Category Archives: Fire Updates 2019

Prescribed Burning Bald Hill and Four Mile Projects Sept 25-26

Prescribed Burning in Bald Hill and Four Mile Projects September 25 and 26

(email Sept 23, 2019 640pm)

We are planning on burning on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, September 25 and 26. Ignitions will take place in both Bald Hill and Four Mile project areas.

Areas targeted in Bald Hill will be Units A and B, near the confluence of the East Fork and South Fork Salmon River in Williams, Dutch Oven, Telephone and Deadman Creek drainages.

Areas targeted in the Four Mile Project Area will be units D, E, F on the west side of the South Fork Salmon river between Poverty Flat Campground and Reed Ranch, including Holdover and Martin Creek drainages.

Smoke and fire should be expected in these areas until the next significant precipitation, as of now predicted for this weekend.

Maps are attached, Bald Hill A and B (in red) are on the west side of the project area, Four Mile D,E,F are the 3 outlined in red in the middle of the project.

Any questions please call or email myself at 208-634-0622, laurel.ingram@usda.gov or Patrick Schon at 208-634-0623, patrick.schon@usda.gov

Thanks,
Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District

Maps:

link to: Bald Hill Fall 2019 Notifications.pdf

link to: FourMile_Notification Fall 2019.pdf
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Fire Updates Sept 15, 2019

Fire Update Sept 15, 2019

Payette Fall Prescribed Fire 2019

Planned Activity, 9-8 to 9-14

Weather permitting, the New Meadows Ranger District plans on burning approximately 45 acres in Bear Basin (the 2 units west of Old Brundage Mountain Rd), and the remaining westernmost 90 acres in Rocky Bear September 13 through 15.

Trails and roads that lead into the area will be posted with caution signs and a map of prescribed burn locations. Individuals may call the New Meadows Ranger District at 208-347-0300 for more information.

To date this fall the New Meadows District has burned a 58-acre unit at Rocky Bear and 148 acres at Price Valley.

InciWeb:
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Southwest Idaho Fall prescribed fire burning planned [BNF]

Boise, Idaho, September 12, 2019 –Southwest Idaho interagency fire managers anticipate favorable fall weather conditions for planned low-moderate intensity prescribed fires. Prescribed fires are designed to reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels), large wildfire potential to communities, and improve wildlife habitat.

Weather and conditions permitting, prescribed burns are scheduled to start in September and continue through November. Approximately 3,925 acres are planned for ignition in 13 project areas within the Boise National Forest.

Public and firefighter safety is always the first priority in all public land fire operations. Fire managers develop burn plans that account for safety, specific fuel and weather prescriptions and smoke management. All controlled burns are closely evaluated and are only approved when favorable conditions are present.

Prescribed burns may affect people sensitive to smoke and may impact access to burn areas and travel routes. Fire officials strongly advise forest visitors and homeowners to prepare and plan activities around the proposed dates and locations of burns and to use extreme caution near prescribed fire areas. Please be aware of firefighters and equipment in the area and on roadways, comply with posted notices and drive slowly in areas with decreased visibility.

Information and signs will be posted on roads that access burn areas in advance of ignitions and remain in place through burn completion.

For the most current prescribed fire information please visit the http://www.rxfire.com website. The interactive map identifies planned prescribed fire areas, treatments and specific contact information. You can also zoom in on areas of interest. The Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management, Boise National Forest (NF), Payette NF and Sawtooth National NF planned prescribed fire treatments are included in the map.

The Boise National Forest prescribed fire hotline: (208)-373-4208.

Planned Boise National Forest fall prescribed burns include:

Idaho City Ranger District

* Alder (300 acres): located 3 miles north of Placerville, Idaho. A landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
* Buckskin (200 acres): located approximately 1.5 miles north of Pioneerville, Idaho.
* Little Ophir (150 acres): located 2 miles east of Placerville, Idaho. A landscape burn using hand ignition that will reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface area.
* Mores South-Granite Creek (200 acres): located 3 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. A landscape burn using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
* Pilot (150 acres): Located about 2 miles south-east of Idaho City, ID in the Boise Basin Experimental Forest for scientific study and wildland urban interface protection.
* Pioneer Piles: Burning of mechanically piled logging slash following the Post-Pioneer Fire restoration sales.
* Hand Piles (250 acres): Burning of manually created slashpiles following hazardous fuels thinning projects throughout the Boise Basin.
* Mores South Piles: Burning of mechanically piled logging slash following the activities on the Mores South Hazardous fuels project.

