Category Archives: Fire Updates 2017

Updated Fire Reports 8/9/2017

Update: Hanover Fire near Riggins continues to grow

KTVB August 09, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Afternoon thunderstorms and smoke

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

BOISE, Idaho – August 7, 2017

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

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

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

* Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley and Washington counties

* Within Washington County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Mann Creek Reservoir

* Within Valley County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade

* Within Elmore and Boise counties, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch reservoirs

For a map of the Treasure Valley and West Central Mountain Zones, visit:
Idaho Fire Information http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See map of wilderness fires in the map section.

Click to access 2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

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

Highline Fire Perimeter, Agust 9, 2017

Click to access 2017_08_09-14.56.21.863-CDT.pdf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

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

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

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

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

Idaho Falls District

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

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

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

by KBOI web staff Tuesday, August 8th 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOISE, Idaho – August 7, 2017

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

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

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

* Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley and Washington counties

* Within Washington County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Mann Creek Reservoir

* Within Valley County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade

* Within Elmore and Boise counties, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch reservoirs

For a map of the Treasure Valley and West Central Mountain Zones, visit:
Idaho Fire Information http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Krassel airstrip remained closed for a few more days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See map of wilderness fires in the map section.

Click to access 2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

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

Chamberlain Airstrip Closed due the Approaching Highline Fire

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

Highline Fire Map August 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

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

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

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

Ibex Fire August 6, 2017 Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

Hanover Fire Daily Update August 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

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

Rattlesnake Point Fire Update – Aug 7

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

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

Lone Pine Fire Update – August 7

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

Hidden Fire Update – August 6

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

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

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

Aug 7 – Moose Creek 1 Fire Update

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

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

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

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

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

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

Idaho Falls District

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

Powerline Fire Update – August 7, 2017 – morning update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire Map August 7

Photo 08/07

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

Idaho Falls District

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

Lava Flow Fire Update 8/5

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

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

Twin Falls District BLM

August 7, 2017

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

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

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

Twin Falls District BLM

August 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

BOISE, Idaho – August 7, 2017

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

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

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

* Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley and Washington counties

* Within Washington County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Mann Creek Reservoir

* Within Valley County, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Lake Cascade

* Within Elmore and Boise counties, all Bureau of Reclamation lands surrounding Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch reservoirs

For a map of the Treasure Valley and West Central Mountain Zones, visit:
Idaho Fire Information http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

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

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

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

http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html
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Fire Update 8/5/2017

Fire info: 208.634.0820

Note: This will be the last daily fire update unless something changes.


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Access to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. The South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. Watch out for fire traffic on the South Fork and EFSF Roads from Krassel to YP and from YP on the Stibnite Road to the turn off to Profile Creek Road.

Profile road is open, but vehicles may be held by road guards if truck traffic is on the road.
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 94 degrees, haze of smoke all day. Overnight low of 46 degrees and smoky (fat orange moon.) Clear sky this morning with a moderate haze of smoke and poor air quality. (McCall station showed “Red AQH” 155 at 8am.)
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US National Weather Service Boise Idaho

GOES 16 Non-Operational imagery continues to show smoke from area fires, and smoke moving southeast out of British Columbia, across the Pac NW. A large elevated smoke layer is clearly visible across northern Washington – extending south across the eastern part of the state in the lee of the mountains. Smoke will continue to be a problem through the weekend.

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Missouri Fire

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

Start Date: July 15
Incident Commander Eddie Taylor/Trent Vouderheight
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 32
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

Missouri Fire Update August 5, 2017

This will be the final Missouri Fire update unless fire development occurs.

Yellow Pine is OPEN, and the Harmonica Festival which begins today, is not expected to be impacted by fire activities. The Warren-Profile Gap Road is open.

Wood hauling by the Forest Service on the Profile Gap Road will be suspended until further notice to allow free flowing weekend traffic for Harmonica Fest. Please use caution as there is still fire related traffic on the Profile Road.

There has been little, to no growth on the fire in the past few days and the fire remains at 1,277 acres. Firefighters have continued to monitor, build and strengthen containment lines while providing for firefighter safety.

While growth has stalled and the fire is not fully contained, there has been minimal fire activity, mainly in interior portions of the fire where occasional torching of isolated trees has been observed. Fire continues to smolder in heavy down fuels within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

Hot and very dry conditions with increasing northwest winds will continue through the next few days over the fire area. Although there are no current fire restrictions, extreme caution is recommended and all open fires should be completely extinguished upon leaving the area. The fire danger rating is High (Yellow)—Wildfires are likely. Fires in heavy, continuous fuel such as mature grassland, weed fields and forest litter, will be difficult to control under windy conditions. Control through direct attack may be difficult but possible and mop-up will be required. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Gap Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek in the Big Creek area are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb.

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. For more information on this and other fires throughout the nation visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.

Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25 (no growth)

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

The Fire Camp is at Krassel.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/
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Pueblo Fire

August 3, 2017

Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District
Contact Fire Information at 208-634-0820

Start Date: July 30
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 40
Size 20 Acres

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. Minimal fire activity was noted on the fire yesterday afternoon and overnight, but interior hot spots exist. Fire crews are actively working the spots and securing the fire lines. Some resources will demob from this fire today and containment is expected in the near future. 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 is being used on this wildfire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area. The wildfire was reported by Sheepeater fire lookout at 2:30p.m. on July 30th. Fire managers immediately responded with smokejumpers, helicopter water drops and the use of Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) with fire retardant.

Photo is from last Sunday afternoon,

Recreational Activities

Regarding recreational activities in the wilderness, Forest visitors are advised to seek up to date fire information prior to entering the area. There are numerous other recreation sites and entries into the Frank Church River of No River Wilderness Area that do not have wildfire activity in the immediate area. Recreationists are advised to Know Before You Go!

Closures: The Warren-Profile Gap road is open from Warren to Yellow Pine.
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Highline Fire

August 3, 2017

Payette National Forest

Start Date: July 28, 2017
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 1200

This wildfire is located in the wilderness 8 miles south of the Salmon River and 5 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin. A management for natural resources benefit strategy is being used on this wildfire. There are no values at risk associated with this fire at this time. The fire actively burned yesterday afternoon and nearly doubled in size. Spread of this fire is to the south and southeast – away from the Salmon River.

Evacuation Status: No evacuations have been order by the Valley County Sheriff for this wildfire.

Closures: An area closure is in effect for the area surrounding the Highline Fire. Know Before You Go!
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/3/2017, 5:03:45 PM

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

Highline Fire: (1,200 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 29. Located 8 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 4 miles northeast of Sheepeater Fire Lookout. Very active fire behavior observed August 3rd. Very active fire growth is expected over the next week. A CLOSURE ORDER IS IN EFFECT FOR THIS FIRE 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.

Information on the Pueblo Fire: This fire is not within the wilderness and does 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. Minimal fire activity was noted on the fire yesterday afternoon and overnight, but interior hot spots exist. Fire crews are actively working the spots and securing the fire lines. Some resources will demob from this fire today and containment is expected in the near future. 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 is being used on the Pueblo Fire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area. The wildfire was reported by Sheepeater fire lookout at 2:30p.m.

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

Eastzone Wildnerness Wildires, August 1 (PDF)

Click to access 2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/4/2017, 9:18:20 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human And Is Currently Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location On the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Incident Description Fire Is Located East Of The Middle Fork Of The Salmon River In Steep, Rocky, And Inaccessible Terrain.
Total Personnel 24
Size 1,154 Acres

Tappan Fire August 4, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/37464/

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/4/2017, 9:19:50 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Dan Bartel
Total Personnel 26
Size 3,696 Acres

Ibex Fire August 4, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5426/37462/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/4/2017, 10:38:00 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 Baxter IC3 / J Moore IC3 Trainee
Total Personnel 36
Size 2,799 Acres

The Hanover fire is located in the Gospel Hump Wilderness five miles southwest of Square Mountain Historical Lookout.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/1/2017, 12:33:12 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural

Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 1,300 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 Deer Creek. Monitoring of this fire by personnel on the ground, via air and jet boat will be ongoing. The fire is being managed for long-term resource benefits using a point protection strategy.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/4/2017, 6:03:01 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 Type 4 IC
Size 2,626 Acres

The Lone Pine fire started July 14 below Lone Pine Point, a very remote area in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. Also in the vicinity is the Mink Peak fire which is expected to merge with the Lone Pine fire. These fires are being managed for long-term resource benefit. Smoke will be obvious along the Selway River corridor.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/2/2017, 1:18:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Brandon Cichowski, Powell RD
Total Personnel 1
Size 728 Acres

The Hidden fire is on Hidden Ridge, 7 miles northeast of the Elk Summit Guard Station and in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, and is being managed as a long-term incident for resource benefit.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/2/2017, 1:00:31 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 4,098 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

The fire is being managed for resource benefits.

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/4/2017, 8:54:17 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Size 693 Acres

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

Idaho Falls District

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

Lava Flow Fire Update 8/5

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

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

Mammoth Fire forces evacuations north of Shoshone; homes, gas pipeline and power poles in fire’s path


(BLM)

SHOSHONE — Evacuation orders are in place for some residents north of Shoshone as a fire rages on the east side of Highway 75.

