Category Archives: Fire Updates 2018

Fire Update Aug 20, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Extreme Fire Danger!

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Red Flag Warning Aug 20, 12pm-9pm

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
156 PM MDT Sun Aug 19 2018

...An upper low will drop into the region Monday bringing
scattered to numerous thunderstorms to the Boise, Payette, and
Western portions of the Sawtooth Forests. Some of these cells
should produce wetting rains. This system is also expected to
bring strong and gusty winds across the southern portions of the
Idaho BLM lands from Boise through Twin Falls...

Western Payette National Forest-Eastern Payette National Forest-
Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
156 PM MDT Sun Aug 19 2018

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT
MONDAY FOR LIGHTNING FOR WESTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL
FOREST...EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST... NORTHERN BOISE
NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN
SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST...WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES
401...402...403 AND 421...

* THUNDERSTORMS...Increasing coverage of thunderstorms expected
  through the afternoon and early evening. Some of these will
  produce wetting rains around 0.10 to 0.15 inches...mainly
  across the Frank Church Wilderness area.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Around 30 mph.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Yellow Pine Forecast

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 9:00 MDT
95 Moderate

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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Closed.
8/11 PM update: The Meadow Creek Road above Stibnite has an emergency closure as the Kiwah Fire has bumped the road above Indian Creek. No other closures are in effect at this time. The road is open to Thunder Mountain, but members of the public are asked to limit traffic on the road as firefighters are working along the road and in Thunder Mountain. A future closure of the Thunder Mountain area may be necessary depending on the impact of an expected high level of fire activity today. Helicopters are assisting firefighters with water bucket drops throughout the north side of the fire.

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Kiwah Fire 8-20 Thermal Map

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location eight (8) miles northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station on the south side of the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday July 18th, 2018 approx. 05:30 PM
Current as of 8/20/2018, 7:31:43 AM
Total Personnel 10
Size 15,437 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 1%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Kiwah Fire Update August 20, 2018

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT FOR SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS AND GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS…

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 15,437 acres. The fire is burning in a mixed conifer forest on the Middle Fork Ranger District and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station within the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Yesterday, fire activity was minimal on all sides of the fire, with no significant growth. Fire managers continue to monitor progress on the east side of the fire by lookouts. The potential for the fire to continue to grow remains, as there are many burning areas within the fire perimeter.

There are two closures associated with the Kiwah Fire. The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Trail Closure Order #04-13-18-600 and the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Road Closure: #0412-524. The closure orders are on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/.

Fire management is being coordinated between the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Payette National Forest. The Kiwah Fire is being managed to restore and maintain ecological process consistent with the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Management Plan. A priority of fire mangers is providing employee and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include private property and mining infrastructure, Forest Service Guard Stations, Middle Fork Salmon River boat traffic, road and trail improvements, lookout buildings, communication sites, and cultural resources. The cultural resources are abandoned, historical mining structures. Challenges firefighters are facing on this incident include extended hot and dry conditions, heavy fuel loading, and limited availability of firefighting resources to support this fire.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Kiwah Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety.

To date firefighters have created protection plans for the Stibnite Mine Site, Thunder Mountain, Indian Creek Guard station, and Pistol Creek Ranch areas. To date, significant progress has been made to implement these protection plans, with point protection measures in place on both the Salmon-Challis and Payette National Forests. The fire will continue to be monitored for fire spread in the direction of these values. There are 10 firefighters assigned to the Kiwah Fire. Work will continue into the coming weeks.

Firefighters and fire managers will continue to utilize the resources available complete the needed work as efficiently as possible. Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to spread until a significant precipitation event occurs. Typically, season-ending weather events occur in this area between the last half of September through the first half of October.

An upper low situated to our west will create the focus for fire weather concerns today. Scattered thunderstorms will be the focus of concern across all zones particularly during the mid to late afternoon hours with gusty winds upwards of 60+mph. Improving conditions are expected late evening. Watch for quickly changing and shifting wind directions.

Nationally, there are 53 uncontained large fires in the west managed under a full suppression strategy, and 57 large fires managed under a strategy other than full suppression. These fires are contributing to the smoke, which is drifting into the valleys surrounding Salmon and Challis. The public can find further information on smoke at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/, https://arcg.is/1zfeqH, and http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. The Kiwah Fire is on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/.

Visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF for further information.

Area Overview Map August 20

Point Protection Measures at Stibnite

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/
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Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests
Location West side of Highway 95 near mile marker 184; near Pollock
Cause Human
Date of Origin Monday July 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Size: 7,997 acres (based on infrared data)
Containment: 28%
Total Personnel: 446

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Update – August 20

Summary: Yesterday, crews took advantage of favorable weather to work directly on the fireline along the south half of the western flank on White Bird Ridge to keep fire out of the Rapid River drainage. Firefighters scouted for line locations suitable for heavy equipment to construct perimeter line and still protect sensitive resources on the southwestern end of the fire. Firefighters finished structure assessments in Shingle Creek, Papoose, the Rapid River area, and Round Valley.

Today there is a RED FLAG WARNING for lightning. With the help of aviation resources, crews will continue to secure direct line on White Bird Ridge between Pollock Mountain and the Adams/Idaho county line as long as lightning does not threaten their exposed position. These firefighters will be “spiking out” on this remote section of line as weather allows. Heavy equipment will construct indirect fireline on the south flank east to Hwy 95, using existing roads where feasible, to limit spread potential any further south. Contingency plans for point protection will be made in Elk Lake subdivision. Higher humidity and precipitation from passing thunderstorms is expected to moderate fire behavior.

Community Meeting: Tuesday evening 6:30 pm Mountain Time. New Meadows High School. Meeting will be livestreamed on Facebook, see below.

Resources Threatened: Private property and structures in the Pollock, Pinehurst, Hillman Basin, and Elk Lake areas remain threatened, as well as state and federal infrastructure (Highway 95) and natural resources.

Evacuations/Closures: Residents in Hillman Basin and Boulder are in “Go” status. Residents in the North Pollock, Elk Lake and Pinehurst areas and residents along Hwy 95 from mile marker 167 to 177 are in pre-evacuation status (“Be Set”). Smokey Boulder Road to Railroad Saddle is closed. Both Idaho and Adams counties use AlertSense for emergency alerts. In Idaho County, call the Sheriff’s Department @ 208-983-1100 to enroll; in Adams County, visit https://bit.ly/2AU0C5R to sign up. Additionally, the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests have area closures in effect, including portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA); see https://bit.ly/2ATSand, https://www.fs.usda.gov/payette or Inciweb for more details.

Follow Emergency Evacuation Information on: https://www.facebook.com/ACSO911/ (Adams County) or
https://www.facebook.com/Idaho-County-Sheriffs-Office-178393728844032/

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), so if you fly, we can’t!

Announcements: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect; use the following link for specific restriction information https://bit.ly/2ag2SUy . For public and firefighter safety, please adhere to all safety signage and speed reductions. Do not stop along the highway corridor near the fire. For road conditions and closures http://511.idaho.gov/.

For smoke and air quality information, see https://bit.ly/2nooV2z or AirNow https://bit.ly/2tm1VG6
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999 (maps, photos, links, etc.)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakeCreekFire/ (daily updates & video updates)

8/20/18 Rattlesnake Creek Map

Rattlesnake Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999/

Drone, radio issues hamper Idaho firefighting efforts

Technology-based issues have caused delays in recent days for crews working two of Idaho’s wildfires.

KTVB Staff August 20, 2018

Boise – Fire managers are accustomed to dealing with outside forces creating challenges for firefighters. Usually those outside forces involve weather or difficult terrain.

But in recent days, technology-based issues have caused delays for crews working two of Idaho’s wildfires.

On Saturday, air operations for the Rattlesnake Creek Fire were shut down after a drone was seen over the fire, officials said. Helicopters had been dropping water on spot fires along the fire perimeter before being grounded due to the drone.

This was at least the second time that a drone has grounded aerial operations on the fire.

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Rabbit Foot Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Date of Origin Thursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 14 Nautical Miles South West of Salmon, ID
Cause Lightning/natural
Current as of 8/20/2018, 9:23:00 AM
Total Personnel 620
Size 34,518 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 3%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

August 20, 2018 Daily Update for the Rabbit Foot Fire

Summary: Engagement of firefighters was limited yesterday due to an intermittent failure of the primary radio system. The system was tested extensively and technicians believe that the problem has been identified and solutions are being implemented. Further testing is ongoing and firefighters are expected to re-engage today. The safety of fire personnel and the public is our primary concern and communication is a cornerstone of insuring that safety.

Due to the volatility of the fuels and the difficult terrain, a full suppression strategy and indirect tactics has been implemented as the best option for successful containment and control. Strategy and tactics are under constant re-evaluation by fire and land manages to ensure the most effective and efficient actions are taken.

At this point, the majority of indirect line has been completed due to the hard work of the firefighters. An opportunity in the Van Horn creek area, allowed firefighters to move adjacent to the fireline and establish an anchor point producing a 3% containment of the fires edge. Structure protection has also been a priority with 70 sprinklers kits already deployed. Planned burnout out operations to strengthen containment lines are in place and will occur when weather conditions are favorable.

Initial attack resources are identified for rapid deployment should a new start occur in the management area. Helicopters are available for water drop missions, logistical support as well as medical assistance.

Weather: A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for thunderstorms, lightning and strong outflow winds. Storms may bring up to .50 inches of rain on parts of the fire area. Temperatures will be in the mid 60’s to lower 70’s, with humidity 34-44%. Winds will be out of the north 12-18 mph with gusts to 55 mph.

Closures: Stage One fire restrictions remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands. Fire related area closure orders remain in effect and have expanded in response to the new fire growth. For more information on fire restrictions and area closures, visit Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/) or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/).