Cascade Ranger District

* Horsethief (180 acres): located about 1 mile east/northeast of Horsethief Reservoir. This burn involves helicopter and hand ignition to reduce fuels over the area and is within the wildland urban interface

Lowman Ranger District

* West Lowman WUI (650 acres): located approximately 2 miles northeast of Lowman, Idaho between Clear and Miller Creek drainages.
* Pine Flats Campground (50 acres): located 4 miles southwest of Lowman, Idaho on County Highway 17 (Banks/Lowman Road).

Emmett Ranger District

* Lodgepole Springs Underburn (585 acres): located approximately 14 miles north of Crouch, this will be a restoration underburn in the Silver Creek drainage north of FS road 671.
* Pinney Slope Rx (960 acres): Is approximately 6 miles north of Crouch, ID in the Pinney Creek drainage. Forest Service road 693 in Scriver Creek is South and West of the project area.

Mountain Home Ranger District

* Minneha Piles (250 acres): located approximately 10 miles southwest of Idaho City in the South Fork Minneha Creek drainage off FS road 202B.
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Smith Knob

Payette National Forest
Location Approximately 7 miles northeast of Warren and 3 miles north the Hettinger/South Fork Ranch on the McCall Ranger District.
Total Personnel 6
Size 874 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM

This will be the last update for the Smith Knob Fire unless fire activity necessitates further updates (September 13, 2019).

The Smith Knob Fire is located approximately 7 miles northeast of Warren and 3 miles north of the Hettinger/South Fork Ranch.

The fire closure order for the Smith Knob Fire has been terminated – there are no closures related to this fire. Visitors to the area should use caution regarding the potential for falling snags along roads and trails throughout the fire area.

While no significant fire activity has occurred in the past several days, the fire will continue to be actively monitored.

InciWeb:

Smith Knob Fire with minimal fire activity, Sept 7


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Shady Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Total Personnel 1
Size 6,286 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 31st, 2019 approx. 05:00 PM

InciWeb:
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Cove Creek Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location 23 miles SW of North Fork, north of the Salmon River between Owl and Cove Creeks.
Total Personnel 1
Size 5,332 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 85%
Estimated Containment Date Monday September 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM

Fire managers continue to observe minimal fire activity; the fire is smoldering. No smoke is showing at this time. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire’s forward progression.

The Forest will provide fire updates and information as significant changes occur.

InciWeb:
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2 new fires reported (Salmon-Challis National Forest)

Sep 09, 2019 Local News 8

Salmon, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – There have been two new fires reported in the Salmon-Challis National Forest area since September 2.

The 0.10 acre Corral Fire reported September 7 was called out on September 7. The fire was located approximately 26 miles southwest of Salmon.

The 0.10 acre Burrell Fire reported September 3 was called out on September 5. The fire was located approximately 14 miles northwest of North Fork.

The 0.5 acre Allan Fire, reported August 21, was called out August 29.

continued with info on Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness fires:
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BLM burning 21 square miles of rangeland in southwest Idaho

by Ryan L Morrison Friday, September 13th 2019

Silver City, Idaho (CBS 2) — The Bureau of Land Management is conducting a prescribed burn of about 21 square miles of rangeland in southwest Idaho.

BLM said the Trout Springs prescribed burn may be seen from far away and smoke could settle into surrounding canyons and valleys.

“This prescribed fire aims to remove encroaching stands of Western juniper to improve conditions on rangeland that provides habitat for wildlife and forage for livestock grazing,” reads a press release from BLM. “In recent decades, juniper has begun to spread and compete with sage-steppe vegetation for water, nutrients, space, and sunlight, while also altering the natural wildfire cycle.”