The Mammoth Fire was called in around 2:30 p.m. Friday about seven miles north of Shoshone. Residents along the Burmah and Cottonwood Slough roads are being evacuated, and are encouraged to head to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Shoshone.

“It’s approximately 4,000 acres and running,” Bureau of Land Management Twin Falls District spokeswoman Kelsey Brizendine said.

Evacuations were ordered within two hours of the initial call. Homes, a gas pipeline and power poles are in the fire’s direct path as it burns east. It is wind-driven.

The cause of the fire is undetermined. As of 5:40 p.m., there were 14 engines, three dozers, one water tender and 13 aircraft on scene from Shoshone, Gooding and Richfield fire districts, the Sawtooth National Forest and the BLM.

There are no road closures at this point, but Brizendine urges drivers to be cautious around Highway 75 due to smoke.

“Use extreme caution in that area,” she said. “Take it easy. Slow down. Be careful.”

source:
http://magicvalley.com/news/local/mammoth-fire-forces-evacuations-north-of-shoshone-homes-gas-pipeline/article_d1f6091f-3526-50be-ba38-1158a8512f86.html
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National Interagency Fire Center

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update 8/4/2017

Fire info: 208.634.0820


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Access to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. The South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. Watch out for fire traffic on the South Fork and EFSF Roads from Krassel to YP and from YP on the Stibnite Road to the turn off to Profile Creek Road.

Profile road is open, but vehicles may be held by road guards if truck traffic is on the road.
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 96 degrees, haze of smoke all day. Overnight low of 47 degrees and light smoke (orange moon.) Clear sky this morning with a light haze of smoke.
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US National Weather Service Boise Idaho

Wildfire smoke is expected to continue into the foreseeable future across the Pacific NW & British Columbia. Credit: NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Idaho Montana Fires
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Note: No emails yet today as of 130pm on Missouri or Pueblo fires, so will go with what I find on InciWeb. – rrS

Missouri Fire

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

Start Date: July 15
Incident Commander Eddie Taylor/Trent Vouderheight
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 56
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

Missouri Fire Update August 4, 2017

Yellow Pine is OPEN, and the Harmonica Festival which begins today, is not expected to be impacted by fire activities. The Warren-Profile Gap Road is open.

Wood hauling by the Forest Service on the Profile Gap Road will be suspended until further notice to allow free flowing weekend traffic for Harmonica Fest. Please use caution as there is still fire related traffic on the Profile Road.

There has been little, to no growth on the fire in the past few days and the fire remains at 1,277 acres. Firefighters have continued to monitor, build and strengthen containment lines while providing for firefighter safety.

While growth has stalled and the fire is not fully contained, there has been minimal fire activity, mainly in interior portions of the fire where occasional torching of isolated trees has been observed. Fire continues to smolder in heavy down fuels within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

Hot and very dry conditions with increasing northwest winds will continue through the next few days over the fire area. Although there are no current fire restrictions, extreme caution is recommended and all open fires should be completely extinguished upon leaving the area. The fire danger rating is High (Yellow)—Wildfires are likely. Fires in heavy, continuous fuel such as mature grassland, weed fields and forest litter, will be difficult to control under windy conditions. Control through direct attack may be difficult but possible and mop-up will be required. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Gap Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek in the Big Creek area are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb.

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.

Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25 (no growth)

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

The Fire Camp is at Krassel.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/
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Pueblo Fire

August 3, 2017 (no update yet 8/4)

Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District
Contact Fire Information at 208-634-0820

Start Date: July 30
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 40
Size 20 Acres

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. Minimal fire activity was noted on the fire yesterday afternoon and overnight, but interior hot spots exist. Fire crews are actively working the spots and securing the fire lines. Some resources will demob from this fire today and containment is expected in the near future. 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 is being used on this wildfire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area. The wildfire was reported by Sheepeater fire lookout at 2:30p.m. on July 30th. Fire managers immediately responded with smokejumpers, helicopter water drops and the use of Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) with fire retardant.

Photo is from Sunday afternoon,

Recreational Activities

Regarding recreational activities in the wilderness, Forest visitors are advised to seek up to date fire information prior to entering the area. There are numerous other recreation sites and entries into the Frank Church River of No River Wilderness Area that do not have wildfire activity in the immediate area. Recreationists are advised to Know Before You Go!

Closures: The Warren-Profile Gap road is open from Warren to Yellow Pine.
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Highline Fire

August 3, 2017

Payette National Forest

Start Date: July 28, 2017
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 1200

This wildfire is located in the wilderness 8 miles south of the Salmon River and 5 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin. A management for natural resources benefit strategy is being used on this wildfire. There are no values at risk associated with this fire at this time. The fire actively burned yesterday afternoon and nearly doubled in size. Spread of this fire is to the south and southeast – away from the Salmon River.

Evacuation Status: No evacuations have been order by the Valley County Sheriff for this wildfire.

Closures: An area closure is in effect for the area surrounding the Highline Fire. Know Before You Go!
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/3/2017, 5:03:45 PM

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

Highline Fire: (1,200 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 29. Located 8 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 4 miles northeast of Sheepeater Fire Lookout. Very active fire behavior observed August 3rd. Very active fire growth is expected over the next week. A CLOSURE ORDER IS IN EFFECT FOR THIS FIRE 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.

Information on the Pueblo Fire: This fire is not within the wilderness and does 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. Minimal fire activity was noted on the fire yesterday afternoon and overnight, but interior hot spots exist. Fire crews are actively working the spots and securing the fire lines. Some resources will demob from this fire today and containment is expected in the near future. 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 is being used on the Pueblo Fire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area. The wildfire was reported by Sheepeater fire lookout at 2:30p.m.

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

Eastzone Wildnerness Wildires, August 1 (PDF)

Click to access 2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/4/2017, 9:18:20 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 14
Size 927 Acres

The Tappan Fire was detected at approximately 7:00 PM on August 1, 2017 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 in steep, rocky, and inaccessible terrain. The fire is approximately 927 acres burning in grass, brush, and scattered timber. Fire cause is human and is currently under investigation.

The fire is staffed with one (1) helicopter, 12 firefighters, two (2) resource advisors, and fire managers located in Salmon, Idaho. Firefighters observed minimal activity today with creeping and smoldering fire behavior.

An Emergency Trail Closure was implemented today, which is necessary to provide protection to forest visitors from the current fire safety hazards associated with the Tappan Fire.

The fire is being managed in the wilderness while providing for firefighter and public safety and protecting identified values at risk such as river camps, private property, and natural and cultural resources. A Type 3 Incident Commander has been assigned to the fire and is responsible for providing leadership, monitoring fire conditions and overseeing resource protection measures near river camps, private structures, and other resource values. Firefighter and public safety will remain, as always, a priority.

It is anticipated the Tappan Fire will temporarily impact the Middle Fork River camps. Local fire managers are coordinating with Middle Fork Ranger District River Staff and resource advisors to develop plans for redirecting Middle Fork River floaters to appropriate River camps, as necessary. Information will be distributed to Middle Fork floaters at strategic points along the River.

Weather outlook is continued hot and dry with predicted dry lightning and thunderstorms by beginning of next week.

Tappan Fire August 3, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/37396/

Tappan Fire Map August 3

Tappan Fire August 3

Tappan Fire Emergency Trail Closure
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/37397/

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/4/2017, 9:19:50 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 15
Size 2,800 Acres

Ibex Fire August 3, 2017 Update

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

Earlier this week, the fire grew as temperatures rose and relative humidity declined. Flights over the fire on Wednesday, August 2, confirmed the fire was burning in the head of McKee and Cottonwood Creeks and Ibex Creek. Estimated size of the fire is 2,800 acres.

Smoke from the Ibex Fire as well as smoke from fires in the region is impacting Challis and surrounding areas. Fire managers continue to expect growth on the Ibex Fire, as weather outlook is continued hot and dry with predicted dry lightning and thunderstorms by beginning of next week.

Ibex Fire from Twin Peaks Lookout August 2

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/4/2017, 10:38:00 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 Baxter IC3 / J Moore IC3 Trainee
Total Personnel 36
Size 2,799 Acres

The Hanover fire is burning in the Gospel Hump Wilderness, five miles southwest of Square Mountain Historical Lookout. The blaze was held in check by an inversion until about noon Wednesday, August 2. As the inversion lifted, fire activity gradually increased, but fire personnel were able to hold the fire line along the wilderness boundary on the southwest portion of the fire. Increased fire activity, including single-tree and group-tree torching, occurred north of Marten Hill, while some single-tree torching was observed in the north end of Rock Creek. Infrared mapping shows the fire at 2,612 acres. Leach’s Northern Rockies Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team will be briefed this afternoon (August 3) and will assume responsibility for the fire probably sometime Friday morning, August 4.

An area closure is in effect for the protection and safety of the public, in an area defined as:

Area within: Commencing at the intersection of RD 221 and RD 444 traveling east to the end of RD 444 then due south to Trail 312. Traveling south along Trail 312 to Wind River Pack Bridge. From Wind River Pack Bridge traveling north along Trail 88 to junction with RD 394. From RD 394 traveling north to junction with RD 221. From RD 221 back to starting intersection of RD 221 and 444. Travel on these Roads and Trails, as well as the area bound by them is prohibited. Note: River Camps and boat traffic along Main Salmon River are open to the public adjacent to closure area.

