Category Archives: Fire Updates 2020

Red Flag Warning Aug 20, 9pm to Aug 22, 12am

Red Flag Warning Aug 20, 9pm to Aug 22, 12am

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Patchy smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind.

Tonight A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Patchy smoke. Low around 52. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy smoke. High near 66. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight. Patchy smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Light south wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Aug 20 morning satellite map

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE...CORRECTED
National Weather Service Boise ID
830 AM MDT Fri Aug 20 2021

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH ISSUED FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY
EVENING...

.An upper level storm and cold front will bring scattered
lightning to the area from this evening through Saturday evening,
starting earliest on the Oregon side, then in the NF districts
and Northern Boise BLM on the Idaho side, and finally from the
Treasure and Western Twin Falls districts south to the NV border
early Saturday morning. Scattered lightning will not occur the
entire time, but several waves of storms are expected as the low
moves through the area.

Northern Boise BLM-Western Payette National Forest-
Eastern Payette National Forest-Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
830 AM MDT Fri Aug 20 2021

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO
MIDNIGHT MDT SATURDAY NIGHT FOR LIGHTNING FOR NORTHERN BOISE BLM...
WESTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST...EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL
FOREST... NORTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST...TREASURE VALLEY BLM
AND SOUTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN SAWTOOTH NATIONAL
FOREST...WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES 400...401...402...403...
420 AND 421...

* THUNDERSTORMS...Scattered thunderstorms are expected.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Gust to 40 mph are possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Rx burn South Fork Salmon River

Rx burn South Fork Salmon River planed

Update Oct 30: For your planning purposes and general knowledge. We are narrowing down our window for prescribed fire operations in Four Mile. Tentatively we are looking at burning Monday (11/2/20) or Tuesday (11/3/20) depending on weather. Ignitions will start in the afternoon and will last one day. I expect some residual smoke for a couple days. A system is expected to enter the burn area Wednesday which should bring cooler temps, high humidity’s and increased ventilation. Thank you for your interest and have a good weekend, Patrick

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning to conduct prescribed burning in the Four Mile project area this fall. The Four Mile project area is on both sides of the South Fork of the Salmon River between Poverty Flat Campground and Reed Ranch. The area that will be targeted for fire this fall is to the east of the South Fork Rd between Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat Campground. First priority burn block will be the area between Nasty and Four Mile creeks. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each burn block, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

The decision to implement prescribed fire always includes assessing the risk and impacts to communities, firefighters and forest resources. This season additional consideration will be given to complexity associated with COVID19, cumulative smoke exposure in our communities from wildfire and the commitment of fire resources locally and nationally.

If you will be operating in the area or have any questions please contact Laurel Ingram, Fuels Tech or Patrick Schon, Fuels Specialist, so that we can collaborate on timing.

Patrick Schon
Email: patrick.schon@usda.gov
Laurel Ingram
Email: laurel.ingram@usda.gov

Map Link: FourMile Fall 2020 Notification
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Updated Fire Reports Sept 28, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 28, 2020

Note: This will be the last Fire Report unless there are significant changes.

Evening update added for Porphyry Fire.

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

YPFD volunteers have been busy gathering up the hose lays.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

Rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday gave Yellow Pine 0.65″ of much needed precipitation. Forecast for warmer and drier contitions this week.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Open. Watch for fire crews working along the road.

Lick Creek road is open, graded earlier this month, reported to be rough.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Air Quality is really good today.
Satellite Map 9/28 140pm

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Fire Abatement:

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Buck Fire

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9-28-2020 FINAL Buck Fire Update

This will be the final update unless significant fire activity occurs

Start Date: August 26
Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 19,474
Contained: 33 percent
Personnel: 136
Resources: 2 crews, 1 helicopter, 2 water tenders and 14 engines

Conditions are looking good on the fire. Lower temperatures along with some precipitation have given the fire fighters a slight break. They are beginning to go into repair mode. They will start to pull hoses and pumps. They will repair any hand lines that need it while working any hot spots they find.

You can expect to see some smoke on the fire until the snow flies. These are interior smokes and should not pose a threat. Temperatures are supposed to be higher the next few days but with shorter days and the moisture we have had there will not be much drying of the fire area.

As repairs progress resources will be released a little at a time, the Nevada Interagency Team 3 will start the steps to return management of the fire back to the local units of the Forests.

Since the information will not change from day to day this will be the last update put out by this Team. You can still go to the internet sites listed below for any information.

Weather: The weather is predicted to be above average temperatures with no forecasted precipitation.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities. The new closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

9-28-2020 Buck Fire Topo map

9-28-2020 Buck Fire IR map

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 28, 2020

All fire area closures have been lifted on the Porphyry Fire.

Trail and road closures have all been lifted and access is open to hunter and recreators. Please be cautious in and around the fire area as fire weekend trees and hot spots are still present. Smoke may still be visible at times but there is no need to report it as the fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground resources, until a season ending rain event occurs. Structure protection will take place as needed and crews are clearing out the Mosquito Ridge Trail and Hand Creek Trail.

The Porphyry Fire is still estimated at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive days. Temperatures will begin to climb back up through the week and that will allow fuels to dry back out. Fire spread and activity may increase as the fire area dries out but overall fire activity will be low due to time of season, cooler temperatures and length of daylight.

Although rain [fell] over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground as needed. Crews continue structure protection on 4 bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area.

Total Personnel 31
Size 14,486 Acres

Porphyry IR Map 9/28/2020

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InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Trap Fire

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The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Middle Fork RD of the Salmon-Challis NF, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Rain and cooler temperatures have given firefighters time to complete containment line along the north and eastern portions of the fire. Crews continue to monitor fire activity on the south and western perimeter of the fire.

Hazard tree mitigation along highway 21 has ended, and the highway is now fully open. However; the public is still encouraged to drive slowly due to smokey conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

Sierra Front Incident Management Team will transfer the Trap Creek Fire back to Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Salmon-Challis NF fire personnel as of 0700 Monday, September 28th. Incident Command will be Colton Bates.

Total Personnel 36
Size 2,285 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%

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Woodhead Fire

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9/28/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

After a weekend of cool temperatures, high relative humidity and rain, this week’s weather will gradually become warmer and dryer, but winds will generally remain light. One factor helping limit fire behavior is that the days are about 1 hour shorter than they were at the start of this fire. Another factor limiting fire behavior has been the increase in relative humidity each night (RH recovery) which adds moisture to vegetation.

As firefighters continued mopping up and chipping along the northern end of the fire, they increased containment to 57%. The black line around the fire perimeter on the map indicates sections that area contained. Mop up ensures there is no heat remaining some distance into the fire from the fireline. Chipping mulches the limbs, cut vegetation, and other slash produced during fireline construction. On the northwestern edge near Dukes Creek, firefighters improved sections of fireline by cutting low hanging limbs off adjacent trees. Removing these limbs helps prevent fire from climbing up and torching the tree. On the eastern side of the fire, firefighters continued mopping up around sections where the fire burned in a spotty manner.

A local Type 3 incident management team will be taking over the management of the fire on Tuesday. Great Basin Team 4 appreciates the support from all the surrounding communities over the past three weeks.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is open for all through traffic. The Payette National Forest closure remains in effect but will be revised by October 1st. Road blocks are on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road. The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety.

Total Personnel 330
Size 96,223 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 57%

9.28 Woodhead Fire Map (link) pdf file

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Badger Fire

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9.28.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Existing lines continued to hold well yesterday, and firefighters were able to gain depth on the line east of Magic Mountain. Aerial operations patrolled the fire perimeter and backhauled firefighting equipment and rubbish. The repair crew continued rehabilitating dozer line in the Fuller Flat area and the Rock Creek area. Repair crews began assessing the southeast corner of the fire for dozer line rehabilitation.