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Idaho Fire Info

link:
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NIFC

September 13, 2019

Nationally, 60 large fires have burned more than 377,000 acres in 12 states. Eight new large fires were reported. Firefighters contained 13 large fires yesterday.

Idaho Fires: 11 Acres: 15,435 New: 2 Contained: 0
Barren Hill Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 1,300 0 50 miles east of Kamiah 208-820-1799
Boone Caribou-Targhee National Forest FS 117 1 25 miles north of Driggs 208-557-5765
Cove Creek Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 5,304 85 27 miles northwest of Salmon 208-756-7853
Crab Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 214 40 22 miles west of Stevensville 208-820-1799
Elbow Bend Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 129 0 28 miles west of Hamilton
* Hungry Creek Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 207 0 29 miles northeast of Kamiah
Shady Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 6,286 8 21 miles north of Stanley 208-756-7853
Shale Creek Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 600 0 32 miles southwest of Superior 208-494-4581
Smith Knob Payette National Forest FS 915 0 35 miles northeast of McCall 208-634-0820
Snow Peak Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 100 0 19 miles east of Athol 208-557-8813
* Tincup Caribou-Targhee National Forest FS 263 0 5 miles northeast of Wayan

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Fire Updates Sept 8, 2019

Sept 4 PNF Rx burn meeting YP Community Hall

Brian Anderson, Acting Payette Forest, Krassel District Ranger; Laurel Ingram, Fuels Tech; and Patrick Schon, Fuel Specialist, represented the Payette National Forest at a public meeting in Yellow Pine September 4th. to explain, and answer questions regarding the planned prescribed burns that may affect the Yellow Pine area. They provided maps with the areas to be affected to each person attending and left large maps in the Community Hall. The five areas off the South Fork Salmon River will be the first portions of the project followed by the Yellow Pine area. This is an on-going project over the course of several years, with each area expected to take two to four days. Fires will be commenced by helicopter and ground crews as has been done in the past.

Prescribed burns are planned to remove excessive build up of dry debris in order to minimize the intensity of any future fires. As in past prescribed burns the roads near the areas will have caution signs, and the fires will be monitored. Shown on the map are five drainages West of the South Fork Road and four locations off of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River Road that will be burned, weather permitting. At the time of the meeting the specialists were monitoring the weather for storms and cooler temperatures that would provide adequate rain or increased humidity, which are needed before the operation can begin. If the weather conditions permit, the first fires will be started about mid-September; the project will be delayed until Spring if the weather conditions are not safe.

In response to a questions the specialists replied;

1. Two to three days advance notice would be given, and if possible they will provide up to one week of advance notice, so people who may have compromised breathing conditions can plan to leave the area or stay indoors if the air quality is questionable. Hunters should be aware that their areas may be affected. If area residents call Laurel Ingram (208-634-0622) they can sign up for a personal alert for advance warning.

2. Laurel Ingram explained the policy of not keeping manpower on the scene all night. The weather prediction, with attention to the humidity, are analyzed the crew leaves the location for the night.

Local residents emphasized concern that the Boulder Creek area should be safe-guarded because that drainage is the water source for the community of Yellow Pine. The locations that may directly affect Yellow Pine are located from the Deadman Creek down stream to the South Fork of the Salmon River. This area is adjacent to the road so drivers must be cautious. The smoke may be pushed upstream to the Village of Yellow Pine. The area closer to Yellow Pine is north of the village on the east side of the Quartz Creek drainage and the area commonly known as Bald Hill. The smoke from this area could affect Yellow Pine. Fires will be close to the road along the East Fork Road (toward Stibnite) to Profile Creek and Profile Creek Road (toward Big Creek) from the junction to Camp Creek area.

Questions and concerns: call Laurel Ingram, Fuels Tech (208) 634-0622 or Patrick Schon, Fuel Specialist (208) 634-0623

Maps:

link to: Bald Hill Fall 2019 Notifications.pdf

link to: FourMile_Notification Fall 2019.pdf

[h/t LI for notes]
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Grass fire sparks near Warm Lake Lodge

Crews have the fire under control and are performing mop-up now, the fire chief said.