August 3 Infrared Map showing fire perimeter

Click to access 2017_08_03-13.21.51.100-CDT.pdf

Aug. 1 – Hanover Fire from Chair Point Lookout

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/1/2017, 12:33:12 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural

Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 1,300 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 Deer Creek). Fire activity has been minimal over the past several days. Monitoring of this fire by personnel on the ground, via air and jet boat will be ongoing. This fire is being managed for resource benefits using a point protection strategy.

Recreationists on the Magruder corridor and Salmon River will likely experience smoke and see flames in fire area.

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

Closure Map 7/18/2017

Click to access fseprd551335.pdf

Area Closure for Rattlesnake Point, Ladder and Bleak Fires
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5442/37441/

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/2/2017, 2:43:24 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 Type 4 IC
Size 2,626 Acres

The Lone Pine fire started July 14 below Lone Pine Point, a very remote area in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. The fire has grown to 2,626 acres as io Tuesday morning, August 2. Most of the intense heat is on the north side of the fire downslope to the Selway River and to the south end of the Lone Pine Creek drainage. Fire managers expect that the adjoining Mink Peak fire (119 acres) will join the Lone Pine fire before long. Smoke will be obvious along the Selway River corridor.

This fire is being monitored daily by air and being managed for resource benefits.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/2/2017, 1:18:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Brandon Cichowski, Powell RD
Total Personnel 1
Size 728 Acres

The Hidden fire is on Hidden Ridge, 7 miles northeast of the Elk Summit Guard Station and in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, and is being managed as a long-term incident for resource benefit.

Fire activity was moderate August 2 due to thick smoke in the fire area. The fire grew to 728 acres, with growth primarily on the south side of the fire, backing down off the top of Hidden Ridge through dead and down logs from the 2007 Bridge fire toward Tadpole Creek. A column of smoke can be expected as the fire moves through a large area of green timber. The fire continues to be monitored by ground and aerial resources.

Trail closures for the following trails are in place for public health and safety, as follows: Trail 71: From the junction with Trail 50 to the junction of Trail 10; Trail 10: From the junction of Trail 9 to Hidden Peak Lookout; and Trail 906: From the junction with Trail 10 to the north shore of Frog Lake.

August 3 Infrared Map showing fire perimeter (PDF)

Click to access 2017_08_03-13.35.26.064-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 8/2/2017, 1:00:31 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 4,098 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Location: The fire is burning in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, immediately southeast of the historic Moose Creek Ranger Station.

Origin: Originally three fires (Moose Creek 1, Moose Creek 2, and Moose Creek 3). They were merged together on July 20, as the Moose Creek 1 fire.

Summary: The Moose Creek 1 fire grew to 4,098 acres by Wednesday morning, August 3. The most significant growth was northeast toward Trout Peak. It has crossed Moose Creek between Whistling Pig and Vista Creek, prompting an evacuation of the Shissler lookout. A structure protection group will be assessing the lookout for protection. Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area of Moose Creek Ranger Station.

A Wildland Fire Use Module is on site to monitor fire activity and take action as appropriate.

The fire is being managed for resource benefits.

Moose Creek 1 Fire Closures
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5405/

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/4/2017, 8:54:17 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Size 693 Acres

The Priest Lake Ranger District has a wildfire burning in the upper Hughes Creek drainage. The North Fork Hughes Fire is located just north of Hughes Meadows across the Washington State line and may be visible from the Priest Lake area. As of the latest infrared flight on 8/1/2017, the fire is 693 acres. A lightning storm on June 28 likely sparked the fire, and it was located by firefighters on July 4. Smokejumpers were sent in to suppress the fire, but after three days, due to safety concerns, they had to disengage.

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

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

Fire managers are developing a strategic action plan to manage this fire. Chandra Neils, Acting Priest Lake District Ranger, stated “The plan will give the highest priority to firefighter and public safety, with safe, efficient, and mindful management decisions.”

North Fork Hughes Fire activity closes additional trails
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5343/37412/

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

Idaho Falls District

Current as of 8/4/2017, 10:02:59 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning Strike Hold-over
Date of Origin Wednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location Seven miles South of Atomic City, Idaho
Incident Commander Cory Berkebile
Total Personnel 129
Size 24,500 Acres.

Lava Flow Fire Update 8/4

The Lava Flow Fire continues to burn actively, driven by wind. Firefighters have started to get a handle on the fire and will be using direct tactics today. Handcrews will go direct by digging line and working with helicopters. Helicopters will drop water on the fire to slow the fire’s progress and secure the fire perimeter.

Lava Flow Fire Perimeter Map Posted on: 08/04/17

Click to access 2017_08_04-11.03.45.071-CDT.pdf

Lava Flow Fire Posted on: 08/03/17

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5460/
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National Interagency Fire Center

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update 8/3/2017

Fire info: 208.634.0820


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YellowPineMapHarpAccess to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. The South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. Watch out for fire traffic on the South Fork and EFSF Roads from Krassel to YP and from YP on the Stibnite Road to the turn off to Profile Creek Road.

Profile road is open, but vehicles may be held by road guards if truck traffic is on the road. Wood hauling will end on Thursday August 3 to allow free flowing weekend traffic for Harmonica Fest.
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 96 degrees, haze of smoke all day. Overnight low of 47 degrees and increasing smoke. Clear sky this morning with a moderate haze of smoke, Yellow Air Quality.
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US National Weather Service Boise Idaho

Wildfire smoke is expected to continue into the foreseeable future across the Pacific NW & British Columbia. Credit: NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25 (no growth)

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

The Fire Camp is at Krassel.
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Missouri Fire

August 3, 2017

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

Start Date: July 15
Incident Commander Eddie Taylor/Trent Vouderheight
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 58
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

Profile road is open, but vehicles may be held by road guards if truck traffic is on the road. Yellow Pine is OPEN, and the Harmonica Festival which begins this Friday is not expected to be impacted by fire activities.

Dead and downed trees were removed around the Big Creek Station and Big Creek Lodge in preparation for point protection efforts if needed for the Missouri Fire. As dump trucks are hauling the wood over the Profile Gap, vehicles will be held to allow dump trucks to pass. Once these trucks are off the road, private vehicles will be allowed to travel over Profile. Delays should be minimal, but could be up to 60 minutes and the public is asked to exercise patience as we make the road safe for travel. Wood hauling will be suspended on Thursday evening, August 3 to allow free flowing weekend traffic for Harmonica Fest.

There has been little, to no growth on the fire in the past few days and the fire remains at 1,277 acres. Firefighters have continued to build and strengthen containment lines while providing for firefighter safety.

While growth has stalled and the fire is not fully contained, there has been minimal fire activity, mainly in interior portions of the fire where occasional torching of isolated trees has been observed. Fire continues to smolder in heavy down fuels within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

Hot and very dry conditions will continue through mid-week over the fire area. Fortunately, there are no forecasted high wind events. Although there are no current fire restrictions, extreme caution is recommended and all open fires should be completely extinguished upon leaving the area. The fire danger rating is High (Yellow) – Wildfires are likely.  Fires in heavy, continuous fuel such as mature grassland, weed fields and forest litter, will be difficult to control under windy conditions. Control through direct attack may be difficult but possible and mop-up will be required. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Gap Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek in the Big Creek area are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb. The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed.

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/
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Pueblo Fire

August 3, 2017

Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District
Contact Fire Information at 208-634-0820

Start Date: July 30
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 40
Size 20 Acres

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. Minimal fire activity was noted on the fire yesterday afternoon and overnight, but interior hot spots exist. Fire crews are actively working the spots and securing the fire lines. Some resources will demob from this fire today and containment is expected in the near future. 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 is being used on this wildfire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area. The wildfire was reported by Sheepeater fire lookout at 2:30p.m. on July 30th. Fire managers immediately responded with smokejumpers, helicopter water drops and the use of Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) with fire retardant.

Photo is from Sunday afternoon,

Recreational Activities

Regarding recreational activities in the wilderness, Forest visitors are advised to seek up to date fire information prior to entering the area. There are numerous other recreation sites and entries into the Frank Church River of No River Wilderness Area that do not have wildfire activity in the immediate area. Recreationists are advised to Know Before You Go!

Closures: The Warren-Profile Gap road is open from Warren to Yellow Pine.
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Highline Fire

August 3, 2017

Payette National Forest

Start Date: July 28, 2017
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 1200

This wildfire is located in the wilderness 8 miles south of the Salmon River and 5 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin. A management for natural resources benefit strategy is being used on this wildfire. There are no values at risk associated with this fire at this time. The fire actively burned yesterday afternoon and nearly doubled in size. Spread of this fire is to the south and southeast – away from the Salmon River.

Highline Fire July 31

Highline Fire July 31

Evacuation Status: No evacuations have been order by the Valley County Sheriff for this wildfire.

Closures: An area closure is in effect for the area surrounding the Highline Fire. Know Before You Go!
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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/1/2017

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

See map of wilderness fire in the map section.

