human caused

Aug 26, 2017 Local News 8

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UPDATE: Evacuations nears Grace lifted, small wildfire under control

Several agencies are fighting the fire

Chris Oswalt Local News 8 – Aug 26, 2017


Fire burns west of Grace. Photo courtesy: Jessica Avila

Grace, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – UPDATE 7:48 p.m.: A 50-acre fire burning west of Grace is under control and officials said they expect to have containment by 8 p.m. Saturday.

The fire was started by a homeowner doing work with a grinder, starting a field on fire. Several homes on River Road were evacuated, but residents have been allowed to return.

A shed and several vehicles and ATV’s were destroyed by the fire.

No one was hurt.

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Tappan Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/27/2017, 8:04:51 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 8/27/2017, 8:26:41 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 54
Size 7,842 Acres

The lightning caused Ibex Fire is located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District. There are 54 personnel and one helicopter assigned to the fire. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols.

Fire size is approximately 7,842 acres. Weather will be warmer and drier today. Fire activity increased yesterday. Fire managers anticipate smoke will continue to filter into Challis as the fire burns in Trapper Creek towards the wilderness boundary. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, Ibex, and Trapper Creeks. The fire has been most active in Trapper Creek.

The Emergency Trail and Road Closure has been expanded, which is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Ibex Fire. Closure information and a map can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/38955/

Ibex Fire 08/26/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – August 26

Kamiah, Idaho (August 26, 2017) – Fire season on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is far from over. Patrols are keeping eyes open for new fires from Thursday’s storms. Well over 100 lightning strikes were detected across the forest, yet only a handful of fires have been reported to date. Forecasted hot and critically dry weather will quickly dry fuels, making them more receptive to ignition. An inversion is likely to hold smoke across the region from neighboring fires in California, Oregon and Washington.

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
Two additional fires were reported, staffed and contained at a .10 acre each on Friday: the Pondo fire and the Clark fire. The Kirkwood Corral fire is out, and the Alder fire near China Point is expected out today.

The Hanover fire (17,118 acres) is under the management of Dave Bales’ Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team. Information for the Hanover fire can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/, at (208) 839-9974, or on Facebook.

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

Moose Creek Ranger District
The Falls fire (29 acres) received some rain Thursday evening which is helping to hold down fire activity. The fire remains within containment lines. It is expected to be a long-duration fire.

Fires in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness have demonstrated minimal activity over the past several days; however, activity is expected to increase somewhat with the coming hot and dry weather. Significant wilderness fires include: Chute Creek fire (2,425 acres), Moose Creek 1 fire (12,817 acres), Lone Pine fire (6,570 acres), Pettibone fire (307 acres), Mink Peak fire (817 acres), Buck Lake fire (approx. 412 acres), and Tony fire (approx. 210 acres).
These wilderness fires are being monitored by air when conditions allow. 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.
Trail closures remain in effect for the safety and protection of the public.
For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Moose Creek Ranger District, please call (208) 926-4258.

Red River Ranger District
Two new fires were detected Friday burning in heavy timber. The Bat fire (1.5 acre), 1.5 miles east of Big Mallard Creek Trailhead, is staffed with seven smoke jumpers and a 20-person crew is hiking to the fire. The Duck fire (.75 acre), 2.5 miles east of Churchill Mountain, is staffed and more firefighters will be delivered by helicopter. Ground resources will be assisted in suppression efforts with helicopter water drops.

The Bison fire (.1 acre), 1.5 mile southeast of Elk Summit Lookout, is controlled. The Table fire (.1 acre) is out. The Elk fire (.2 acres) and Deer fire (.1 acre), both one mile southwest of Granite Peak, are staffed by helicopter rappellers.

Fires in the wilderness have shown only minimal activity over the past several days; however, that activity is expected to increase with the predicted very hot and dry weather in the forecast. Significant wilderness fires include: the Patrol Ridge fire (251 acres), 4.5 miles east of Windy Saddle; the Plummer fire (estimated 200 acres), east of the Hanover fire; the Rattlesnake Point fire (4,626 acres) between Rattlesnake Creek and Sabe Creek on the Salmon River; and the Bleak fire (182 acres) north of Sheep Hill Lookout.

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.