KTVB September 6, 2019

Cascade, Idaho — Crews battled a grass fire after it sparked in the area of the Warm Lake Lodge in Cascade.

According to Cascade Rural Fire Department Fire Chief Steve Hull, the fire broke out late Thursday night. It was burning near cabins and the lodge, which sits next to Warm Lake north of Cascade.

Hull estimated the fire was less than an acre in size last night. As of Friday morning, none of the buildings had been damaged, he said.

Crews have the fire under control and are performing mop-up now, the fire chief said.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office says no official evacuations are in place.

source:
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link to photos posted by Pamela Rae (Cascade FB group)
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Fires ignited within Boise National Forest

Boise, Idaho, September 6, 2019 — Fire crews are responding to several new wildfires reported across the Boise National Forest since the storm passed through southern Idaho last evening.

The fire reported at North Shore Lodge and Warm Lake Lodge within the Cascade Ranger District is approximately 1 acre in size and resources have been on scene since the ignition last night. There are no evacuations of North Shore Lodge or the Warm Lake Lodge or any of the campgrounds in the area. Containment is anticipated at noon today and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two additional fires, caused by lightning, reported near Tripod Lookout, are currently small, less than 1 acre in size and are being staffed.

Lastly, the 2-3 acre Eddy Fire is south of Garden Mountain and within the Emmett Ranger District. Firefighters are on temporary hold from suppression efforts due to severe weather in the area.

Aerial detection flights will be flown as soon as weather permits in search for new holdover fires. Fires will be staffed and containment is anticipated within the next few shifts.

Lingering monsoonal moisture is predicted across southern Idaho this morning. Instability will remain over the eastern portions of the Boise and Payette National Forests bringing another possible round of thunderstorms to the area today. Today’s air mass is moist and cooler temperatures are predicted with a chance of wetting rains Sunday.

There are no structures threatened at this time and there are not fire restrictions currently in effect.

photos from Warm Lake:


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Nethker Fire

Payette National Forest
Location 30 miles northeast of McCall, ID
Total Personnel 21
Size 2,360 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%

InciWeb:

Nethker Fire 100% Contained

McCall, ID, September 4, 2019- The Nethker Fire achieved 100% containment on September 3, 2019 – this will be the last update for this fire unless a future update is warranted. A local Type 5 incident organization is managing the fire now, and fire personnel remain on site to monitor and patrol the fire area.

Even as the fire has been declared 100% contained, the August 30 Area Closure remains in effect for public safety. Fire wood cutting is not allowed in the closed area. The closed area is defined as all areas of the Nethker fire that have burned.

Burgdorf/French Creek Road, Warren Wagon Road, Crystal Mountain Road, Burgdorf Creek Road and Ruby Meadows Road (to the trailhead) are open for public travel. The 251 Road/OHV trail #174 remain closed as they are fully within the burned area.

Ruby Meadows road is open, but the first part of the road is surrounded by burned trees and vegetation – stay out of the burned area and drive past the burned area before getting out of your vehicle.

Jeanette Campground and Burgdorf Campground are open for public use; however, the fire area is closed – do not enter the burned area and no camping is allowed within the burned area. The burn area remains closed due to the potential for falling snags as this creates danger – no fuel wood cutting within the burned area.

Drive cautiously through the burned area as the potential for falling snags is a hazard.
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Smith Knob

Payette National Forest
Location Approximately 7 miles northeast of Warren and 3 miles north the Hettinger/South Fork Ranch on the McCall Ranger District.
Total Personnel 33
Size 874 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM

9/6/2019

The fire continues to back and flank as it spreads in Raines, Box, and Smith Creek drainages.

Smoldering, creeping, and short surface fire runs have occurred where fuels, wind, and topography aligned.

The fire will continue to be actively monitored and point protection measures are in place.

Resources assigned include a Interagency Hotshot Crew, 1 Type 3 helicopter, and misc fire managers.