Click to access 2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

Highline Fire: (1200 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 29. Located 8 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 4 miles northeast of Sheepeater Fire Lookout. Very active fire behavior observed July 31st, with the smoke column seen from Grangeville. Very active fire growth is expected over the next week. A CLOSURE ORDER IS IN EFFECT FOR THIS FIRE 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 8/2/2017, 8:09:51 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Undetermined
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 14
Size 433 Acres

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 in steep, rocky, and inaccessible terrain.

The fire is being managed in the wilderness while providing for firefighter and public safety and protecting identified values at risk such as river camps, private property, and natural and cultural resources. A Type 3 Incident Commander has been assigned to the fire and is responsible for providing leadership, monitoring fire conditions and overseeing resource protection measures near river camps, private structures, and other resource values. Firefighter and public safety will remain, as always, a priority.

It is anticipated the Tappan Fire will temporarily impact the Middle Fork River camps. Local fire managers are coordinating with Middle Fork Ranger District River Staff and resource advisors to develop plans for redirecting Middle Fork River floaters to appropriate River camps, as necessary. Information will also be distributed to Middle Fork floaters at strategic points along the River.

Tappan Fire August 2, 2017

Tappan Fire August 2, 2017 Update
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5458/37330/

Salmon-Challis Fires

Click to access 2017_08_02-15.31.31.624-CDT.pdf

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/2/2017, 9:29:21 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Joe Getty
Total Personnel 15
Size 1,490 Acres

Ibex Fire Update August 2, 2017

Challis, Idaho:
Fire behavior was minimal over the weekend on the Ibex Fire due to moderate weather. On Monday, July 31, the fire grew as temperatures rose and relative humidity declined. An early flight over the fire on Wednesday, August 2, confirmed the fire was burning in the head of McKee and Cottonwood Creeks and Ibex Creek. Estimated size of the fire is 1,490 acres.
Smoke from the Ibex Fire impacted Challis starting Monday. Additional smoke from fires in the region drifted into the Challis and surrounding areas. Fire managers continue to expect growth on the Ibex Fire, as weather outlooks indicated hot and dry temperatures for the next seven to ten days.
The Ibex Fire was detected at approximately 3:45 PM on July 24, 2017, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District. Staffing includes ten firefighters and one helicopter. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols.

Ibex Fire IR Map August 2, 2017

Click to access 2017_08_02-10.13.47.959-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/1/2017, 12:33:12 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural

Location Rattlesnake Point – Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Incident Commander Dingman
Size 1,300 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 Deer Creek). Fire activity has been minimal over the past several days. Monitoring of this fire by personnel on the ground, via air and jet boat will be ongoing. This fire is being managed for resource benefits using a point protection strategy.

Recreationists on the Magruder corridor and Salmon River will likely experience smoke and see flames in fire area.

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

Closure Map 7/18/2017

Click to access fseprd551335.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/2/2017, 2:43:24 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 Type 4 IC
Size 2,626 Acres

The Lone Pine fire started July 14 below Lone Pine Point, a very remote area in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. The fire has grown to 2,626 acres as io Tuesday morning, August 2. Most of the intense heat is on the north side of the fire downslope to the Selway River and to the south end of the Lone Pine Creek drainage. Fire managers expect that the adjoining Mink Peak fire (119 acres) will join the Lone Pine fire before long. Smoke will be obvious along the Selway River corridor.

This fire is being monitored daily by air and being managed for resource benefits.

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/2/2017, 1:18:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Brandon Cichowski, Powell RD
Total Personnel 1
Size 549 Acres

The Hidden fire is on Hidden Ridge, 7 miles northeast of the Elk Summit Guard Station and in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, and is being managed as a long-term incident for resource benefit.

Infrared mapping of the fire shows it is 549 acres as of Tuesday morning, August 2. Although the Hidden fire is burning primarily within the 2007 Bridge fire perimeter, it is expected to move east into a large pocket of green timber before moving back into dead and down fuel. A large column of smoke can be expected over the next few days while that occurs. Fire managers will be working to prepare trail closures for the safety and protection of the public. The old Hidden Peak lookout 1.5 miles east of the fire is being assessed for structure protection needs.

Infrared Map of Hidden fire August 2, 2017

Click to access 2017_08_02-14.42.25.305-CDT.pdf

Hidden Fire from Lolo Pass 08/01/17

Hidden fire viewed from NW of fire 08/01/17

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/2/2017, 1:00:31 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 4,098 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Location: The fire is burning in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, immediately southeast of the historic Moose Creek Ranger Station.

Origin: Originally three fires (Moose Creek 1, Moose Creek 2, and Moose Creek 3). They were merged together on July 20, as the Moose Creek 1 fire.

Summary: The Moose Creek 1 fire grew to 4,098 acres by Wednesday morning, August 3. The most significant growth was northeast toward Trout Peak. It has crossed Moose Creek between Whistling Pig and Vista Creek, prompting an evacuation of the Shissler lookout. A structure protection group will be assessing the lookout for protection. Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area of Moose Creek Ranger Station.

A Wildland Fire Use Module is on site to monitor fire activity and take action as appropriate.

The fire is being managed for resource benefits.

Moose Creek 1 Fire Closures
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5405/

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/2/2017, 2:06:55 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Size 319 Acres

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

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5343/
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Northern Idaho

Coeur D’Alene, ID 8/1/2017 – With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly in northern Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on all lands within the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch area beginning at 11:59 p.m. on August 3, 2017. Fire restrictions are intended to decrease the chance of any preventable fires in the designated areas.

Stage 1 fire restrictions will be in effect, until further notice, in the Coeur d’Alene Fire Restriction Area, which includes all state, federal, and private forestland and rangeland in Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, and Latah Counties. This also includes public lands in Washington and Montana that are administered by the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. These restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing or providing wildland fire protection in the area, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on state and federally managed or protected lands, roads, and trails:

* Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site in a permanent concrete or metal fire ring, or on their own land, and only within an owner-provided structure.
* Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, 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.
The following are exemptions to the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:
* Firewood cutting restrictions are not in place at this time. Firewood cutters are reminded to comply with the fire precaution terms and conditions of their permit.
* Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
* Persons using fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.
* Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
* Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
* All land within a city boundary is exempted.
* Other exemptions unique to each agency.

With the extreme temperatures the region is experiencing, fire managers are asking the public to be extra cautious when spending time in the outdoors. As a reminder, fireworks are prohibited on state and private forestland and rangeland, and on public lands, roads, and trails in Idaho during closed fire season (May 10 through October 20). Possession and/or use of fireworks is always prohibited on federal public lands. Please visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html and select “Coeur d’Alene Dispatch” for a detailed map and current information regarding fire restrictions or contact the local land management office.
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Lava Flow Fire

Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#LavaFlowFire & #BLMIFDFire)
For Immediate Release: August 03, 2017, 8 a.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709

Start Date: Reported 8/2/2017
Location and Jurisdiction: 5 miles south of Atomic City, ID, BLM
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 2,000 acres
Percent Contained: No estimated containment
Structures Threatened: No immediate threat to structures.
Fuels and Terrain: Tall grass intermixed between the lava flows
Fire Crews/Resources: 10 engines, 3 dozers, 2 water tender
Evacuations: None in effect at this time.
Closures: None.

Summary: The Lava Flow Fire burned actively through the night and five single engine air tankers worked the fire late into the evening dropping retardant. The lava flows are making access difficult for firefighters. Air resources will mainly be used today to work on containing the fire. This is due to difficult access for firefighters and the lack of areas dozers can be utilized effectively.

Photos taken from helicopter flying the fire yesterday, 8/2/2017

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Wildhorse Fire

For Immediate Release: August, 02 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709
Idaho Falls District Fire Updates
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#WildhorseFire & #BLMIFDFire)

**This will be the final update, unless significant activity occurs**

Start Date: 07/30/2017, reported 3:30 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: 6 miles South of Big Southern Butte about 35 miles west of Blackfoot, ID, BLM
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 25,712 acres
Percent Contained: 100% contained on 8/1 at 5:30 p.m.. Control expected for 8/2 at 10 p.m.
Structures Threatened: No immediate threat to structures.
Fuels and Terrain: Grass and sage brush.
Fire Crews/Resources: 10 engines, 3 dozers, 2 water tender
Evacuations: None in effect at this time.
Closures: None.
Summary: Firefighters will continue monitoring for heat.

Mine Canyon

Start Date: 07/30/2017, reported 3:30 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: Mine Canyon, 8 miles SW of Hawkins Reservoir, BLM
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 10 acres
Percent Contained: 100% contained 8/1 at 1 p.m. and control expected for 8/2 5:30 p.m.

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

August 2, 2017

Very active fire behavior will continue throughout the West due to record high temperatures. Five new large fires were reported: one each in California and Nevada and three in Idaho. Firefighters worked hard to contain four of the large fires reported nationally.

States currently reporting large fires:

California (9)
Idaho (3)
Montana (14)
Nevada (3)
Oregon (6)
Washington (2)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update 8/2/2017

Fire info: 208.634.0820


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Red Flag Warning

Effective: 10:00 MDT on 08-02-2017
Expires: 00:00 MDT on 08-03-2017

High Haines Conditions Wednesday

.A highly-amplified upper level ridge will continue to bring
hot and unstable conditions to Idaho on Wednesday. An influx of
dry mid-level air to the eastern Payette National Forest will
cause an increase in the Haines Index Wednesday and Wednesday
night.