North Fork Ranger District
An area closure on the Lolo National Forest to the east may impact Forest Road #250 from Montana. Hoodoo Pass is accessible via Cedar Creek and Freezeout Road (high clearance vehicles recommended and no trailers). For information about the closure and the Sunrise fire, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5379/#. For more information, call the North Fork Ranger District at (208) 476-4541.

For fire information on 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 8/27/2017, 8:17:29 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 Dave Bales, Type 2 Southwest Area IMT 4
Total Personnel 299
Size 17,356 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 73%

Hot, dry temperatures increase fire activity
August 27, 2017 Daily Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/39133/

Hanover Fire Vicinity Map-Aug 27

Hanover Fire Progression Map-Aug 27

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/27/2017, 1:52:43 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 2,429 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Chute Creek Fire Update – Aug 27
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5515/39178/

Aug 27 – Chute Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_27-14.59.43.552-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 8/25/2017, 1:48:39 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 4,626 Acres

Fire activity in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness was minimal Thursday and on the Rattlesnake Point fire (4,626 acres) between Rattlesnake Creek and Sabe Creek on the Salmon River.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/25/2017, 1:36:20 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 6,570 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.

The Lone Pine fire grew minimally along Weasel Creek. It is within a quarter mile of the Mink Creek fire.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/27/2017, 1:44:02 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Kelvin Thompson, ICT3 Jodi Stone, ICT3(t)
Total Personnel 2
Size 5,318 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 27
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/39176/

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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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/27/2017, 2:05:47 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 13,536 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 27 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/39179/

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

August 27, 2017

The majority of the fire activity continues in Montana and Oregon. A total of 55 large fires have burned nearly 600,000 acres. Eight new large fires were reported and two wer contained.

Weather: High pressure over the West will keep hot and dry conditions in place.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (5)
Idaho (6)
Montana (23)
Nevada (1)
Oregon (12)
Utah (1)
Washington (6)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Updated Fire Report 8/25/2017

Local Conditions: The smoke is not so bad this morning, but we still have yellow air quality. Yesterday we had a rain shower for about 30 minutes, but only 0.04″ in the gauge. The high was 84 degrees, and the low this morning 44 degrees.

Yellow Pine Forecast:

Today Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. West southwest wind 5 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight Areas of smoke. Clear, with a low around 50. West northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Saturday Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night Areas of smoke. Clear, with a low around 51. West northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunday Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night Areas of smoke. Clear, with a low around 53.

Monday Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 90.
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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 24 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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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 8/25/2017, 8:34:49 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 26,204 Acres

Highline Fire Facts – August 25, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/38963/

Highline Fire Infrared Map for August 25, 2017

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

8/25/2017

New Fire: The Goat Fire was reported on August 20th. The fire is located in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage and is approximately 44 acres in size. A management for ecological benefits strategy is being used for this wildfire.

Goat Fire Map for August 25, 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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Bearskin Fire

Boise National Forest

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Current as of 8/25/2017, 1:35:28 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 51
Size 101 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Fire crews have responded to a new fire approximately 21 miles northeast of Lowman, Idaho. The 93-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.

Fire officials are using a confine and point protection strategy addressing concerns for firefighter safety and the lack of resources already committed to large fires, many of which are threatening communities. Nationally wildfire preparedness is at level 5.

Confinement strategies restrict the wildfire within determined boundaries with a combination of direct and indirect actions applied. Point protection is a response strategy to protect specific assets or highly valued resources. “This fire has the potential to burn hot and move quickly,” said Mike Feiger, Acting Lowman District Ranger. “We want to keep firefighters safe and use the right tools to manage this wildfire.” The lightning caused fire is not threatening any structures.

The fire is within close proximity to the 2016 Pioneer and Rough 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. For specific Information about Closure Order 0402-05-67, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

8/25 Bearskin Map

Click to access 8-25-2017%2B04020567_BearskinFire-%2BMAP.pdf

Bearskin Fire Closure Order

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/25/2017, 9:36:04 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human And Is Currently Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location On the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Incident Description Fire Is Located East Of The Middle Fork Of The Salmon River In Steep, Rocky, And Inaccessible Terrain.
Total Personnel 1
Size 1,650 Acres

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/25/2017, 9:36:17 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 53
Size 7,800 Acres

The lightning caused Ibex Fire is located eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District. There are 53 personnel and one helicopter assigned to the fire. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols.

