Category Archives: Fire Updates 2018

Fire Update Sept 14, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Boise NF, but were lifted on the Payette NF August 31, 2018. Remember, Yellow Pine is on the border between the two forests, so know where you are when you light a campfire.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Light haze
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Boise National Forest remains under Stage 1 restrictions

Boise, Idaho, Sept. 13, 2018 –Boise National Forest fire managers are waiting for measurable precipitation before lifting the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Conditions are extremely dry and any spark could result in a wildfire.

Dry and warmer weather conditions are predicted to return and continue through the weekend. Winds are expected to increase in the late afternoons.

Boise National Forest visitors may have a campfires within designated fee campgrounds and within established fire structures.

The Idaho Fire Info website has information about wildfires and restrictions for the entire state. http://www.idahofireinfo.com/

The 115 acre Casner Fire is 92 percent contained and was located 13 miles east of Lowman. Firefighters are being released back to their home units. The 26 acre German Fire was contained on 9-12-2018. Fires will be monitored and may continue to smoke until a significant amount of moisture arrives on the forest.

An area closure near Grandjean for the Wapiti Fire remains in effect. Information is available on Inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6176/

If you need more information regarding road and area closures or fire restrictions, please visit the Boise National website:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices
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Caton Fire

Caton – 770 acres, growth of 140 from Tuesday and Wednesday burn days.

Payette National Forest
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday August 24th, 2018 approx. 11:30 AM
Location The fire is located 7 miles southwest of the Village of Yellow Pine near Indian Point and has been moving east into the Caton Creek drainage.

Indian Ridge Trail Closure
For public safety, the Indian Ridge Trail #090 has been close to public use due to hazards associated with Caton Fire. The entire trail is closed from its beginning at the junction of trial #291 Phoebe Meadows Trail, and the junction of trail #091 Caton Creek Trail.

Caton Fire IR Map, September 7, 2018

Canton Fire Trails, August 27, 2018

Caton Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6177/
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Bum Creek Fire

Krassel Fire Updates 9-14-2018

With the change in weather, lower temps, higher humidity, rain and SNOW! our fire activity has much decreased.

Bum Creek – Bum Fire was GPSed on Wed 9/12 at 1820 acres, that growth was from the push it made Tuesday and part of Wednesday. In addition to the 1820 acres of main fire perimeter, there is an area of about 200 acres that is peppered with spot fires around the WF Monumental lakes. The largest of these spots were about 2 acres in size, most all of them were single logs smoldering on the ground. Most of the fire growth was to the east, pushing up through the rest of the head end of Tamarack Creek were the fire ran into the burn from the 2013 Thunder city fire.

Both the Bum Creek and Caton fires were pacified and inactive with the higher HR, lower temps, and cloud cover yesterday. Smoldering fire behavior was all that was observed.

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– Anthony B. Botello, Krassel District Ranger, Payette National Forest

Payette National Forest
Date of Origin Friday September 07th, 2018 approx. 08:00 AM
Location The fire is 3 miles southeast of the Pinnacles, near the West Fork of Monumental Creek Lakes.
Cause Lightning
Size 1,820 Acres

Bum Creek Fire Map, September 13, 2018

Bum Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6197/

Bum Creek Fire Thermal Map 9-14-2018
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Pistol Fire

Pistol Creek Frank Church Wilderness
Salmon-Challis National Forest

The Pistol Fire estimated at 426 acres is burning in grass, brush, and timber; west of the confluence of Pistol and Forty-Four Creeks in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. The fire is currently in monitor status. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Pistol Fire Thermal Map 9-14-2018
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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Open

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

Sept 5, 345pm update: Summary on fire activity on the Kiwah Fire is as follows: Fire activity remains minimal throughout the fire area with very light fire activity in the Papoose Creek and Indian Creek drainages, within the interior of the burn area.
– Amy Baumer, Public Affairs Officer, Salmon-Challis National Forest (via email)

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/
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Indian Butte Fire Update

Sept. 13, 2018 8:00 p.m. Update
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info(#IndianButteFire & #BLMIFDFire)

Summary: High winds and low humidity have been huge factors in the movement of this fire. The wind is predicted to continue through the weekend. The fire will continue to spread to the northeast and transition into timber fuels. The main concern is the fire moving to the east and impacting the town of Spencer as well as ranches on the I-15.

We highly suggest people who have a trailer in the Dry Creek and Patelzick Creek retrieve it while they can. Our plan is to continue line construction on the east and west flanks and continue evacuate hunting camps and assess what unattended hunting campers/trailers remaining in the area.

Start Date: 09/12/2018 6:32 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: Started on private land, burning onto BLM and Forest, 9 miles northwest of Dubois in Clark County.
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Size: 11,250 acres
Percent Contained: 20% containment at this time

Fire Behavior: Active and running, fire is moving northeast with potential shifts in direction based evening winds.

Structures Threatened: 20 single residences and numerous hunting camps spread across the area.

Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and brush and transitioning into heaver timber.

Fire Crews/Resources: 8 engines, 2 dozers, 1 fuel tender, 1 hand crew, 1 water tender, 3 seats, 1 air attack and 5 overhead.

Evacuations: Stoddard Creek campgrounds, trailers and hunters

Closures: Pleasant Valley Rd. and Dry Creek Rd. are closed to all traffic except for those retrieving their camp trailer, but this is subject to change depending on the movement of the fire.
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NIFC

September 14, 2018

Firefighters continue to work toward containment goals on 89 large fires in 12 states. Seven new large fires were reported yesterday.

Weather: Disastrous flooding will continue across the Carolinas as Florence remains stalled along the coast, slowly drifting southward. Debris flows are likely in areas with elevated terrain. Winds will decrease through the day but remain strong. Fallen/snapped trees along with impassible roads (due to flooding, blockages, and/or damage) may hamper the distribution of resources. Elsewhere, moderate to heavy rain will be possible across coastal portions of Texas, as a tropical disturbance moves north from the Gulf. Localized flooding is a possibility. In the West, temperatures will begin to rebound slightly as the upper level trough over the Pacific Northwest begins to weaken. However, breezy and dry conditions are expected to continue across the Great Basin and central Rockies, though it should not be as significant as recent days.

Idaho Fires: 15 Acres: 101,812 New: 2 Contained: 1
Bible Back Sawtooth National Forest FS 3,175 33 21 miles southeast of Stanley
* Bum Creek Payette National Forest FS 2,020 0 10 miles east of Yellow Pine
Caton Payette National Forest FS 630 0 24 miles east of McCall 208-634-0820
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 468 23 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-5561
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 7,861 85 5 miles east of East Hope 208-265-8058
* Indian Butte Clark County CNTY 11,250 20 8 miles northwest of Dubois
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 14,603 0 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Pistol Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 457 0 38 miles southeast of McCall
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 36,004 75 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,100 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-664-2318
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 8,220 90 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-820-1965
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 998 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-267-5561
Stewart Creek Sawtooth National Forest FS 5,270 62 18 miles northwest of Fairfield 208-764-3202
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,185 78 18 miles east of Athol 208-664-2318
Wapiti Boise National Forest FS 4,571 80 13 miles southwest of Stanley 208-259-3361
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 100 6 miles east of Bellevue

source:
https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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PM Fire Update Sept 12, 2018

Fire Update, Payette Interagency Dispatch, September 12, 2018

Fire Information Contact: Brian Harris 208-634-6945

The Mesa Fire Closure area has been reduced – Rattlesnake Creek Fire Burned Area Emergency Recovery (BAER) Team has completed the Soil Burn Severity Map – Updates on Wilderness Fires

The Mesa Fire

Closure area has been reduced to only the southern portion of Cottonwood Creek Road (FS-199) being closed. (Inciweb link).

The public can access the west side of Council Mountain via Mill Creek Road, to the open northern part of the Cottonwood Creek Road (FS-199), then to the Council Mountain Contour Road (FS-200) that leads to Cottonwood basin. Temporary gates will be placed at the closure points on Cottonwood Creek Road.

The southern part of the Cottonwood Creek Road on National Forest Lands bore the brunt of the high intensity wildfire that burned through the area in late July. The road is closed to ensure public safety and to protect natural resources from further damage.

The Cottonwood Creek Road is expected to remain closed through December 31, 2018, then depending on snow levels, it may be reopened – it is possible for the road to remain closed through early spring.

The Rattlesnake Creek Fire

(Inciweb Link) Firefighters and fire managers remain actively engaged on the fire with ground resources supported by aerial assets as needed to keep the fire in check. The Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is actively assessing fire impacts on federal lands within the fire area.

Forest Service Trail #181 on the Payette National Forest is closed due to fire activity – please do not use this trail as it will interfere with our firefighting operations. Review the Payette National Forest Fire Closure at this link.

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is fully engaged in surveying the Rattlesnake Creek Fire Area to determine what post-fire impacts may occur in the area, and potential mitigations. BAER team surveys are rapid assessments of the burned areas that evaluate post-fire conditions of the burned watersheds and determine the potential for increased post-fire flooding, sediment flows, and rock slides.

The BAER team consists of Forest Service scientists and specialists that are considering emergency stabilization options for protecting life, property, water quality and the deteriorated ecosystem following a wildfire event.

While many wildfires cause minimal damage to the land and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some post-fire conditions can increase certain threats such as flooding, accelerated erosion and increased sediment delivery, rock fall, hazard trees and noxious weed spread.

The BEAR team has completed their data gathering and verification field work, and the Soil Burn Severity map has been finalized. (Follow this link to view the map).

The map shows that the 8,213 within the Rattlesnake Creek Fire area are either unburned (43%) or low (37%) soil burn severity, while 19% sustained a moderate soil burn severity, and 1% burned at high soil burn severity.

The BAER team expects erosion and run-off within the Rattlesnake Creek Fire area to increase slightly as a result of the fire because 20% of the burned area experienced moderate or high soil burn severity. In specific areas that experienced moderate to high soil burn severity, there could be concern for run-off from steep hillslopes and resultant increases in post-fire soil erosion and debris flows.

The next step is for the BAER Team to use this assessment to identify if there are areas of concern where increased soil erosion, accelerated surface water run-off, and debris flows have the potential to impact human life/safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources from storm events. The BAER team will produce a report for the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette Forest Supervisors that includes a description of the assessment and findings for the burned area’s post-fire conditions along with recommended emergency stabilization measures and actions. BAER reports are also shared with interagency cooperators who work with downstream private home and land owners to prepare for potential post-fire flooding and sediment flow impacts.

As BAER teams and reports pertain to Forest Service lands only, private property owners who may be affected by post-fire runoff are advised to contact their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office for information on options for private property. A list of NRCS field offices, their addresses and phone numbers may be found online at http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov under Contact Us.

Caton Fire

(Krassel Ranger District) – Wilderness Fire – Inciweb link This fire was detected in heavy timber around noon on August 24 – a likely holdover from the lightning storm several days prior. The fire is located 7 miles southwest of Yellow Pine, near Indian Point.

Fire activity for the past several days has been minimal with very minor smokes on the west side of the fire, and one smoke on the southeast side of the fire down towards Caton Creek. Today’s cooler temperatures and cloud cover, with a possibility of rain are expected toll further reduce fire behavior. Firefighters are assigned to monitor the fire – additional fire resources will be assigned as needed. The fire is being managed under a confine/contain and point protection strategy.

Indian Peak Trail (FS #090) has an emergency closure on it – please do not use this trail. No Area Closures have been implemented at this time.