InciWeb:

Smith Knob Fire, August 31, 2019

Smith Knob Fire update Sept 4th

The fire is now 769 acres. An infrared flight was conducted last night. There was minimal fire behavior yesterday with smoldering and creeping, and short surface fire runs occurred where fuels, wind, and topography aligned.

The fire will continue to be actively monitored today and point protection measure are in place. Resources assigned include Bonneville IHC, 1 Type 3 helicopter, and 5 single resource personnel.

An Area Closure remains in effect for this fire. For more information, visit this page on Inciweb:
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Shady Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Total Personnel 15
Size 6,286 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 31st, 2019 approx. 05:00 PM

InciWeb:

Shady Fire Update 9/6/19

Fire activity on the north and west side of the fire is moderate, which includes Vanity, Silver, and Fontez Creeks. On the east side of the fire in Bernard and Pinyon Creeks, the fire continues to smolder and creep. A Type I helicopter will be used if necessary to drop water on the fire. The purpose of the water drops is to moderate fire behavior and to slow the fire’s forward progression towards values in the area. The fire has the potential to affect Vanity Summit and user access to the Seafoam area including Forest Road #008. Please check Inciweb and Salmon-Challis National Forest Facebook and Twitter feeds as updated information and new closures will be posted to those sites. The east side of the fire has burned to Forest Road #172. This road remains open, please be ready for rapidly changing conditions if traveling in this area and ensure proper travel preparations are made. Smoke has the potential to filter into the Challis area and the Pahsimeroi and Lemhi Valleys. Today, crews will continue to assess the areas with increased fire activity and will be informing visitors in the Seafoam area about potential impacts from the Shady Fire. The Forest will provide fire updates and information as significant changes occur.

Information on real-time air quality in the state of Idaho can be found at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/. Fire managers are urging the public to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the Shady Fire as firefighters are in the area. In addition, they are urging the public to be aware of the many blind corners on the roads and please slow down.

Due to heavy fuel loading, active fire behavior, and the presence of numerous snags, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire. The Shady Fire is being managed with a point protection strategy (a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire) to minimize exposure to fire personnel while protecting identified values. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and wilderness values. Firefighters are monitoring fire progression towards values, with the priority of fire mangers being to provide for firefighter and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include mining and Forest Service infrastructure.

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Shady Fire Progression Map September 2


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Cove Creek Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location 23 miles SW of North Fork, north of the Salmon River between Owl and Cove Creeks.
Total Personnel 8
Size 5,332 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 85%
Estimated Containment Date Monday September 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM

9/8/19

Widespread showers and isolated afternoon thunderstorms are expected today, with the potential for 0.25 to 0.75 inches of wetting rain and isolated higher amounts. Much cooler temperatures and more moist conditions are expected all week, with additional showers and thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday.

InciWeb:

Cove Creek Fire Map August 27


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Idaho Fire Info
link:
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NIFC

Idaho Fires: 9 Acres: 14,544 New: 2 Contained: 0
Barren Hill Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 1,092 0 50 miles east of Kamiah 208-820-1799
* Boone Caribou-Targhee National Forest FS 117 0 25 miles north of Driggs 208-557-5765
Cove Creek Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 5,332 85 27 miles northwest of Salmon 208-756-7853
Crab Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 214 40 22 miles west of Stevensville 208-820-1799
* Elbow Bend Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 129 0 28 miles west of Hamilton
Shady Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 6,286 0 21 miles north of Stanley 208-756-7853
Shale Creek Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 400 0 32 miles southwest of Superior 208-494-4581
Smith Knob Payette National Forest FS 874 0 35 miles northeast of McCall 208-634-0820
Snow Peak Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 100 0 19 miles east of Athol 208-557-8813

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Paint allowed INL to power through their largest fire ever

By Jilliana Colina Sep 04, 2019 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Idaho National Laboratory site has a history of large wind-driven fires.

INL is always trying to find new methods to protect their infrastructure and one of their key tactics includes paint on a power pole

“Wildland fires are almost inevitable here, so we chose that minimize any power loss any damage to our infrastructure,” said INL Power Management manager, Kenneth Barnes.