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for non-incident aircraft including drones was adjusted in order to fit the fires need and facilitate air traffic around the fire area . Pilots see NOTAM #8/1950.

Evacuation Notices: The Lemhi County Sheriff’s department will continue to notify residents regarding level 1 and level 2 pre-evacuations. Please contact the Sheriff’s department for any questions related to evacuations at (208) 756-8980.

August 20, 2018 Perimeter Map

Rabbit Foot Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/

(Rabbitfoot)

In the Salmon-Challis National Forest, operations on the Rabbit Foot Fire were being hampered on Sunday due to what fire managers described as “intermittent failure of the primary radio systems.”

Officials said the fire operations would remain limited until reliable ground communications are reestablished. Stressing that safety of fire personnel and the public is top priority, officials said that crews will continue to fight the fire where communications are good.

source: KTVB
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NIFC

August 20, 2018

Nationally, 109 large fires have burned more than 1.9 million acres. More than 27,000 firefighters, support personnel, national guard and military soldiers are assigned to wildfires in 12 states. Evacuation orders are in effect for residents who live near 20 large fires in the West. Extreme fire behavior was reported on the Stone and Front fires in California and the South Sugarloaf and Sheep Creek fires in Nevada.

Weather: The high pressure ridge over the West will amplify north from Mexico to southern Montana where it will encounter an unusually strong back door cold front that will be producing a strong northeasterly pressure gradient over the western half of Montana, northern Idaho, and northern Washington. The pressure gradient will create pockets of critical fire weather conditions, especially across northern Washington where afternoon humidities will be quite lower. Across western Washington and Oregon, a weak low pressure area in the middle levels of the atmosphere will move in-shore and inland. This will trigger isolated convection along and east of the Cascade Crest. Some storms will be dry. The greatest concentration of storms (widely scattered) will be over western Montana, where they will be overall wet. Across the Great Plains, a strong area of low pressure will bring cooler temperatures to the region. In the East, scattered showers will be possible across Virginia and North Carolina. The remainder of the East should be dry.

Idaho Fires: 11 Acres: 169,707 New: 0 Contained: 2
Artesian Jefferson County CNTY 1,000 40 4 miles north of Roberts
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 240 25 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-5561
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 5,524 31 5 miles east of East Hope 208-265-8058
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 15,437 1 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Mesa Payette National Forest FS 34,719 91 4 miles south of Council 208-634-0820
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 34,512 3 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,000 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 7,997 28 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-495-6934
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 90 6 miles east of Bellevue 208-731-8604
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 870 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-267-5561
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,555 19 18 miles east of Athol 208-265-8058
Barney Idaho Falls District BLM 605 100 41 miles southeast of Challis
North Wendell Gooding County CNTY 2,274 100 5 miles north of Wendell

source:
https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Red Flag Warning Aug 20, 12pm – 9pm

Yellow Pine Forecast

Tonight A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Monday Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. North northeast wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 53. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Patchy smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Real Time Lightning Strikes Map

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
156 PM MDT Sun Aug 19 2018

...An upper low will drop into the region Monday bringing
scattered to numerous thunderstorms to the Boise, Payette, and
Western portions of the Sawtooth Forests. Some of these cells
should produce wetting rains. This system is also expected to
bring strong and gusty winds across the southern portions of the
Idaho BLM lands from Boise through Twin Falls...

IDZ401>403-421-201800-
/O.CON.KBOI.FW.W.0009.180820T1800Z-180821T0300Z/
Western Payette National Forest-Eastern Payette National Forest-
Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
156 PM MDT Sun Aug 19 2018

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT
MONDAY FOR LIGHTNING FOR WESTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL
FOREST...EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST... NORTHERN BOISE
NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN
SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST...WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES
401...402...403 AND 421...

* THUNDERSTORMS...Increasing coverage of thunderstorms expected
  through the afternoon and early evening. Some of these will
  produce wetting rains around 0.10 to 0.15 inches...mainly
  across the Frank Church Wilderness area.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Around 30 mph.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Updated Fire Reports Aug 19, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

It has been 50 days since our last drop of rain. Weather continues to be warmer and drier than normal.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Extreme Fire Danger!

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Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow Pine

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 10:00 MDT
60 Moderate

Smoke Forecast

FB link to video:

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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Closed.
8/11 PM update: The Meadow Creek Road above Stibnite has an emergency closure as the Kiwah Fire has bumped the road above Indian Creek. No other closures are in effect at this time. The road is open to Thunder Mountain, but members of the public are asked to limit traffic on the road as firefighters are working along the road and in Thunder Mountain. A future closure of the Thunder Mountain area may be necessary depending on the impact of an expected high level of fire activity today. Helicopters are assisting firefighters with water bucket drops throughout the north side of the fire.

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Kiwah Fire Aug 19 Thermal Map

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location eight (8) miles northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station on the south side of the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday July 18th, 2018 approx. 05:30 PM
Current as of 8/19/2018, 8:51:19 AM
Total Personnel 10
Size 15,437 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 1%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Kiwah Fire Update August 19, 2018

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.

Salmon, Idaho (August 19, 2018):

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 15,437 acres. The fire is burning in a mixed conifer forest on the Middle Fork Ranger District and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station within the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Yesterday, fire activity was minimal on all sides of the fire, with no significant growth since the fire was last flown on Thursday. Fire managers continue to monitor progress on the east side of the fire by lookouts. The potential for the fire to continue to grow remains, as there are many burning areas within the fire perimeter.

There are two closures associated with the Kiwah Fire. The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Trail Closure Order #04-13-18-600 and the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Road Closure: #0412-524. The closure orders are on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/.

Fire management is being coordinated between the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Payette National Forest. The Kiwah Fire is being managed to restore and maintain ecological process consistent with the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Management Plan. A priority of fire mangers is providing employee and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include private property and mining infrastructure, Forest Service Guard Stations, Middle Fork Salmon River boat traffic, road and trail improvements, lookout buildings, communication sites, and cultural resources. The cultural resources are abandoned, historical mining structures. Challenges firefighters are facing on this incident include extended hot and dry conditions, heavy fuel loading, and limited availability of firefighting resources to support this fire.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Kiwah Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety.

To date firefighters have created protection plans for the Stibnite Mine Site, Thunder Mountain, Indian Creek Guard station, and Pistol Creek Ranch areas. To date, significant progress has been made to implement these protection plans, with point protection measures in place on both the Salmon-Challis and Payette National Forests. The fire will continue to be monitored for fire spread in the direction of these values. There are 10 firefighters assigned to the Kiwah Fire. Work will continue into the coming weeks.

Firefighters and fire managers will continue to utilize the resources available complete the needed work as efficiently as possible. Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to spread until a significant precipitation event occurs. Typically, season-ending weather events occur in this area between the last half of September through the first half of October.

Dry conditions are forecast today. There is a very small chance for a few showers to form overnight, but better chances arrive during the day Monday. Unsettled conditions continue through Wednesday, with isolated thunderstorms possible each day.

Nationally, there are 56 uncontained large fires in the west managed under a full suppression strategy, and 57 large fires managed under a strategy other than full suppression. These fires are contributing to the smoke, which is drifting into the valleys surrounding Salmon and Challis. The public can find further information on smoke at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/, https://arcg.is/1zfeqH, and http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. The Kiwah Fire is on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/.

Visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF for further information.

Closures — Kiwah Fire
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/

Area Overview Map August 18

Kiwah Fire Map August 17

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/
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Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests
Location West side of Highway 95 near mile marker 184; near Pollock
Cause Human
Date of Origin Monday July 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Current as of 8/18/2018, 8:34:05 PM
Total Personnel 455
Size 7,997 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 28%

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Update, Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Information Phone Number (208) 495-6934

UAS SHUTS DOWN AIR OPERATIONS OVER FIRE

Size: 7,997 acres (based on infrared data)
Containment: 28%
Cause: Human
Location: West of Pinehurst and Gotzinger, Idaho
Structures Destroyed: 0

Total Personnel: 455 including 7 hand crews, 23 engines, 3 dozer, 12 water tenders, 2 masticators and 2 helicopters

Summary: An unmanned aircraft system (UAS or “drone”) violated the temporary flight restriction around the Rattlesnake Creek Fire area yesterday, causing aircraft operations to shut down. Drones in and over fires are unsafe and pose a significant safety risk to our firefighters in the air and on the ground. Helicopters had been providing support to firefighters on the ground by dropping water on spot fires along the fire perimeter, and air operations stopped immediately upon discovery of the drone over the fire.

Today, crews will take advantage of favorable weather to work directly on the fireline along the south half of the western flank on White Bird Ridge to keep fire out of the Rapid River drainage. Heavy equipment will construct perimeter line on the southwestern end of the fire. Structure assessments will continue in Denny, and firefighters will scout and identify values at risk in Shingle Creek, Papoose and the Rapid River area. Point protection will be implemented as necessary in Hillman Basin, Boulder, Elk Lake subdivision and along Hwy 95. Warm temperatures and low humidity values will prevail over the fire today, with a series of low-pressure systems to follow early in the week.

Resources Threatened: Private property and structures in the Pollock, Pinehurst, Hillman Basin, and Elk Lake areas remain threatened, as well as threats to state and federal infrastructure (Highway 95) and natural resources.

Evacuations/Closures: Residents in Hillman Basin and Boulder are in “Go” status. Residents in the North Pollock, Elk Lake and Pinehurst areas and residents along Hwy 95 from mile marker 167 to 177 are in pre-evacuation status (“Be Set”). Smokey Boulder Road to Railroad Saddle is closed. Both Idaho and Adams counties use AlertSense for emergency alerts. In Idaho County, call the Sheriff’s Department @ 208-983-1100 to enroll; in Adams County, visit https://bit.ly/2AU0C5R to sign up. Additionally, the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests have area closures in effect, including portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA); see https://bit.ly/2ATSand or Inciweb for more details.