Bum Fire

Wilderness Fire (Krassel Ranger District) – Wilderness Fire – Inciweb link The Bum Creek Fire was detected on September 7, 2018. It is a lightning caused fire burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is under a monitor status, and is being allowed to play its natural role on the landscape, enhance and maintain wilderness character, and help restore ecological process in this forested ecosystem.

Fire activity increased over the past two days in the Subalpine fir stands due to steady winds, and warmer and drier conditions at mid and high slopes. In the lower elevations, such as the bottom of Tamarack Creek, fire activity remains low to moderate. The majority of fire activity took place in an unnamed creek drainage between Bum Creek and Tamarack Creek. The top of the fire is near the West Fork Monumental Lakes. Click the MAPS above link to view maps of the fire area.

Today’s cooler temperatures and cloud cover, with a possibility of rain are expected to reduce fire behavior. The Communities of Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg are not threatened by the fire.

Kiwah Fire

(Salmon-Challis National Forest – Wilderness Fire – (Inciweb link) 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. Fire activity remains minimal throughout the fire area. Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to burn 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.

Fire Restrictions:

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions have been lifted for Payette Zones, expect the Weiser River Zone – within this zone, no federal lands exists as only private and state lands are in this zone.

In the Weiser River Zone, campfires on private lands are allowed only in permanent fire structures. Additionally, interagency fire managers would like to remind people that burn permits are required for burning on private lands every year from May 10 through October 20.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Forest Service
Payette National Forest
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Fire Update Sept 12, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Boise NF, but were lifted on the Payette NF August 31, 2018. Remember, Yellow Pine is on the border between the two forests, so know where you are when you light a campfire.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Light haze
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Caton Fire

Payette National Forest
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday August 24th, 2018 approx. 11:30 AM
Location The fire is located 7 miles southwest of the Village of Yellow Pine near Indian Point and has been moving east into the Caton Creek drainage.
Current as of 9/11/2018, 9:48:46 AM
Size 630 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Indian Ridge Trail Closure
For public safety, the Indian Ridge Trail #090 has been close to public use due to hazards associated with Caton Fire. The entire trail is closed from its beginning at the junction of trial #291 Phoebe Meadows Trail, and the junction of trail #091 Caton Creek Trail.

Update Sept 12

Caton fire: The Caton fires was monitored today [Sept 11] by crew 6 and exhibited minimal growth with creeping and smoldering. Planned actions for tomorrow are to continue to monitor unless significant precipitation occurs.

InciWeb link:
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Bum Creek Fire

Sept 11 Update:

Krassel District Fire staff flew the Bum Creek fire yesterday afternoon [9-10]. It has become more active over the past two days with the higher winds and warmer, drier conditions. The fire is approximately 700+ acres. As you can see from the photos, it is burning most actively in subalpine fir on south facing slopes and on the ridgetop between Tamarack and Bum Creeks. Our observations yesterday were that in places where the fire did not have wind on it, the conditions were very moderate, for example in the bottom of Tamarack Creek.

Photo 915 is from over Sugar Mtn looking northeast. 949 is looking north, 647 is from lower Tamarack Creek looking east.

We have Management Action Points around the Bum Creek fire where we will consider taking a checking action, including if the fire continues to move north toward Jacobs Ladder Creek. We are actively engaged in managing this fire and not values are threatened and the fire is still meeting incident objectives.

Caton and Kiawah fires were also flown. Kiawah showed one very small puff of smoke, but almost an undetectable amount of fire activity. Caton was minimally active, with some very minor smokes on the west side and one smoke on the southest side of the fire down toward Caton Creek.

The weather is predicted to cool down and become more cloudy with the possibility of moisture. Even without a wetting rain on the fire, we expect the next few days to show low to moderate fire activity.

– Anthony B. Botello, Krassel District Ranger, Payette National Forest

photos:

Photo 915 is from over Sugar Mtn looking northeast.

949 is looking north

647 is from lower Tamarack Creek looking east

Sept 12 Update:

Bum Creek: The Bum Creek fire had a few hours of active burning today [9-11] and could be seen from the Yellow Pine and Stibnite areas; for a short time the fire could also be seen from McCall. Fire managers were not able to fly the fire this afternoon to update the fire size and location due to aircraft being committed to a new fire west of Council. Observation from our remote camera and fire lookouts show decreased fire activity this evening. Planned actions for tomorrow are to complete the aerial recon and monitor fires growth while assess and needed future action.

Bum Creek 9-11 from Airport
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– Anthony B. Botello, Krassel District Ranger, Payette National Forest

Bum Creek Thermal Map Sept 12
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Payette National Forest
Date of Origin Friday September 07th, 2018 approx. 08:00 AM
Location The fire is 3 miles southeast of the Pinnacles, near the West Fork of Monumental Creek Lakes.
Cause Lightning
Current as of 9/11/2018, 9:19:50 AM
Size 730 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

The Bum Creek Fire was detected on September 7, 2018. It is a lightning caused fire burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The fire is under a monitor status, and is being allowed to play its natural role on the landscape, enhance and maintain wilderness character, and help restore ecological process in this forested ecosystem.

Fire activity increased yesterday in the Subalpine fir stands due to steady winds, and warmer and drier conditions at mid and high slopes. In the lower elevations, such as the bottom of Tamarack Creek, fire activity was low to moderate.

The majority of yesterday’s fire activity took place in an unnamed creek drainage between Bum Creek and Tamarack Creek. The top of the fire is near the West Fork Monumental Lakes. Click the MAPS above link to view today’s map of the fire area.

Today’s cooler temperatures and cloud cover, with a possibility of rain will reduce fire behavior.

Bum Creek Map, 9/11

Bum Creek photo gallery:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photographs/6197/

Bum Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6197/
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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Open

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 9/12/2018, 7:47:37 AM
Size 14,603 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Sept 5, 345pm update: Summary on fire activity on the Kiwah Fire is as follows: Fire activity remains minimal throughout the fire area with very light fire activity in the Papoose Creek and Indian Creek drainages, within the interior of the burn area.
– Amy Baumer, Public Affairs Officer, Salmon-Challis National Forest (via email)

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Acres 426
Percent contained 0
Locaton 38 miles southeast of McCall Frank Church Wilderness

Pistol Fire Thermal Map Sept 12
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Mesa Fire Closure Update

Payette NF

The Mesa Fire Closure area has been reduced to only the southern portion of Cottonwood Creek Road (FS-199) being closed.

The public can access the west side of Council Mountain via Mill Creek Road, to the open northern part of the Cottonwood Creek Road (FS-199), then to the Council Mountain Contour Road (FS-200) that leads to Cottonwood basin. Temporary gates will be placed at the closure points on Cottonwood Creek Road.

The southern part of the Cottonwood Creek Road on National Forest Lands bore the brunt of the high intensity wildfire that burned through the area in late July. The road is closed to ensure public safety and to protect natural resources from further damage.

The Cottonwood Creek Road is expected to remain closed through December 31, 2018, then depending on snow levels, it may be reopened – it is possible for the road to remain closed through early spring.

link to map on FB:

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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 9/12/2018, 7:47:56 AM
Total Personnel 233
Size 36,004 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Sep 11, 2018

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger.

The United States Congress designated the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho in 1980 and it has a total of more than 2,300,000 acres. The Frank Church-River of No Return, the largest contiguous unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System in the Lower 48. It is second in size only to California’s Death Valley Wilderness, which consists of many non-contiguous pieces. This area combines the old Idaho Primitive Area, the Salmon Breaks Primitive Area, territory on in two Forest Service Regions and six national forests, and a small swath of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It is a land of clear rivers, deep canyons, and rugged mountains.

For most of the 20th century, any form of wildland fire, whether naturally caused or otherwise, was immediately suppressed. Standards regulating wildfire suppression in the 1960s changed because ecological studies recognized fire as a natural process that was necessary for new growth. Today, policies supporting complete fire suppression have been replaced with those that encourage wildland fire to be used as a tool.

Fire management activities within wilderness are executed in a manner compatible with overall wilderness management objectives. Preference is given while using methods and equipment that cause the least alteration of the wilderness landscape, disturbance of the land surface, disturbance to visitor solitude, reduction of visibility during periods of visitor use, and adverse effect on other air quality related values. Whenever possible fire camps, helispots, and other temporary facilities or improvements are located outside of the wilderness boundary. Disturbed areas within wilderness are rehabilitated to as natural an appearance as possible. “Our firefighters on the Kiwah Fire have welcomed the opportunity to interact with recreationalists and outfitters on the Middle Fork Salmon River to help share how to learn to live with fire while ensuring a safe recreational experience near an active fire area,” said Riley Rhoades, the former Incident Commander of the Kiwah Fire.

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Operations for the Kiwah Fire are logistically a challenge. Firefighters are flying into a remote airstrip to assess and protect values; including 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.

A wilderness is recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. An area of wilderness is further defined to mean an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed to preserve its natural conditions. The Wilderness Act states there shall be no permanent road within any wilderness area designated by this Act and except as necessary to meet minimum requirements for the administration of the area for the purpose of this Act. Additionally there shall be no temporary road, no use of motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motorboats, no landing of aircraft, no other form of mechanical transport, and no structure or installation within any such area. The use of motorized equipment and mechanical transport is only allowed for in emergency situations, such as fire management, where there is an inescapable urgency and temporary need for speed beyond that available by primitive means.

Given, past, current, and expected fire behavior on the Kiwah Fire, in order to successfully implement a point protection strategy, motorized equipment has been approved for use. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire which takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Kiwah Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance protection of values and firefighter safety along with administration of the wilderness and its resources in the Wilderness Management Plan. The Line Officer approving the use of motorized equipment, aircraft, or mechanical transport specifies what uses of that equipment are suitable and will have the least lasting impact to the wilderness resource.

The thick smoke outside is not only coming from the Kiwah Fire, it is coming from the many other fires around the region. Nationally, there are 26 uncontained large fires in the west managed under a full suppression strategy, and 59 large fires managed under a strategy other than full suppression.

Fire managers goal is to allow fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem while preserving wilderness character and maintaining access to popular areas that contribute to our sense of place and local economy. This requires a delicate balance of maintaining public and firefighter safety while still providing visitors with the wilderness experience they came for.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest understands the inconvenience that fire, and the impacts associated with it, like smoke causes for people. However, we can either deal with isolated pockets of smoke and short-term displacement from recreational values such as trails and roads or long-term and potentially devastating impacts in the future.

The impacts of escalating wildfire in many regions, the lives and homes lost, the expense of suppression and the damage to ecosystems, have led us to the conclusion that sustainable coexistence with wildfire is absolute. Climate change and continued development on fire-prone landscapes is and will continue to be a challenge.

When recreating in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness travel plans should be flexible, call the local Ranger District office for current conditions before you go, as well as a safe place to go (a safety zone) when fires are burning. Know Before You Go! Contact the Salmon-Challis National Forest for current fire information in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Point Protection work around Indian Creek Guard Station
link to FB photo:

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

Sawtooth National Forest
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 20th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 18 miles northwest of Fairfield
Current as of 9/12/2018, 9:26:55 AM
Total Personnel 222
Size 5,270 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 60%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Daily update for September 12

This will be the final update on the Stewart Creek Fire from the Eastern Area Incident Management Team. Future updates will come from the Sawtooth National Forest on a weekly basis unless significant activity or changes occur. As fire managers meet objectives, the complexity of the incident is reduced. A smaller, Type 3 organization will assume command Thursday morning (9/13).