In 2012 INL applied five feet of fire retardant paint on almost 3,000 of their power poles. That project proved its worth during the Sheep Fire this past July. The paint protected the power poles from the largest fire INL has ever experienced.

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Car fire ignites forest on Malad Summit

Car fire blamed for starting summit fire

Sep 04, 2019 Local News 8

Malad, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Update 9:10 a.m. The Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center reports the Malad Summit fire is estimated at 133 acres and was 45% contained Wednesday morning.

Firefighters are working to secure containment lines. The fire is continuing to smolder around juniper trees. Full containment is forecast for 10 p.m. Wednesday.

There are 5 engines, one dozer, one water tender, one hand crew and a helicopter assigned to the fire. Another hand crew will arrive later today.

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Flash Flood Watch and Red Flag Warning Sept 6, 2019

Yellow Pine Forecast

Real Time Lightning Map

Wind driven rain and close lightning strikes at noon in Yellow Pine.

Flash Flood Watch and Red Flag Warning Sept 6, 2019

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
756 AM MDT Fri Sep 6 2019

...SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY EVENING...

.A strong upper level trough will continue to move northeast
across the fire districts today. Isolated thunderstorms this
morning across the Southeast Oregon districts will expand in
coverage by 11 AM MDT into Southwest Idaho. These storms will
quickly shift east across most of the Idaho districts exiting the
region by 6 PM MDT. Heavy rain and strong outflow winds will be
possible especially across the Idaho BLM districts this afternoon.


Northern Boise BLM-Western Payette National Forest-
Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Treasure Valley BLM-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
Owyhee Mountains-Western Twin Falls BLM-Southern Highlands-
756 AM MDT Fri Sep 6 2019

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM MDT
THIS EVENING FOR LIGHTNING FOR NORTHERN BOISE BLM...WESTERN
PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST...EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST...
NORTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST...TREASURE VALLEY BLM...SOUTHERN
BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST...OWYHEE
MOUNTAINS...WESTERN TWIN FALLS BLM AND SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS...WHICH
ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES 400...401...402...403...420...421...423...
424 AND 426...

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Red Flag
Warning, which is in effect from 11 AM this morning to 6 PM MDT
this evening.

* THUNDERSTORMS...Scattered by 1 PM MDT today. Heavy rain is
  possible with the stronger storms.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Up to 55 MPH

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

 

Flash Flood Watch

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Boise ID
1052 AM MDT Fri Sep 6 2019

West Central Mountains-Boise Mountains-
Including the cities of McCall, Cascade, Idaho City, Lowman,
Garden Valley, and Pine
1052 AM MDT Fri Sep 6 2019

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for a portion of west central Idaho,
  including the following areas, Boise Mountains and West
  Central Mountains.

* until 6 PM MDT this evening.

* Heavy Rain from thunderstorms may produce excessive runoff.

* Flash flooding and debris flows are possible in and near burn
  scars from recent forest fires.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Fire Report Sept 6, 2019

Grass fire sparks near Warm Lake Lodge

Crews have the fire under control and are performing mop-up now, the fire chief said.

KTVB September 6, 2019

Cascade, Idaho — Crews battled a grass fire after it sparked in the area of the Warm Lake Lodge in Cascade.

According to Cascade Rural Fire Department Fire Chief Steve Hull, the fire broke out late Thursday night. It was burning near cabins and the lodge, which sits next to Warm Lake north of Cascade.

Hull estimated the fire was less than an acre in size last night. As of Friday morning, none of the buildings had been damaged, he said.

Crews have the fire under control and are performing mop-up now, the fire chief said.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office says no official evacuations are in place.

source:
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photos posted by Pamela Rae (Cascade FB group)

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Fire Updates Sept 1, 2019

Nethker Fire

Payette National Forest
Total Personnel 44
Size 2,360 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 98%
Estimated Containment Date Sunday September 08th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb:

Updated Area Closure – Nethker Fire Version #4, August 30, 2019

A new fire area closure was issued this morning, Friday August 30. The closed area is defined as all areas of the Nethker fire that have burned.