Today fire crews will continue to focus on patrolling, improving, and mopping up existing fire lines. Repair crews throughout the fire area will be rehabilitating dozer line and removing snags along roads and in campgrounds. Possibilities for firing operations will be assessed in the area east of Magic Mountain, while hand crews will work to improve the existing line.

Weather: Winds will steadily decrease today, and temperatures will remain mild. Relative humidities are expected to stay above 25%. A high pressure system is moving into the region which will bring light, variable winds and warm temperatures.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Total Personnel 448
Size 89,847 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 89%

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NIFC

September 28, 2020

Light wildland fire activity was reported yesterday. Two new large fires were reported in California. No large fires were contained although firefighters continue to achieve their suppression goals as we near the end of September.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 243,991 New: 0 Contained: 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,847 89 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 3,019 5 Beaver Creek, Five miles east of Powell Ranger Station on Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest 208-702-2389
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,375 75 Two miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest USFS 19,474 33 30 miles NE of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,143 0
Grouse Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 Miles NNE OF Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Leggit Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 Five miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 5 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest 208-702-2389
Porphyry Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, McCall Ranger District. 20 miles North of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 10,680 20 Southeast of Elk City, Idaho two miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Sponge Nez Pierce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 610 0 Twenty miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Warm Springs Nez Pierce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 119 0
West Branch Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 113 20 Off FSR 1094, west of the WA/ID state line. 208-557-8813
Woodhead Payette National Forest USFS 95,985 57 20 miles west of Council.

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Fire Reports Sept 27, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 27, 2020

Sunday, 9/27 fire meeting scheduled 1pm with new IC at the Fire Hall.

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

Rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday gave Yellow Pine 0.65″ of much needed precipitation.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Open Sept 20th. Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.

Lick Creek road is open, graded earlier this month, reported to be rough.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

So far the Elk Summit route has not been compromised by the Porphyry Fire, but not recommended.

Porphyry Fire is in the upper Smith Creek road area (Coin Creek.)

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Air Quality is much better today.
9/27 map 10am

DEQ Valley County – Burn Ban Lifted

* DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please think about postponing your burn if possible.

* Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, and emergency services have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

* Burning activities are not being prohibited by DEQ but we encourage you to contact your local fire district for information on all open burning activities.
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Fire Abatement:

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Fire Reports:

Buck Fire

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9-27-2020 Buck Fire Update

Start Date: August 26
Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 19,474
Contained: 33 percent
Personnel: 149
Resources: 3 crews, 3 helicopters, 2 water tenders and 14 engines

Last night’s temperature drop combined with the moisture from the previous day put a lot of water on the fire area. The fire area that received the most moisture was the part of the fire with the most heat.

Today hand crews and engines will be used to secure the fire edge that has backed to Johnson Creek Road. Ground resources will continue to assess and protect resources along Johnson Creek and will continue to assess areas where contingency lines may be utilized.

There will be a Community Meeting at 1:00 pm, Sunday September 27, at the Yellow Pine Community Hall, in Yellow Pine. This meeting is to introduce the community to the new team and to bring the community up to date on what has been taking place on the fire since Nevada Team 3 took over management of the fire. All are welcome to come.

Today’s Objectives: Limit fire spread to the West and North toward the Johnson Creek corridor and the town of Yellow Pine, to reduce impacts to values at risk, large fire growth and a long duration fire event.

Weather: Predictions say there should be one more day of cooler weather followed by above average temperatures and no forecasted precipitation.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities and it will be posted later today.

The revised closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

9-25-2020 Buck Fire Progression Map

InciWeb:

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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 25, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is still estimated at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Friday and Saturday will bring cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and a chance of rain showers across the Payette National Forest. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive day. Temperatures will begin to climb back up Sunday and that will allow fuels to dry back out. Fire spread and activity may increase as the fire area dries out but overall fire activity will be low due to time of season, cooler temperatures and length of daylight.

Although rain is expected over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground as needed. Crews continue structure protection on 4 bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area.

An area closure remains in effect for the Porphyry Fire. Agency administrators urge South Fork boaters to move quickly through the section impacted by the fire, and for hunters to remain away from the closure area. There are no current threats to structures, but Golden Hand Mine is in the current path of the fire. The closure area will be re-evaluated after the weekend.

This will be the last report until Monday, September 28, 2020

InciWeb:

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Porphyry Fire Could Impact Middle Fork Zone Elk Hunters
By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 11, 2020
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Trap Fire

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The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Middle Fork RD of the Salmon-Challis NF, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Rain and cooler temperatures have given firefighters time to complete containment line along the north and eastern portions of the fire. Crews continue to monitor fire activity on the south and western perimeter of the fire.

Hazard tree mitigation along highway 21 has ended, and the highway is now fully open. However; the public is still encouraged to drive slowly due to smoky conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

Sierra Front Incident Management Team will transfer the Trap Creek Fire back to Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Salmon-Challis NF fire personnel as of 0700 Monday, September 28th. Incident Command will be Colton Bates.

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Woodhead Fire

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9/27/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

Yesterday’s cold, wet weather on the Woodhead Fire kept fire behavior very minimal. Firefighters took advantage of this minimal fire behavior to accomplish a lot work, and they increased total containment to 55%. This work included building fireline on the northwestern edge near Dukes Creek by connecting fireline built by hand and bulldozer with some existing roads. Along the northern end of the fire, containment increased as firelines were strengthened. On the eastern edge, minimal fire behavior allowed firefighters to continue building more fireline right next to the fire’s edge.

Today, north winds will bring cold air and limit daytime warming. The cool temperatures combined with yesterday’s rain will keep fire behavior minimal, and firefighters will continue securing the fireline. High pressure will arrive over the fire area on Monday and bring a gradual warming and drying trend and light winds.

Along other areas of the fire, chippers are mulching limbs, slash, and other cut vegetation along firelines. Near Highway 71 on the southern portion of the fire, heavy equipment has started repairing fireline that is no longer needed.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is open for all through traffic. The Payette National Forest closure remains in effect but will be revised by October 1st. Road blocks are on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road. The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety.

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Badger Fire

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9.27.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Acres: 89,623 Containment 84% Crews: 6 Helicopters: 9 Dozers: 7 Engines: 35 Personnel: 462

Activity on the Fire: Despite yesterday’s winds, minimal fire activity was seen yesterday, and some light rain fell in the fire area. Crews improving and mopping-up along existing lines were able to gain more depth. In the area east of Magic Mountain, crews were able to strengthen the existing dozer line. The repair crew worked on rehabilitating dozer line in the Rock Creek area and elsewhere within the fire perimeter.

Thanks to mellowing weather, another day of minimal fire activity with moderate-to-limited spread is anticipated. Crews and aerial operations will continue to patrol mop-up, and improve existing line all along the fire perimeter. Preparation work for future firing operations will take place along the west flank of the fire. Repair crews will be rehabilitating dozer line in the northwest of the fire and the area between Fuller Flat and Durfee Meadow, as well as continuing to remove snags along roads and in campgrounds.

Weather: The cold front is passing out of the area today. Strong west to northwest winds blowing 15-25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph, are expected. However, these winds are predicted to diminish over the course of the day. Relative humidities should stay above 35%.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Hunting: Muzzleloader and rifle season for antelope has begun in Game Management Unit 54, much of which is in the fire closure area. Hunting is not permitted within the closure area, above. Those who wish are being offered the opportunity to exchange or rain check their tags by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

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NIFC

September 27, 2020

Wildland fire activity continues in 10 western states where 69 large fires have burned 3.7 million acres. Wildland firefighters prepare for another day of critical weather conditions in Northern California. Evacuation orders are still in effect for 17 large fires in the West.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 242,947 New: 0 Contained: 1
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,623 84 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 3,019 5 5 miles east of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Bernard
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,375 75 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck
Boise National Forest USFS 19,474 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,143 0
Grouse
Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 miles north/northeast of Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Leggit
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 5 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Porphyry
Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 208-634-0820
Shissler
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 10,680 20 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Sponge
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 610 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Trap
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 119 0 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-774-3000
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 113 20
West Branch
Idaho Panhandle USFS 95,985 55 9 miles west of Coolin 208-557-4013
Woodhead
Payette National Forest USFS 2,285 100 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID

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Fire Reports Sept 26, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 26, 2020

In the 24 hours ending at 930am Saturday morning we received 0.60″ of rain.