Ibex Fire August 23, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/38844/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/24/2017, 9:01:41 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 299
Size 17,003 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 49%

Hanover Fire News Release August 25, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/38948/

Hanover Fire Map 08/25/17

Burnout behind the Wind River Bridge 08/23/17

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/24/2017, 2:04:15 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 2,419 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Chute Creek Fire Update – Aug 24
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5515/38912/

Aug 24 – Chute Creek Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_24-15.07.37.527-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 8/24/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Location Near Mink Peak
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 772 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Aug 24
The Mink Peak fire continues to show very minimal growth on all sides. The Lone Pine fire to the north is now one quarter mile from the Mink Peak fire.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of Aug 24
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 4,626 Acres

The Rattlesnake Point fire is located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the north side of the Salmon River between Rattlesnake Creek and Nixon Creek. Monitoring of this fire by personnel on the ground, via air and jet boat will be ongoing.

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – Aug 24
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/38911/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/24/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Below Lone Pine Point in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
Incident Commander Caleb Finch, Type 3 IC
Size 6,570 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 24
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/38908/

Aug 24 – Lone Pine Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_24-14.47.23.989-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/24/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Stony Nelson, IC3
Total Personnel 2
Size 4,754 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 24
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/38906/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/24/2017, 1:40:41 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 Mike Blinn, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 12
Size 12,817 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 24 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/38910/

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

Grassy Hill Fire, located 3 miles south of Three Creek School, is currently estimated at 8,200 acres. Five engines,and one water tender are currently working the blaze.

Due to passing thunderstorms, the fire experienced a break out yesterday afternoon, adding additional acres. Resources worked quickly to contain the break out, and remain on scene improving containment lines and mopping up hot spots.

Estimated containment is set for this evening (8/25/17) at 8 p.m.

Diamond A Fire, located south of Murphy Hot Springs, is fully contained at 6,670 acres. Previous acres reported at only 1,000 acres, due to an error in the mapping system.

Three engines and one dozer remain on scene, mopping up hotspots and monitoring. Control is set for tomorrow evening (8/26/17) at 8 p.m.

(via Facebook)
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National Interagency Fire Center

August 25, 2017

Large fire activity continues in most western states where 62 fires have burned more than 653,442 acres. Firefighters are making progress toward management goals and contained eight large fires yesterday.

States currently reporting large fires:

Alaska (1)
California (8)
Idaho (7)
Montana (17)
Nevada (4)
New Mexico (1)
Oregon (12)
Utah (3)
Washington (8)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update 8/23/2017

Red Flag Warning in effect August 23, 3pm to August 24, 3am

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
903 AM MDT Wed Aug 23 2017

.An approaching Pacific cold front will combine with an influx of
mid-level moisture from Nevada to generate isolated-to-scattered
thunderstorms this afternoon through late tonight. Wetting rains
are possible directly under the storm cores. Outflow winds to 45
mph are likely.

Northern Boise BLM-Western Payette National Forest-
Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
Owyhee Mountains-Southern Highlands-Burns BLM-Vale BLM-
Baker Valley-
903 AM MDT Wed Aug 23 2017 /803 AM PDT Wed Aug 23 2017/

...RED FLAG WARNING FOR LIGHTNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM MDT
/2 PM PDT/ THIS AFTERNOON TO 3 AM MDT /2 AM PDT/ THURSDAY...

* THUNDERSTORMS...Scattered in coverage this afternoon through
  late tonight.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Up to 45 mph.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Local Conditions: It is smoky in Yellow Pine again. The high yesterday was 91 degrees, very dry and some afternoon breezes. The overnight low was 45 degrees. Smoky sunrise this morning, painting the trunks of the ponderosa pines red. Yellow air quality.
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Prohibit the the following:

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

* Personal charcoal grill

* Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials
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McCall Air Quality
https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=669
Aug 22 Air Quaily Map

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

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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 8/23/2017, 8:33:17 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 71
Size 24,334 Acres

Highline Fire Facts – August 22, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/38718/

Highline Fire Infrared Map for Aug 23, 2017

Highline Fire 08/23/17

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

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

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

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

Jackson Bar Fire, August 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/23/2017, 8:53:47 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.

Satellite Image of Area Smoke 8/18/2017

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/23/2017, 8:53:56 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 40
Size 6,200 Acres

The lightning caused Ibex Fire is located eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District. There are 40 personnel and one helicopter assigned to the fire. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols.