…RED FLAG WARNING FOR HIGH HAINES IN EFFECT FOR THE EASTERN
PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST /ZONE 402/ FROM 10 AM WEDNESDAY TO
MIDNIGHT MDT WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Red Flag
Warning for High Haines, which is in effect from 10 AM Wednesday
to midnight MDT Wednesday night.

* HAINES…High (6) due to a very dry and unstable atmosphere.
Instructions: A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly.

Target Area: Eastern Payette National Forest
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Access to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. Watch out for fire traffic on the South Fork and EFSF Roads from Krassel to YP and from YP on the Stibnite Road to the turn off to Profile Creek Road.

Profile Road Update 8/1/2017

Profile road is open, but vehicles may be held by road guards if truck traffic is on the road.

Dead and downed trees were removed around the Big Creek Station and Big Creek Lodge in preparation for point protection efforts if needed for the Missouri Fire. The small material (branches, tops, etc.) was chipped and spread and the tree boles were bucked into manageable lengths. This wood is being hauled to the old “shooting range” downstream of Yellow Pine for firewood collection. Anyone with a valid Payette NF fuelwood permit is welcomed to make use of the wood.

As dump trucks are hauling the wood over Profile, vehicles will be held to allow dump trucks to pass. Once these trucks are off the road, private vehicles will be allowed to travel over Profile. Delays should be minimal, but could be up to 60 minutes and the public is asked to exercise patience as we make the road safe for travel.

Wood hauling will end on Thursday August 3 to allow free flowing weekend traffic for Harmonica Fest.
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Big Creek / Edwardsburg

The Level 1 evacuation order that was issued for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area has been lifted by the Valley County Sheriffs Department due to decreased fire activity on the Missouri Fire. This Level 1-Ready evacuation order was a result of prior significant fire activity between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg.

This was posted to FB by the Payette NF.
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 97 degrees, haze of smoke all day. Overnight low of 46 degrees, clear sky this morning with a light haze of smoke in the air.
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Map of fire 7/27/2017 from InciWeb (no growth)
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Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25 (no growth)

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

The Fire Camp has moved to Krassel and reduced in size.

Missouri Fire at InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/
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Missouri Fire

August 2, 2017

RED FLAG WARNING on the east side of the Forest for a Haines Index of 6 until midnight tonight.

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

Start Date: July 15
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 60
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

The Level 1 – A Ready evacuation order issued for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area by Valley County Sheriff has been lifted due to decreased fire activity on the Missouri fire which is located between Edwardsburg and Yellow Pine.

Profile road is open, but vehicles may be held by road guards if truck traffic is on the road. Yellow Pine is OPEN, and the Harmonica Festival which begins this Friday is not expected to be impacted by fire activities.

Dead and downed trees were removed around the Big Creek Station and Big Creek Lodge in preparation for point protection efforts if needed for the Missouri Fire. As dump trucks are hauling the wood over the Profile Gap, vehicles will be held to allow dump trucks to pass. Once these trucks are off the road, private vehicles will be allowed to travel over Profile. Delays should be minimal, but could be up to 60 minutes and the public is asked to exercise patience as we make the road safe for travel. Wood hauling will suspended on Thursday evening, August 3 to allow free flowing weekend traffic for Harmonica Fest.

There has been little, to no growth on the fire in the past few days and the fire remains at 1,277 acres. Firefighters have continued to build and strengthen containment lines while providing for firefighter safety.

While growth has stalled and the fire is not fully contained, there has been minimal fire activity, mainly in interior portions of the fire where occasional torching of isolated trees has been observed. Fire continues to smolder in heavy down fuels within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

Hot and very dry conditions will continue through mid-week over the fire area. Fortunately, there are no forecasted high wind events. Although there are no current fire restrictions, extreme caution is recommended and all open fires should be completely extinguished upon leaving the area.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Gap Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek in the Big Creek area are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb. The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed.

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. Visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/
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Pueblo Fire

August 2, 2017

RED FLAG WARNING on the east side of the Forest for a Haines Index of 6 until midnight tonight.

Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District
Contact Fire Information at 208-634-0820

Start Date: July 30
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 58
Size 20 Acres

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. Minimal fire activity was noted on the fire yesterday afternoon and overnight, but with the Red Flag Warning in effect, today will be a telling day regarding the future of the wildfire. Interior hot spots exist, and fire crews are actively working the spots and continuing to reinforce the fire lines. Aviation firefighting assets are available and being used for this wildfire today.

A suppression (contain and confine) strategy is being used on this wildfire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area. The wildfire was reported by Sheepeater fire lookout at 2:30p.m. on July 30th. Fire managers immediately responded with smokejumpers, helicopter water drops and the use of Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) with fire retardant.

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.

Recreational activities in the Big Creek area can be impacted by this wildfire. Forest visitors that desire to use the Big Creek Trailhead are advised to seek up to date fire information prior to entering the area. There are numerous other recreation sites and entries into the Frank Church River of No River Wilderness Area that do not have wildfire activity in the immediate area. Recreationists are advised to Know Before You Go!

The Pueblo Fire is the 5th wildfire that has been reported and responded to using contain/confine strategies due to values at risk in the Big Creek/Edwardsburg area so far this summer. This area of the Krassel Ranger District is of high concern to fire managers due to it not having a history of recent fire in the area. Wildfire that ignite in this area are likely to threaten Big Creek and Edwardsburg.

Evacuation Status: No evacuations have been order by the Valley County Sheriff for this wildfire.

Closures: The Warren-Profile Gap road is open from Warren to Yellow Pine. No area closure is in effect for this fire area. Know Before You Go!

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.

Photo is from Sunday afternoon

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Payette Wilderness Fires

8/1/2017

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

See map of wilderness fire in the map section.

Click to access 2017_08_01-13.53.55.143-CDT.pdf

Highline Fire: (600 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 29. Located 8 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 4 miles northeast of Sheepeater Fire Lookout. Very active fire behavior observed July 31st, with the smoke column seen from Grangeville. Very active fire growth is expected over the next week. A CLOSURE ORDER IS IN EFFECT FOR THIS FIRE 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.

Highline Fire July 31

Highline Fire July 31

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 8/2/2017, 9:29:21 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander Joe Getty
Total Personnel 15
Size 900 Acres

The Ibex Fire was detected at approximately 3:45 PM on July 24, 2017, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in subalpine fir and lodgepole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District. A patrol flight on August 1, estimated fire size at 800 acres. The Ibex Fire is staffed with ten firefighters, one helicopter, while also being monitored by area lookouts and air patrols.

Smoke is being experienced in the surrounding areas and valleys of Challis and Salmon from fires in the region. Continued hot and dry weather with scattered thunderstorms is expected over the next few days.

Updates and information will be provided when significant changes have occurred on the Ibex Fire.

Ibex Fire IR Map August 2, 2017

Click to access 2017_08_02-10.13.47.959-CDT.pdf

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 8/1/2017, 5:57:43 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
Location Hidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident Commander Brandon Cichowski, Powell RD
Total Personnel 1
Size 250 Acres

The Hidden fire is on Hidden Ridge, 7 miles northeast of the Elk Summit Guard Station and in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, Now estimated at 250 acres, the Hidden fire continues to burn in the footprint of the 2007 42,000-acre Bridge fire. Tuesday, August 1, the fire reached a pocket of timber that had not been burned in the 2007 fire, resulting in a substantial smoke plume seen from Hamilton, Montana.

The Hidden fire is being managed as a long-term incident for resource benefit.

Hidden Fire from Lolo Pass 08/01/17

Hidden fire viewed from NW of fire 08/01/17

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

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Current as of 7/31/2017, 4:19:32 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 1,986 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Sunday October 01st, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM

Location: The fire is burning in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, immediately southeast of the historic Moose Creek Ranger Station.

Origin: Originally three fires (Moose Creek 1, Moose Creek 2, and Moose Creek 3), they were merged together on July 20, as the Moose Creek 1 fire.

Summary: The fire is being managed for resource benefits. Crews are implementing a point protection strategy taking action to protect buildings and bridges at and near the ranger station. In addition to wrapping structures and installing sprinklers around facilities, some small burnout operations may be conducted to protect structures.

Moose Creek 1 fire is actively burning, resulting is smoke drifting into the Bitterroot Valley as well as the immediate area. Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to experience smoke and visible fire in the area of Moose Creek Ranger Station.

A Wildland Fire Use Module is on site to monitor fire activity and take action as appropriate.

Moose Creek 1 Fire Closures
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5405/

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

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Current as of 8/1/2017, 3:52:49 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 28th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 20 miles North of Nordman, Idaho
Size 200 Acres

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

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5343/
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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Northern Idaho

Coeur D’Alene, ID 8/1/2017 – With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly in northern Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on all lands within the Coeur d’Alene Dispatch area beginning at 11:59 p.m. on August 3, 2017. Fire restrictions are intended to decrease the chance of any preventable fires in the designated areas.