YESTERDAY: The weather and fire behavior moderated a bit yesterday with cooler temperatures, increased humidity and variable winds. This gave crews the opportunity to finish backhauling equipment and shift resources off areas where depth of containment reaches 200 ft. from the perimeter. Crews continued mopping up and securing lines. Aircraft flew early in the morning until a drone was spotted within the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR); all air resources were immediately grounded until deemed safe. Some fire personnel, crews, equipment and aircraft have begun being released from the fire during this transition to a smaller organization.

TODAY: The main focus of operations over the coming days will continue to be mop-up, patrol and securing lines along the perimeter. In addition, a bulldozer and excavator will assist with repairing Forest roads and trails. 60% of the fire is identified as contained, however green islands of active burning will continue to produce smoke on the interior. The northern portion of the fire will likely burn towards the natural barriers of the Soldier Mountains until a season ending precipitation event occurs. A cooler, more seasonal weather pattern is on the horizon with chances of some much-needed rain. The Forest Closure area remains in effect and will be assessed after the weekend, Sept. 17. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

SUMMARY: The Stewart Creek Fire started on August 20, 2018 resulting from dry lightning, 18 miles Northwest of Fairfield, Idaho on the Sawtooth National Forest, Fairfield Ranger District. Weather conditions, dry fuels and rough terrain aided in fire spread, showing signs of up to ½ mile of spotting potential. Crews strategically stationed at various spike camps have been working tirelessly on this fire to build fireline where accessible to help impede fire spread and guide the fire to the east and north. Available air resources are being used in inaccessible and dangerous areas where firefighters are unable to safely operate due to extremely steep terrain or hazardous standing dead trees, also known as ‘snags.’ The fire is burning in standing timber, heavy down and dead understory with visible single tree and group torching. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team took command of the fire on August 31st. After nearly two weeks of managing the fire and reaching 60% containment, the fire will be transferred to a smaller, Type 3 organization on September 13th.

Public information map as of Sept. 12, 2018

Stewart Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6171/
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NIFC

September 12, 2018

Wildland fire activity continues to moderate throughout the country due to favorable weather conditions. Two new large fires were reported and two were contained.

Weather: Hurricane Florence will begin to make its approach to the East Coast. Look for rain bands and winds to impact coastal areas near Cape Hatteras by afternoon. In the West, a cooler southwesterly flow will produce below normal temperatures. However, critical fire weather conditions resulting from breezy winds and low humidity will be present across portions of the Great Basin and Wyoming. Areas of rain will be possible across the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies, as the system moves west to east along the Canadian Border.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 152,693 New: 0 Contained: 0
Bible Back Sawtooth National Forest FS 2,843 33 21 miles southeast of Stanley
Caton Payette National Forest FS 630 0 24 miles east of McCall 208-634-0820
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 468 23 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-5561
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 7,861 85 5 miles east of East Hope 208-265-8058
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 14,603 0 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Pistol Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 426 0 38 miles southeast of McCall
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 36,004 74 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,810 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-664-2318
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 8,220 90 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-820-1965
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 98 6 miles east of Bellevue
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 985 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-267-5561
Stewart Creek Sawtooth National Forest FS 5,234 60 18 miles northwest of Fairfield 208-764-3202
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,185 78 18 miles east of Athol 208-664-2318
Wapiti Boise National Forest FS 4,571 80 13 miles southwest of Stanley 208-259-3361

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PM Fire Update Sept 11, 2018

Afternoon update September 11, 2018

Bum Creek fire size increase

Krassel District Fire staff flew the Bum Creek fire yesterday afternoon. It has become more active over the past two days with the higher winds and warmer, drier conditions. The fire is approximately 700+ acres. As you can see from the photos, it is burning most actively in subalpine fir on south facing slopes and on the ridgetop between Tamarack and Bum Creeks. Our observations yesterday were that in places where the fire did not have wind on it, the conditions were very moderate, for example in the bottom of Tamarack Creek.

Photo 915 is from over Sugar Mtn looking northeast. 949 is looking north, 647 is from lower Tamarack Creek looking east.

We have Management Action Points around the Bum Creek fire where we will consider taking a checking action, including if the fire continues to move north toward Jacobs Ladder Creek. We are actively engaged in managing this fire and not values are threatened and the fire is still meeting incident objectives.

Caton and Kiawah fires were also flown. Kiawah showed one very small puff of smoke, but almost an undetectable amount of fire activity. Caton was minimally active, with some very minor smokes on the west side and one smoke on the southest side of the fire down toward Caton Creek.

The weather is predicted to cool down and become more cloudy with the possibility of moisture. Even without a wetting rain on the fire, we expect the next few days to show low to moderate fire activity.

– Anthony B. Botello, Krassel District Ranger, Payette National Forest

photos:

Photo 915 is from over Sugar Mtn looking northeast.
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949 is looking north
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647 is from lower Tamarack Creek looking east
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Bum Creek Thermal Sept 11

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Firefighters maintain leading edge on fires

Boise, Idaho, Sept. 11, 2018 — Progress was made yesterday as firefighters held fire lines through the red flag warning for high winds.

The 115 acre Casner Fire is 30 percent contained and located 13 miles east of Lowman, in an area with minimal road access and steep terrain. Firefighters will continue to work on securing the perimeter line, keeping the fire north of Casner Creek and east of West Fork Casner Creek. Helicopters are supporting over 170 firefighters. There may be some smoke impacts involved with travel along State Highway 21 and within the recreational areas. Visitors are asked to use caution. Expect fire personnel and additional vehicles using the corridor.

The 26 acre German Fire is 90 percent contained. The fire is located 9 miles east of Idaho City, and under the management of a Type 3 Management Team. Fire managers anticipate releasing firefighters back to their local units as containment is reached.

Aircraft detection flights and patrolling of the fire areas will continue until a significant amount of moisture arrives on the forest.

Higher humidity and cooling temperatures aid with suppression efforts, however the fuels remain extremely dry.

Area Closure near Grandjean for the Wapiti Fire remains in effect.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions also remain in effect for the Boise National Forest.

If you need more information regarding road and area closures or fire restrictions, please visit the Boise National website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

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Hunters shoot at firefighters battling Washington wildfires

Two hunters were cited for firing their rifles in the direction of firefighters who were battling a wildfire near Washington’s White Pass Ski Area.

Associated Press September 11, 2018

Federal authorities say two hunters were cited after they entered a closed area and fired their rifles in the direction of firefighters who were battling a wildfire near Washington’s White Pass Ski Area.

Officials on the Miriam Fire said in a news release that the incident happened Aug. 23.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Traci Weaver said Monday that firefighting in the area was halted once gunfire was detected and that 14 U.S. and Australian firefighters were evacuated to the nearby ski lodge.

No one was injured.

Weaver says federal, state and local officers investigated, finding two men inside the fire area closure who said they were shooting ground squirrels and marmots and also were bear hunting.

She says the men were cited for violating closure orders and that an investigation is ongoing.

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Fire Update Sept 11, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

It is very dry in the area, no rain so far this month.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Boise NF, but were lifted on the Payette NF August 31, 2018. Remember, Yellow Pine is on the border between the two forests, so know where you are when you light a campfire.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Green

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 9:00 MDT
21 Good

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Caton Fire

Update Sept 10:

Caton was fairly quiet yesterday. See attached photos. We observed very little fire behavior, primarily creeping with occasional torching. We estimate very minimal growth in actual size.

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– Anthony B. Botello, Krassel District Ranger

Payette National Forest
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday August 24th, 2018 approx. 11:30 AM
Location The fire is located 7 miles southwest of the Village of Yellow Pine near Indian Point and has been moving east into the Caton Creek drainage.
Current as of 9/11/2018, 9:48:46 AM
Size 630 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Indian Ridge Trail Closure
For public safety, the Indian Ridge Trail #090 has been close to public use due to hazards associated with Caton Fire. The entire trail is closed from its beginning at the junction of trial #291 Phoebe Meadows Trail, and the junction of trail #091 Caton Creek Trail.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6177/47537/

Caton Fire IR Map, September 7, 2018

InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6177/
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Bum Creek Fire

Update Sept 10:

The Bum Fire was moderately active yesterday afternoon. Dispatch has received several call reporting the fire. We have attached photos and a short time lapse from Miners peak. In the video you will see a small puff of dark smoke a little to the left of the column, that puff is from the Caton.

We have a camera on Meadow creek that we have monitored the Kiawah fire with, and it has a good view of the smoke. From the camera, it appears to be spreading up Tamarack creek.

From a monitoring flight yesterday, we confirmed that the Bum Creek Fire made a push to the NNE in a long skinny finger to ¼-1/2 mile from WF Monumental lakes. It looked like the fire had hit the ridge and fire behavior had moderated . We are estimating the fire now about 170 acres

The fire is not threatening our identified values and still about 4 – 4 1/2 miles from our MAP to expand our planning area. We do expect further growth today due to increased winds.

– Anthony B. Botello, Krassel District Ranger

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video link: 20180909BumCreek_0199.mov

Bum Creek Thermal Map Sept 11, 2018
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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Open

Kiwah Fire Thermal Map Sept 11
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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 9/11/2018, 7:45:16 AM
Total Personnel 1
Size 14,603 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 14,603 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.

Fire activity remains minimal throughout the fire area.

Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to burn 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.

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger.

Low pressure will begin to creep in, cooling temperatures and bringing a slight increase in moisture. This will keep relative humidity values above critical values in the 15-22 percent range. Winds will still be gusty at times, reaching up to 20 to 25 mph this afternoon. There is a slight chance of rain Wednesday morning, but the better chances arrive Thursday.

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

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Release Date: Sep 10, 2018

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger.

The Pistol Fire was reported this afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m. The fire is estimated at 150 acres and is burning in grass, brush, and timber; west of the confluence of Pistol and Forty-Four Creeks in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. The fire is currently in monitor status. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Weather: the RED FLAG WARNING remains in effect from noon to 9 pm mountain daylight time today for strong gusty winds and low relative humidity. Expect wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph mainly at elevations above 7,000 thousand feet which will die down after sunset. Humidities will be under 15 percent in most locations. Much of the same will continue Tuesday and through the week with wind gusts of 20 to 25 mph expected but for the most part should stay below red flag criteria. The best chance for precipitation will be Wednesday and Thursday.

Nationally, there are 33 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.

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.

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Wapiti Fire

Boise National Forest
Date of Origin Saturday August 25th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Cause Under Investigation
Location 13 miles SW of Stanley, Idaho

9-9-2018 a.m. Wapiti Fire Update

Fire Information – Contact Lowman Ranger District
208-259-3361

Fire transitioned to local resources management; area closures remain in place

Air patrols and firefighters will continue to monitor the 4,571 acre Wapiti Fire, located near Grandjean

Containment of the Wapiti Fire has reached 85 percent thanks to the hard work of firefighters, and the process of transitioning management of the fire back to local Forest Service resources is moving forward.

The official handoff from the team to the local unit took place Monday September 3, at 6:30 a.m.

A few firefighters will continue to patrol containment lines to ensure they remain cold and black.

A single torching of trees or smokes may be observed until significant moisture arrives in the area.

Forest Service resource advisers have approved all restoration work.

Temperatures will generally remain the same and there is a chance of showers over the next several days. Small amounts of smoke may be visible near the headwaters of Elk Creek and Bear Creek drainages until the area receives additional rain or snow.

Closure: 9-4-2018 Wapiti Area Closure was revised. Version #2 closure will remain in place until local units determine it is safe lift the restrictions.

The Grandjean road is open. The area within the fire perimeter is closed. The Sacajawea Hot Springs Area is closed.

For more information about the closures, visit the websites listed below or call the Lowman Ranger District at 208-259-3361.