Fire size is approximately 6,200 acres. Fire activity has been increasing in the late afternoon, early evening on all sides of the fire and smoke will continue to filter into Challis. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, Ibex, and Trapper Creeks. The fire remains most active in Cottonwood Canyon and Rush Creek.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/22/2017, 9:23:34 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 324
Size 16,404 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 49%

Hanover Fire News Release August 22, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/38706/

Hanover Fire Progression Map Aug 22

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/22/2017, 11:30:24 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 2,162 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Chute Creek Fire Update – Aug 22
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5515/38726/

Aug 22 – Chute Creek Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_22-12.33.52.152-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 8/16/2017, 2:30:11 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Location Near Mink Peak
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 772 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.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of Aug 22
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 4,626 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – Aug 22
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/38731/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/22/2017, 2:19:34 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 Caleb Finch, Type 3 IC
Size 6,385 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 22
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/38750/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/22/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Stony Nelson, IC3
Total Personnel 2
Size 4,754 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 22
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/38751/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/22/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident Commander Mike Blinn, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 12
Size 12,335 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 22 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/38749/

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

August 23, 2017

Firefighters are making progress on the 42 large fires burning in eight western states and Louisiana.. More than 18,600 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildfires. Managers are preparing for predicted weather conditions across the West.

Weather: Scattered thunderstorms will form across much of the West from Oregon and the Sierras, across the Great Basin, and to the central and southern Rockies. Most storms will produce some rainfall but amounts will vary with most being light.

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Weather Watch Aug 23, 3pm to Aug 24, 3am

Fire Weather Watch

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
309 PM MDT Mon Aug 21 2017

...POTENTIAL FOR SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WEDNESDAY & WEDNESDAY
NIGHT...

.An approaching Pacific cold front will combine with an influx of
mid-level moisture from Nevada to generate isolated-to-scattered
thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night.
Storms will be capable of producing up to 0.60 inches of rainfall
under storm cores.

Northern Boise BLM-Western Payette National Forest-
Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
Owyhee Mountains-Southern Highlands-Burns BLM-Vale BLM-
Baker Valley-
309 PM MDT Mon Aug 21 2017 /209 PM PDT Mon Aug 21 2017/

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR LIGHTNING IN EFFECT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 400, 401, 402,
403, 421, 423, 426, 636, 637 AND 646...

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Fire Weather
Watch, which is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through late
Wednesday night.

* THUNDERSTORMS...Potentially scattered in coverage Wednesday
  afternoon through late Wednesday night.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Up to 45 mph.

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.

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Light and variable wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southeast wind around 6 mph.

Thursday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. South southwest wind 5 to 13 mph.

Thursday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

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Fire Update 8/20/2017

Local Conditions: Air quality in Yellow Pine has been pretty good, but we are starting to get some haze in the morning and evening again. The high Saturday was 87 degrees, mostly clear and afternoon breezes. The low Sunday morning 41 degrees. It is very dry in the forest.
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Prohibit the the following:

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

* Personal charcoal grill

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

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

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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

Current as of 8/20/2017, 9:15:51 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 54
Size 18,393 Acres

The Highline Fire, started by lightning on July 28 at approximately 7:00 p.m. is currently at 18,393 acres this morning determined from last night’s infrared flight. The fire is burning on the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, entirely within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, approximately four miles north of Chamberlain Basin. The Payette National Forest has selected a monitor/point protection fire management strategy as the fire is burning within the wilderness, started naturally by lightning and burning in the right place, at the right time with the right resources. This approach allows the Highline Fire to play its natural ecological role in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to the greatest extent possible while protecting the known values at risk and providing for firefighter and public safety.

A National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team took over command of the fire on August 17th. The NIMO Team will relieve local fire mangers so they can be prepared for future fire activities on the Payette National Forest. The NIMO Team will also develop and prepare a Strategic Long-Term Plan for the Highline Fire that identifies Management Action Points that triggers protection actions for the values at risk within the wilderness area. Management Action Points are geographic points on the ground that are defined and the management action to be taken are clearly described. Timely implementation of the actions when the fire reaches the action point is generally critical to successful accomplishment of the fire management objectives. For more information about NIMO, please visit this link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/nimo.