Stage 1 fire restrictions will be in effect, until further notice, in the Coeur d’Alene Fire Restriction Area, which includes all state, federal, and private forestland and rangeland in Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, and Latah Counties. This also includes public lands in Washington and Montana that are administered by the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. These restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing or providing wildland fire protection in the area, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on state and federally managed or protected lands, roads, and trails:

* Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site in a permanent concrete or metal fire ring, or on their own land, and only within an owner-provided structure.
* Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, 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.
The following are exemptions to the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:
* Firewood cutting restrictions are not in place at this time. Firewood cutters are reminded to comply with the fire precaution terms and conditions of their permit.
* Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
* Persons using fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.
* Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
* Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
* All land within a city boundary is exempted.
* Other exemptions unique to each agency.

With the extreme temperatures the region is experiencing, fire managers are asking the public to be extra cautious when spending time in the outdoors. As a reminder, fireworks are prohibited on state and private forestland and rangeland, and on public lands, roads, and trails in Idaho during closed fire season (May 10 through October 20). Possession and/or use of fireworks is always prohibited on federal public lands. Please visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html and select “Coeur d’Alene Dispatch” for a detailed map and current information regarding fire restrictions or contact the local land management office.
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Wildhorse Fire

Idaho Falls District Fire Updates
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#WildhorseFire & #BLMIFDFire)

Wildhorse Fire

Start Date: 07/30/2017, reported 3:30 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: 6 miles South of Big Southern Butte about 35 miles west of Blackfoot, ID, BLM
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 25,712 acres, acreage down due to GPS mapping from the ground
Percent Contained: 90%, full containment expected tonight with control estimated for 8/2 10 p.m.
Fire Behavior: Minimal; heat is interior of the fire perimeter
Structures Threatened: No immediate threat to structures.
Fuels and Terrain: Grass and sage brush.
Fire Crews/Resources: 12 engines, 4 dozers, 2 water tender
Evacuations: None in effect at this time.
Closures: None.
Summary: Firefighters will continue mopping up the fire and monitoring for heat.

Mine Canyon

Start Date: 07/30/2017, reported 3:30 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: Mine Canyon, 8 miles SW of Hawkins Reservoir, BLM
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 10 acres
Percent Contained: 100% contained at 1 p.m., control estimated for 8/2 10 a.m.
Fire Behavior: Minimal fire behavior, difficult terrain is slowing firefighters
Structures Threatened: No immediate threat to structures.
Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and sage brush.
Fire Crews/Resources: 8 smokejumpers, 2 Type-1 handcrews
Evacuations: None in effect at this time.
Closures: None.
Summary: Fire is not active, terrain is making containment progress slow.

Deer Creek II

Start Date: 07/31/2017, reported 3:30 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: 3 miles NW of Thayne, WY, Caribou-Targhee NF
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 1/10 acre
Percent Contained: Contained 7/31 at 3:30 p.m., controlled 7/31 at 4 p.m.

Idaho Fire Info: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/
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Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update

Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#BLMTFDFire)

Coe Fire

Located: five miles north west of Malta
Size: estimated 1,500 acres
Contain: estimated 8/01/2017, 6 p.m.
Control: estimated 8/3/2017, 6 p.m.
Resources: Albion Rural Fire Department, five Twin Falls District BLM engines, one Sawtooth National Forest Engine, three dozers, Sawtooth Hotshots type one hand crew, two type two hand crews, one camp crew, four overhead, several aircraft
Fuel type: grass, brush, and juniper
Fire behavior: smoldering and creeping with interior torching
Structures: no
Cause: undetermined
Crews conducted a burn out operation last night, on the southern flank of the fire, slowing progression. This burnout secured the most active flank of the fire, and gave crews the ability to create containment lines with hand tools and dozers. Today, crews will continue to work with dozers, and aircraft to create fire line and mop up hot spots. Interior torching is expected to last through the burn period, due to thick juniper trees and brush.

For More Information, Kelsey Brizendine, Fire Information and Prevention Officer kbrizendine@blm.gov 208-308-5991

Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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National Interagency Fire Center

August 1, 2017

Hot and dry conditions in the West continue to influence large fire activity. Currently 36 large fires have burned nearly 580,000 acres. More than 11,500 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to incidents across the nation.

States currently reporting large fires:

Alaska (1)
California (9)
Idaho (2)
Montana (11)
Nevada (2)
Oklahoma (1)
Oregon (6)
Washington (3)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Where the smoke is coming from:

8/1 MODIS imagery shows smoke from area wildfires (red dots) across much of the Pacific NW

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Fire Update 8/1/2017

Fire info: 208.634.0820

Access to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. Watch out for fire traffic on the South Fork and EFSF Roads from Krassel to YP and from YP on the Stibnite Road to the turn off to Profile Creek Road. The Profile Creek Road is closed at the junction to Big Creek/Edwardsburg.

Profile Road is still closed to the public. Level 1 Evacuation Ordered for Big Creek/Edwardsburg.
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 95 degrees, haze of smoke all day and some gusty afternoon breezes. Overnight low of 47 degrees, clear sky this morning with a light haze of smoke in the air.
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Road Report posted 7/30
https://yellowpinetimes.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/road-report-july-30/

Map of fire 7/27/2017 from GEOMAC (no growth)
20170727MissouriGeomacMap-a
(click on image to open larger size)

Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25 (no growth)

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

The Fire Camp has moved to Krassel and reduced in size.

Missouri Fire at InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/


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Missouri Fire

August 1, 2017

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

Start Date: July 15
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 54
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

There has been little to no growth on the fire in the past few days and the fire remains at 1,277 acres. Firefighters have continued to build and strengthen containment lines while providing for firefighter safety.

While growth has stalled and the fire is not fully contained, there has been minimal fire activity, mainly in interior portions of the fire where occasional torching of isolated trees has been observed. Fire continues to smolder in heavy down fuels within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Allowing fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem benefits the ecosystem. Fire is essential for soil renewal, wildlife habitat, and overall forest health.

Hot and very dry conditions will continue through mid-week over the fire area. Fortunately, there are no forecasted high wind events. Although there are no current fire restrictions, extreme caution is recommended and all open fires should be completely extinguished upon leaving the area.

In Edwardsburg and Big Creek, crews are clearing trees and brush from around Forest Service facilities and developed sites. Chippers will continue to be used to pulverize the removed trees and brush from both Profile Gap Road and within the community of Edwardsburg and Big Creek. The benefit of chipping is the ability to spread the materials over a large area which decreases the fuel loading. These chipping operations still make travel difficult for even the firefighters working in the area. For this reason, the road does remain closed despite the diminished fire threat along Profile Creek.

Evacuation Status: Level 1 evacuations are still in place for Edwardsburg/Big Creek, primarily due to the work taking place along the principal access route into the community. To the north, the road is passable with high-clearance vehicles, UTVs, and motorcycles; trailers are not recommended. Anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface should take time to consider what they would take in the event they did need to evacuate. The Ready, Set, Go Program (www.wildlandfirersg.org) has helpful tips for preparation.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Gap Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek in the Big Creek area are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb. The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed.

Yellow Pine is OPEN, and the Harmonica Festival which begins this Friday is not expected to be impacted by fire activities.

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.
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Pueblo Fire

August 1, 2017

Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District
Contact Fire Information at 208-634-0820

Start Date: July 30
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 54
Size 20 Acres

The Pueblo Fire is located just outside the wilderness approximately 6 miles north of Big Creek/Edwardsburg near Pueblo Summit and along the Mosquito Ridge.

A suppression (contain and confine) strategy is being used on this wildfire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area. Threatened by this wildfire are the Werdenhoff and Golden Hand mining areas, Pueblo Summit Road, Edwardsburg, and the Big Creek Trailhead and Big Creek Administrative site. The wildfire was reported by Sheepeater fire lookout at 2:30p.m. on July 30th. Fire managers immediately responded with smokejumpers, helicopter water drops and the use of Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) with fire retardant.

Today efforts are to continue to construct fireline and reinforce the fireline with hose lays. Helicopter water drops are being used to assist firefighters on the ground. SEATs are available as needed, and the second of two Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHC) is being shuttled into the fire from Big Creek. The wildfire saw moderate fire activity yesterday, and has remained within the fire retardant lines.

Recreational activities in the Big Creek area can be impacted by this wildfire. Forest visitors that desire to use the Big Creek Trailhead are advised to seek up to date fire information prior to entering the area. There are numerous other recreation sites and entries into the Frank Church River of No River Wilderness Area that do not have wildfire activity in the immediate area. Recreationists are advised to Know Before You Go!

The Pueblo Fire is the 5th wildfire that has been reported and responded to using contain/confine strategies due to values at risk in the Big Creek/Edwardsburg area so far this summer. This area of the Krassel Ranger District is of high concern to fire managers due to it not having a history of recent fire in the area. Wildfire that ignite in this area are likely to threaten Big Creek and Edwardsburg.

Evacuation Status: No evacuations have been order by the Valley County Sheriff for this wildfire, however, a Level 1 evacuation is in place for Edwardsburg/Big Creek due to the Missouri Fire.

Closures: An are closure is not in effect for the Pueblo Fire, but other closures are in effect I the area – Know Before You Go!

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.

Photo is from Sunday afternoon,

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Payette Wilderness Fires

7/27/2017

The Payette National currently has 5 wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are in a monitor status with no notable fire activity.

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 vivible smke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (27 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. In monitor status.