Sunday, 9/27 fire meeting scheduled 1pm with new IC at the Fire Hall.

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

Yellow Pine received 0.60″ of rain by Saturday morning Sept 26th.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Open Sept 20th. Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.

Lick Creek road is open, graded earlier this month, reported to be rough.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

So far the Elk Summit route has not been compromised by the Porphyry Fire, but not recommended.

Porphyry Fire is in the upper Smith Creek road area (Coin Creek.)

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Air Quality is much better today.
9/26 1230pm

DEQ Valley County – Burn Ban Lifted

* DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please think about postponing your burn if possible.

* Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, and emergency services have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

* Burning activities are not being prohibited by DEQ but we encourage you to contact your local fire district for information on all open burning activities.
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Fire Abatement:

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Buck Fire

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Buck Fire Update – September 26, 2020

• Start Date: August 26
• Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 miles NE of Cascade, Idaho
• Cause: Lightning
• Acres: 19,474
• Contained: 33%
• Personnel: 149
• Resources: 3 Crews, 2 Helicopters, 3 Water Tenders, 13 Engines

Things are slowing down as the temperature drops and the moisture rises. Yesterday afternoon and evening rain showers brought about .8 inches of precipitation to the fire area.

Today hand crews and engines will be used to secure the fire edge that has backed to Johnson Creek Road. Ground resources will continue to assess and protect resources along Johnson Creek and will continue to assess areas where contingency lines may be utilized.

There will be a Community Meeting at 1:00 pm, Sunday September 27, at the Yellow Pine Community Hall, in Yellow Pine. This meeting is to introduce the community to the new team and to bring the community up to date on what has been taking place on the fire since Nevada Team 3 took over management of the fire. All are welcome to come.

Today’s Objectives: Limit fire spread to the West and North toward the Johnson Creek corridor and the town of Yellow Pine, to reduce impacts to values at risk, large fire growth and a long duration fire event.

Weather: Cooler temperatures and more precipitation are expected for the next few days. Fire behavior is expected to be moderate as a result.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities and it will be posted later today. The new closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

No new map.

InciWeb:

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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 25, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is still estimated at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Friday and Saturday will bring cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and a chance of rain showers across the Payette National Forest. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive day. Temperatures will begin to climb back up Sunday and that will allow fuels to dry back out. Fire spread and activity may increase as the fire area dries out but overall fire activity will be low due to time of season, cooler temperatures and length of daylight.

Although rain is expected over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground as needed. Crews continue structure protection on 4 bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area.

An area closure remains in effect for the Porphyry Fire. Agency administrators urge South Fork boaters to move quickly through the section impacted by the fire, and for hunters to remain away from the closure area. There are no current threats to structures, but Golden Hand Mine is in the current path of the fire. The closure area will be re-evaluated after the weekend.

This will be the last report until Monday, September 28, 2020

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire Could Impact Middle Fork Zone Elk Hunters
By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 11, 2020
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Trap Fire

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The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Middle Fork RD of the Salmon-Challis NF, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Continued cooler temperatures, cloud cover and higher humidity has given firefighters time to complete containment line along the north and eastern portions of the fire. Crews continue to monitor fire activity on the south and western perimeter of the fire.

Hazard tree mitigation along highway 21 has ended, and the highway is now fully open. However; the public is still encouraged to drive slowly due to smokey conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

InciWeb:

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Woodhead Fire

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9/26/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

Yesterday on the Woodhead Fire, cool, cloudy, humid weather kept fire behavior very minimal through the day followed by a ½” of rain overnight. Despite last night’s rain, large trees remain very dry and will need more moisture before they are resistant to burning. An area of high pressure will arrive at the start of next week bringing warm, dry weather but no strong winds.

The northern tip of the fire has strong firelines along the fire perimeter allowing fire managers to concentrate work on the eastern and northwestern sides of the fire. On the northwestern edge near Dukes Creek, a crew and a bulldozer built fireline directly along the fire perimeter, and they will continue today. On portions of the eastern edge of the fire, fireline exists short distances from the main fire perimeter. In the remainder, firefighters have been building fireline right next to the main fire’s edge. With cooperative weather and minimal fire behavior they will continue this work today.

All the good work along the fire perimeter isn’t reflected in the map which shows long sections of uncontained fire because fire managers must meet a high standard before they can label sections of the fire perimeter as contained. Many sections along the 128-mile fire perimeter are very close to meeting that standard.

Chipping occurred yesterday and will continue today to mulch limbs and other cut vegetation along firelines. On the southern portion of the fire near Highway 71, heavy equipment will begin repairing fireline where it is no longer needed.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is open for all through traffic, but the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect, and will be revised by October 1st. Road blocks are on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road. The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety. Descriptions and maps of the closures are available at InciWeb.

InciWeb:

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Badger Fire

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9.26.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Existing containment lines held well through another windy day yesterday, with crews patrolling and mopping up throughout the fire perimeter. In the area east of Magic Mountain, crews performed successful firing operations off dozer line to combat the active edge of the fire.

Another windy day is expected, making patrol and mop-up a continued emphasis. On the more active edge of the fire east of the Magic Mountain area, crews will hold secured line following yesterday’s firing operations. The road crew will continue working on snagging and prepare to start rehabilitating dozer line within the fire perimeter.

Weather: As the cold front continues to move through the area, winds of 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph are expected. Cooler daytime temperatures and cloud cover will continue to improve relative humidity recoveries, keeping them above 40%.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Hunting: Muzzleloader and rifle season for antelope begins in Game Management Unit 54 today, much of which is in the fire closure area. Hunting is not permitted within the closure area, above. Those who wish are being offered the opportunity to exchange or rain check their tags by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. For more information, call the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter

InciWeb:

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NIFC

September 26, 2020

Initial attack activity was light across the country yesterday. Seventy-four large fires have burned 3.7 million acres in 10 states. Wildland firefighters in Northern California prepare for predicted strong winds today. Other states received some rain yesterday, helping firefighters make progress toward containment goals.

Idaho Fires: 15 Acres: 245,061 New: 0 Contained 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,452 60 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 3,019 5 5 miles east of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Bernard
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,375 74 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck
Boise National Forest USFS 19,474 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,143 0
Grouse
Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 miles north/northeast of Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Leggit
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 5 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Porphyry
Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 208-634-0820
Shissler
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 10,680 20 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Sponge
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 610 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Trap
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 2,285 41 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-774-3000
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 119 0
West Branch
113 20 9 miles west of Coolin 208-557-4013
Woodhead
Payette National Forest USFS 95,985 47 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID 208-207-7417

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Fire Reports Sept 25, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 25, 2020

Sunday, 9/27 fire meeting scheduled 1pm with the new IC for the Buck Fire at the Fire Hall.

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

YP received 0.02″ of rain on Thursday, Sept 24th. Forecast for more rain on Friday (today – light rain falling at 2pm.)

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Open Sept 20th. Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.

Johnson Creek report 9/24: slow going, lots of fire traffic, Idaho Power trucks. Smoky in the fire area, better air in Cascade.

Lick Creek road is open.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

So far the Elk Summit route has not been compromised by the Porphyry Fire, but not recommended.

Porphyry Fire is in the upper Smith Creek road area (Coin Creek.)