Follow Emergency Evacuation Information on: https://www.facebook.com/ACSO911/ (Adams County) or

https://www.facebook.com/Idaho-County-Sheriffs-Office-178393728844032/

Please observe posted speed limits along Hwy 95 adjacent to the fire and be aware of active fire traffic.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), so if you fly, we can’t!

Announcements: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect; use the following link for specific restriction information https://bit.ly/2ag2SUy . For public and firefighter safety, please adhere to all safety signage and speed reductions. Do not stop along the highway corridor near the fire. For road conditions and closures http://511.idaho.gov/.

For smoke monitoring information, see Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
https://bit.ly/2nooV2z or https://bit.ly/2tm1VG6

For further information, please visit the following links:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999 (maps, photos, links, etc.)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakeCreekFire/ (daily updates & video updates)

Unmanned Aircraft System Shut Down Air Operations over Fire

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS or “drone”) was detected over the Rattlesnake Creek Fire this afternoon, violating the temporary flight restriction (TFR) and grounding our firefighting air operations. UAS in and over fires are unsafe and pose a significant risk to our firefighters in the air and on the ground. Helicopters had been providing support to firefighters on the ground by dropping water on spot fires along the fire perimeter. Air operations immediately stopped working on fire suppression efforts after the “drone” was discovered over the fire area. We would like to remind the public that if you fly manned or unmanned vehicles over a fire area, this has a direct ability on our ability to fight fires. Please remember, “If you fly, we can’t.”

8/18/18 Rattlesnake Creek Map

Rattlesnake Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999/

Rattlesnake Creek Fire growing in Adams County

Containment has dropped to 28 percent. A Level 3 Evacuation order remains in effect from the Adams-Idaho county line to Hillman Basin Road.

KTVB August 18, 2018

Boise — The Rattlesnake Creek Fire is still actively burning in timber and grass on the west side of U.S. Highway 95 near Pollock, and spreading in Adams County.

The fire has burned 7,752 acres as of 9 a.m. Saturday morning, according to officials with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. It is 28-percent contained.

Air operations were put on hold Saturday afternoon, after a drone was seen over the fire. Helicopters had been dropping water on spot fires along the fire perimeter before being grounded due to the drone. Flying a drone near a wildfire is punishable under the federal law against resisting or interfering with the efforts of firefighters to extinguish a fire. A temporary flight restriction against manned or unmanned aircraft is also in effect for the fire area.

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Rabbit Foot Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Date of Origin Thursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 14 Nautical Miles South West of Salmon, ID
Cause Lightning/natural
Current as of 8/18/2018, 8:52:19 PM
Total Personnel 651
Size 34,512 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 3%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Injuries (to date): 3 Structure Destroyed: 0

August 19 Daily Update for the Rabbit Foot Fire

Engagement of firefighters will be limited today due to an intermittent failure of the primary radio system. It will continue until reliable ground communications are reestablished. Initial attack , structure assessments, logistics support, and air resources will continue to respond in areas where communications are good. The safety of fire personnel and the public is our primary concern.

Summary: Firefighters continued construction and improvement of indirect dozer lines and roads in preparation for the fire’s eventual advance. Significant work has already been completed along the Silver Creek road and other locations around the fire. Thirty six miles of road have been cleared using feller-bunchers and firefighting crews and dozers have constructed 49 miles of indirect containment lines around the fire perimeter. This will allow firefighters a greater margin of safety and more opportunities to slow and stop the fire’s progress. Burnout out operations on the interior of some of these lines may be initiated to strengthen them if weather conditions allow. Due to the volatility of the fuels and the difficult terrain, a full suppression strategy and indirect tactics presents the best option for successful containment and control at this time. An opportunity in the Van Horn creek area allowed firefighters to establish an anchor point and gain a foothold producing a 3% containment of the fires edge. Point and structure protection has also been a priority with 70 sprinklers kits already deployed.

Initial attack resources are identified for rapid deployment should a new start occur in the management area. A night shift is also on duty and available for patrolling lines, conducting suppression actions, and doing structure protection, should they be required.

Helicopters are available for water drop mission, logistic support as well as medical assistance. Helicopters and their crews assisted in a search and rescue effort in response to a single engine airplane accident and expedited the transport of injured civilians.

Weather: Today’s weather will be mostly sunny with areas of smoke and haze. Temperatures will be in the mid 60’s to lower 70’s, with humidity 52-64%. Winds will be out of the north 3-8 mph with gusts to 15 mph.

Closures: Stage One fire restrictions remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands. Fire related area closure orders remain in effect and have expanded in response to the new fire growth. For more information on fire restrictions and area closures, visit Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/) or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/).

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for nonincident aircraft including drones will be updated to reflect fire growth on the south flank. Pilots see NOTAM #8/1105.

Evacuation Notices: The Lemhi County Sheriff’s department will continue to notify residents regarding level 1 and level 2 pre-evacuations. Please contact the Sheriff’s department for any questions related to evacuations at (208) 756-8980.
Email: RabbitFootFire2018@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/
Closures: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/

Aug. 19 Air Quality/Smoke Report
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6090/46211/

Rabbit Foot Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/
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Fire crews are working to control 12 new lightning-caused wildfires

Karen Lehr Aug 18, 2018 KIVI TV

Boise, Idaho – The Boise BLM responded to twelve lightning-ignited wildfires across the district Friday, and crews successfully contained all of the fires Saturday.

With exception to the Alkie and Benny Fires, all fires have been controlled at this time. Officials predict the Alkie and Benny Fires will be controlled by 8:00 p.m. Sunday.

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Final Update – Boise BLM responds to multiple lightning wildfires

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2018, 6:44 pm
Contact: Boise District Fire Information Line (208) 384-3378
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
The Boise BLM responded to twelve lightning ignited wildfires across the district yesterday (8/17/18). Fire resources successfully contained all of the fires today. With exception to the Alkie and Benny Fires, all fires have been controlled at this time. The Alkie and Benny Fires will be controlled at 8 PM tomorrow (8/19/18). This will be the last update.

Alkie Fire
• Located approximately 7 miles north of Glenns Ferry, ID
• Estimated at 2,027 acres
• Cause – Lightning
• *Fire 100% Contained – Estimated Control Time 8 PM on 8/19/2018*

Benny Fire
• Located approximately 9 miles north of Glenns Ferry, ID
• Estimated at 902 acres
• Cause – Lightning
• Consumed the Little C Fire.
• *Fire 100% Contained – Estimated Control Time 8 PM on 8/19/2018*

Cutoff Fire
• Located approximately 13 miles southwest of Grand View , ID
• *Controlled*

Big C Fire
• Located approximately 9 miles northwest of Glenns Ferry, ID
• *Controlled*

Muddy Fire
• Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, OR
• *Controlled*

Poison Fire
• Located approximately 25 miles southwest of Bruneau, ID
• *Controlled*

MM 98 Fire HWY 20
• Located approximately 1 mile northeast of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

MM 108 Fire HWY 20
• Located approximately 8 miles northeast of Mountain Home Idaho, ID
• *Controlled*

Twenty Fire
• Located approximately 5 miles northeast of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

Canyon Fire
• Located approximately 5 miles north of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

Goldie Fire
• Located approximately 10 miles south of Mountain Home, ID
• *Controlled*

For More Information,
Keri Steneck, Fire Information and Prevention Office, 208 384-3210
Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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Artesian Fire Update

DATE: August 18, 2018 8:00 p.m.
CONTACT: Katie Gorby, kgroby@fs.fed.us, 208-497-7270
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info
(#ArtesianFire)

Start Date: 08/18/2018 11 a.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: Highway 33 Mile Marker 62, 3 miles east of Sage Junction. (Private & BLM lands)
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: estimated 1900 acres
Percent Contained: containment estimated, August 19

Fire Behavior: Creeping and smoldering with intermittent flair ups.
Structures Threatened: Yes, one ranch a ½ mile south of the fire potentially threatened.
Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and brush, flat ground.
Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 6 brush truck, 4 tenders (BLM, USFS, Central Fire District, Hamer VFD, Roberts VFD) and 3 dozers. 2 single air tankers, 1 heavy air tanker, 1 helicopter, 2 Fire Bosses and a very large air tanker. Madison Fire Department, Ucon Fire Department and Ammon Fire Department ordered for structure protection.
Evacuations: All evacuation will be handled by Jefferson County Sheriff as necessary.
Closures: No closures.

Summary: The Artesian Fire has grown to 1900 acres. The line is holding in the South. There are some interior pockets still goings. They are working to keep those interior pockets from sending up embers and igniting fires over the line. As of right now they are focusing on holding and securing the fire line.
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Large brush fire burning north of Wendell

Extreme caution is urged on Idaho Highway 46 between Wendell and Gooding.

KTVB Staff August 18, 2018

Gooding County — A brush fire that broke out Saturday afternoon has grown to at least 1,500 acres north of Wendell, and is at the Gooding-Lincoln county line.

The fire, now being called the North Wendell Fire, was reported at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday and erupted in strong winds.

Kelsey Brizendine, a public information officer with Twin Falls District BLM, said “until the wind stops, (firefighters) are going to have some issues.”

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NIFC

August 19, 2018

Nationally, 110 large fires have burned over 1.9 million acres. Six new large fires were reported in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon. Eight large fires were contained including the Ferguso Fire in California.

Weather: The ridge of high pressure will remain strong over the inland west and continue to bring warmer than average temperatures with diurnal winds and marginal overnight humidity recoveries. Isolated storms will be possible along and west of the Continental Divide in Montana and Wyoming. A strong high pressure area at the surface will move south into central Montana, creating a breezy easterly flow across the western half of the state and possibly northern Idaho. With the center of the high pressure area located mostly over southern California, the northerly flow on the front (east) side of the ridge will suppress monsoonal convection to mainly areas near the Mexican Border. Further north, a trough of low pressure will bring cooler temperatures and possibly isolated storms to the Pacific Northwest. A passing trough of low pressure will bring scattered storms to the central portion of the Great Plains, while a stalled front is expected to bring the same to the Deep South and along the Atlantic Coast south of Delaware. Both the Great Lakes Region and the Northeast will remain warm and dry under the influence of a weak high pressure ridge.