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 control and 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. No smoke is showing on this fire currently, and it 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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Wildhorse Fire

Monday, July 31, 2017

Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire(#WildhorseFire & #BLMIFDFire)

Start Date: 07/30/2017
Location and Jurisdiction: 6 miles South of Big Southern Butte about 35 miles west of Blackfoot, ID, BLM
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 25,000 acres
Percent Contained: Containment estimated for 7/31 at 8 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Minimal fire activity at the time of this release.
Structures Threatened: No immediate threat to structures.
Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and sage brush.
Fire Crews/Resources: 8 engines, 4 dozers, 1 water tender
Evacuations: None in effect at this time.
Closures: None.

Summary: The fire was reported on 7/30 around 3:30 p.m. and was caused by lightning from a storm that moved over the area with erratic, gusty winds. Crews estimated the fire at 2,000 acres an hour after it was reported. Multiple fire retardant drops were made on the fire last evening. The fire grew quickly due to wind and made large runs through the night due to extreme fire behavior. Fire activity is now minimal and resources will spend the day working to secure the fire perimeter.

Images taken yesterday, 7/30, by Engine Captain Austin Catlin

Link:
http://www.idahofireinfo.com/2017/07/wildhorse-fire.html
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Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update

Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
(#BLMTFDFire)

Coe Fire

Located: five miles north west of Malta
Size: estimated 1,500 acres
Contain: estimated 8/01/2017, 6 p.m.
Control: estimated 8/3/2017, 6 p.m.
Resources: Albion Rural Fire Department, five Twin Falls District BLM engines, one Sawtooth National Forest Engine, three dozers, Sawtooth Hotshots type one hand crew, two type two hand crews, one camp crew, four overhead, several aircraft
Fuel type: grass, brush, and juniper
Fire behavior: smoldering and creeping with interior torching
Structures: no
Cause: undetermined
Crews conducted a burn out operation last night, on the southern flank of the fire, slowing progression. This burnout secured the most active flank of the fire, and gave crews the ability to create containment lines with hand tools and dozers. Today, crews will continue to work with dozers, and aircraft to create fire line and mop up hot spots. Interior torching is expected to last through the burn period, due to thick juniper trees and brush.

For More Information, Kelsey Brizendine, Fire Information and Prevention Officer kbrizendine@blm.gov 208-308-5991

Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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National Interagency Fire Center

August 1, 2017

States currently reporting large fires:

Alaska (1)
California (9)
Idaho (2)
Montana (11)
Nevada (2)
Oklahoma (1)
Oregon (6)
Washington (3)
Wyoming (1)

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Updated Fire Report 7/31/2017

PM Update: Pueblo Summit Fire

July 31, 2017

Pueblo Fire Update, Krassel Ranger District

The Pueblo Fire is burning in a steep drainage approximately 3/4 mile south of the Pueblo Summit Trailhead. The fire is estimated to be 10 acres, burning in subalpine fir with moderate fire spread. The fire is moving by single tree torching and spotting.

The fire is outside of, but within a mile of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The Forest has identified values at risk to be the Werdenhoff and Golden Hand mining areas, as well as the Pueblo Summit Road, Big Creek Trailhead and Big Creek administrative site.

The fire was called in by Sheepeater Lookout at 2:30pm Sunday, July 30. The Krassel Ranger District staffed the fire with smokejumpers and have used bucket drops of water from a light and a medium helicopter, and retardant drops from 3 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs).

Additional smokejumpers were assigned, and a 20 person Interagency Hotshot Crew was ordered, and arrived at Big Creek Sunday night.

Photo is from yesterday afternoon,

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Fire info: 208.634.0820

Access to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. Watch out for fire traffic on the South Fork and EFSF Roads from Krassel to YP and from YP on the Stibnite Road to the turn off to Profile Creek Road. The Profile Creek Road is closed at the junction to Big Creek/Edwardsburg.

Profile Road is still closed to the public. Level 1 Evacuation Ordered for Big Creek/Edwardsburg (see below)
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 96 degrees, haze of smoke all day. Overnight low of 47 degrees, clear sky this morning with a slight haze of smoke in the air.
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Road Report posted 7/30
https://yellowpinetimes.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/road-report-july-30/

Map of fire 7/27/2017 from GEOMAC (no growth)
20170727MissouriGeomacMap-a
(click on image to open larger size)

Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25 (no growth)

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

The Fire Camp has moved to Krassel and reduced in size.

Missouri Fire at InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/


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Pueblo Summit Fire

July 30, 2017 444pm

We got a new smoke report from one of our lookouts this afternoon around 2:30. There is a new fire just south of Pueblo Summit. Looks to be 2-3 acres. At about 3:15pm, we put 8 smokejumpers on the fire and they are using 2 helicopters and 3 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) with retardant.

That’s all we know currently, we will keep folks updated as we have more info.

Anthony B. Botello
District Ranger
Krassel Ranger District
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Missouri Fire

Monday, 31 July 2017

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

Start Date: July 15
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 82
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

On Sunday, July 30, 2017, the Missouri Fire was transitioned from a Type 2 Fire Management Team down to a smaller Type 3 Management Team. This was due to decreased fire activity, lower expected fire behavior in critical areas, stronger management lines, and an effort to lower suppression expenses. Fire management will continue the suppression and monitoring process and additional resources are readily available if needed.

The fire size has remained at 1,277 acres for the past week. While growth has stalled and the fire is not fully contained. There has been minimal fire activity, mainly in interior portions of the fire where occasional torching of isolated trees has been observed. It continues to smolder in heavy down fuels within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Allowing fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem benefits the ecosystem. Fire is essential for soil renewal, wildlife habitat, and overall forest health.

The weather trend over the fire area for the next few days will become drier and warmer. However, winds are expected to be generally light hopefully keeping fire behavior and growth low.

In Edwardsburg and Big Creek, crews are clearing trees and brush from around Forest Service facilities and developed sites. Chippers will continue to be used to pulverize the removed trees and brush from both Profile Gap Road and within the community of Edwardsburg and Big Creek. The benefit of chipping is the ability to spread the materials over a large area which decreases the fuel loading. Chippers are still parked on the Profile Gap Road, making travel difficult for even the firefighters working in the area. For this reason, the road does remain closed despite the diminished fire threat along Profile Creek.

Evacuation Status: Level 1 evacuations are still in place for Edwardsburg/Big Creek, primarily due to the work taking place along the principal access route into the community. To the north, the road is passable with high-clearance vehicles, UTVs, and motorcycles; trailers are not recommended. Anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface should take time to consider what they would take in the event they did need to evacuate. The Ready, Set, Go Program (www.wildlandfirersg.org) has helpful tips for preparation.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb. The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed.

YELLOW PINE IS OPEN !

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho
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Level 1 – READY Evacuation Order Issued for Edwardsburg/Big Creek Area

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 430pm

A Level 1 – A Ready evacuation order has been issued for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area by Valley County Sheriff, Patti Bolen. This order is in effect until further notice.

This Level 1 – Ready evacuation order is a result of significant fire activity on the Missouri Fire located between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg. The fire was actively burning yesterday, and is expected to have a continued active fire behavior.

Visit this link for all evacuation levels issued by Valley County:
http://www.co.valley.id.us/departments/sheriffs-office/valley-county-sheriff-evacutaion-policy/
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Recreational access in Big Creek and Edwardsburg

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 2pm

Recreational access to the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area is not closed at this time, however; due to fire activity we strongly suggest that you choose an alternate location for recreational activities. An alternate entry into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is through Thunder Mountain. The Payette National Forest has many great locations for camping, hiking, fishing, etc.

The closure of the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is indefinite, but will open as soon as it is possible. If planning for an alternate route to Big Creek area, be aware that Valley County is warning that due to road damage from winter and spring storms, the Warren-Profile Gap road from Warren to the South Fork is not capable of handling large trucks or vehicles towing trailer. This route comes over Elk Summit into Big Creek. If you choose to take this route be cautious of increased two-way traffic on this narrow, winding dirt road.

Access to Yellow Pine is fully open, and we do not expect traffic to be impacted. Please be drive cautiously as fire vehicles are operating in the area.

Warning sign for Backcountry Travelers

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Payette Wilderness Fires

7/27/2017

The Payette National currently has 5 wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are in a monitor status with no notable fire activity.

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 vivible smke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (27 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. In monitor status.

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 control and 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. No smoke is showing on this fire currently, and it 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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Wildhorse Fire

Monday, July 31, 2017

Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire(#WildhorseFire & #BLMIFDFire)

Start Date: 07/30/2017
Location and Jurisdiction: 6 miles South of Big Southern Butte about 35 miles west of Blackfoot, ID, BLM
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 25,000 acres
Percent Contained: Containment estimated for 7/31 at 8 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Minimal fire activity at the time of this release.
Structures Threatened: No immediate threat to structures.
Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and sage brush.
Fire Crews/Resources: 8 engines, 4 dozers, 1 water tender
Evacuations: None in effect at this time.
Closures: None.

Summary: The fire was reported on 7/30 around 3:30 p.m. and was caused by lightning from a storm that moved over the area with erratic, gusty winds. Crews estimated the fire at 2,000 acres an hour after it was reported. Multiple fire retardant drops were made on the fire last evening. The fire grew quickly due to wind and made large runs through the night due to extreme fire behavior. Fire activity is now minimal and resources will spend the day working to secure the fire perimeter.