Boise NF website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/boise
Sawtooth NF website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth
Fire Restrictions: Check fire restrictions at idahofireinfo.com
Hunting information: https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt

The fire was first reported on the afternoon of Aug. 25 and the cause was human.
Currently a few local resources will monitor the fire for activity.
The estimated containment date is October 1, 2018.
Confirmed 3 cabins and 1 outbuilding have been lost to the fire.
No injuries have been reported.

Wapiti Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6176/
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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 9/10/2018, 11:44:58 AM
Total Personnel 45
Size 8,220 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 90%

Effective September 4, 2018 Rattlesnake Creek Fire information will be available at:

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Info Hotline at: 208-820-1965.

Payette National Forest Fire Info Hotline at: 208-634-0820.

The Payette National Forest has an area closure in effect for the Rattlesnake Creek Fire. The closed area has been reduced to the perimeter of the burned area. Smokey Boulder Road is open to public travel. Additionally, trails #178 and #185 are open for through travel. The land adjacent to the trails remains closed – please stay on the trails.

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 9/11/2018, 7:18:27 AM
Total Personnel 288
Size 36,004 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

September 10, 2018, Daily Update for Rabbit Foot Fire

Contact Fire Information: 208.879.1243

This will be the final update on the Rabbit Foot Fire from Great Basin Team 4. Future updates will come from the Salmon-Challis National Forest on a weekly basis unless significant activity or changes occur. As fire managers meet objectives, the complexity of the incident is reduced. A smaller, Type 3 organization will assume command Wednesday morning. The primary fire camp will remain in Challis and will support smaller camps in Cobalt and near Iron Mountain. Last night was the last for the remote camp at Spring Creek, south of Salmon. Great Basin Team 4 would like to thank the communities of Lemhi and Custer County for their support and appreciation.

Current Situation: Firefighters have made excellent progress on the Rabbit Foot Fire in the past two days. They completed rehabilitation of firelines and removal of equipment on Silver Creek Road, south of Williams Lake, and between Hat and Little Hat Creeks. Additional fire perimeter is likely to be called contained this week, once fire managers are confident that critical fire weather conditions will not cause the fire to cross current firelines.

The most active portions of the fire perimeter continue to be near Wards Butte, Iron Creek, and Moyer Creek. Tree torching sent off embers that started smaller fires ahead of the main fire; however, helicopters dropped water on these spots to limit growth. Updated perimeter mapping is planned for tonight.

Weather: Gusty winds and low relative humidity are forecast for today and have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning – an indicator to firefighters of extreme weather conditions and the potential for rapid fire growth. A cooling trend begins tomorrow. It is not expected to bring measurable rainfall, although showers and thunderstorms are possible later in the week. Breezy conditions will likely persist.

Strategy: The Rabbit Foot Fire is being managed using a combination of actions, some directly adjacent to the fire perimeter and others long distances away from the active fire perimeter; these actions include full suppression, confinement to pre-determined natural barriers, and the protection of values such as private property, habitat, and infrastructure. This strategy presents the best option for firefighter safety and successful containment. It is represented by a percentage of overall completion of the objectives. The Rabbit Foot Fire objectives are currently 73% complete, while 20% of the fire perimeter is contained.

Evacuations: All pre-evacuation zones in both Custer and Lemhi counties are in Level 1 status, the lowest level of alert. Residents in these zones should maintain awareness of the potential for evacuations in the event of increased fire behavior. See a map depicting the current evacuations at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/. In Lemhi County, contact the Sheriff’s Department at 208.756.8980 for questions regarding evacuations.

Closures: The Morgan Creek Road (NFSR 055) is open for through traffic in the closure area. Stopping is not permitted. The Cabin and Ringle Creek Roads and all spurs are open. There is still an area closure on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. For maps and more details, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/

September 11, 2018 Rabbit Foot Fire Map

September 10, 2018, Rabbit Foot Fire

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

Sawtooth National Forest
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 20th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 18 miles northwest of Fairfield
Current as of 9/10/2018, 8:22:22 PM
Total Personnel 257
Size 5,175 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 60%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Daily Update for September 11

YESTERDAY: A Red Flag Warning was declared yesterday for much of the area, while conditions did elevate, clouds kept the temperatures slightly lower and humidity higher than forecasted Red Flag conditions. As the frontal passage moved through in the afternoon, containment lines were again tested and held. Crews continued mop-up operations, reinforced firelines, monitored for spot fires and backhauled equipment. Aircraft were used in the afternoon after the winds subsided to check containment lines and monitor fire intensity and look for spot fires. No new spot fires reported. Resources are starting to be released from the fire; one remote ‘spike’ camp along the 484 Road with approximately 100 firefighters is still being supported. An excavator and bulldozer were assigned to the incident to assist with meeting the objectives of a repair and rehabilitation plan.

TODAY: The weather and fire behavior should moderate a bit today with cooler temperatures, increased humidity and variable winds. This should give crews the opportunity to finish backhauling equipment and shifting all resources off of areas where depth of containment reaches 200 ft. from the perimeter. Aircraft will fly throughout the day to monitor for any spot fires or areas of active fire behavior. Three helicopters are expected to be released from the fire today; three will remain. 60% of the fire is identified as is contained, however islands of unburned trees may ignite and produce smoke on the interior. The northern portion of the fire will likely burn towards the natural barriers of the Soldier Mountains until a season ending event occurs (significant precipitation). Cooler temperatures are on the horizon and there is a chance of much needed rain for tomorrow (9/12). The Eastern Area Incident Management Team has begun transitioning with the goal to turn over command of the fire to a local, smaller incident management team on Thursday (9/13).

SUMMARY: The Stewart Creek Fire started on August 20, 2018 resulting from dry lightning, 18 miles Northwest of Fairfield, Idaho on the Sawtooth National Forest, Fairfield Ranger District. Weather conditions, dry fuels and rough terrain aided in fire spread, showing signs of up to ½ mile of spotting potential. Crews strategically stationed at various spike camps have been working tirelessly on this fire to build fireline where accessible to help impede fire spread and guide the fire to the east and north. Available air resources are being used in inaccessible and dangerous areas where firefighters are unable to safely operate due to extremely steep terrain or hazardous standing dead trees, also known as ‘snags.’ The fire is burning in standing timber, heavy down and dead understory with visible single tree and group torching. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team took command of the fire on August 31st.

PIO Information map Sept 8

Public information map Sept. 10

Stewart Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6171/
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Bible Back Fire

Sawtooth National Forest

Bible Back Fire Update – September 9, 2018

Yesterday the fire was moderately active under clear, warm and dry skies. Fire behavior increased in the afternoon, mostly on the northwestern perimeter, north of Washington Creek and west of Washington Lake Creek. The fire backed down the ridge line west of Washington Lake Creek and group tree torching was observed. There was also visible smoke on the eastern perimeter of the fire, but here the fire was mainly creeping under the timber with only an occasional torching tree. Weather remains seasonally warm with low humidity as a weak low passes through the area today. Southwest winds could gust up to 25 mph in the next few afternoons and visible smoke columns may occur. The fire is estimated at 3,000 acres.

The Bible Back fire will continue to burn until temperatures cool and we get considerable moisture on the fire area.

We continue to monitor the fire using a 12 person fire module. When aerial resources are available we will update infra-red mapping to share with you as well as photos of the fire.
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Toolbox Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Update September 11, 2018

The Toolbox Fire is approximately 10 acres with no growth in the fire perimeter yesterday. Helicopters dropped buckets of water on the fire yesterday to assist the 38 firefighters assigned to the fire. Firefighters will continue to secure and mop up the fire over the next several days. Estimated containment is tomorrow, Sept 12, end of shift. This will be the last update on the fire unless significant activity occurs.
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Firefighters brace for red flag warning for high winds

BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 10, 2018 — Two fires challenge firefighting efforts within Boise National Forest that were a result of a lightning storm that rolled over the mountains last week. Firefighters are bracing to hold fire lines through today’s red flag warning for high winds.

Of the new starts reported, two fires remain active.

The 115 acre Casner Fire, located within the Lowman Ranger District, is 13 miles ENE of Lowman, and staffed with a Type 3 Management Team. Firefighters will work to keep the fire north of Casner Creek and east of west Fork Casner Creek. Helicopters are supporting over 146 firefighters in their efforts to secure perimeter lines in very steep terrain.

The German Fire is approximately 26 acres, and 20 percent contained. It is located 9 miles east of Idaho City, and under the management of a Type 3 Management Team. Over 127 firefighters supported by helicopters will battle to hold containment lines through the windy conditions. A “VLAT” (very large air tanker) was utilized to drop retardant on the fire Sunday.

Aircraft detection flights will continue to patrol and monitor for new starts or fires that may have been hold overs. Weather predictions include cooling temperatures, however the fuels remain extremely dry.

Area Closure near Grandjean for the Wapiti Fire remains in effect.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions also remain in effect for the Boise National Forest.

If you need more information regarding road and area closures or fire restrictions, please visit the Boise National website:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.
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NIFC

September 11, 2018

Nationally, 84 large fires have burned nearly 1.4 million acres. Firefighters and support personnel continue to work toward containment objectives on these wildfires.

Weather: A very cool upper level low pressure area will begin to move into the Pacific Northwest from the Gulf of Alaska. Wetting rains are expected across the Washington Cascades and the Okanogan by afternoon. South of this system across Oregon, the Great Basin and northern California, very breezy winds and low humidity will create critical fire weather conditions. Some of the critical conditions could extend into Montana, though humidity will be slightly elevated. Across the Southeast, moderate to heavy rainfall will continue across the Deep South and along the Atlantic Coast, as a slow-moving front continues to be saturated with tropical moisture. In the Pacific, the northern coasts of the Hawaiian Islands can expect breezy winds and heavy rainfall, as a weakening tropical storm moves from east to west across the islands.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 152,211 New: 1 Contained: 0
Bible Back Sawtooth National Forest FS 2,843 33 21 miles southeast of Stanley
Caton Payette National Forest FS 630 0 24 miles east of McCall 208-634-0820
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 468 23 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-5561
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 7,861 85 5 miles east of East Hope 208-265-8058
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 14,603 0 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
* Pistol Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 150 0 38 miles southeast of McCall
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 35,857 73 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,810 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-664-2318
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 8,220 90 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-820-1965
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 98 6 miles east of Bellevue
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 985 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-267-5561
Stewart Creek Sawtooth National Forest FS 5,175 60 18 miles northwest of Fairfield 208-764-3202
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,185 78 18 miles east of Athol 208-664-2318
Wapiti Boise National Forest FS 4,571 80 13 miles southwest of Stanley 208-259-3361

source:
https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Red Flag Warning Sept 10, 2pm-7pm

This morning the air quality in Yellow Pine is rather poor, moderate haze of smoke and dust in the air. Dry air (not much dew.)

Yellow Pine Forecast:

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
845 AM MDT Mon Sep 10 2018

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TO 7 PM MDT
TODAY FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES FOR FIRE
WEATHER ZONES 403 AND 421...

Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
845 AM MDT Mon Sep 10 2018

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
7 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES
FOR NORTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN BOISE NATIONAL
FOREST/WESTERN SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST...WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER
ZONES 403 AND 421...

* WINDS...Winds will be on the increase by the early afternoon.
  Wind gusts over 25 mph are expected.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...Lowering below 15 percent by early
  afternoon.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

 

Updated Fire Reports Sept 7, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

Afternoon Sept 7th, Pilots reported seeing smoke on the west side of Johnson Creek across from the cemetery. No fire located. (Possibly smoke drifting from Caton Fire.)