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Smoke is local today
9/25 1030am

DEQ Valley County – Burn Ban Lifted

* DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please think about postponing your burn if possible.

* Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, and emergency services have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

* Burning activities are not being prohibited by DEQ but we encourage you to contact your local fire district for information on all open burning activities.
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Fire Abatement:

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Fire Reports:

Note: 9/24 eye witness report on the Buck Fire: Smoky in the fire area, logs smoldering, very little flame visible. The fire is down along the power line corridor for about 2 miles.

Buck Fire

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9-25-2020 Buck Fire Update

Start Date: August 26
Location: 7 miles South of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 miles NE of Cascade, Idaho
Cause: Lightning
Acres: 19466
Contained: 33%
Personnel: 147
Resources: 3 crews, 3 helicopters, 3 water tenders and 13 engines

A small amount of moisture fell on the fire yesterday cooling things down a little. There was moderate fire behavior with little growth.

Several dispersed camping and developed campgrounds in or near the closure area in the Cascade Ranger District are closed. These include, but may not be limited to:

* Yellow Pine Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T19 N, R8 E Section 29.

* The Golden Gate Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T19 N, R8 E Section 33.

* The Ice Hole Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T18 N, R8 E Section 20. Please call ahead if planning on camping, hiking or hunting near the closure.

The fire has not reached Hanson Creek, which is the “Ready” point for evacuation notifications in the town of Yellow Pine. However, as additional protection and preparedness, supplemental fire managers continue to develop contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine. Crews will continue constructing a contingency line on Forest Service land from the gravel pit to Stibnite road. This line will aid firefighters in keeping the fire from spreading into Yellow Pine in the event that the fire moves into the area.

Today’s Objectives: Crews will continue to secure the fire edge that has backed down to Johnson Creek Road. They will continue to protect dwellings along Johnson Creek and to assess areas where contingency lines can be utilized. Great Basin Team 3 took over management of the fire yesterday. This is a normal rotation cycle and is not a result of fire activity. Local crews and engines on the ground will remain the same.

Weather: Cooler temperatures and more precipitation are expected for the next few days. There could be as much as ½ inch of precipitation within the next 24 hours. Fire behavior is expected to be moderate as a result.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities and it will be posted later today. The new closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

Current as of 9/25/2020, 11:23:25 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 26th, 2020 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 30 miles NE of Cascade, ID
Incident Commander ANDY BERTELSON NV-BMD
Incident Description Minimal Backing Creeping
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 147
Size 19,466 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 33%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect. Johnson Creek Road is open.
Weather Concerns 72 Hours: A forecasted warming and drying trend are expected to make fuels more receptive to active fire spread. Expected fire spread to the southwest and west in the Burnt Log Creek drainage and Johnson Creek drainage.

9-25-2020 Buck Fire – IR Topo map

9-25-2020 Buck Fire – Closure area sign

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Porphyry Fire

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(no update yet for 9/25)

Porphyry Fire Update September 24, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is now at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Thursday and Friday will bring cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and a chance of rain showers across the Payette National Forest. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive day. Temperatures will being to climb back up this weekend and that will allow fuels to dry back out. Although rain was received over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground as needed. Crews continue structure protection on 4 bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area.

An area closure remains in effect for the Porphyry Fire. Agency administrators urge South Fork boaters to move quickly through the section impacted by the fire, and for hunters to remain away from the closure area. There are no current threats to structures, but Golden Hand Mine is in the current path of the fire.

Current as of 9/24/2020, 9:50:06 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Natural – Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday August 25th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Location Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, McCall Ranger District. 20 miles North of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Incident Commander Josh Erickson
Incident Description Wildfire – Located In The Porphyry Creek Drainage, In The Frank Church Wilderness Of No Return. Point Protection Strategy Is Being Used Due To Lack Of Safe Access For Firefighters.
Coordinates 45.248 latitude, -115.438 longitude
Total Personnel 31
Size 14,486 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire activity is moderate with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Porphyry Fire IR Map 9/24/2020

InciWeb:

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Porphyry Fire Could Impact Middle Fork Zone Elk Hunters
By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 11, 2020
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Trap Fire

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Trap Fire Update September 25, 2020

The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Middle Fork RD of the Salmon-Challis NF, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Continued cooler temperatures, cloud cover and higher humidity has given firefighters time to complete containment line along the north and eastern portions of the fire. Crews continue to monitor fire activity on the south and western perimeter of the fire.

Hazard tree mitigation along highway 21 has ended, and the highway is now fully open. However; the public is still encouraged to drive slowly due to smokey conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

CLOSURES – A forest area closure is in effect for the area around the fire and was expanded on September 19th to include Valley Creek Road (see map). The purpose of this order is to protect the public and fire fighters during wildfire activity suppression activities. This includes all roads, trails, campgrounds, and hunting units within the closure.

Total acreage: 2,285
Percent Containment: 41%
Personnel on Incident: 125

LEGGIT FIRE: The Leggit Fire is located in the Sawtooth Wilderness 5 miles east of Atlanta (see map). The 820 acre fire is currently being monitored.

Know before you go. All Forest visitors are reminded to check with their local forest districts concerning forest closures and restrictions. For further inquiries about the Trap Creek Fire and adjacent areas, please call the Stanley Ranger Station 208-774-3000

Current as of 9/25/2020, 8:15:42 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Monday September 14th, 2020 approx. 12:45 PM
Location 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho
Incident Commander Sierra Front Type III IMT/Stephenson
Coordinates 44.312 latitude, -115.1 longitude
Total Personnel 125
Size 2,285 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 41%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved Lodgepole Pine with grass understory
Significant Events Minimal fire behavior. The fire is creeping with single tree torching.
Weather Concerns Cloudy conditions should moderate fire behavior. Two Pacific disturbances will rotate through the region tonight and Saturday night resulting in wetting rains in some areas. Strong gusty winds will also accompany the disturbances each day.

Trap Fire IR Map for 9/21

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Woodhead Fire

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9/25/2020 Woodhead Fire Morning Update

Some fire activity on the Woodhead Fire continued into the morning yesterday until daytime relative humidity increased dramatically and decreased fire behavior. This change in weather allowed resources to continue strengthening firelines directly along and a short distance from the main fire perimeter. There are over 120 miles of fire perimeter with firelines along or adjacent to nearly all of it. Where fireline has been constructed a short distance from the fire edge firefighters remain prepared to engage the fire if it approaches the line.

Today, firefighters will continue building fireline directly along the main fire near Dukes Creek. Isolated places have seen limited fire growth shown in the fire progression map. Firefighters will concentrate work in these areas aided by cloudy and humid weather today. During recent days, helicopter pilots have delivered well over 150,000 gallons of water each day, but should get a break today so that they can be ready if fire behavior increases in the future. Along many sections of the fireline, chippers will begin mulching limbs and other cut vegetation. Assessments and planning will continue on the southern portion of the fire for future repair work on firelines constructed by bulldozers on the early days of the fire.

The Council-Cuprum Road is open for all through traffic, but the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect. State endowment lands west of Council are closed as well. Road blocks are on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road.

Area closures are being constantly evaluated by land managers. Great Basin Team #4 is working with the Payette National Forest, Boise District BLM, Idaho Department of Lands, and the Adams and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices. The Payette National Forest closure will be reduced in size on or before October 1st.

CLOSURES – The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. And the Payette National Forest’s full closure description and map are available at InciWeb. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety.

MAPS – Daily maps are posted at InciWeb.