Images taken yesterday, 7/30, by Engine Captain Austin Catlin

Link:
http://www.idahofireinfo.com/2017/07/wildhorse-fire.html
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NIFC

July 31, 2017

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Updated Fire Report 7/30/2017

Update: Pueblo Summit Fire

Message from Krassel Ranger Botello:
 
We got a new smoke report from one of our lookouts this afternoon around 2:30. There is a new fire just south of Pueblo Summit. Looks to be 2-3 acres. At about 3:15pm, we put 8 smokejumpers on the fire and they are using 2 helicopters and 3 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) with retardant.
 
That’s all we know currently, we will keep folks updated as we have more info.

Fire info: 208.634.0820

Roads:

Access to Yellow Pine is not impacted by the fire. South Fork, Johnson Creek and Lick Creek roads are open. The fire camp is moving to Krassel today. The Profile Creek Road is closed at the junction to Big Creek/Edwardsburg.

Profile Road is still closed to the public. Level 1 Evacuation Ordered for Big Creek/Edwardsburg.

Road Report posted 7/30
https://yellowpinetimes.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/road-report-july-30/
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Local Observations: Yesterday the high temperature was 96 degrees, overnight low of 50 degrees, clear sky this morning with a slight haze of smoke to the north east, fairly good air quality.
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Map of fire 7/27/2017 from GEOMAC (no growth)
20170727MissouriGeomacMap-a
(click on image to open larger size)

Missouri Fire Progression Map July 25 (no growth)

General location map for Missouri Fire July 17

Missouri Fire Perimeter & Area Closure Map July 25

Sunset at the ICP on Johnson Creek July 28

Missouri Fire at InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5373/


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Missouri Fire

Sunday, 30 July 2017

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

Start Date: July 15
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel 183
Size 1,277 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

The fire size has remained at 1,277 acres for the past week. There has been minimal fire activity, mainly in interior portions of the fire where occasional torching of isolated trees has been observed. While growth has stalled, the fire is not fully contained. It continues to smolder in heavy down fuels within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Allowing fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem benefits the ecosystem. Fire is essential for soil renewal, wildlife habitat, and overall forest health.

There has been little change in the weather pattern from the last few days. With lingering moisture, a threat of afternoon and evening thunderstorms remains over the fire area through Sunday then a potential for drier air to move into the fire area on Monday and Tuesday.

In Edwardsburg and Big Creek, crews are clearing trees and brush from around Forest Service facilities and developed sites. Chippers will continue to be used to pulverize the removed trees and brush from both Profile Gap Road and within the community of Edwardsburg and Big Creek. The benefit of chipping is the ability to spread the materials over a large area which decreases the fuel loading. Chippers are still parked on the Profile Gap Road, making travel difficult for even the firefighters working in the area. For this reason, the road does remain closed despite the diminished fire threat along Profile Creek.

Evacuation Status: Level 1 evacuations are still in place for Edwardsburg/Big Creek, primarily due to the work taking place along the principal access route into the community. To the north, the road is passable with high-clearance vehicles, UTVs, and motorcycles; trailers are not recommended. Anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface should take time to consider what they would take in the event they did need to evacuate. The Ready, Set, Go Program (www.wildlandfirersg.org) has helpful tips for preparation.

Closures: The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area. Areas east of the Warren-Profile Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek are closed. Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb. The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed.

For more information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation. And visit http://www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.
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Level 1 – READY Evacuation Order Issued for Edwardsburg/Big Creek Area

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 430pm

A Level 1 – A Ready evacuation order has been issued for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area by Valley County Sheriff, Patti Bolen. This order is in effect until further notice.

This Level 1 – Ready evacuation order is a result of significant fire activity on the Missouri Fire located between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg. The fire was actively burning yesterday, and is expected to have a continued active fire behavior.

Visit this link for all evacuation levels issued by Valley County:
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Recreational access in Big Creek and Edwardsburg

Incident: Missouri Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/20 2pm

Recreational access to the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area is not closed at this time, however; due to fire activity we strongly suggest that you choose an alternate location for recreational activities. An alternate entry into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is through Thunder Mountain. The Payette National Forest has many great locations for camping, hiking, fishing, etc.

The closure of the Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is indefinite, but will open as soon as it is possible. If planning for an alternate route to Big Creek area, be aware that Valley County is warning that due to road damage from winter and spring storms, the Warren-Profile Gap road from Warren to the South Fork is not capable of handling large trucks or vehicles towing trailer. This route comes over Elk Summit into Big Creek. If you choose to take this route be cautious of increased two-way traffic on this narrow, winding dirt road.

Access to Yellow Pine is fully open, and we do not expect traffic to be impacted. Please be drive cautiously as fire vehicles are operating in the area.

Warning sign for Backcountry Travelers

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Payette Wilderness Fires

7/27/2017

The Payette National currently has 5 wildfires burning within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. All of these fires are in a monitor status with no notable fire activity.

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 vivible smke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (27 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. In monitor status.

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 control and 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. No smoke is showing on this fire currently, and it 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/

Screen shot of Logan / Coin Mountains from Inciweb
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Ibex Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Current as of 7/27/2017, 9:52:33 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 24th, 2017 approx. 03:45 PM
Location 23 miles NW of Challis, Idaho

Total Personnel 15
Size 540 Acres
Planned Actions Actively monitor and point protection.

Thunderstorm activity moved through the area last night and started several fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The largest of these fires, the Ibex Fire, was detected at approximately 3:45 PM on July 24, 2017, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir on the Middle Fork Ranger District. A patrol flight on July 25, estimated fire size at 540 acres. The Ibex Fire is staffed with ten firefighters, one helicopter, while also being monitored by area lookouts and air patrols. “We had several starts generated from the storm that moved over the Wilderness Area late afternoon on Monday,” stated Chuck Mark, Forest Supervisor, “It’s the time of year when we can expect these fires to occur in the dry subalpine, dense, and remote forest we have on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.”

Smoke is being experienced in the surrounding areas and valleys of Challis and Salmon from fires in the region. Continued hot and dry weather with scattered thunderstorms is expected over the next few days.

Updates and information will be provided when significant changes have occurred on the Ibex Fire.

IR Map of Ibex Fire on July 27, 2017 (PDF)

Ibex Fire on July 27, 2017

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5426/
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Craig Mountain Complex

Idaho Department of Lands

Current as of 7/28/2017, 1:13:36 PM
Date of Origin Saturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 10:00 AM
Location Powerline fire location: Between Cottonwood Creek and Deer Creek,SSW of Winchester, ID. Corral Creek fire is between China Garden Creek and the Snake River.

Total Personnel 91
Size 50,395 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%

Craig Mountain Complex Daily Update – July 28, 2017
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5376/37035/

Craig Mountain Complex Final Map – July 28, 2017

InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5376/
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Boise District Fire Update

For Immediate Release: July 29, 2017 10:00am
Contact: Boise District BLM Fire Information (208) 384-3378
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire #BODFire

Chaulky Fire

• Located approximately eight miles northwest of Murphy, Idaho
• Approximately 135 acres
• Ignited by lightning
• Crews will continue to mop up throughout the rest of the day
• Resources on scene: Four engines and one water tender
• Contained at 11:00pm on 7/28/2107
• Estimated control time is 6:00pm on 7/29/2017

Murphy Flat Fire

• Located approximately two miles east of Murphy, Idaho
• Approximately 997 acres
• Ignited by lightning
• Progress of the fire has been stopped and crews will continue securing the fire perimeter throughout the day
• Resources on scene: Seven engines, two dozers, one water tender, one helicopter and two hand crews
• Estimated containment time is 8:00pm on 7/29/2017

For More Information

• Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
• Wildfires across the country, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov
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Twin Falls District BLM Fire Update

July 29, 2017

Lagoon Fire

Located two miles west of Shoshone
Size: 1,412 acres
Contain: 7/28/2017, 8:25 p.m.
Control: 7/30/2017, 8 p.m.
Resources: six engines, three hand crews, two dozers, two overhead, one camp crew
Fuel type: grass, brush
Fire behavior: none
Structures: a lumberyard and one outbuilding were burned by the fire.
Cause: lightning

Crews are monitoring and mopping up hotspots.


(Photo BLM)

Lumberyard, outbuilding burn in Lagoon Fire
KTVB July 27, 2017
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Martin Canyon Fire

Located three miles east of Bellevue
Size: 4,024 acres
Contain: 7/26/2017, 6 p.m.
Control: 7/30/2017, 6 p.m.
Resources: one Twin Falls District BLM engines, one Sawtooth National Forest engines, four hand crews, one camp crew, four overhead, one dozer
Fuel type: grass, mountain shrub, Douglas fir, aspen
Fire behavior: none
Structures threatened: no

Closures

Muldoon Canyon is closed to recreation and camping
Cause: human – target shooting

Access to the Muldoon Canyon Road is being restricted and the area is closed to recreation and camping. Please do your part to prevent human caused wildfires by restricting target practice to within approved ranges and remember to always clear the area around your target before taking aim.

For More Information, Kelsey Brizendine, Fire Information and Prevention Officer, kbrizendine@blm.gov 208-308-5991

Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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