Yesterday afternoon was warm, breezy and smoky in Yellow Pine, high of 89 degrees, afternoon dry thunderstorms, overnight low of 45 degrees, and partly cloudy and dry this morning. By this afternoon a few burned pine needles falling in Yellow Pine from the Caton Fire, can see smoke in that direction. Yellow Pine Weather Forecast:

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Boise NF, but were lifted on the Payette NF August 31, 2018. Remember, Yellow Pine is on the border between the two forests, so know where you are when you light a campfire.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow-ish

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 16:00 MDT
38 Good

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Caton Fire

9-7-2018 Thermal Map Caton Fire
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Payette National Forest
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday August 24th, 2018 approx. 11:30 AM
Location The fire is located 7 miles southwest of the Village of Yellow Pine near Indian Point and has been moving east into the Caton Creek drainage.
Current as of 9/7/2018, 9:53:57 AM
Size 663 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

This fire was detected in heavy timber around noon on August 24 – a likely holdover from the lightning storm several days prior. The fire is located 7 miles southwest of Yellow Pine, near Indian Point.

Over the past few days, and due to warm, dry and windy conditions over the fire, fire activity increased on the west and northwest sides of the fire backing up towards Indian Peak. The fire is not in Caton Creek, and no fire activity has been seen east of Caton Creek.

Cooler weather is expected today and through the weekend that will decrease fire activity. The fire is not anticipated to move to the east – no threats to Yellow Pine or other values exist at this time, and no threat expected.

Previous fire activity in the area is expected to confine the fire in the immediate area around Indian Peak. View the recent photos to see the location of the fire and the existing burn scars.

Indian Peak Trail (FS #090) has an emergency closure on it – please do not use this trail. No Area Closures have been implemented at this time.

Firefighters are assigned to monitor the fire – additional fire resources will be assigned as needed. The fire is being managed under a confine/contain and point protection strategy.

Indian Ridge Trail Closure
For public safety, the Indian Ridge Trail #090 has been close to public use due to hazards associated with Caton Fire. The entire trail is closed from its beginning at the junction of trial #291 Phoebe Meadows Trail, and the junction of trail #091 Caton Creek Trail.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6177/47537/

Caton Fire IR Map, September 7, 2018

Caton Fire on Indian Ridge, September 6, 2018

InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6177/
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Bum Creek Fire

We detected a new smoke today [9-7-2018]. We are calling it the Bum Creek Fire and we estimate 1/4 – 1/2 acre in size. It is just north of the confluence of Bum and Tamarack Creeks in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Because of the time of year, lack of values at risk, exposure to responders and cost, we have decided to manage this fire for resource benefit. We will monitor the fire and take action if it poses a threat to come outside the Wilderness toward anything of value.

At this time there are no trail or area closures for this fire.

Attached photos:

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– Anthony B. Botello, Krassel District Ranger, Payette National Forest (email)

Thermal Map 9-7 (approx location)
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Link to map of the area (hope it works)
https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/#/%3F/44.9715/-115.3857/12
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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Open.

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 9/7/2018, 9:22:57 AM
Size 14,603 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Sept 5th 345pm update: Summary on fire activity on the Kiwah Fire is as follows: Fire activity remains minimal throughout the fire area with very light fire activity in the Papoose Creek and Indian Creek drainages, within the interior of the burn area.
– Amy Baumer, Public Affairs Officer, Salmon-Challis National Forest (via email)

Kiwah Fire Area September 5

Kiwah Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5995/
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Johnson Fire – Contained

Boise National Forest
Location – The fire is above Johnson Creek between Coffee and Halfway creeks, just a short distance above the Ditch Creek road.
Fire Discovery Date/Time: 8/20/2018, 4:36:26 PM
Cause – Lightning
Acreage: 6.3 [total]
Strategy: Full Suppression
Contained – August 23, 2018

8-23-2018 Update: It was declared contained today. Most resources will be off the fire by Saturday. Folks may still see some smoke from time to time as there are numerous snags in the interior of the fire that make it too dangerous to completely mop it up. Our folks will continue to monitor the fire until the rains or snows come.
– Jake Strohmeyer, Cascade Ranger
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Firefighters respond to several new wildfires on the Boise National Forest

BOISE, Idaho, September 7, 2018 — Forest Service fire crews are staffing several new wildfires that started during a lightning storm late last night.

The largest of these are the German Fire at 20 acres, located 10 miles east of Idaho City; and the Wren Fire at 10 acres, located 19 miles east of Idaho City.

The Casner Fire near Lowman Idaho, approximately 2 miles west of the Warm Springs Airstrip, is currently 7 acres.

Over 100 firefighters are assigned to the different fires including: Three 20-person crews, 2 helicopters, 4 single engine air tankers, 3 engines, smokejumpers, helicopter rappel crews, fire prevention and investigation personnel.

There are currently no road or area closures in place with regard to these new fires, however forest users are encouraged to check the Boise National Forest alerts and notices page.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions remain in effect for the Boise National Forest.
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Snake Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Saturday August 18th, 2018 approx. 08:30 AM
Location 36 miles east of Yellow Pine, Idaho in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, northwest of the confluence of Big Creek and the Middle Fork Salmon River.
Current as of 9/7/2018, 9:20:17 AM

Minimal Fire behavior with smoldering with no activity since August 24.

This incident is no longer being updated.

Snake Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6159/
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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 9/7/2018, 8:53:52 AM
Total Personnel 136
Size 8,210 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 90%

Payette National Forest Reduces Area Closure

The Payette National Forest has reduced the Area Closure to the perimeter of the burned area. Smokey Boulder Road is open for public travel. Additionally, trails #178 and #185 are open for through travel. The lands adjacent to these trails remains closed – please stay on the trails.

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 9/7/2018, 6:50:55 AM
Total Personnel 316
Size 35,857 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

September 7, 2018 Daily Update for Rabbit Foot Fire

Current Situation: Poor overnight humidity recovery and warm temperatures increased fire activity in Iron Creek and near Wards Butte. In areas where indirect fireline has been constructed away from the active fire perimeter, firefighters are monitoring the fire’s progress towards containment lines to ensure it does not cross those lines. This tactic allows firefighters to contain the fire in areas where the chance for success is higher.

Today crews continue to minimize impacts to the Morgan Creek Road (NFSR 055) by suppressing heat adjacent to the roadway. Please drive cautiously as firefighters and equipment will be working along the roads again. Repair of dozer lines is nearing completion; however, even repaired dozer lines can limit fire spread under favorable conditions.

Preparation for possible fire growth in specific areas continues. The vegetation thinning along the South Fork Iron Creek Road (NFSR 047) continues. The water pump and hose system was completed along the dozer lines east of the Silver Creek and Panther Creek junction.

Weather: An upper level disturbance is crossing over the area, bringing the change in weather pattern. Today clouds are expected but rain is not predicted. Weather will remain warm and dry through the weekend. A slow cooling trend will start early next week.

Strategy: The Rabbit Foot Fire is being managed using a combination of actions, some directly adjacent to the fire perimeter and others long distances away from the active fire perimeter; these actions include full suppression, confinement to pre-determined natural barriers, and the protection of values such as private property, habitat, and infrastructure. This strategy presents the best option for firefighter safety and successful containment. It is represented by a percentage of overall completion of the objectives. The Rabbit Foot Fire objectives are currently 70% complete, while 20% of the fire perimeter is contained.

Evacuations: All pre-evacuation zones in both Custer and Lemhi counties are in Level 1 status, the lowest level of alert. Residents in these zones should maintain awareness of the potential for evacuations in the event of increased fire behavior. See a map depicting the current evacuations at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/. In Lemhi County, contact the Sheriff’s Department at 208.756.8980 for questions regarding evacuations.

Closures: An area closure remains in effect on Salmon-Challis National Forest lands and affects parts of hunting units 28 and 36B. Silver Creek Road is open. The Morgan Creek Road (NFSR 055) is open to the public for through traffic only in the closure area. Stopping is not permitted. The Cabin and Ringle Creek Roads and all spurs that connect to those roads remain closed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Salmon Field Office. For safety and travel planning, check the closure maps at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/. This closure is being constantly evaluated for potential reductions.

September 7, 2018 Rabbit Foot Fire Map

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

Sawtooth National Forest
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 20th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 18 miles northwest of Fairfield
Current as of 9/6/2018, 9:27:38 PM
Total Personnel 381
Size 4,104 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Daily Update for September 7

YESTERDAY: Slightly cooler temps and light rain showers during the day tempered progress on the fire Thursday. Crews were able to use the favorable temperatures to make progress in firing operations. On the south portions of the fire, crews were able to continue burning along dozer and hand lines in order to secure the southern corner of the fire. On the eastern firelines, firefighters began mop up from earlier firing operations. The western part of the fire continued slow and steady ignitions, building depth in their lines while bringing fire south. The northwest portion of the fire remained in a monitor status. In the north, the fire continued to advance towards the Soldier Mountains, where it is running into natural barriers, minimizing fire spread. After a small rain shower moved through late in the afternoon, a wind shift caused increased fire activity late into the evening to include several small spot fires on the southwest side of the fire.

TODAY: Warmer air temperatures today along with southwest winds will provide favorable conditions to continue coordinated burning operations along the south end of the fire. Air tankers are expected over the fire today to assist in holding lines during firing operations and support ground resources on the small spot fires from yesterday evening. Helicopters assigned to the fire will continue to support firing and holding operations. On the east side of the fire, crews will continue their mop up from the last several days. Slight growth on the north side of the fire will be monitored from the ground and air as it moves upslope towards natural barriers.

As a reminder, a Closure Order remains in effect for the areas around the Stewart Creek Fire for public and firefighter safety. See the Sawtooth National Forest website for closure maps.

SUMMARY: The Stewart Creek Fire started on August 20, 2018 resulting from dry lightning, 18 miles Northwest of Fairfield, Idaho on the Sawtooth National Forest, Fairfield Ranger District. Weather conditions, dry fuels and rough terrain aided in fire spread, showing signs of up to 1/2 mile of spotting potential. Crews strategically stationed at various spike camps have been working tirelessly on this fire to build fireline where accessible to help impede fire spread and guide the fire to the east and north. Available air resources are being used in inaccessible and dangerous areas where firefighters are unable to safely operate due to extremely steep terrain or hazardous standing dead trees, also known as ‘snags.’ The fire is burning in standing timber, heavy down and dead understory with visible single tree and group torching. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team took command of the fire on August 31st.

Public Information map Sept. 6

Stewart Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6171/
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NIFC

September 7, 2018

Due to a decrease in wildfire activity and the availability of firefighting resources, the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group at NIFC decreased the national prepredness level to PL3 today at 2 p.m. MDT.

Firefighters continue to work on 89 large fires across the western states and Alaska. The Delta Fire in California made a 20,000 acre run causing evacuations for nearby residents. Eleven large fires were contained yesterday.

Weather: The upper level trough will move into the Pacific Northwest as a surface cold front moves east across Montana and Idaho. This will lead to scattered showers and storms across both the Pacific Northwest and possibly into the Northern Rockies. Breezy southwesterly winds may be a concern across Northern California and the Great Basin. Hot conditions are expected across Southern California as high pressure off shore begins to move east toward the coast. To the south, the monsoonal flow over New Mexico and Colorado will begin to show signs of weakening as less convection develops. The very hot and humid ridge of high pressure over the East will remain in place over the Ohio River Valley.