Current Situation: The Highline Fire was very active yesterday, mostly due to a northwesterly flow, hot and dry temperatures, and gusty winds. Yesterday the fire spread to the south crossing McCalla Creek just east of Moose Meadow Point. On the east flank, the fire was backing down into the upper end of Deer Creek at the forks, but still west of Skull Creek confluence with Chamberlain Creek. On the west flank,, the finger of fire to the westside of West Fork Chamberlain and the fire north of Stonebraker Ranch joined together at Game Creek where there is a continuous flank of backing fire that is steadily burning to the west. There was no discernable activity or spread on the northern third half of the fire area. The majority of burnout operations to protect structures around the Chamberlain Guard Station has been completed. Firefighters and equipment are also being inserted into Root Ranch today to evaluate structure protection and initiate point protection measures to protect the values at risk. Some resources that have been spike-out at Chamberlain Guard Station are being removed today, as they have exceeded their days on assignment and the work there to protect the values at risk is nearing completion. However, the area will continue to be patrolled and monitored by firefighters that remain on scene who will continue to mop up any remaining hot spots.

Vegetation and Terrain: Majority of the Highline Fire is burning within old fire scars from 2000. Fuels consist of stringers of mature mixed conifers at mid-elevations, stands of subalpine fir at higher elevations and areas of heavy dead and down logs with regeneration, grass and brush. Terrain is steep, inaccessible in many locations and remote.

Closures: The Chamberlain Airstrip remains CLOSED due to fire activity. A Forest Area Closure Order is also in effect for the entire Highline Fire area. Please visit the following link for Highline Fire area closure information.

Fire Management Strategy: The Payette National Forest has selected a monitor/point protection fire management strategy as the fire is burning within the wilderness, started naturally by lightning and burning in the right place, at the right time, with the right resources. This approach allows the Highline Fire to play its natural ecological role in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to the greatest extent possible while protecting the known values at risk. Suppression actions will be taken where lightning-caused fires pose serious threats to life and/or property within wilderness or to life, property or natural resources outside of wilderness. Monitoring and point protection will continue to be the course of action and point protection will be implemented for values at risk should they become threatened.

Fire Resources Assigned: Fire crews are on scene include the Hells Canyon Wildland Fire Module (10 personnel) and the Snake River Interagency Hotshot crew (14 personnel). Both crews and miscellaneous overhead are spiked-out (24-hours on-scene because of the remote nature of the fire location in the wilderness) at the Chamberlain Guard Station, Stonebraker Ranch and Root Ranch. Crews are conducting burnout operations and point protection at these administrative sites in order to protect the Chamberlain Airstrip, Chamberlain Guard Station, Stonebraker Ranch, and Root Ranch structures and facilities. In addition to these crews, there is also fire leadership and a paramedic with the two crews. Crews are being supported (food, water, equipment, supplies) with a Type 3 helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.

Structures Threatened – Values at Risk: Chamberlain Guard Station, State of Idaho Fish and Game facilities at Stonebraker Ranch, Root Ranch, Arctic Point Lookout, Cold Meadows Guard Station, and heritage and natural resource values within the Wilderness. No buildings or structures have been destroyed or damaged by the fire. Point protection at Chamberlain Guard Station and Stonebraker Ranch has been successful thus far in safe guarding and protecting structures and will continue to be the strategy for protecting values at risk. Historic structures at Stonebraker Ranch, a State of Idaho Fish and Game administrative site under Forest Service protection, includes one residence, three cabins, one bath house, four sheds, one historic barn and an airstrip. Historic structures at Chamberlain Guard Station includes seven cabins, four outbuildings and a public airstrip. Root Ranch is a private inholding with 12 structures including the main cabin, sleeping quarters, and cookhouse building, along with various outbuildings.

Fire Restrictions: The Payette National Forest is under STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Click this link for designated sites where campfires are allowed. If a site is not signed as being a designated site, then campfires are not allowed at that site.