Current as of 9/24/2020, 5:09:13 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID
Incident Commander Great Basin Team #4, Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 369
Size 95,093 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 45%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 07th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Valley bottom dominated by short grass and brush, with sagebrush and pockets of mountain mahogany. The upper elevations and side drainages are dominated by pine and fire with grass and brush in understory, especially on the cooler north slopes.
Significant Events Fire behavior was kept to moderate levels due to suppression efforts and heavy helicopter use despite poor overnight relative humidity recovery. Frontal moisture arrived over the fire area, some areas received a light sprinkle but not a wetting rain. RH rose rapidly as the day progressed into the upper 60s. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting as mechanism of fire spread.
Weather Concerns A cold front passed through mid-morning resulting in increased humidity and light rain. Cool and humid conditions continue for Friday with a chance of light rain in the afternoon/evening. Winds will be breezy from the south and southwest. Saturday is a transition day with clouds and precipitation clearing Saturday night. A warming and drying trend develops with wind remaining very light as high pressure dominates.

9.25 Woodhead Fire Map (link) pdf file

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Crews dump over 150,000 gallons of water daily on large W. Idaho fire
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Badger Fire

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9.25.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday’s passage of a cold front saw increased fire activity, but existing containment lines held well. Crews continued to patrol and mop-up along the existing line throughout the day in all areas of the fire. Terrain alignment with wind gusts saw increased fire activity in the area east of Pike Mountain. Crews worked hard to stay on top of hot spots with the help of aerial support. Twin Falls County Sherriff advised residents of cabins in the Magic Mountain area to leave as a precaution.

In light of similar weather conditions today, crews will continue to patrol and mop-up along current lines, as well as working on putting in new line in the southwest quadrant of the fire. The road crew will be transitioning into repair work, rehabbing dozer line within the fire perimeter.

Weather: A second cold front is moving in today and will impact local weather through Saturday. Westerly winds are expected to increase to 15-20 mph, with gusts around 30 mph at high elevation. Cooler temperatures and cloud cover, leading to improved relative humidity recovery overnight, will likely help to keep relative humidities above 25% throughout the day.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Hunting: Muzzleloader and rifle season for antelope begins in Game Management Unit 54 today, much of which is in the fire closure area. Hunting is not permitted within the closure area, above. Those who wish are being offered the opportunity to exchange or rain check their tags by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

9.25.2020 PIO Map

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Forest Service clears cabins near Magic Mountain as large S. Idaho fire grows
by CBS2 News Staff Friday, September 25th 2020
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Badger Fire in Game Management Unit 54 impacts big game hunts
By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 3:52 PM MDT
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NIFC

September 25, 2020

Nationally, 74 large fires have burned 3.7 million acres. To date, 44,174 wildfires have burned 7.1 million acres in the United States. This is about one million more acres burned than the 10-year average. Favorable weather conditions helped firefighters contain five large fires yesterday in Arizona, California, South Dakota, and Washington.

Idaho Fires: 15 Acres: 244,098 New: 1 Contained 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,389 61 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 3,019 5 5 miles east of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Bernard
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,375 74 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck
Boise National Forest USFS 19,466 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,143 0
Grouse
Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 miles north/northeast of Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Leggit
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 5 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Porphyry
Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 208-634-0820
Shissler
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 10,680 20 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Sponge
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 610 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Trap
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 2,285 41 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-774-3000
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 119 0
* West Branch
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 113 20 9 miles west of Coolin 208-557-4013
Woodhead
Payette National Forest USFS 95,093 45 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID 208-207-7417

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Fire Reports Sept 24, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 24, 2020

Power outage 9/24 from 1207pm to 303pm.

9/24 fire meeting scheduled 1pm with new IC.

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

YP has received 0.01″ of rain by 930am 9/24, light showers fell early afternoon. Forecast for more rain on Friday.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek report 9/24: slow going, lots of fire traffic, Idaho Power trucks. Smoky in the fire area, better air in Cascade.

Johnson Creek Road Open Sept 20th. Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.

Lick Creek road is open.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

So far the Elk Summit route has not been compromised by the Porphyry Fire, but not recommended.

Porphyry Fire is in the upper Smith Creek road area (Coin Creek.)

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Smoke is local today (better air in Cascade)
Map 9/24 1130am

DEQ Valley County – Burn Ban Lifted

* DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please think about postponing your burn if possible.

* Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, and emergency services have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

* Burning activities are not being prohibited by DEQ but we encourage you to contact your local fire district for information on all open burning activities.
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Fire Abatement:

Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Fire Reports:

Note: 9/24 eye witness report: Smoky in the fire area, logs smoldering, very little flame visible. The fire has burned down to the power line corridor for about 2 miles.

Buck Fire

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Buck Fire Update – September 24, 2020

* 19,301 acres
* 33 percent contained
* Location: 7 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 miles ne Cascade, Idaho
* Start Date: August 26
* Cause: Lightning

Yesterday there was moderate fire behavior on the Buck Fire with no significant growth. There is minimal activity on the North, East, and South ends of the fire. The only activity was in the SW corner with backing into the Burnt Log Creek at a moderate pace. The fire hasn’t progressed to the north towards Yellow Pine since 9/16. Resources are continuing to prep contingencies lines to the north of Riordan Creek and monitor fire behavior on the Johnson Creek corridor.

Several dispersed camping and developed campgrounds in or near the closure area in the Cascade Ranger District are closed. These include, but may not be limited to:

* Yellow Pine Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T19 N, R8 E Section 29.
* The Golden Gate Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T19 N, R8 E Section 33.
* The Ice Hole Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T18 N, R8 E Section 20.

Please call ahead if planning on camping, hiking or hunting near the closure.

The fire has not reached Hanson Creek, which is the “Ready” point for evacuation notifications in the town of Yellow Pine. However, as additional protection and preparedness, supplemental fire managers continue to develop contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine. Crews will continue constructing a contingency line on Forest Service land from the gravel pit to Stibnite road. This line will aid firefighters in keeping the fire from spreading into Yellow Pine in the event that the fire moves into the area.

Today’s Objectives: Crews will continue to secure the fire edge that has backed down to Johnson Creek Road. They will continue to protect dwellings along Johnson Creek and to assess areas where contingency lines can be utilized. Great Basin Team 3 took over management of the fire yesterday. This is a normal rotation cycle and is not a result of fire activity. Local crews and engines on the ground will remain the same.

Weather: Showers likely. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. West wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight a 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities and it will be posted later today. The new closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

Personnel and resources: 136 people are assigned to the fire, 14 engines, 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

Current as of 9/23/2020, 2:16:59 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 26th, 2020 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 30 miles NE of Cascade, ID
Incident Commander Sean Whalen- Bureau of Land Management NV
Incident Description Moderate Backing Single Tree Torching
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 136
Size 19,301 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 33%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect. Johnson Creek Road is open.

9-18-2020 Buck Fire map – action points

9-23-2020 Buck Fire – hose lay along road

InciWeb:

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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 24, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is now at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Thursday and Friday will bring cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and a chance of rain showers across the Payette National Forest. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive day. Temperatures will being to climb back up this weekend and that will allow fuels to dry back out. Although rain was received over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air and ground as needed. Crews continue structure protection on 4 bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area.

An area closure remains in effect for the Porphyry Fire. Agency administrators urge South Fork boaters to move quickly through the section impacted by the fire, and for hunters to remain away from the closure area. There are no current threats to structures, but Golden Hand Mine is in the current path of the fire.

Current as of 9/24/2020, 9:50:06 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Natural – Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday August 25th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Location Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, McCall Ranger District. 20 miles North of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Incident Commander Josh Erickson
Incident Description Wildfire – Located In The Porphyry Creek Drainage, In The Frank Church Wilderness Of No Return. Point Protection Strategy Is Being Used Due To Lack Of Safe Access For Firefighters.
Coordinates 45.248 latitude, -115.438 longitude
Total Personnel 31
Size 14,486 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire activity is moderate with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Porphyry Fire IR Map 9/24/2020

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InciWeb:

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Porphyry Fire Could Impact Middle Fork Zone Elk Hunters
By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 11, 2020
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Trap Fire

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Trap Fire Update September 24, 2020

The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Middle Fork RD of the Salmon-Challis NF, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Over the weekend, a cold front brought rains that reduced fire activity allowing fire fighters to increase the amount of containment line on the north and eastern portions of the fire. Gusty winds, ahead of incoming storm front, will likely cause single tree torching and creeping of fire within the existing fire perimeter today.