Burgdorf/French Creek Road, Warren Wagon Road, Crystal Mountain Road, Burgdorf Creek Road and Ruby Meadows Road (to the trailhead) are open for public travel. The 251 Road/OHV trail #174 remain closed as they area fully within the burned area.

Ruby Meadows road is open, but the first part of the road is surrounded by burned trees and vegetation – stay out of the burned area and drive past the burned area before getting out of your vehicle.

Jeanette Campground and Burgdorf Campground are open for public use; however, the fire area is closed – do not enter the burned area and no camping is allowed within the burned area. The burn area remains closed due to the potential for falling snags as this creates danger – no fuel wood cutting within the burned area.

Drive cautiously through the burned area while on the main roads as firefighters continue to work in the area, and the potential for falling snags is a hazard.

Nethker Fire Closure Map, August 30


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Smith Knob

Payette National Forest
Location Approximately 7 miles northeast of Warren and 3 miles north the Hettinger/South Fork Ranch on the McCall Ranger District.
Total Personnel 51
Size 276 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday October 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM

The Smith Knob Fire is burning approximately 7 miles northeast of Warren and 3 miles north of the Hettinger/South Fork Ranch. The fire is burning in the Raines Creek drainage and started from a lightning holdover – it was reported on August 10. Due to its location and minimal values at risk in the immediate area, the fire is being managed under a monitor strategy. Firefighters are on site and evaluating the fire’s potential. As necessary, point protection will be implemented to protect values at risk if the fire continues to grow.

An area closure is in effect for this fire – please see the closure order and closure area map on the “Closure” link on this page. Forest Road 355 (Smith Knob Road) is closed from its intersection with Forest Road 356 (Burgdorf Summit Road). Smith Creek Trail #180, Raines Creek Trail #112 and Slaughter Gulch Trail #126 are closed. Burgdorf Summit Road and the South Fork Salmon River Trail #122 remain open for public access.

InciWeb:

Smith Knob Fire, August 31, 2019


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Shady Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Two (2) miles east of Seafoam Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Total Personnel 5
Size 5,857 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 31st, 2019 approx. 05:00 PM

InciWeb:

Shady Fire Update Aug 31, 2019

The Shady Fire remains active in Bernard and Pinyon Creeks, the no name drainage west of Shady Creek, and Fontez Creek. Fire has crossed over the ridgeline and is established in Silver Creek on the west side of the fire. The fire has the potential to affect Vanity Summit and user access to the Seafoam area including Forest Road #008 within the next week, possibly as soon the next couple of days. Please check Inciweb and Salmon-Challis National Forest Facebook and Twitter feeds as updated information and new closures will be posted to those sites. The east side of the fire has burned to Forest Road #172. This road remains open, please be ready for rapidly changing conditions if traveling in this area and ensure proper travel preparations are made. Smoke has the potential to filter into the Challis area and the Pahsimeroi and Lemhi Valleys. Today, crews will continue to assess the areas with increased fire activity and will be informing visitors in the Seafoam area about potential fire impacts from the Shady Fire. The Forest will provide fire updates and information as significant changes occur.

Information on real-time air quality in the state of Idaho can be found [here]. Fire managers are urging the public to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the Shady Fire as firefighters are in the area. In addition, they are urging the public to be aware of the many blind corners on the roads and please slow down.

Due to heavy fuel loading, active fire behavior, and the presence of numerous snags, firefighters have been unable to directly engage the fire. The Shady Fire is being managed with a point protection strategy (a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire) to minimize exposure to fire personnel while protecting identified values. The strategy takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and wilderness values. Firefighters are monitoring fire progression towards values, with the priority of fire mangers being to provide for firefighter and public safety while defending the identified values at risk. Specific values potentially threatened with this fire include mining and Forest Service infrastructure.

Weather: …FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FIRE FOR GUSTY WIND AND LOW HUMIDITY…Look for strong warming bringing widespread critical low relative humidity Sunday. Also, expect breezy, critical mostly ridge top winds Sunday. An approaching low on Monday will bring slightly higher humidity, though still critical, along with continued breezy, critical winds. Showers and thunderstorms may return as early as Wednesday, but are more like Thursday and early Friday.