Idaho Fires: 13 Acres: 171,153 New: 2 Contained: 4
* Artesian Jefferson County CNTY 1,000 40 4 miles north of Roberts
Barney Idaho Falls District BLM 605 0 41 miles southeast of Challis
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 200 25 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-6774
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 5,150 31 5 miles east of East Hope 208-264-0571
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 15,437 1 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Mesa Payette National Forest FS 34,719 90 4 miles south of Council 775-403-2144
* North Wendell Gooding County CNTY 1,800 0 5 miles north of Wendell
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 34,512 3 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,000 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 7,452 28 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-495-6934
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 90 6 miles east of Bellevue 208-731-8604
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 870 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-557-8813
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,555 19 18 miles east of Athol 208-264-0571
Ross Fork Fort Hall Agency BIA 2,480 100
Alkie Boise District BLM 2,027 100
Benny Boise District BLM 902 100
Cutoff Boise District BLM 474 100

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Fire Update Aug 18, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

It has been 49 days since our last drop of rain. The storm we were warned about tracked well to the north, no lightning strikes in our area. We had clouds and a high of 90 degrees yesterday. Currently clear and haze of smoke.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Extreme Fire Danger!

P1000417-20180804BNF

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 8:00 MDT
62 Moderate

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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Closed.
8/11 PM update: The Meadow Creek Road above Stibnite has an emergency closure as the Kiwah Fire has bumped the road above Indian Creek. No other closures are in effect at this time. The road is open to Thunder Mountain, but members of the public are asked to limit traffic on the road as firefighters are working along the road and in Thunder Mountain. A future closure of the Thunder Mountain area may be necessary depending on the impact of an expected high level of fire activity today. Helicopters are assisting firefighters with water bucket drops throughout the north side of the fire.

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Kiwah Fire Aug 18 Thermal Map
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Kiwah Fire Aug 18 InciWeb

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location eight (8) miles northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station on the south side of the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday July 18th, 2018 approx. 05:30 PM
Current as of 8/18/2018, 9:54:29 AM
Total Personnel 17
Size 15,437 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 1%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Kiwah Fire Update August 18, 2018

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 15,437 acres. The fire is burning in a mixed conifer forest on the Middle Fork Ranger District and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station within the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Yesterday, fire activity was minimal on all sides of the fire. Fire managers continue to monitor progress on the east side of the fire by lookouts. The potential for the fire to continue to grow remains, as there are many burning areas within the fire perimeter.

There are two closures associated with the Kiwah Fire. The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Trail Closure Order #04-13-18-600 and the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Road Closure: #0412-524. The closure orders are on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/.

Fire management is being coordinated between the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Payette National Forest. The Kiwah Fire is being managed to restore and maintain ecological process consistent with the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Management Plan. A priority of fire mangers is providing employee and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include private property and mining infrastructure, Forest Service Guard Stations, Middle Fork Salmon River boat traffic, road and trail improvements, lookout buildings, communication sites, and cultural resources. The cultural resources are abandoned, historical mining structures. Challenges firefighters are facing on this incident include extended hot and dry conditions, heavy fuel loading, and limited availability of firefighting resources to support this fire.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Kiwah Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety.

To date firefighters have created protection plans for the Stibnite Mine Site, Thunder Mountain, Indian Creek Guard station, and Pistol Creek Ranch areas. To date, significant progress has been made to implement these protection plans, with point protection measures in place on both the Salmon-Challis and Payette National Forests. The fire will continue to be monitored for fire spread in the direction of these values. There are 17 firefighters assigned to the Kiwah Fire. Work will continue into the coming weeks.

Firefighters and fire managers will continue to utilize the resources available complete the needed work as efficiently as possible. Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to spread until a significant precipitation event occurs. Typically, season-ending weather events occur in this area between the last half of September through the first half of October.

A few thunderstorms will be possible today, but generally isolated and across the Lemhi region. An upper ridge will build into the region starting tonight. The next chance for thunderstorms will arrive Monday.

Nationally, there are 50 uncontained large fires in the west managed under a full suppression strategy, and 55 large fires managed under a strategy other than full suppression. These fires are contributing to the smoke, which is drifting into the valleys surrounding Salmon and Challis. The public can find further information on smoke at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/, https://arcg.is/1zfeqH, and http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. The Kiwah Fire is on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/.

Visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF for further information.

Area Overview Map August 18

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/
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Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests
Location West side of Highway 95 near mile marker 184; near Pollock
Cause Human
Date of Origin Monday July 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Current as of 8/18/2018, 11:42:20 AM
Total Personnel 375
Size 7,752 acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 28%

Incident Transitions to Type 1 Management

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m.

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Information Phone Number (208) 495-6934

Incident Commander: Bea Day with the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team #1 took command of the incident today at 6:00 a.m.

Follow Emergency Evacuation Information on: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page or the

Adams County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page

Summary: Yesterday, there was fire growth on the southern perimeter, including one section that advanced about ½ mile to the east as it backed down into the drainages above Hillman Basin. Crews continued assessments in Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates and scouted contingency lines on the northwest side of Rapid River near Shingle Creek. A point protection plan was developed for Elk Lake subdivision. Firefighters prepared to implement point protection strategy in the Hwy 95 corridor. Fire behavior has been active into the early morning hours, so firefighters also patrolled and monitored the fire overnight. Isolated areas of the fire received up to a ¼” of rain last night.

Today, crews will begin structure assessments in Denny, continue to scout and identify values at risk in Shingle Creek, Papoose and the Rapid River area. Firefighters continued structure protection preparation activities in Elk Lake. Point protection will be implemented as necessary along Hwy 95. Scouting for opportunities for perimeter control is occurring in areas south of the fire and west of the highway. Warm temperatures and low humidity values are expected to persist over the next few days.

Resources Threatened: Private property and structures in the Pollock, Pinehurst, Hillman Basin, and Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates areas remain threatened, as well as threats to state and federal infrastructure (Highway 95) and natural resources.

Evacuations/Closures: Residents in Hillman Basin and Boulder are in “Go” status. Residents in the North Pollock, Elk Lake and Pinehurst areas and residents along Hwy 95 from mile marker 167 to 177 are in pre-evacuation status (“Be Set”). Smokey Boulder Road to Railroad Saddle is closed. Some road and area closures remain in effect to provide for public safety. Residents in the general vicinity should remain vigilant and refer to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook pages for any status updates. Both Idaho and Adams counties use AlertSense for emergency alerts. In Idaho County, call the Sheriff’s Department @ 208-983-1100 to enroll; in Adams County, visit https://bit.ly/2AU0C5R to sign up. Additionally, the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests have area closures in effect, including portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA); see https://bit.ly/2ATSand or the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.

Please observe posted speed limits along Hwy 95 adjacent to the fire and be aware of active fire traffic.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), so if you fly, we can’t!

Announcements: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect; use the following link for specific restriction information https://bit.ly/2ag2SUy . For public and firefighter safety, please adhere to all safety signage and speed reductions. Do not stop along the highway corridor near the fire. For road conditions and closures http://511.idaho.gov/.

For smoke monitoring information, see Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
https://bit.ly/2nooV2z OR https://bit.ly/2tm1VG6

For further information, please visit the following links:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999
Facebook:@RattlesnakeCreekFire

Rattlesnake Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999/

Aug 17 video update (FB)

Evacuations ordered at Idaho wildfire

By Keith Ridler – 8/17/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Residents along a stretch of a heavily traveled north-south highway in Idaho have been told to evacuate due to a wildfire.

Fire officials say private homes, state and federal infrastructure on the west side of U.S. Highway 95 on Friday were being threatened by the Rattlesnake Creek Fire near Pollock.

Fire spokesman Al Koss said officials are concerned winds could push the fire off a ridge and into brush and other fuels where it could race toward populated areas.

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Rabbit Foot Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Date of Origin Thursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 14 Nautical Miles South West of Salmon, ID
Cause Lightning/natural
Current as of 8/17/2018, 9:09:22 PM
Total Personnel 694
Size 34,201 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

August 18, 2018 Daily Update for Rabbit Foot Fire

Summary: A thunderstorm passed over the fire area yesterday with lightning that produced new ignitions in the area. One of the fires up Pahsimeroi Valley was estimated at 100 acres. Three Type 1 helicopters assigned to the Rabbit Foot Fire assisted with water drops on that fire. Other lightning caused fires from yesterday’s thunderstorm may be detected today as temperatures warm. Some areas of the Rabbit Foot Fire received up to .25 inches of rain yesterday, which helped to moderate fire activity, while other areas received no rain.

Yesterday’s activities included continued improvement to dozer lines and roads near the fire perimeter in preparation of the fire reaching them, where firefighters will have safer and more opportunities to directly suppress it. Burnouts on the interior of some of these lines may be initiated to strengthen them if weather conditions allow. A total of more than 30 miles of existing roads have been improved using mechanized equipment and 20 miles of old dozer lines from previous fires have been reopened. In addition, helicopters have dropped a total of 433,479 gallons of water on the fire to slow its growth.

The number one objective on the fire is to implement strategies and tactics that minimize the risk and exposure to the firefighters. Fighting the fire directly in the dense timber stands that exist on the fire would be inefficient and pose high risk to the firefighters. We currently have 50% of our indirect lines and improved roads completed. In addition; bringing the fire slowly to containment lines reduces the risk to firefighters by providing a safer space from which to engage the fire.

Weather: Today’s weather will be partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be in the mid 60’s to lower 70’s, with humidity 24-30%. Winds will be out of the north-northwest 5-10 mph with gusts to 15 mph.