Idaho Fires: 13 Acres: 150,663 New: 1 Contained: 1
Bible Back Sawtooth National Forest FS 2,843 33 21 miles southeast of Stanley
Caton Payette National Forest FS 630 0 24 miles east of McCall 208-634-0820
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 468 23 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-5561
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 7,713 75 5 miles east of East Hope 208-265-8058
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 14,603 1 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 35,678 70 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,810 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 8,220 90 5 miles southwest of Riggins 208-820-1965
Sharps Eastern Idaho, Dept of Lands ST 64,853 98 6 miles east of Bellevue
Smith Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 985 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-267-5561
Stewart Creek Sawtooth National Forest FS 4,104 40 18 miles northwest of Fairfield 702-498-8082
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,185 78 18 miles east of Athol 208-265-8058
Wapiti Boise National Forest FS 4,571 80 13 miles southwest of Stanley 208-259-3361
* Loveridge Mountain Home Air Force Base DOD 1,024 100

source:
https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update Sept 6, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.
Yesterday we could see quite a bit of smoke to the south west from the Caton Fire, also a smudge on the eastern horizon from the Kiwah Fire. Neither fire is close to Yellow Pine.
Yesterday’s weather was warm, high of 89 degrees with gusty afternoon winds, air quality worsening during the day and increasing clouds. Overnight low of 46 degrees. This morning mostly cloudy and dry, small amount of dew.
Yellow Pine forecast:

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Boise NF, but were lifted on the Payette NF August 31, 2018. Remember, Yellow Pine is on the border between the two forests, so know where you are when you light a campfire.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Yellow-ish

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 10:00 MDT
41 Good

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Caton Fire

Sept 6 9am update:

I flew the fire yesterday afternoon during the heat of the burning period.

We GPS’d the fire at 492 acres. The east and north sides of the fire nearest Caton Creek and EFSFSR had almost no smoke or heat. The activity for the past two days has been on the west side as the fire backs up the hill toward Indian Peak. At 4pm yesterday, the fire was right at the Indian Peak Trail, so I have placed a closure on that trail to protect the public.

In looking at the fuels surrounding the fire and potential for travel, there is a possibility for the fire to work north into some fuel on the ‘breaks’ of the EFSFSR. If this occurs, there is still very low probability that the fire make its way down the hill to the river and/or road.

The highest probability is for the fire to keep moving west and eventually south on Indian Ridge. There is continuous fuel up there but there but in an opposite direction of Johnson Creek, EFSFSR and Yellow Pine, and there are no values at risk in the immediate area.

Attached are … pictures of the fire. [below]

Anthony Botello, Krassel District Ranger, Payette NF (via email)

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In 0225 you can see the EFSFSR road in the far bottom right corner
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and in 0224 the photo was taken from the north, looking south showing fire scars in the forground.
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0226 – Taken from south looking north at west side of fire on Indian Ridge
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0227 – From west, looking east. Caton Creek in the background
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0228 – From south, looking north at the west and southwest edge of the fire. Indian Ridge on the left side of photo.

Payette National Forest
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday August 24th, 2018 approx. 11:30 AM
Location The fire is located 7 miles southwest of the Village of Yellow Pine near Indian Point and has been moving east into the Caton Creek drainage.
Size 492 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Current as of 9/6/2018, 9:49:39 AM
Size 492 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

This fire was detected in heavy timber around noon on August 24 – a likely holdover from the lightning storm several days prior.

Due to warm, dry and windy conditions over the fire, fire activity has increased on the west and northwest sides of the fire backing up towards Indian Peak. No fire activity has occurred east of Caton Creek. The same weather conditions are expected today and additional burning is likely to take place. The fire is not anticipated to move to the east – no threats to Yellow Pine or other values exists at this time, none are threat expected. Cooler weather is expected beginning tomorrow and into the weekend which is expected to reduce fire activity.

Previous fire activity in the area is expected to confine the fire in the immediate area around Indian Peak. View the photos taken yesterday to see the location of the fire and the existing burn scars.

Indian Peak Trail (FS #090) has an emergency closure on it – please do not use this trail. No Area Closures have been implemented at this time.

Firefighters are assigned to monitor the fire – additional fire resources will be assigned as needed. The fire is being managed under a confine/contain and point protection strategy.

Caton Fire Aug 27 Map

(good topo map you can zoom in on)

InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6177/

Caton and Kiwah Fires Thermal Map 9-6-2018
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Kiwah Fire

Sept 5 345pm update: Summary on fire activity on the Kiwah Fire is as follows: Fire activity remains minimal throughout the fire area with very light fire activity in the Papoose Creek and Indian Creek drainages, within the interior of the burn area.
– Amy Baumer, Public Affairs Officer, Salmon-Challis National Forest (via email)

Meadow Creek Road is Open
8-24 Update: With the decrease in fire activity on the Kiwah fire, we have terminated the closure of Meadow Creek road. While the safety risks to the public are currently reduced, people in the fire area should be aware that hazards do still exist such as; unexpected fire movement, falling trees, ash pits, and debris slides.
We will maintain a public safety awareness posting in the location of our previous closure signs.

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 9/6/2018, 8:10:50 AM
Size 14,603 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 1%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

…RED FLAG WARNING FOR SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WITH GUSTY WIND IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR CENTRAL IDAHO…

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 14,603 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.

Fire activity remains minimal throughout the fire area with very light fire activity in the Papoose Creek and Indian Creek drainages, within the interior of the burn area.

Fire management is being coordinated between the Salmon-Challis and the Payette National Forests.

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy. 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.

Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to burn 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.

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH Fire Danger.

Kiwah Fire Area September 5

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 9/5/2018, 12:02:57 PM
Total Personnel 136
Size 8,210 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 90%

Due a small thunder cell over the eastern part of the fire yesterday (September 5), fire activity increased along the eastern edge in the Pony Creek drainage (Payette National Forest) by burning an estimated 15 acres. Firefighters and fire managers remain actively engaged on the fire with aerial and ground resources to keep the fire in check. Additional fire activity is expected today as warmer temperatures occur – cooler weather is expected on Friday and through the weekend that will reduced fire behavior.

Forest Service Trail #181 on the Payette National Forest is closed due to fire activity – please do not use this trail as it will interfere with our firefighting operations.

September 5 small flare up on eastern side of fire

Review the Payette National Forest Fire Closure at this link.

Click to access fseprd594434.pdf

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 9/6/2018, 7:06:00 AM
Total Personnel 268
Size 35,678 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

September 6, 2018 Daily Update for Rabbit Foot Fire

Current Situation: Despite hot and dry weather, the Rabbit Foot Fire only grew 309 acres over the last six days. This minimal growth is the result of work done by firefighters on the ground supported by helicopters with water buckets. Today, firefighters will work on:

* Minimizing impacts to the Morgan Creek Road (NFSR 055). Firefighters and engines will be working adjacent to the road today. Please watch out for them and drive slowly along this road.

* Repairing dozer lines that are not expected to be needed and are some distance from the fire perimeter. Lines just south and west of Williams Lake should be fully repaired by the end of today. Additional repair work is being done along dozer lines south of the fire. Even though these lines have been repaired, they could still be used as control lines if needed.

* Preparing for possible fire growth in specific places.

– Over the last week, firefighters built line directly along the eastern fire perimeter (west of Iron Mountain) and increased the total containment to 20%. They will assess terrain between that location and Morgan Creek Road for additional direct and indirect work.

– Near the northeast corner, they will continue thinning vegetation along the South Fork Iron Creek Road (NFSR 047) to create a control line for firefighters to hold if the fire reaches this area.

– East of the junction of Silver and Panther Creeks, they will install a system of water pumps and hoses along existing dozer lines. The fire is slowly creeping downhill towards this area.

Weather: Today a Red Flag Warning has been issued from noon until 7 p.m. because dry thunderstorms could bring wind gusts of 40 miles per hour and create critical fire weather conditions. A Red Flag Warning is an indicator to firefighters that fire activity could change rapidly. An upper level disturbance is crossing over the area, bringing the change in weather pattern. With cloudy skies, temperatures should be a little cooler than yesterday.

Evacuations: All pre-evacuation zones in both Custer and Lemhi counties are in Level 1 status, the lowest level of alert. Residents in these zones should maintain awareness of the potential for evacuations in the event of increased fire behavior. See a map depicting the current evacuations at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/. In Lemhi County, contact the Sheriff’s Department at 208.756.8980 for questions regarding evacuations.

Closures: An area closure remains in effect on Salmon-Challis National Forest lands. Silver Creek Road is open. The Morgan Creek Road (NFSR 055) is now open to the public for through traffic only in the closure area. Stopping is not permitted. The area closure does cover parts of hunting units 28 and 36B. The Cabin and Ringle Creek Roads and all spurs that connect to those roads remain closed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Salmon Field Office. For safety and travel planning, check the closure maps at
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/

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

Sawtooth National Forest
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 20th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 18 miles northwest of Fairfield
Current as of 9/5/2018, 6:27:37 PM
Total Personnel 381
Size 2,809 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Daily Update for September 5

YESTERDAY: In the east, ground crews continued firing operations along the dozer line near the 630 Trail, utilizing helicopters to “pretreat” the unburned side of the line to minimize spotting potential. They made enough progress to allow the resources on the western part of the fire to begin ignitions, bringing additional fire towards the South Fork of Lime Creek. Crews continued these ignitions late into the night to take advantage of favorable burning conditions. Where the burning occurred, good fuel consumption aided in creating a good ‘black line.’ The northwest portion of the fire remained in a monitor status. In the north, aircraft was used to slow the growth of the fire while still allowing the fire to advance towards the Soldier Mountains, where it will run into natural barriers, minimizing fire spread.

TODAY: Weather conditions will be changing with higher temperatures but decreased south winds forecasted. In the east near the 630 Trail and southern portions of the fire, ground and air resources will continue coordinated firing operations, with the goal of reaching the corner of the dozer line at the south fork of Lime Creek. As a result, expect to see more smoke and use of aircraft today. The northwest portion of the fire will remain in a monitor status. In the north, aircraft will continue to be used to slow the growth of the fire while still allowing the fire to advance towards the Soldier Mountains, where it will run into natural barriers, minimizing fire spread.

As a reminder, area and road closures along with temporary flight restrictions are still in effect. This is very important during strategic firing operations for the sake of firefighter and public safety.

SUMMARY: The Stewart Creek Fire started on August 20, 2018 resulting from dry lightning, 18 miles Northwest of Fairfield, Idaho on the Sawtooth National Forest, Fairfield Ranger District. Weather conditions, dry fuels and rough terrain aided in fire spread, showing signs of up to ½ mile of spotting potential. Crews strategically stationed at various spike camps have been working tirelessly on this fire to build fireline where accessible to help impede fire spread and guide the fire to the east and north. Available air resources are being used in inaccessible and dangerous areas where firefighters are unable to safely operate due to extremely steep terrain or hazardous standing dead trees, also known as ‘snags.’ The fire is burning in standing timber, heavy down and dead understory with visible single tree and group torching. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team took command of the fire on August 31st.

Stewart Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6171/
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NIFC

September 6, 2018

Firefighters continue to work on 97 large fires that have burned 1.9 million acres in 12 states. Three new large fires were reported and firefighters contained the Murphy Fire in Colorado.

Weather: An upper level trough will move east toward the coast of the Pacific Northwest. By afternoon, breezy southwesterly winds will be possible across Washington, Oregon and Northern California as a cold front begins to approach the coast. High pressure off the Californian coast will begin to strengthen and will lead to warmer temperatures across the southern half of the state. The monsoon over the Southwest will remain strong as the high-pressure ridge to the east continues to strengthen the southerly flow. Texas will continue to see scattered showers and storms. Along the East Coast, the heat will continue. The ridge will begin to flatten, so the Northeast could see some slight cooling. Expect a windy westerly flow across New England. In the South, hot and humid conditions will continue. Scattered storms are expected along the coast in the afternoon.