Closures: The Salmon-Challis National Forest has implemented the Shady Fire Emergency Road and Trail Closure, Order Number: 04-13-19-613. The road and trail closure is described as road #40012 (Sheep Mountain Road) beginning at the junction with FS Road #40008 at Seafoam Guard Station ending at Road #40172, forest trail #4005 (Sheep Creek Trail) entire trail, forest trail #4012 (Duffield Trail) entire trail, and forest trail #4023 (Bernard Creek Trail) entire trail.

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Shady Fire Map August 30


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Cove Creek Fire

Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location 23 miles SW of North Fork, north of the Salmon River between Owl and Cove Creeks.
Total Personnel 26
Size 5,332 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 80%
Estimated Containment Date Monday September 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM

InciWeb:

Closures — Cove Creek Fire

Cove Creek Fire Map August 27


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Boone Fire burning near Jedediah Smith Wilderness

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Caribou-Targhee National Forest

The Boon fire ignited August 16 and is located approximately 25 miles north of Driggs, ID on the Wyoming border. The fire is estimated to be 26 acres in size. Fire behavior is minimal with isolated group and single-tree torching and smoldering and creeping along the forest floor.

“Fire serves many roles in the ecosystem,” said Jeff Hill, Fire Management Officer. “Due to the location of this fire and limited private values at risk, managers felt this fire would be good to reduce existing biomass, recycle nutrients into the soil, and regenerate vegetation, along with increase plant and animal diversity.” Management activities will focus on preventing fire spread toward private lands and public land infrastructure. Currently the fire is five miles South and West of the BSA, Camp Loll.

Smoke from the Boone Fire will be visible likely until a major precipitation event occurs or until it snows. Fire managers urge individuals to use caution when recreating or hunting in the area due to fire hazards. Currently the 003, South Boone Trail is Closed to protect the public.

FS lands often have vegetation and wildlife habitat that require fire to remain healthy. On forested lands, up to 60 percent more of the landscape burned historically than now, especially in the West. To diminish the “fire deficit” and thereby mitigate fire risk, the FS and partners are using this fire management strategy that protects values from harm, but also reduces future wildfire risk from excessive fuel accumulation. Fire officials will continue to monitor weather and fuel conditions daily to predict the fire’s spread.

More information is available on inciweb at:

Boone Fire location Map


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Idaho Fire Info

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NIFC

August 30, 2019

A total of 50 large fires have burned more than 336,000 acres. New large fires were reported in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Texas.

Idaho Fires: 7 Acres: 14,658 New: 2 Contained: 0
Barren Hill Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 605 0 50 miles east of Kamiah 208-820-1799
Cove Creek Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 5,332 80 27 miles northwest of Salmon 208-756-7853
Crab Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 198 40 22 miles west of Stevensville 208-820-1799
Nethker Payette National Forest FS 2,360 98 30 miles northeast of McCall 208-634-0820
* Smith Knob Payette National Forest FS 206 0 35 miles northeast of McCall 208-634-0820
* Snow Peak Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 100 0 19 miles east of Athol 208-557-8813
Shady Salmon-Challis National Forest FS 5,857 0 21 miles north of Stanley 208-756-7853

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Fire Weather Watch Sept 1, 2019

Yellow Pine Forecast

Fire Weather Watch Sept 1, 2019

Fire Weather Watch

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
302 PM MDT Sat Aug 31 2019

...GUSTY WINDS WITH VERY DRY CONDITIONS SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

.Well above normal temperatures will persist on Sunday while the
airmass continues to dry. Additionally, gusty southwest winds are
expected to develop Sunday afternoon. The combination of very low
relative humidities and gusty winds may lead to critical fire
weather conditions.

Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
302 PM MDT Sat Aug 31 2019

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES FOR
EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST...NORTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST
AND SOUTHERN BOISE/WESTERN SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FORESTS...WHICH ARE
FIRE WEATHER ZONES 402...403 AND 421...

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

* WINDS...Sustained winds of 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph across
  ridges and upper slopes.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...9 to 15 percent across much of the area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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