Closures: Stage One fire restrictions remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands. Fire related area closure orders remain in effect and have expanded in response to the new fire growth. For more information on fire restrictions and area closures, visit Inciweb or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/).

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for non-incident aircraft including drones will be updated to reflect fire growth on the south flank. Pilots see NOTAM #8/1105.

Evacuation Notices: The Lemhi County Sheriff’s department will continue to notify residents regarding level 1 and level 2 pre-evacuations. Please contact the Sheriff’s department for any questions related to evacuations at (208) 756-8980.

August 18, 2018 Perimeter Map

August 18, 2018 IR Map
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDSCF/2018-08-03-1616-Rabbit-Foot-Fire/picts/2018_08_18-11.49.02.821-CDT.pdf

Rabbit Foot Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/

Thunderstorm passes over Rabbit Foot Fire igniting more flames

By Tristan Lewis August 18, 2018 Local News 8

Salmon, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – A thunderstorm passed over the fire area Friday with lightning that created more fires in the area.

One of the [fires] in Pahsimeroi Valley is estimated at 100 acres. Three Type 1 helicopters assigned to the Rabbit Foot Fire assisted with water drops on that fire. Crews will find out if there were more lightning caused fires from Friday’s thunderstorm as temperatures on Saturday warm up.

Some areas of the Rabbit Foot Fire received up to .25 inches of rain Friday, which helped to moderate some fire activity.

As of Saturday, the fire has grown to 34,512 acres and remains at 0 percent containment.

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Update – Boise BLM responds to multiple lightning wildfires

For Immediate Release: August 17, 2018, 8:00 pm
Contact: Boise District Fire Information Line (208) 384-3378
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire

The Boise BLM responded to twelve lightning ignited wildfires across the district today. Fire resources were able to contain the majority of today’s fires at small acreages and are now focusing on the Alkie, Benny and Cutoff fires, which have burned an estimated total of 1,900 acres.

Alkie Fire
* Located approximately 7 miles north of Glenns Ferry, ID
* Estimated at 1,000 acres
* Cause – Lightning
* No estimated contain or control time.

Benny Fire
* Located approximately 9 miles north of Glenns Ferry, ID
* Estimated at 400 acres
* Cause – Lightning
* Consumed the Little C Fire.
* No estimated contain or control time

Resources for Alkie and Benny fires –
6 dozers, 20 engines, 2 water tenders, 1 helicopter, 2 hand crews and the Mountain Home RFPA

Cutoff Fire
* Located approximately 13 miles southwest of Grand View , ID
* Estimated at 500 acres
* Cause – Lightning
* Resources – Air attack, air tankers, 2 engines, 2 dozers, 1 water tender and Grand View Fire Department
* No estimated contain or control time

Big C Fire
* Located approximately 9 miles northwest of Glenns Ferry, ID
* Estimated at 1/2 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* No estimated contain or control time

Muddy Fire
* Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, OR
* Estimated at 1/4 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* Estimated containment on 8/19/2018, No estimated control time

Poison Fire
* Located approximately 25 miles southwest of Bruneau, ID
* Estimated at 1/4 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained and controlled at 12:30 pm on 8/17/2018

MM 98 Fire HWY 20
* Located approximately 1 mile northeast of Mountain Home, ID
* Estimated at 1/10 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained and controlled at 2:30 pm on 8/17/2018

MM 108 Fire HWY 20
* Located approximately 8 miles northeast of Mountain Home Idaho, ID
* Estimated at 1/10 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained and controlled at 12:45 pm on 8/17/2018

Twenty Fire
* Located approximately 5 miles northeast of Mountain Home, ID
* Estimated at 1/10 acre
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained and controlled at 12:45 pm on 8/17/2018

Canyon Fire
* Located approximately 5 miles north of Mountain Home, ID
* Estimated at 3 acres
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained at 1:00 pm on 8/17/2018, Controlled at 4:30 pm on 8/17/2018

Goldie Fire
* Located approximately 10 miles south of Mountain Home, ID
* Estimated at 4 acres
* Cause – Lightning
* Contained at 12:30 pm on 8/17/2018, No estimated control time

For More Information,

Jared Jablonski, Fire Information and Prevention Office, 208 384-3210
Idaho Wildfires visit http://www.IdahoFireInfo.com
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Lighting Strikes Eastern Idaho

For Immediate Release: Aug. 17, 2018 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Kathleen Gorby, kgorby@fs.fed.us, (208) 497-7270
Lighting Strikes
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info
(#LightingStrikes & #BLMIFDFire)

Date Started: Aug. 17

Sheep 1
Location: North of Dubois on USDA land
Cause: Lighting
Fire Size: 20 acres
Contain: 100% 8/17 2000
Control: 8/17 2200
Fuel Type: Burning in grass and brush

Sheep 2
Location: North of Dubois on USDA land
Cause: Lighting
Fire Size: 5 acres
Contain: 100% 8/17 2000
Control: 8/17 2200
Fuel Type: Burning in grass and brush

Sheep 3
Location: North of Dubois on USDA land
Cause: Lighting
Fire Size: 20 acres
Contain: 100% 8/17 2000
Control: 8/17 2200
Fuel Type: Burning in grass and brush

Looking for a possibly three more lighting strike fires North of Dubois

Lawrence Creek
Location: 5 miles West of McCammon on Forest Service
Cause: Lighting
Fire Size: .1 acres
Contain: 8/17 2200
Control: 8/17 2300
Fuel Type: Timber

Power County Assist 4
Location: South of I80 East of American Falls, west of Pocatello Airport on private
Cause: Lighting
Fire Size: 80 acres
Fire Activity: Smolder
Contain: 8/17 2300
Control: 8/18 2000
Structures Threatened: Yes
Fuel Type: Burning in grass and brush
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NIFC

Idaho Fires: 11 Acres: 160,007 New: 1 Contained: 1
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 182 26 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-6774
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 5,000 30 5 miles east of East Hope 208-264-0571
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 15,437 1 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Mesa Payette National Forest FS 34,719 89 4 miles south of Council 775-403-2144
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 29,075 0 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,989 10 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 5,282 31 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-495-6934
* Ross Fork Fort Hall Agency BIA 500 0 7 miles east of Pocatello
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 90 6 miles east of Bellevue 208-731-8604
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 870 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-557-8813
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,100 14 18 miles east of Athol 208-264-0571

source:
https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update August 17, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

The high yesterday was 93 degrees under cloudy smoky skies. It has been 48 days since our last drop of rain.

Red Flag Warning Aug 17, 12pm to Aug 18, 12am

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Extreme Fire Danger!

P1000417-20180804BNF

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 9:00 MDT
75 Moderate

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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Closed
8/11 PM update: The Meadow Creek Road above Stibnite has an emergency closure as the Kiwah Fire has bumped the road above Indian Creek. No other closures are in effect at this time. The road is open to Thunder Mountain, but members of the public are asked to limit traffic on the road as firefighters are working along the road and in Thunder Mountain. A future closure of the Thunder Mountain area may be necessary depending on the impact of an expected high level of fire activity today. Helicopters are assisting firefighters with water bucket drops throughout the north side of the fire.

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Kiwah Fire Thermal Map
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Zoomed in Map showing proximity to Meadow Creek Road August 17

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location eight (8) miles northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station on the south side of the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday July 18th, 2018 approx. 05:30 PM
Current as of 8/17/2018, 7:41:30 AM
Total Personnel 17
Size 15,437 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 1%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Kiwah Fire Update August 17, 2018

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 11 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS AND OUTFLOW WINDS…

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 15,437 acres. The fire is burning in a mixed conifer forest on the Middle Fork Ranger District and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station within the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Yesterday, fire activity was primarily on the north and west sides of the fire. Fire activity on the east side of the fire around Battle Axe Mountain has had little movement in the last three days. Fire managers continue to monitor progress on the east side of the fire by lookouts. The potential remains high for the fire to continue to grow, as there are many actively burning areas within the fire perimeter.

There are two closures associated with the Kiwah Fire. The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Trail Closure Order #04-13-18-600 and the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Road Closure: #0412-524. The closure orders are on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/.

Fire management is being coordinated between the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Payette National Forest. The Kiwah Fire is being managed to restore and maintain ecological process consistent with the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Management Plan. A priority of fire mangers is providing employee and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include private property and mining infrastructure, Forest Service Guard Stations, Middle Fork Salmon River boat traffic, road and trail improvements, lookout buildings, communication sites, and cultural resources. The cultural resources are abandoned, historical mining structures. Challenges firefighters are facing on this incident include extended hot and dry conditions, heavy fuel loading, and limited availability of firefighting resources to support this fire.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Kiwah Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety.

To date firefighters have created protection plans for the Stibnite Mine Site, Thunder Mountain, Indian Creek Guard station, and Pistol Creek Ranch areas. To date, significant progress has been made to implement these protection plans, with point protection measures in place on both the Salmon-Challis and Payette National Forests. The fire will continue to be monitored for fire spread in the direction of these values. There are 17 firefighters assigned to the Kiwah Fire. Work will continue into the coming weeks.

Firefighters and fire managers will continue to utilize the resources available complete the needed work as efficiently as possible. Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to spread until a significant precipitation event occurs. Typically, season-ending weather events occur in this area between the last half of September through the first half of October.

Scattered thunderstorms are forecast to develop this afternoon and continue through the evening, decreasing into Saturday. The storms will have the potential to produce very strong outflow winds that may exceed 50 mph at times, particularly this afternoon. Localized wetting rains will be possible. Cooler temperatures and breezy winds are expected for Saturday.

Nationally, there are 50 uncontained large fires in the west managed under a full suppression strategy, and 55 large fires managed under a strategy other than full suppression. These fires are contributing to the smoke, which is drifting into the valleys surrounding Salmon and Challis. The public can find further information on smoke at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/, https://arcg.is/1zfeqH, and http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. The Kiwah Fire is on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/.

Visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF for further information.

Area Overview Map August 16

Closures — Kiwah Fire
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/
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Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests
Location West side of Highway 95 near mile marker 184; near Pollock
Cause Human
Date of Origin Monday July 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Current as of 8/17/2018, 8:54:45 AM
Total Personnel 375
Size 7,449 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 31%

8/17/18 Rattlesnake Cr. Update

Rattlesnake Creek Fire Information Phone Number (208) 495-6934

Follow Emergency Evacuation Information on: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page or the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page

Summary: Active fire behavior spread fire down to Pollock Lookout prompting the Adams County Sherriff’s Office to issue the Level 3 or “Go” evacuation order for the west side of Hwy 95 from mile marker 178 to 182 and the Hillman and Boulder subdivisions early Thursday afternoon. Erratic outflow winds from a passing dry thunderstorm pushed the column east, causing spotting into the Fall Creek drainage. Point protection was implemented for Hillman and Boulder. Firefighters assessed structures for necessary protection measures in neighborhoods to the south of mile marker 178. A bulldozer created contingency lines in the Elk Creek subdivision. The containment line north of the fire on White Bird Ridge was completed and tied into the shores of Rapid River.

Today, crews will finish assessments in Whitewater Wilderness Estates and scout contingency lines on the northwest side of Rapid River near Shingle Creek. Firefighters will be in place in the Hwy 95 corridor to implement point protection strategy as needed. The southern end of the fire is approaching the burn scar from the 2012 Wesley Fire as well as areas that have undergone fuel treatment in the last few years. This change in fuel type may give firefighters a chance to check the spread of the fire to the south. Resources Threatened: Private property and structures in the Pollock, Pinehurst, Hillman Basin, and Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates areas remain threatened, as well as threats to state and federal infrastructure (Highway 95) and natural resources.

Evacuations/Closures: Residents in Hillman Basin and Boulder as well as those on the west side of Hwy 95 from mile marker 178 to 182 are in “Go” status. Residents in the North Pollock, Elk Lake and Pinehurst areas and residents along Hwy 95 from mile marker 167 to 177 are in pre-evacuation status (“Be Set”). Smokey Boulder Road to Railroad Saddle is closed. Some road and area closures remain in effect to provide for public safety. Residents in the general vicinity should remain vigilant and refer to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook pages for any status updates. Both Idaho and Adams counties use AlertSense for emergency alerts. In Idaho County, call the Sheriff’s Department @ 208-983-1100 to enroll; in Adams County, visit https://bit.ly/2AU0C5R to sign up. Additionally, the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests have area closures in effect, including portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA); see https://bit.ly/2ATS and or the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.

Please observe posted speed limits along Hwy 95 adjacent to the fire and be aware of active fire traffic.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), so if you fly, we can’t!

Announcements: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect; use the following link for specific restriction information https://bit.ly/2ag2SUy . For public and firefighter safety, please adhere to all safety signage and speed reductions. Do not stop along the highway corridor near the fire. For road conditions and closures http://511.idaho.gov/

For smoke monitoring information, see Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
https://bit.ly/2nooV2z OR https://bit.ly/2tm1VG6
For further information, please visit the following links:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999
Facebook: @RattlesnakeCreekFire

Level 3 Evacuation for section of Hwy 95, including Hillman and Boulder

As of 1400 hours on 8/16/18, Adams County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following notice: DUE TO FIRE A THREAT THE RATTLESNAKE FIRE IS NOW AT A LEVEL 3 EVACUATION (GO). FROM THE COUNTY LINE(MP/182) TO HILLMAN BASIN RD (MP/178) ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. Smokey Boulder Road to Railroad Saddle is closed. Please see Adams Co. Facebook page for more information.

8/17/18 Rattlesnake Cr. Map

Rattlesnake Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999/
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Rabbit Foot Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Date of Origin Thursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 14 Nautical Miles South West of Salmon, ID
Cause Lightning/natural
Current as of 8/17/2018, 9:26:41 AM
Total Personnel 655
Size 29,075 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

August 17, 2018 Morning Update Rabbit Foot Fire

Summary: Yesterday focused on utilizing areas where roads, natural features, and changes in fuel types could be used for establishing anchor points as well as constructing indirect fire lines. The west side of the fire contingency line construction continued, with bundling of trees cut by a feller-buncher and point protection implementation. A total of more than 30 miles of existing roads have been improved using mechanized equipment. Between Panther Creek and Moyer Basin, on the northwest side of the fire, preparation continued for burning operations when conditions are favorable. Crews and dozers had also completed nearly 20 miles of indirect line in preparation for containing the approaching fire. There were technical communication issues during yesterday’s shift. Radio repeaters were temporarily down for 2 hours due to equipment failure. Firefighters disengaged from work during this time, due to safety concerns because of no communication capability. They reengaged when coverage was reestablished.

Planned Actions For Today: Today’s activities include continuing improving the dozer line, point protection, and focusing on firefighter safety. With a change in weather patterns expected today, a red flag warning has been issued for the area with dry thunderstorms and 50% chance of wetting rain. With outflow winds reaching up to 60 miles per hour; having good situational awareness will be critical to safely working in hazardous conditions. Crews will do their best to mitigate risk while these afternoon changes take place. Further preparation of the Silver Creek. road using a Feller-Buncher with a processing head will help to break down some of the heavy fuels and stack them for use. Initial attack may also increase today with dry thunderstorms. The Rabbit Foot Fire is full suppression fire. Due to its location in rugged terrain coupled with poor accessibility and hazardous burning conditions, the option of utilizing a confine and contain tactics with point protection has been implemented. This allows for the greatest safety factor for firefighters, best protection of resources at risk , and the highest probability of success.

Weather: A Fire Weather Watch will be in effect Friday, as a low pressure system moves into the area today. There will be increasing atmospheric instability, and a possibility for isolated thunderstorms with limited potential for rain and increased chances of lightning. Afternoon wind speeds are expected to be 5-10 mph, with outflow winds near thunderstorms as high as 50 mph. The air will remain very dry, with humidity in the teens and a high probability of ignition from wind-driven embers. Temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 70’s across the ridgetops while reaching the mid-80’s in the valleys.

Closures: Stage One fire restrictions remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands. Fire related area closure orders remain in effect and have expanded in response to the new fire growth. For more information on fire restrictions and area closures, visit Inciweb or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/).

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR):Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for non-incident aircraft including drones will be updated to reflect fire growth on the south flank. Pilots see NOTAM #8/1105.

Evacuation Notices: The Lemhi County Sheriff’s department will continue to notify residents regarding level 1 and level 2 pre-evacuations. Please contact the Sheriff’s department for any questions related to evacuations at (208) 756-8980.

August 16 Infrared Map for Rabbit Foot Fire

August 16 Perimeter Map for Rabbit Foot Fire

Rabbit Foot Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/
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Ross Fork Fire

Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info
(#RossForkFire & #BLMIFDFire)

Start Date: 08/16/2018
Location and Jurisdiction: 5 miles North East of Pocatello, on Tribal Land, BIA. Next to the location of the Big Horse Fire that occurred earlier this month.
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Size: 2480 acres
Percent Contained: 50% contained, estimated containment 8/17 2200, estimated control time 8/18 2000
Fire Behavior: Running
Structures Threatened: Yes
Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and brush running.
Fire Crews/Resources: 9 engines, 3 dozers (70 firefighters)

Evacuations: 40 homes evacuated, closest structure to fire ¼ mile on eastern flank. Evacuations will be lifted today at 10 a.m.

Closures: All of Ross Fork road is closed and Simplot road is closed from Sands to Ross Fork

Summary: The crews finished putting dozer line around the fire last night. The firefighters finished tying in the Ross Fork Fire with the Big Horse Fire using indirect fire line.


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NIFC

Idaho Fires: 11 Acres: 156,564 New: 0 Contained: 0
Chesterfield Fort Hall Agency BIA 2,380 75 5 miles northwest of Chesterfield
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 182 25 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-6774
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,900 25 5 miles east of East Hope 208-264-0571
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 15,437 0 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Mesa Payette National Forest FS 34,719 89 4 miles south of Council 775-403-2144
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 26,294 0 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,100 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 5,282 43 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-495-6934
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 90 6 miles east of Bellevue 208-731-8604
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 617 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-557-8813
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,800 0 18 miles east of Athol 208-264-0571

source:
https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Red Flag Warning Aug 17, 12pm to Aug 18, 12am

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Patchy smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Patchy smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West southwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday Patchy smoke. Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 54. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunday Patchy smoke. Sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
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Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
834 AM MDT Fri Aug 17 2018

...THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA...ENDING FROM SOUTHWEST
TO NORTHEAST THIS EVENING...

Northern Boise BLM-Western Payette National Forest-
Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Treasure Valley BLM-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
Western Twin Falls BLM-
834 AM MDT Fri Aug 17 2018

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT
MDT TONIGHT FOR LIGHTNING FOR NORTHERN BOISE BLM...WESTERN
PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST...EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST...
NORTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST...TREASURE VALLEY BLM...SOUTHERN
BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST AND
WESTERN TWIN FALLS BLM...WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES 400...401...
402...403...420...421 AND 424...

* THUNDERSTORMS...Isolated storms this morning becoming scattered
  by the afternoon. Some of these storms will have wetting rains,
  especially late afternoon through evening.


* OUTFLOW WINDS...Over 40 mph are possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

 

Fire Update Aug 16, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

It has been 47 days since we have had a drop of rain. Yesterday’s high was 94 degrees.

Fire Weather Watch in effect from August 17, 12:00 PM MDT until August 18, 12:00 AM MDT

Fire Weather Watch

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
808 AM MDT Thu Aug 16 2018

...THREAT OF THUNDERSTORMS ON THE INCREASE THROUGH SATURDAY
ACROSS THE REGION...