Idaho Fires: 13 Acres: 147,818 New: 0 Contained: 0
Bible Back Sawtooth National Forest FS 1,612 10 21 miles southeast of Stanley
Caton Payette National Forest FS 400 0 24 miles east of McCall 208-634-0820
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 480 24 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-5561
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 7,636 70 5 miles east of East Hope 208-265-8058
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 14,603 1 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 35,678 67 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,810 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 8,210 90 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 971 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-267-5561
Stewart Creek Sawtooth National Forest FS 2,809 40 18 miles northwest of Fairfield 702-498-8082
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,185 78 18 miles east of Athol 208-265-8058
Wapiti Boise National Forest FS 4,571 80 13 miles southwest of Stanley 208-3734105

source:
https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update Sept 5, 2018

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

Yesterday afternoon both the Caton and Kiwah fires put up smoke plumes visible from Yellow Pine (photos below.) By evening we had a little ash fall and burned pine needles coming down. Air quality was poor by evening.

The high for Sept 4th was 84 degrees, clear sky with a few passing clouds. Overnight low of 39 degrees, clear sky, a good amount of dew and light haze of smoke. Yellow Pine Forecast:

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Boise NF, but were lifted on the Payette NF August 31, 2018. Remember, Yellow Pine is on the border between the two forests, so know where you are when you light a campfire.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine 9am = Green

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 9:00 MDT
23 Good

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Caton Fire

Caton Fire 9-4-2018 around 6pm from Yellow Pine
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Some white ash and burned pine needles coming down in YP.

Sept 5 8am Update via email:

At the very end of the burning period yesterday [Sept 4], both the Caton Fire and Kiawah kicked up a little bit. Our Crew 6 is still on scene of the Caton Fire and has good eyes on it. We used the Krassel Helicopter yesterday to GPS the perimeter to get a better idea of size. We did see activity show the Caton fire to be about 394 acres, most of the activity last evening was on the northwest side and nothing black or hot to the east side Caton Creek. So, we do not see any fire east of Caton Creek.

Today and tomorrow are predicted to be warm, dry and windy. High potential for some more active burning, but we do not anticipate movement that would impact any values or the village of Yellow Pine.

Attached are some photos from our recon and mapping flight yesterday.

Anthony B. Botello
District Ranger
Krassel Ranger District
Payette National Forest

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Payette National Forest
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday August 24th, 2018 approx. 11:30 AM
Location The fire is located 7 miles southwest of the Village of Yellow Pine near Indian Point and has been moving east into the Caton Creek drainage.
Total Personnel 6
Size 394 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Caton Fire Aug 27 Map

(good topo map you can zoom in on)

InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6177/

Thermal Map Caton and Kiwah Fires for 9-5-2018
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Kiwah Fire

Kiwah Fire 9-4-2018 around 6pm from Yellow Pine
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Meadow Creek Road is Open
8-24 Update: With the decrease in fire activity on the Kiwah fire, we have terminated the closure of Meadow Creek road. While the safety risks to the public are currently reduced, people in the fire area should be aware that hazards do still exist such as; unexpected fire movement, falling trees, ash pits, and debris slides. We will maintain a public safety awareness posting in the location of our previous closure signs.

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
Total Personnel 1
Size 14,603 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 1%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

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

Note: No update from the Salmon-Challis NF yet, will update if more info becomes available.
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Johnson Fire – Contained

Boise National Forest
Location – The fire is above Johnson Creek between Coffee and Halfway creeks, just a short distance above the Ditch Creek road.
Fire Discovery Date/Time: 8/20/2018, 4:36:26 PM
Cause – Lightning
Acreage: 6.3 [total]
Strategy: Full Suppression
Contained – August 23, 2018

8-23-2018 Update: It was declared contained today. Most resources will be off the fire by Saturday. Folks may still see some smoke from time to time as there are numerous snags in the interior of the fire that make it too dangerous to completely mop it up. Our folks will continue to monitor the fire until the rains or snows come.
– Jake Strohmeyer, Cascade Ranger
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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
Total Personnel 136
Size 8,210 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 90%

Payette National Forest Reduces Area Closure

The Payette National Forest has reduced the Area Closure to the perimeter of the burned area. Smokey Boulder Road is open for public travel. Additionally, trails #178 and #185 are open for through travel. The lands adjacent to these trails remains closed – please stay on the trails.

Payette National Forest Closure Order Version 5

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 9/5/2018, 7:25:27 AM
Total Personnel 263
Size 35,678 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 17%
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

September 5, 2018 Daily Update for Rabbit Foot Fire

Contact Fire Information: 208.879.1243

Current Situation: The Rabbit Foot Fire endures the warming weather with minimal growth and activity thanks to the determined effort from firefighters. As fire growth slows and the days grow shorter, the chance for large fire growth is decreasing, making previously established indirect firelines unnecessary. This is enabling firefighters to begin removing equipment and repairing suppression actions. Crews finished the removal of hose and equipment in the northeastern area of the fire near Williams Lake. Now, dozers and excavators will begin repairing the lines that are no longer needed due to control actions by crews as well as moderate fire behavior. Other dozers and excavators continue repairing work along dozer lines that were put in place as contingency lines to the south of the fire but which are no longer needed for fire containment. Equipment may be finished with this repair work by early next week. Firefighters continue working to minimize impacts to the Morgan Creek Road (NFSR 055); however, a chance remains that increased fire behavior could change the road status. Work done in prior days at Mink Creek continues to hold in the drainage. Near Wards Butte, the fire is approaching control lines on the southeastern side of the fire. Current fire activity is slow moving, creeping downslope towards control lines. Today, crews will begin to work along the South Fork Iron Creek Road (NFSR 047) to thin the vegetation along the road. This will create a control line for firefighters to hold if the fire were to reach the drainage bottom. Potential for fire growth remains along the perimeter, particularly as the dry and warm weather pattern persists.

Weather: Today, weather will mimic yesterday. An unstable atmosphere is entering the area and dust devils are expected to be seen in the burned areas. Warm and sunny weather will continue for the coming weeks with no precipitation expected. Winds could increase as the weekend approaches along with a very slight chance, less than 10 percent, for storms.

Evacuations: All pre-evacuation zones in both Custer and Lemhi counties are in Level 1 status, which is the lowest level of alert. Residents in these zones should maintain awareness of the potential for evacuations in the event of increased fire behavior. Make a plan for what to take and where to go if evacuations become necessary based on changes in fire activity. See a map depicting the current evacuations at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/. In Lemhi County, contact the Sheriff’s Department at 208.756.8980 for questions regarding evacuations.

Closures: An area closure remains in effect on Salmon-Challis National Forest lands. Silver Creek Road is open. The Morgan Creek Road (NFSR 055) is now open to the public for through traffic only in the closure area. Stopping is not permitted. The area closure does cover parts of hunting units 28 and 36B. The Cabin and Ringle Creek Roads and all spurs that connect to those roads remain closed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Salmon Field Office. For safety and travel planning, check the closure maps at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/

September 5, 2018 Rabbit Foot Fire Map

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

Sawtooth National Forest
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 20th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 18 miles northwest of Fairfield
Current as of 9/4/2018, 7:52:05 PM
Total Personnel 378
Size 2,626 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 37%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Daily Update for September 4

YESTERDAY: The eastern portion of the fire was the most active with slow and steady firing operations late in the day, both on the ground and from the air.

Helicopters and ‘fire bosses’ (float planes with water dropping capability) assisted with prepping lines and cooling pockets of active fire. Smoke from the progressing main fire was visible throughout the area. Taking advantage of the favorable burning conditions, several crews worked late into the evening hours. To the south, some heat was spotted in the interior; crews reinforced lines to tie in to the Bremner Creek drainage in anticipation of firing operations progressing to that portion of the fire in the coming days. The western corner continued to be mopped up and patrolled with minimal resources scouting for any hot spots. Fire managers met with roughly 30 members of the community last night at the Caboose in Fairfield to discuss the current fire situation and answer questions.

TODAY:Similar weather conditions, will produce a repeat of yesterday’s events. In the east, ground and air resources will continue firing operations, so expect to see more smoke and active use of aircraft. The resources on the southern part of the fire will continue to secure and strengthen indirect lines in anticipation of continued firing operations in the coming days. The western portion of the fire will remain in a monitor status. In the north, aircraft will continue to be used to slow the growth of the fire while still allowing the fire to advance towards the Soldier Mountains, where it will run into natural barriers, minimizing fire spread.

SUMMARY:The Stewart Creek Fire started on August 20, 2018 resulting from dry lightning, 18 miles Northwest of Fairfield, Idaho on the Sawtooth National Forest, Fairfield Ranger District. Weather conditions, dry fuels and rough terrain aided in fire spread, showing signs of up to ½ mile of spotting potential. Crews strategically stationed at various spike camps have been working tirelessly on this fire to build fireline where accessible to help impede fire spread and guide the fire to the east and north. Available air resources are being used in inaccessible and dangerous areas where firefighters are unable to safely operate due to extremely steep terrain or hazardous standing dead trees, also known as ‘snags.’ The fire is burning in standing timber, heavy down and dead understory with visible single tree and group torching. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team took command of the fire on August 31st.

Tues Sep 04 2018

Stewart Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6171/
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NIFC

September 5, 2018

Firefighters continue to make progress toward containment goals on 95 fires in the United States. Three new large fires were reported and four were contained.

Weather: With the strong, hot upper level ridge of high pressure, remaining anchored over the East, the southerly flow along its western edge will continue to draw tropical moisture into Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. Further north and west, a late season stream of monsoonal moisture will move into the Great Basin and possibly eastern Oregon, creating widely scattered showers and storms. Temperatures across the Pacific Northwest will begin to cool as another trough and front approach from the Gulf of Alaska. Weak high pressure ridging over the northern Great Plains will keep the area north of Nebraska warm and dry.

Idaho Fires: 13 Acres: 147,063 New: 0 Contained: 1
Bible Back Sawtooth National Forest FS 1,612 10 21 miles southeast of Stanley
Caton Payette National Forest FS 400 0 24 miles east of McCall 208-634-0820
Copper Mountain Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 480 24 4 miles east of Eastport 208-267-5561
Cougar Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 7,636 70 5 miles east of East Hope 208-265-8058
Kiwah Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 14,603 1 49 miles northwest of Challis 208-756-7853
Rabbit Foot Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 35,369 64 14 miles southwest of Salmon+ 208-879-1243
Rampike Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 2,810 0 23 miles northeast of Kellogg 208-557-8813
Rattlesnake Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 8,210 90 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 971 0 19 miles west of Bonners Ferry 208-267-5561
Stewart Creek Sawtooth National Forest FS 2,636 37 18 miles northwest of Fairfield 702-498-8082
Surprise Creek Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 3,185 78 18 miles east of Athol 208-265-8058
Wapiti Boise National Forest FS 4,571 80 13 miles southwest of Stanley 208-3734105
Pearly Boise District BLM 846 100 4 miles northeast of Parma

source:
https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
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Fire Update Sept 3, 2018

Note: Fire season is winding down. This is the last daily update unless something flares up.

There are NO fires currently threatening Yellow Pine.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Boise NF, but were lifted on the Payette NF August 31, 2018. Remember, Yellow Pine is on the border between the two forests, so know where you are when you light a campfire.

Air Quality in Yellow Pine = Great!