Hazard tree mitigation along highway 21 has ended, and the highway is now fully open. However; the public is still encouraged to drive slowly due to smokey conditions and the presence of firefighters entering and exiting the roadway.

CLOSURES – A forest area closure is in effect for the area around the fire and was expanded on September 19th to include Valley Creek Road (see map). The purpose of this order is to protect the public and fire fighters during wildfire activity suppression activities. This includes all roads, trails, campgrounds, and hunting units within the closure.

Current as of 9/24/2020, 6:28:48 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Monday September 14th, 2020 approx. 12:45 PM
Location 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho
Incident Commander Sierra Front Type III IMT/Stephenson
Coordinates 44.312 latitude, -115.1 longitude
Total Personnel 128
Size 2,285 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 41%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved Lodgepole Pine with grass understory
Significant Events Minimal fire behavior. The fire is creeping with single tree torching.

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Woodhead Fire

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Woodhead Fire Morning Update 9/24

On Tuesday on the Woodhead Fire small burnouts in Ditch Creek and upper Olive Creek were used to remove vegetation along the fireline in preparation for yesterday’s stronger winds which increased fire behavior mostly on the northern and eastern parts of the fire. Firefighters spent the day holding the main fire within firelines they had built both adjacent to and a short distance from the main fire. Taking advantage of good visibility, helicopters supported this work by dropping over 150,000 gallons of water on the fire as directed by firefighters on the ground.

Weather today and over the next five days should put a damper on fire activity with cloudy skies, cooler temperatures, calmer winds, and higher relative humidity. Today firefighters will continue focusing on holding the fire within their firelines. They will build more fireline directly along the fire perimeter on the western edge of the fire near Duke Creek. In areas near Highway 71 on the southern portion of the fire with minimal fire activity where it has been contained, they will be planning work to repair fireline constructed with bulldozers.

Yesterday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office opened the Council-Cuprum Road to through traffic. As a reminder the State endowment lands west of Council are closed, and the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect. Road blocks remain on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road.

Area closures are being constantly evaluated by land managers. Great Basin Team #4 is working with the Payette National Forest, Boise District BLM, Idaho Department of Lands, and the Adams and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices. The closures will be reduced as soon as it is safe for firefighters and the public.

CLOSURES – The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. And the Payette National Forest’s full closure description and map are available at InciWeb. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety.

MAPS – Daily maps are posted at InciWeb.

Current as of 9/24/2020, 11:05:51 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID
Incident Commander Great Basin Team #4, Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 375
Size 95,093 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 45%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 07th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Valley bottom dominated by short grass and brush, with sagebrush and pockets of mountain mahogany. The upper elevations and side drainages are dominated by pine and fire with grass and brush in understory, especially on the cooler north slopes.
Significant Events Fire behavior was kept to moderate levels due to suppression efforts and heavy helicopter use despite only moderate relative humidity recovery to the low 40s. Winds started to develop in the early afternoon which caused some short to medium range spotting. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting as mechanisms of fire spread.

9.23 Woodhead Fire Progression Map

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Grouse Fire

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Current as of 9/24/2020, 12:33:08 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause The Fire Is Still Under Investigation And The Cause Is Not Yet Known.
Date of Origin Sunday September 06th, 2020 approx. 11:15 PM
Location 35 Miles NNE OF Glenns Ferry, ID
Incident Commander R ERNE ID-BOF
Incident Description Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering, Backing
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 68
Size 3,980 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

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Badger Fire

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9.24.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday afternoon, Governor Brad Little and several other Idaho state officials, along with representatives of the Army and National Guard, visited the Oakley Helibase for a presentation on the Badger Fire and an aerial tour with Incident Commander Sam Hicks.

On the fire, crews continued to work on putting in line along the eastern and western flanks of the fire. Crews finished initial line in the Fuller Flat area and are now focusing on holding and improving. Crews began putting in line east of Trail Canyon where aerial observations showed hot spots within the fire footprint.

Because of the increased fire activity that is expected with the cold front passage, there will be an extra emphasis on patrolling and improving existing line today. Crews will also continue to work on extending areas of completed line. The road crews will focus on removing dangerous snags from campgrounds within the fire perimeter.

Weather: A cold front is moving in today and will impact local weather through Saturday. Westerly winds are expected to increase to 15-20 mph, with gusts around 30 mph. Cooler temperatures and cloud cover should assist in relative humidity recoveries in the coming days.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

InciWeb:

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Badger Fire in Game Management Unit 54 impacts big game hunts
By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 3:52 PM MDT
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NIFC

September 24, 2020

Seventy-seven large fires have burned 3.7 million acres across the western states. Three new large fires were reported in Montana. Large fires in California and Wyoming continue to burn actively, some of them burning thousands of additional acres yesterday.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 241,633 New: 0 Contained 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,276 49 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 2,992 0 5 miles east of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Bernard
Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,425 75 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck
Boise National Forest USFS 19,301 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 800 0
Grouse
Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 Miles northeast of Glenns Ferry, ID 208-373-4105
Leggit
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 0 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station 208-702-2389
Porphyry
Payette National Forest USFS 14,486 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Shissler
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 11,000 15 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-702-2389
Sponge
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 325 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Trap
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 2,285 41 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-774-3000
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 116 0
Woodhead
Payette National Forest USFS 93,307 45 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID 208-207-7417

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Updated Fire Reports Sept 23, 2020

FireTree

Buck Fire update for 9/23 posted below.

Fire Reports Sept 23, 2020

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

9/23 Gusty breezes this afternoon, high thin clouds and light haze of smoke.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)

Today Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. South southwest wind 5 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Tonight Areas of smoke before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. South southeast wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Thursday Showers likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. West southwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Thursday Night A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. West southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Friday A 50 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Light west southwest wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Open Sept 20th. Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.

Lick Creek road is open.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

So far the Elk Summit route has not been compromised by the Porphyry Fire, but not recommended.

Porphyry Fire is in the upper Smith Creek road area (Coin Creek.)

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Smoke Map
9/23 10am

DEQ Valley County – Burn Ban Lifted

* DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please think about postponing your burn if possible.

* Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, and emergency services have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

* Burning activities are not being prohibited by DEQ but we encourage you to contact your local fire district for information on all open burning activities.
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Fire Abatement:

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Fire Meeting Sept 15

Link to recorded meeting on Sept 15th at the community hall with Buck Fire Incident Command Team (about 2 hours long.)
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Fire Reports:

Note: Some daily updates have not been received or posted yet. This message will be updated later if new info arrives.

Buck Fire

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9-23-2020 – The Buck Fire is 19,301 acres and 33 percent contained. The lightning caused fire was ignited Wednesday August 26, at approximately 3:30 p.m. It is located 7 miles south of Yellow Pine.

OBJECTIVES:  The primary focus of the fire managers has been to keep the fire away from homes in Johnson Creek and to prevent it from getting to Yellow Pine. Plans have been developed in the event the fire gets closer to the town. Yesterday, crews began the construction of a contingency line along the southeast edge of town and fire managers are developing a plan to use that line and Stibnite road to prevent fire from getting into the town from the south.

LOCATION:  The fire is located near Johnson Creek road in several places between Trapper and Buck Creeks. Firefighters have been using the powerline corridor as a control feature and have so far been successful in keeping the fire from directly impacting the road. The road was closed on September 17 -20 because of the increased activity with the fire being suppressed near the road.