.Moisture continues to spread across the area combining with both
strong daytime heating and an approaching upper trough. The lower
portions of the airmass remain dry, therefore initially little if
any rain is expected. As the upper trough begins to swing into
the Pacific Northwest Friday, improving threat of both
thunderstorms and rainfall are expected.

Northern Boise BLM-Western Payette National Forest-
Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Treasure Valley BLM-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
Western Twin Falls BLM-
808 AM MDT Thu Aug 16 2018

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR LIGHTNING FOR NORTHERN BOISE BLM...
WESTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST...EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL
FOREST... NORTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST...TREASURE VALLEY BLM...
SOUTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST
AND WESTERN TWIN FALLS BLM...WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES 400...
401... 402...403...420...421 AND 424...

* THUNDERSTORMS...Isolated thunderstorms are possible Thursday
  afternoon and evening, but increasing in coverage Friday.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Over 40 mph are possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Extreme Fire Danger!

P1000417-20180804BNF

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 10:00 MDT
77 Moderate

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Mesa Fire

Payette National Forest
Location 4 miles south of Council, Idaho
Cause Human
Date of Origin Thursday July 26th, 2018 approx. 08:00 PM
Current as of 8/15/2018, 6:39:20 AM
Total Personnel 343
Size 34,700 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 89%
Estimated Containment Date Friday August 17th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

August 15, 2018 Final Update

FIRE UPDATE: Tomorrow Northern Rockies Team 7 will transition with a Type 3 team. The new team will take command of the fire at 6:00 am Thursday, August 16th.

Yesterday, crews progressed with mop up operations, moving approximately 100 feet inside fire containment lines to extinguish areas of heat. Along the 200 Road, resources continued securing areas where firing operations took place.

The northeast area of the fire remains the most active. Remaining crews will focus on securing containment lines in these areas. Where containment is complete, crews will continue to patrol and begin suppression rehabilitation efforts. Rehabilitation involves evaluating and stabilizing the impacts of fire on vegetation, soils, watersheds and habitat. This work can include raking containment lines, scattering slash, and installing water bars.

Temperatures will be slightly higher today with lower relative humidity. Tomorrow will bring increased cloud cover. Forecasts call for a 40% chance of rain on Friday.

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect over the entire fire area. Remember, temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones).If you fly, we can’t!

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Central Idaho, including the Payette National Forest, is under Stage I Fire Restrictions. For more information please visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/search/label/Payette

CLOSURE: A Forest Closure Order is in effect (#0412-524) for areas within and surrounding the Mesa Fire. For more information visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6041/45447

Mesa Fire Closure Version #3 Effective 8/16/2018 6am
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/IDPAF/2018-07-27-1232-Mesa/related_files/pict20180715-171415-0.pdf

Mesa Fire Closure Map Verson 3

Mesa Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6041/
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Kiwah Fire

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Kiwah Thermal Map 8/16/2018 from MODIS

Meadow Creek Road Closed

8/11 PM update: The Meadow Creek Road above Stibnite has an emergency closure as the Kiwah Fire has bumped the road above Indian Creek. No other closures are in effect at this time. The road is open to Thunder Mountain, but members of the public are asked to limit traffic on the road as firefighters are working along the road and in Thunder Mountain. A future closure of the Thunder Mountain area may be necessary depending on the impact of an expected high level of fire activity today. Helicopters are assisting firefighters with water bucket drops throughout the north side of the fire.

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location eight (8) miles northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station on the south side of the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday July 18th, 2018 approx. 05:30 PM
Current as of 8/16/2018, 7:08:33 AM
Total Personnel 17
Size 15,437 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Kiwah Fire Update August 16, 2018

..FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING…

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 11 PM MDT FRIDAY…

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 15,437 acres. The fire is burning in a mixed conifer forest on the Middle Fork Ranger District and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station within the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Yesterday, fire activity was minimal with little fire growth. The potential remains high for the fire to continue to grow, as there are many actively burning areas within the fire perimeter.

There are two closures associated with the Kiwah Fire. The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Trail Closure Order #04-13-18-600 and the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Road Closure: #0412-524. The closure orders are on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/.

Fire management is being coordinated between the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Payette National Forest. The Kiwah Fire is being managed to restore and maintain ecological process consistent with the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Management Plan. A priority of fire mangers is providing employee and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include private property and mining infrastructure, Forest Service Guard Stations, Middle Fork Salmon River boat traffic, road and trail improvements, lookout buildings, communication sites, and cultural resources. The cultural resources are abandoned but historical mining structures. Challenges firefighters are facing on this incident include extended hot and dry conditions, heavy fuel loading, and limited availability of firefighting resources to support this fire.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Kiwah Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety.

To date firefighters have created protection plans for the Stibnite Mine Site, Thunder Mountain, Indian Creek Guard station, and Pistol Creek Ranch areas. To date, significant progress has been made to implement these protection plans, with point protection measures in place on both the Salmon-Challis and Payette National Forests. The fire will continue to be monitored for fire spread in the direction of these values. There are 17 firefighters assigned to the Kiwah Fire. Work will continue into the coming weeks. Firefighters and fire managers will continue to utilize the resources available complete the needed work as efficiently as possible. Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to spread until a significant precipitation event occurs. Typically, season-ending weather events occur in this area between the last half of September through the first half of October.

A moist and unstable air mass will push into the central Idaho Mountains starting this afternoon and continuing overnight. Strong thunderstorms are possible Friday as the instability peaks. A Fire Weather Watch continues for all Friday afternoon and evening. A cold front moving through on Saturday will keep thunderstorms going.

Nationally, there are 46 uncontained large fires in the west managed under a full suppression strategy, and 57 large fires managed under a strategy other than full suppression. These fires are contributing to the smoke, which is drifting into the valleys surrounding Salmon and Challis. The public can find further information on smoke at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/, https://arcg.is/1zfeqH, and http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. The Kiwah Fire is on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/.

Visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/scnf/home, and check out News & Events, ‘Like Us’ on https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, and ‘Follow Us’ on https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF for further information.

Kiwah Fire from afar, August 16, early am

Payette Nf Krassel Rd Road Closure Kiwah Fire – Road #1290, Public Safety
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5995/45665/

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/
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Rattlesnake Creek Fire

Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests
Location West side of Highway 95 near mile marker 184; near Pollock
Cause Human
Date of Origin Monday July 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Current as of 8/16/2018, 9:14:31 AM
Total Personnel 422
Size 5,967 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 43%

8/16/18 Rattlesnake Creek Fire Update

A public meeting will be held at the Riggins High School tonight at 7 p.m. mountain time, 6 p.m. Pacific time.

Summary: Smoke over the Rattlesnake Creek Fire moderated fire behavior yesterday. Competing westerly and easterly up canyon winds restricted the southerly growth of the fire to White Bird Ridge south of Lockwood Point. Aerial resources dropped water to cool hot spots on the north side of Fall Creek and elsewhere. Firefighters assessed structures in Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates and Elk Lake subdivision for necessary structure protection measures. North of the fire area, construction of a contingency line continued on the east side of White Bird Ridge. A night shift monitored fire behavior.

Today, hot and dry conditions will persist as ground crews concentrate efforts on the contingency line to the north. A point protection strategy is in place in Hillman and Boulder Creek residential areas, Elk Lake subdivision, and structures along the Highway 95 corridor south of the Idaho/Adams county line. Assessments and implementation of structure protection work will occur in Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates, Rapid River and Shingle Creek subdivisions, and structures within the Highway 95 corridor north of the county line. Dry thunderstorms are forecast this evening, with gusty and erratic winds.

Resources Threatened: Private property and structures in the Pollock, Pinehurst, Hillman Basin, Elk Lake, and Whitewater Wilderness Ranch Estates areas are threatened, as well as state and federal infrastructure (Highway 95) and natural resources.

Evacuations/Closures: Residents in the North Pollock, Elk Lake and Pinehurst areas remain in pre-evacuation status (“Be Set”). Some road and area closures remain in effect to provide for public safety. Residents in the general vicinity should remain vigilant and refer to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook pages for any status updates. Both Idaho and Adams counties use AlertSense for emergency alerts. In Idaho County, call the Sheriff’s Department @ 208-983-1100 to enroll; in Adams County, visit https://bit.ly/2AU0C5R to sign up. Additionally, the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests have area closures in effect, including portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA); see https://bit.ly/2ATSand or the closures tab on Inciweb for more details.

Please observe posted speed limits along Hwy 95 adjacent to the fire and be aware of active fire traffic.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), so if you fly, we can’t!

Announcements: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect; use the following link for specific restriction information https://bit.ly/2ag2SUy . For public and firefighter safety, please adhere to all safety signage and speed reductions. Do not stop along the highway corridor near the fire. For road conditions and closures, dial 511 or 888-432-7623.

For smoke monitoring information, see https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/.

For further information, please visit the following links:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999
Facebook:@RattlesnakeCreekFire

8/16/18 Rattlesnake Creek Fire Map

Rattlesnake Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999/
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Rabbit Foot Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Date of Origin Thursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 14 Nautical Miles South West of Salmon, ID
Cause Lightning/natural
Containment: 0%
Total Personnel 609
Size 26,294 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

August 16, 2018 Morning Update Rabbit Foot Fire

Summary: Yesterday was another active burning day and progress is being made implementing the full suppression strategy of containing and confining the fire. The feller-buncher work on Silver Creek Road to create a contingency line along the fire’s western flank is almost complete. A feller-buncher is a large piece of equipment that can rapidly cut and stack standing trees. Hand crews and dozers continued work in the Moyer Basin area to connect the fire into the 2011Salt Fire, taking advantage of a change in fuel type change to slow or stop the fires progress. On the fire’s south flanks crews worked to improve dozer line and hand line to connect to the Van Horn Fire burn scar, creating an anchor point. Resource Advisors coordinated with the Forest Service and fire personnel to develop strategies to create contingency lines on the eastern flank of the fire, while protecting valuable wildlife habitat. Structure teams continued the risk assessment of private and public infrastructure.