Highline Fire burning on the west flank Posted on: 08/20/17

Highline Fire Facts for August 19, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/38515/

Highline Fire History Topo Map Posted on: 08/19/17

Highline Fire Infrared Map for August 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

Jackson Bar Fire, August 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/20/2017, 9:02:12 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human And Is Currently Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location On the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Incident Description Fire Is Located East Of The Middle Fork Of The Salmon River In Steep, Rocky, And Inaccessible Terrain.
Total Personnel 1
Size 1,650 Acres

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/20/2017, 9:02:35 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 20
Size 5,700 Acres

Ibex Fire August 18, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/38430/

Ibex Fire Infared Heat Map 08/19/17

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/20/2017, 8:57:01 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 Dave Bales, Type 2 Southwest Area IMT 4
Total Personnel 311
Size 15,103 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 44%

The active portion of the Hanover Fire has moved past the end of the Salmon River Road at Vinegar Creek.

Hanover Fire News Release Aug 20, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5459/38550/

Hanover Fire Vicinity Map Aug 19

Smoke rises up from the Hanover Fire near Halls Gulch drainage 08/18/17

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/19/2017, 1:43:11 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 1,777 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 02nd, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Chute Creek Fire Update – Aug 19
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5515/38504/

Aug 19 – Chute Creek Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_19-18.42.55.185-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 8/16/2017, 2:30:11 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 03:00 PM
Location Near Mink Peak
Incident Commander Tim Schaeffer, Type 4 IC
Size 772 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.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/18/2017, 1:08:20 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 4,407 Acres

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – August 19
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/38506/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/19/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 05:45 PM
Location Below Lone Pine Point in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness
Incident Commander Caleb Finch, Type 3 IC
Size 5,967 Acres

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 19
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5456/38508/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/19/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Stony Nelson, IC3
Total Personnel 2
Size 4,624 Acres

Hidden Fire Update – August 19
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5446/38509/

Aug 19 – Looking NE from vicinity of Hidden Lake

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/19/2017
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightening/natural
Date of Origin Friday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
Location Southeast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident Commander Mike Blinn, Type 3 IC
Total Personnel 12
Size 10,393 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Aug 19 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5405/38507/

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/19/2017, 8:31:44 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Incident Description Located Approximately 17 Miles Southeast Of Avery, Idaho
Total Personnel 39
Size 132 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

August 19, 2017- Buck Fire Update FINAL
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5493/38451/

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

August 20, 2017

Significant acreage gains were reported on large fires in Oregon, Montana, Idaho and California. Extreme fire behavior caused the Chetco Bar fire in Oregon to burn an additional 12,000 acres. The Lolo Peak fire in Montana was also very active and gained more than 9,000 acres. Nationally, 44 large fires have burned more than 400,000 acres in eight states.

Tomorrow is the solar eclipse. The biggest concern right now is that we already have a lot of uncontained large fires and a significant number of firefighters, engines, aircraft, and other fire suppression assets committed. We expect above average significant fire potential to continue throughout much of the west.

Due to the high numbers of people expected to visit public lands to see the eclipse, we are concerned about the potential for an uptick in human caused fires.

We really need your help to prevent human-caused fires. Please check conditions in the areas you are planning to visit before you go, observe all closures and restrictions that are in place, and take steps to prevent human caused fires.

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update 8/18/2017

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

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Prohibit the the following:

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

* Personal charcoal grill

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

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

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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highline Fire Infrared Map for Aug 18, 2017

Stonebraker Ranch protected from Highline Fire 08/17/17

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

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

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

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

Jackson Bar Fire, August 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

Aug 16 – Rattlesnake Point Fire IR Map

Click to access 2017_08_16-15.43.14.623-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

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

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

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

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

August 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Highline Fire

Payette National Forest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highline Fire Area Closure Map 08/13/17

Point protection at Stonebraker Ranch 08/14/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Aug 16 – Aerial view of Chute Creek fire

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

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

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

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

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

August 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See map of wilderness fires in the map section.

Click to access 2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

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

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

Highline Fire map, August 12, 2017

Click to access 2017_08_12-15.06.29.096-CDT.pdf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

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

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

Current status by district:

Salmon River Ranger District

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

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

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District

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

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

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

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

Moose Creek Ranger District

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

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

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

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

Red River Ranger District

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

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

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

North Fork Ranger District

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

Fire Progression Map August 13, 2017

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

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

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

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

August 12- Buck Fire Perimeter

Click to access 2017_08_12-18.47.23.358-CDT.pdf

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

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

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

Idaho Falls District

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

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

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

August 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

Aug 10 air quality map

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

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

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

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

See map of wilderness fires in the map section.

Click to access 2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

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

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

Highline Fire Map August 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

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

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

Idaho Falls District

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

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

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

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