Air Quality Index (AQI) McCall
observed at 9:00 MDT
7 Good

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Caton Fire

Payette National Forest
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday August 24th, 2018 approx. 11:30 AM
Location The fire is located 7 miles southwest of the Village of Yellow Pine near Indian Point and has been moving east into the Caton Creek drainage.
Total Personnel 6
Size 400 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Caton Fire Aug 27 Map

(good topo map you can zoom in on)

This fire was detected in heavy timber around noon on August 24 – a likely holdover from the lightning storm several days prior.

No trail, road or area closures are in effect. The fire is not posing a threat to Yellowpine.

Initial attack on this fire was rigorously conducted by smokejumpers, helirappellers, and ground crews aided by helicopters, single-engine air tankers, a heavy air tanker and Very Large Air Tankers. The fire quickly grew in the hot, dry, windy conditions on August 24 and 25.

InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6177/
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Johnson Fire – Contained

Boise National Forest
Location – The fire is above Johnson Creek between Coffee and Halfway creeks, just a short distance above the Ditch Creek road.
Fire Discovery Date/Time: 8/20/2018, 4:36:26 PM
Cause – Lightning
Acreage: 6.3 [total]
Strategy: Full Suppression
Contained – August 23, 2018

8-23-2018 Update: It was declared contained today. Most resources will be off the fire by Saturday. Folks may still see some smoke from time to time as there are numerous snags in the interior of the fire that make it too dangerous to completely mop it up. Our folks will continue to monitor the fire until the rains or snows come.
– Jake Strohmeyer, Cascade Ranger
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Kiwah Fire

Meadow Creek Road is Open
8-24 Update: With the decrease in fire activity on the Kiwah fire, we have terminated the closure of Meadow Creek road. While the safety risks to the public are currently reduced, people in the fire area should be aware that hazards do still exist such as; unexpected fire movement, falling trees, ash pits, and debris slides.
We will maintain a public safety awareness posting in the location of our previous closure signs.

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 9/2/2018, 8:10:49 AM
Size 14,603 Acres

The fire is currently in monitor status and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

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

Boise National Forest
Date of Origin Saturday August 25th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Cause Under Investigation
Location 13 miles SW of Stanley, Idaho
Current as of 9/2/2018, 12:25:50 PM
Total Personnel 236
Size 4,571 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 75%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

9-2-2018 Wapiti Fire FINAL Update unless significant activity occurs

Transition to local resources set for Monday; area closures remain in place

Current Status: Containment of the Wapiti Fire has reached 75 percent thanks to the hard work of firefighters, and the process of transitioning management of the fire back to local Forest Service resources is moving forward.

The incoming incident commander and his trainee will conduct an aerial reconnaissance of the fire Sunday with Great Basin IMT #3 Operations personnel to increase the efficiency of the transition process. The official handoff will take place Monday at 6:30 a.m.

Firefighters continue to patrol containment lines to ensure they remain cold and black. Any hotspots that are found are being extinguished. Crews are also repairing lines put in place as part of the firefighting effort to restore the area to its back to a natural state. Forest Service resource advisers have approved all restoration work.

Temperatures and relative humidity will generally remain the same over the next several days. Small amounts of smoke may be visible near the headwaters of Elk Creek and Bear Creek drainages until the area receives additional rain or snow.

Closures: Area and road closures for the general public remain in effect on the Boise National Forest, and in areas administered by the Sawtooth National Forest. Residents of the Grandjean area will be allowed back into their cabins with authorization permits, however the area, road and trail closures remain in place and are being enforced. For more information about the closures, visit the websites listed below or call the Lowman Ranger District at 208-259-3361.

Boise NF website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/boise
Sawtooth NF website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): There is a TFR over the Wapiti Fire. http://tfr.faa.gov/
Fire Restrictions: Check fire restrictions at idahofireinfo.com
Hunting information: https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt
Please check the Wapiti Fire on Inciweb or the Boise National Forest and Sawtooth National Forest Facebook pages for updated information, along with the latest maps and photos.

This is the final update for the Wapiti Fire.

Wapiti Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6176/
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Snake Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Saturday August 18th, 2018 approx. 08:30 AM
Location 36 miles east of Yellow Pine, Idaho in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, northwest of the confluence of Big Creek and the Middle Fork Salmon River.
Current as of 9/2/2018, 8:10:23 AM
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

The fire is currently in monitor status and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

Snake Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6159/
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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 9/2/2018, 8:33:58 PM
Total Personnel 154
Size 8,210 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 90%

Last Update for the Rattlesnake Creek Fire

September 3, 2018 7:00 a.m.

Summary: Yesterday, firefighters continued to put out hot spots along the eastern edge of the fire perimeter. Firefighters conducted a reconnaissance flight to assess the fire from above.

Tomorrow, September 4 at 6:00 a.m., the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team#1 will transition command of the fire to a local Type 4 fire organization. Fire crews will continue to create indirect fire line on the eastern perimeter near Squirrel and Pony Creek. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal for the next few days. Smoke may be visible as unburned fuels are consumed within the fire perimeter. Local helicopters are available to assist if needed.

Even if there are no visible flames, it is unsafe and illegal to fly drones near a wildfire. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in effect for the fire area. Three drone intrusions have occurred during the Rattlesnake Creek Fire. When a drone is spotted within the fire area, all aircraft have to stand down for safety reasons. This means we may not be able to complete critical missions including dropping water to cool hotspots, shuttling crews, food and supplies or flying out an injured firefighter in case of an emergency. Learn more at https://www.ffa.gov

Adams County Road Information: Smokey Boulder Road to Railroad Saddle remains closed. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/ACSO911/

The Payette National Forests Rattlesnake Creek Fire area closure remains in effect including portions of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA). The Nez Perce National Forest area closure has been rescinded. See https://bit.ly/2ATSand, https://www.fs.usda.gov/payetteor Inciwebfor more details. Smokey Boulder Road (FS #074) is closed from the Forest Boundary to Railroad Saddle. Some people think that FS #098 is Smokey Boulder Road – this is incorrect. FS #098 is open, and can be accessed from Highway 95, Mud Creek Road or from Price Valley; but it cannot be accessed from the Smokey Boulder Road.

Fire map for hunters and anglers: https://bit.ly/2ziGO7A.

Fire Information: (208) 495-6934 (7am-7pm)

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5999(maps, photos, links, etc.)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakeCreekFire/ (daily updates & video updates)

Effective September 4, 2018 fire information will be available at:

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Info Hotline at: 208-820-1965 or visit their website at:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater

Payette National Forest Fire Info Hotline at: 208-634-0820 or visit their website at:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/payette/

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 9/2/2018, 9:38:37 PM
Total Personnel 258
Size 35,369 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 14%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

September 3, 2018 Daily Update for the Rabbit Foot Fire

Contact Fire Information: 208.879.1243

Current Situation: Firefighters on the Rabbit Foot Fire have successfully limited fire growth in many places using both hand tools and water from pumps, hoses, and helicopters. This work is not reflected in the official containment yet because the steep terrain and heavy vegetation require a much higher degree of work. Yesterday firefighters continued working directly along the fire perimeter near Iron Mountain at the southeast corner of the fire and near Corral Creek along the southern boundary. Previous checking work also held the fire on the western side near the upper reaches of Castle and Mink Creeks yesterday. The northern portion of the fire east of Panther Creek is crawling downhill slowly towards control lines.

The Morgan Creek Road (NFSR 055) remains open to through traffic. Firefighters continue to work near the road to minimize impacts to the road; however, a chance remains that increased fire behavior could change the road status. Dozer lines some distance south of the fire shouldn’t be needed due to direct control actions by crews. For this reason, dozers worked yesterday and will continue working today to repair those lines. Excavators will be moved to the Williams Lake area to begin repair work along dozer lines some distance northeast of the fire.
Even though there has been minimal fire growth during the last week and dozer lines are being repaired, crews were finishing structure protection in the Williams Lake area yesterday. Today, they will continue improving previous structure protection work in the Panther Creek area. Potential for fire growth remains along the perimeter, particularly as the dry and warm weather pattern persists.

Weather: Today’s weather will be very similar to yesterday’s except the atmosphere will be more unstable. This instability allows upward air movement and is analogous to opening the vent damper on a wood stove. Overall the weather should have near normal conditions for this time of year – warm and sunny with very little precipitation. Winds could increase Wednesday night and Thursday morning when there will be a very slight chance for storms.

Evacuations: All pre-evacuation zones in both Custer and Lemhi counties are in Level 1 status, which is the lowest level of alert. Residents in these zones should maintain awareness of the potential for evacuations in the event of increased fire behavior. Make a plan for what to take and where to go if evacuations become necessary based on changes in fire activity. See a map depicting the current evacuations at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6090/. In Lemhi County, contact the Sheriff’s Department at 208.756.8980 for questions regarding evacuations.

Closures: An area closure remains in effect on Salmon-Challis National Forest lands. Silver Creek Road is open. The Morgan Creek Road (NFSR 055) is now open to the public for through traffic only in the closure area. Stopping is not permitted. The area closure does cover parts of hunting units 28 and 36B. The Cabin and Ringle Creek Roads and all spurs that connect to those roads remain closed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Salmon Field Office. For safety and travel planning, check the closure maps at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6090/

September 3, 2018 Rabbit Foot Fire Map

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

Sawtooth National Forest
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 20th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 18 miles northwest of Fairfield
Current as of 9/3/2018, 9:16:14 AM
Total Personnel 377
Size 2,234 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 37%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM

Daily Update for September 3

YESTERDAY: The western corner continued to be patrolled with minimal resources left looking for areas that were still holding heat. The northern portion of the fire utilized aviation resources to keep the fire in check while still allowing it to advance northeast up the Bremner Creek drainage. A noticeable increase in smoke was seen from the surrounding areas as crews began to burn out ahead of the main fire to the east. Firing was delayed for safety reasons, due to active fire behavior as the winds increased above forecasted levels in the afternoon. Aviation resources utilized bucket drops ahead of the firing operations to “pretreat” the area outside of the line to minimize spotting potential. The indirect line to the south was completed with the addition of pumps in the South Fork of Lime Creek.

TODAY: Join fire managers for a ‘Meet and Greet’ at the Caboose in Fairfield off Highway 20 and Soldier Creek Rd, anytime between 4-6 pm to learn about the current situation of the fire.

The western portion of the fire will remain in a monitor status. In the north, aviation will continue to be used to slow the growth of the fire while still allowing the fire to advance towards the Soldier Mountains, where it will run into natural barriers, minimizing fire spread. In the east, expect to see more smoke again today. Ground resources will continue firing operations, potentially utilizing aerial ignition techniques if the fire behavior and weather allow. The resources on the southern part of the fire will continue to secure and strengthen their indirect lines that were completed yesterday in anticipation of continuing firing operations in the coming days.

SUMMARY:The Stewart Creek Fire started on August 20, 2018 resulting from dry lightning, 18 miles Northwest of Fairfield, Idaho on the Sawtooth National Forest, Fairfield Ranger District. Weather conditions, dry fuels and rough terrain aided in fire spread, showing signs of up to ½ mile of spotting potential. Crews strategically stationed at various spike camps have been working tirelessly on this fire to build fireline where accessible to help impede fire spread and guide the fire to the east and north. Available air resources are being used in inaccessible and dangerous areas where firefighters are unable to safely operate due to extremely steep terrain or hazardous standing dead trees, also known as ‘snags.’ The fire is burning in standing timber, heavy down and dead understory with visible single tree and group torching. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team took command of the fire on August 31st.

Public Information Map September 3

Stewart Creek Fire InciWeb link:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6171/
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