Planned Action for Today: The focus today will continue to be utilizing areas where roads, natural features, and changing fuel types can be used for establishing anchor points as well as constructing indirect fire lines. On the west side of the fire contingency line construction will continue, with stacking of trees cut by the feller-buncher and point protection implementation. On the northwest side of the fire between Panther Creek and Moyer Basin preparation continues for prospective burning operations when conditions allow. This burning is a tactical tool for slowing the fire’s advance by removing fuel between the control lines and the fire. Contingency lines between Williams Lake and Twin Peaks, and in the Iron Creek and Hat Creek drainages, are being prepared as part of efforts to protect property in the Hwy 93 corridor. Firefighters and resources are working in areas where the potential for success is the highest, while providing for firefighter and public safety, and generating the least resource damage.

Weather: A Fire Weather Watch will be in effect Friday, as a low pressure system moves into the area today. There will be increasing atmospheric instability, and a possibility for isolated thunderstorms with limited potential for rain and increased chances of lightning. Afternoon wind speeds are expected to be 5-10 mph, with outflow winds near thunderstorms as high as 50 mph. The air will remain very dry, with humidity in the teens and a high probability of ignition from wind-driven embers. Temperatures are predicted to be in the upper 70’s across the ridgetops while reaching the mid-80’s in the valleys.

Closures: Stage One fire restrictions remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands. Fire related area closure orders remain in effect and have expanded in response to the new fire growth. For more information on fire restrictions and area closures, visit Inciweb or the Salmon-Challis Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf/).

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR):Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for non-incident aircraft including drones will be updated to reflect fire growth on the south flank. Pilots see NOTAM #8/6037.

Evacuation Notices: The Lemhi County Sheriff’s department will continue to notify residents regarding level 1 and level 2 pre-evacuations. Please contact the Sheriff’s department for any questions related to evacuations at (208) 756-8980.

August 16 Infrared Map for Rabbit Foot Fire

August 16 Perimeter Map for Rabbit Foot Fire

Rabbit Foot Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/
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Sharps Fire

Twin Falls District
Current as of 8/15/2018, 4:51:35 PM
Cause Human-caused
Date of Origin Sunday July 29th, 2018 approx. 11:15 AM
Location 6 miles east of Bellevue Idaho
Total Personnel 97
Size 64,853 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 88%
Estimated Containment Date Friday September 21st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

The Sharps Fire was reported to South Idaho Dispatch at 11:15 Sunday morning, July 29. The fire was human-caused, a result of an exploding target near Sharps Canyon, 6 miles east of Bellevue, ID.

FINAL UPDATE 8.15.18
Southern Idaho Type 3 Team

This morning the BLM Shoshone Field Office and the Sawtooth National Forest both terminated their Area Closures surrounding the Sharps Fire.

Acres: 64,853
Containment: 88%

Crews on the north end of the fire are continuing to patrol, monitor and secure containment lines in Kale Creek and the Little Wood drainage. Fire suppression repair is under way along the western, southern and eastern perimeters and will continue over the next several days as crews work with heavy equipment to repair fire lines.

Road and trail closures remain in effect. Closed roads on the BLM include Upper Quigley Canyon and Cove Creek Roads. Closed roads on the Sawtooth National Forest include Baugh Creek #115A and Copper Creek #134. The following trails on the Sawtooth National Forest are also closed: Fisher Canyon, Porcupine Creek Kale Creek, Federal Gulch, Timber Draw and Iron Mine Creek (refer to Map).

Weather continues to be hot and dry in southern and central Idaho. Fire Restrictions Remain in Effect

For additional updates on the Sharps Fire visit Idaho Fire Info Facebook or Sawtooth National Forest Facebook pages.


Boise Crew 3 is repairing dozer line in the Cove Creek drainage.

Sharps Fire Area Closure Terminated, Roads and Trail Closure Put in Place

JEROME, ID – The Sawtooth National Forest will be terminating the Area Closure for the Sharps Fire and implementing an Area Road and Trail Closure. This Closure will be in effect until October 31, 2018 or until rescinded by the Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor. This closure is for the safety of firefighting personnel that continue to work in the area. It is also for the safety of the public. There are still hot spots in the fire area. As soon as it is safe the Forest will determine the opportunity to rescind the order.

ROAD AND TRAIL CLOSURE DESCRIPTION:

National Forest System (NFS) Road #134 (Garfield/Copper Creek Road) Beginning at the Sawtooth National Forest boundary located in Township 3 North, Range 21 East, Section 11 continuing North/Northwesterly to the intersection of and including NFS Road 130 (Mormon Hill) and NFS Road 228 located in Township 3 North, Range 21 East, Section 10 ending at the terminus of NFS Road 130 and 228.

NFS Road #115A (Baugh Creek) Beginning at the Sawtooth National Forest boundary located in Township 3 North, Range 19 East, Section 13 continuing North/Northwesterly ending at the terminus located in Township 3 North, Range 19 East, Section 12.

NFS Road #116 Beginning at the Sawtooth National Forest boundary located in Township 3 North, Range 19 East, Section 14 continuing North ending at the terminus located in Township 3 North, Range 19 East, Section 11.

NFS Trail #172 (Porcupine Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the Sawtooth National Forest boundary located in Township 3 North, Range 20 East, Section 17 and continuing North to the intersection with NFS Trail #313 (Timber Draw Trail) located in Township 4 North, Range 19 East, Section 25.

NFS Trail #314 (Fisher Canyon Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the Federal Gulch campground located in Township 4 North, Range 19 East, Section 23 and continuing Westerly to the intersection with NFS Trail #173 and NFS Trail#170 (Long Gulch) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 26.

NFS)Trail #178 (Kale Creek Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the Sawtooth National Forest boundary located in Township 3 North, Range 20 East, Section 14 and continuing North to the Mormon Hill Trail Head located in Township 4 North, Range 21 East, Section 32.

NFS Trail #169 (Federal Gulch Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the intersection with NFS Trail #169 (Federal Gulch) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 24 and continuing South and then Northwest to the intersection with NFS Trail #169 (Federal Gulch Trail) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 19.

NFS Trail #313 (Timber Draw Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the intersection with NFS Road #118 (East Fork of the Wood River) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 8 and continuing West to the intersection with NFS Trail #173 located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 23.

NFS Trail #174 (Iron Mine Creek Trail) The entire length of the trail is closed starting at the NFS Road #118 (East Fork of the Wood River) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 8 and continuing Westerly to the intersection with NFS Trail #173 and NFS Trail#170 (Long Gulch) located in Township 4 North, Range 20 East, Section 26.

The above described Roads and Trails, as shown on the attached map, are located on National Forest System lands within the administrative and proclaimed boundaries of the Ketchum Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest, Blaine County, Idaho, Boise Meridian.

8.15.18 Sharps Fire – Sawtooth Road-Trail Closures

Sharps Fire Update for August 16, 2018. Crews continue to work on rehabilitation of suppression damage. Saturday August 18, 2018 a Type 4 organization will take over the fire. The area will be monitored and areas that need continued rehabilitation will be worked on. This will be the last update for the Sharps Fire. We want to thank everyone for the support that was extended to our firefighters and support personnel.

Sharps Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6055/
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Chesterfield Fire Update

For Immediate Release: August 16, 2018 8 a.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info
(#ChesterfieldFire)

*Contingent on no change today, a final release will go out tonight once 100% containment is reported*

Start Date: 08/13/2018 early morning
Location and Jurisdiction: Approximately 1 mile north of Chesterfield Reservoir on Fort Hall Reservation, BLM and private.
Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 2,380 acres (aerial mapping)
Percent Contained: 75%, containment estimated for 8/16/18
Fire Behavior: Fire is smoldering.
Structures Threatened: No structures threatened
Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and brush in steep terrain.
Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 2 brush trucks, 1 20-person handcrew, 9 smokejumpers and 3 dozers.
Evacuations: No evacuations.
Closures: No closures.

Summary: Firefighters will continue securing the fire perimeter and mopping up today with the goal of full containment by end of shift today, August 16.
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NIFC

August 16, 2018

Nationally, 101 large fires have burned nearly 1.8 million acres. The majority of the wildland fire activity continues to burn throughout the western states. Seven large fires were contained.

Weather: Critical fire weather conditions are expected across the western half of the Northern Rockies, eastern Oregon, and the northern Great Basin as a strengthening disturbance moves on shore and draws monsoonal moisture northward from the Four Corners region. The southern Sierra can once again expect isolated storms, mainly wet, in the afternoon. Slightly breezy westerly winds are possible along the Canadian border with northern Montana. Widely scattered dry and wet storms are expected along with abundant lightning activity. Further south, the monsoon over the Four Corners will remain very active; expect scattered wet storms in the afternoon. Temperatures across Texas will increase from previous days’ highs as the high pressure ridge overhead strengthens. Further east, a developing cold front extending from Lake Erie south Mississippi will allow for scattered storms to develop and become organized by late afternoon.

Idaho Fires: 11 Acres: 156,564 New: 0 Contained: 0
Chesterfield Fort Hall Agency BIA 2,380 75 5 miles northwest of Chesterfield
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 182 25 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-6774
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,900 25 5 miles east of East Hope 208-264-0571
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 15,437 0 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Mesa Payette National Forest FS 34,719 89 4 miles south of Council 775-403-2144
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 26,294 0 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,100 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 5,282 43 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-495-6934
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 90 6 miles east of Bellevue 208-731-8604
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 617 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-557-8813
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,800 0 18 miles east of Athol 208-264-0571

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