STRATEGY:  The current strategy for the week is to continue to suppress the fire as it comes down near Johnson Creek road and to use aircraft to slow the spread of fire to the north if it becomes active again. The northwest edge of the fire is in a place that is extremely steep and rocky, and it is too risky to directly engage the fire anywhere except close to the road.
Crews and engines remain in place to protect the private homes if the fire was to become more active. Firefighters are working to slow the spread of the fire and to use natural features and previously burned areas to check the fire from moving rapidly to the north until a season-ending weather event occurs.

CLOSURES:  Closures remain in effect; however, Johnson Creek Road is now open. There is an area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression. The closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

WEATHER:  The forecast for the coming week in uncertain. There is a possibility of precipitation Thursday and Friday, but some forecasts show that that storm may pass to the north of the fire.

OPERATIONS: There will be new Type 3 management team taking over the management of the fire on Thursday, September 24. The team will be able to stay in place at least two weeks and will leave sooner if we get a season-ending weather event. There will likely be some level of firefighter presence in the area for the next 4 – 6 weeks.

Current as of 9/23/2020, 2:16:59 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 26th, 2020 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 30 miles NE of Cascade, ID
Incident Commander Sean Whalen- Bureau of Land Management NV
Incident Description Moderate Backing Single Tree Torching
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 136
Size 19,301 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 33%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect. Johnson Creek Road is open.

9-18-2020 Buck Fire map – action points

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Porphyry Fire

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The Porphyry Fire is at 14,486 acres. Fire activity has slowed down thanks to the moisture it received last weekend. Afternoon and evening gusty winds may contribute to increased fire activity but no significant fire spread is expected. Light showers over the incident during the afternoon and overnight relative humidity recovery will also help keep fire spread low.

Area closures are still in place

(no update for 9/23 yet)

9/22/2020, 10:41:47 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Natural – Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday August 25th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Location Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, McCall Ranger District. 20 miles North of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Incident Commander Josh Erickson
Incident Description Wildfire – Located In The Porphyry Creek Drainage, In The Frank Church Wilderness Of No Return. Point Protection Strategy Is Being Used Due To Lack Of Safe Access For Firefighters.
Coordinates 45.248 latitude, -115.438 longitude
Total Personnel 23
Size 14,486 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire activity is moderate with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Porphyry Fire IR Map 9/22/2020

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Porphyry Fire Could Impact Middle Fork Zone Elk Hunters
By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 11, 2020
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Trap Fire

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(no update for 9/23 yet)

Current as of 9/23/2020, 9:25:24 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Monday September 14th, 2020 approx. 12:45 PM
Location 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho
Incident Commander Sierra Front Type III IMT/Stephenson
Coordinates 44.312 latitude, -115.1 longitude
Total Personnel 139
Size 2,285 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 39%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved Lodgepole Pine with grass understory
Significant Events Minimal fire behavior. The fire flanking with group and single tree torching.

Trap Fire IR Map for 9/21

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Grouse Fire

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(no update for 9/23 yet)

Current as of 9/23/2020, 2:01:28 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause The Fire Is Still Under Investigation And The Cause Is Not Yet Known.
Date of Origin Sunday September 06th, 2020 approx. 11:15 PM
Location 35 Miles NNE OF Glenns Ferry, ID
Incident Commander R ERNE ID-BOF
Incident Description Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering, Backing
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 68
Size 3,980 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map

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Woodhead Fire

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Woodhead Fire Morning Update Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Strong winds are expected to arrive today ahead of another cold front. Fire managers on the Woodhead Fire are prepared for a day with high potential for fire growth. Crews have been working diligently to construct fireline on the northern edge of the fire in anticipation of today’s weather forecast. Tomorrow, cooler temperatures and a chance of precipitation will again give firefighters the advantage.

Yesterday, small burnouts were conducted in Ditch Creek and in upper Olive Creek. Burnouts strategically remove grass, brush, and trees along the fireline under select, desirable conditions to lower fire intensity as the main fire approaches. This tactic is being used because it can take advantage of roadways and other natural or manmade fire breaks to be more efficient and effective than having firefighters construct line across the steep and rocky terrain. Helicopters supported firefighters working on the ground and dropped water on less accessible portions of the fire perimeter. Active flame in the Highway 71 corridor did not pose a threat to the containment lines but is a reminder that the fire is not out yet. Firefighters continue to patrol the area and will respond to any additional activity.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office has opened the Council-Cuprum Road to through traffic. Travelers should be aware that this may change dependent upon fire activity and weather conditions. Please check before traveling through the area. As a reminder the endowment lands west of Council are closed, and the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect. Road blocks remain on Mill Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River Roads to remind travelers to stay on the Council-Cuprum Road.

Area closures are being constantly evaluated by land managers. Great Basin Team #4 is working with the Payette National Forest, Boise District BLM, Idaho Department of Lands, and the Adams and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices. The closures will be reduced as soon as it is safe for firefighters and the public.

CLOSURES – The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. And the Payette National Forest’s full closure description and map are available at InciWeb. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety.

MAPS – Daily maps are posted at InciWeb.

Current as of 9/22/2020, 7:33:33 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID
Incident Commander Great Basin Team #4, Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 354
Size 93,307 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 45%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 07th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Valley bottom dominated by short grass and brush, with sagebrush and pockets of mountain mahogany. The upper elevations and side drainages are dominated by pine and fire with grass and brush in understory, especially on the cooler north slopes.
Significant Events Fire behavior was kept to moderate levels again due to a combination of helicopter bucket use, moderate humidity recovery, morning cloud cover and light winds. This limited fire behavior to groups of trees flaring up, flanking and short range spotting. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting.

9.23 Woodhead Fire Map (link) pdf file

Firefighters working on securing Hwy 71 on 9.10

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)

Large western Idaho fire almost 50 percent contained
by Ryan L Morrison Wednesday, September 23rd 2020 CBS2
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Badger Fire

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9.23.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Helicopters were able to perform numerous bucket drops and assist with hauling supplies in and out of the spike camps yesterday thanks to relatively good visibility. Crews worked on building direct line along Goose Creek. Two hotshot crews worked on handline from Buckbrush Flat south to Fourth Fork Rock Creek. In the north of the fire, crews continued to patrol and improve the line with minimal activity. On the south end of the fire, crews worked on securing and improving the completed line of the fire between Little Piney Creek and Ibex Peak.

Today, crews will continue to monitor and mop-up on the north end of the fire and will continue to patrol and improve the line in the southern part of the fire. Crews working on the southwest flank will work to complete the line between Goose Creek and Piney Creek. Crews will work to cool pockets of heat along the east and west flanks, assisted by aerial resources as conditions allow. Firefighters will mop up and patrol all other areas of the fire perimeter. Road crews will continue to work on clearing snags to ensure public and firefighter safety.

Weather: A high pressure system developing over the region is expected to decrease wind speeds today, but by Thursday a cold front is expected to move into the area which will strengthen southwest winds with gusts up to 30 mph. High temperatures are expected to drop as the week continues and relative humidities are expected to increase 10-20%.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Current as of 9/23/2020, 9:09:04 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Saturday September 12th, 2020 approx. 05:19 PM
Location 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho
Incident Commander Sam Hicks – Type 2 Team – Great Basin Team 5
Incident Description Fire Is Burning In The Cassia Division Of The Sawtooth Nf, And Blm Lands On The North Edge.
Coordinates 42.091 latitude, -114.169 longitude
Total Personnel 373
Size 89,090 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 49%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory, Heavy Logging Slash, Beetle- killed timber. ERCs above the 97th percentile. 1,000-hour fuel moisture below 10 percent.
Significant Events Backing and creeping surface fire with occasional single tree torching in DIVs B, C, and K. Unburnt fuels within the interior of the fire continue to consume.

Closure order remains in place – see related order and map.

9.23.2020 Daily Update Map

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Leggit Fire

(no update for 9/23 yet)

5 miles east of Atlanta

820 acres

Leggit Fire Update for September 18, 2020

The Leggit Fire is burning in the Sawtooth Wilderness, Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The fire started on August 29, 2020. Currently the fire is 820 acres. It is 5 miles East of Atlanta, Idaho. There are 40 fire personnel assigned to the fire. There is a Closure Order in place for the Area.

Leggit Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure (link) pdf file

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Other Fires:

Schill Fire Update September 22nd, 2020

Start Date: 09/22/2020
Start Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 2 miles southeast of Emmett, Idaho near Pearl Road
Cause: Under Investigation
Fire Size: Estimated at 25+ acres
Fire Behavior: Running
Structures Threatened: None
Fuels and Terrain: Rolling hills. Burning in grass and brush

Fire Crews/Resources: One BLM engine, one BLM dozer, six contract engines, one Idaho Department of Lands engine, Gem County resources, Meridian resources, Middleton resources, Star resources, Eagle resources, Black Canyon RPFA resources, one air attack, two single engine airtankers (SEATS) and one Forest Service helicopter.

Evacuations: None
Closures: None

Summary: Multiple cooperators are responding to the Schill Fire near Emmett, Idaho. The fire is running in grass and brush in steep terrain. Fire crews are currently engaging in suppression efforts to stop active fire spread.

Tanker plane fighting Idaho’s Schill Fire crashes outside Emmett. One pilot is dead.
Ruth Brown Idaho Statesman Sept 23, 2020
story: at KIVI TV
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NIFC

September 23, 2020

Two new large fires were reported, bringing the national total to 76 large fires that have burned 3.7 million acres. Large fires in California, Oregon and Colorado burned thousands of acres yesterday. Residents near 25 large fires remain evacuated from their homes.

(Table won’t paste correctly today – go to link to see Idaho Fires.)

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Fire Reports Sept 22, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 22, 2020

Note: Today we had a planned power outage from 945am to 1pm so Idaho Power could trim and remove hazard trees in the power line corridor.

YPFD will have a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station.

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary. Contact a YPfD Fire Commissioner for more answers.
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Weather:

Today we have out-of-state smoke, poor air quality. Mostly cloudy with temps in the low 70’s and gusty afternoon breezes.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Open Sept 20th. Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.

Lick Creek road is open.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

So far the Elk Summit route has not been compromised by the Porphyry Fire, but not recommended.

Porphyry Fire is in the upper Smith Creek road area (Coin Creek.)

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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No Camping along Johnson Creek road – all disbursed and camp grounds are closed. (see Buck Fire update for info.)
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Smoke Map
9/22 at 4pm

DEQ Valley County – Burn Ban Lifted

* DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please think about postponing your burn if possible.

* Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, and emergency services have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

* Burning activities are not being prohibited by DEQ but we encourage you to contact your local fire district for information on all open burning activities.
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Fire Abatement:

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Fire Meeting Sept 15

Link to recorded meeting on Sept 15th at the community hall with Buck Fire Incident Command Team (about 2 hours long.)
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Fire Reports:

Buck Fire

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Buck Fire Update – September 22, 2020

19,301 acres
33 percent contained
Location: 7 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 MILES ne Cascade, Idaho
Start Date: August 26
Cause: Lightning

Yesterday there was moderate fire behavior on the Buck Fire with no significant growth. There is minimal activity on the North, East, and South ends of the fire. The only activity was in the SW corner with backing into the Burnt Log Creek at a moderate pace. The fire hasn’t progressed to the north towards Yellow Pine since 9/16. Resources are continuing to prep contingencies lines to the north of Riordan Creek and monitor fire behavior on the Johnson Creek corridor. IR flights last night updated acreage from the past few days. Closures remain in effect, however, Johnson Creek Road is now open. Many fire personnel will be on this road, please use caution.

Several dispersed camping and developed campgrounds in or near the closure area in the Cascade Ranger District are closed. These include, but may not be limited to:

* Yellow Pine Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T19 N, R8 E Section 29.
* The Golden Gate Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T19 N, R8 E Section 33.
* The Ice Hole Campground: The entire campground and all roads located in T18 N, R8 E Section 20.

Please call ahead if planning on camping, hiking or hunting near the closure.

The fire has not reached Hanson Creek, which is the “Ready” point for evacuation notifications in the town of Yellow Pine. However, as additional protection and preparedness, supplemental fire managers continue to develop contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine. Crews will continue constructing a contingency line on Forest Service land from the gravel pit to Stibnite road. This line will aid firefighters in keeping the fire from spreading into Yellow Pine in the event that the fire moves into the area.

Today’s Objectives: Crews will continue to secure the fire edge that has backed down to Johnson Creek Road. They will continue to protect dwellings along Johnson Creek and to assess areas where contingency lines can be utilized. Continue to use aircraft when possible to keep the fire in check and slow its progression.

Weather: Temperatures of 42 to 69 F. Humidity 25 to 63%. Winds southwest around 10-20 mph during the day 4-10 mph in the night with possible gusts of up to 18 mph. Mostly cloudy in the morning with isolated rain showers 9 AM to noon MDT. Clearing and breezy in the afternoon. Chance of showers 20 percent.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities and it will be posted later today. The new closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

Personnel and resources: 138 people are assigned to the fire, 14 engines, 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

Current as of 9/22/2020, 3:32:18 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 26th, 2020 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 30 miles NE of Cascade, ID
Incident Commander Sean Whalen- Bureau of Land Management NV
Incident Description Moderate Backing Single Tree Torching
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 138
Size 19,301 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 33%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect. Johnson Creek Road is open.

9-18-2020 Buck Fire map – action points

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Porphyry Fire

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Porphyry Fire Update September 21, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is now at 14,486 acres, due to more accurate mapping, as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Between a tenth and a quarter inch of rain was received over the Porphyry Fire last weekend as a low-pressure system moved over western Idaho. Another low-pressure system is set up over the pacific and could bring showers back in to the area near the end of the week. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest area. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch is received for three consecutive day. Temperatures will climb back up and winds will increase helping dry fuels out over the next few days. Although rain was received over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.

The Porphyry Fire will continue to be monitored by air as needed. Crews continue structure protection on 4 bridges and one structure along with mitigating some hazard trees around the Big Creek and Edwardsburg area.

An area closure remains in effect for the Porphyry Fire. Agency administrators urge South Fork boaters to move quickly through the section impacted by the fire, and for hunters to remain away from the closure area. There are no current threats to structures, but Golden Hand Mine is in the current path of the fire.

Current as of 9/22/2020, 10:41:47 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Natural – Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday August 25th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Location Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, McCall Ranger District. 20 miles North of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Incident Commander Josh Erickson
Incident Description Wildfire – Located In The Porphyry Creek Drainage, In The Frank Church Wilderness Of No Return. Point Protection Strategy Is Being Used Due To Lack Of Safe Access For Firefighters.
Coordinates 45.248 latitude, -115.438 longitude
Total Personnel 23
Size 14,486 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire activity is moderate with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Porphyry Fire IR Map 9/22/2020

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InciWeb:

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Porphyry Fire Could Impact Middle Fork Zone Elk Hunters
By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 11, 2020
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Trap Fire

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The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Middle Fork RD of the Salmon-Challis NF, approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Over the weekend, a cold front brought rains that cleared heavy smoke and provided some reprieve for firefighters and the local community. Forecasted winds, drier conditions and warmer temperatures could increase fire activity today.

Hazard tree mitigation has begun along highway 21 and is expected to continue for 2 to 3 days. The project aims to address standing hazard tree patches that continue to pose a threat to firefighter and public safety. Highway 21 is open; however, a pilot car is in place from mile post 116 to 119 during fire crew work hours from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Be advised that intermittent closures of the highway are possible due to hazard tree mitigation and increased fire behavior.

Current as of 9/22/2020, 7:32:02 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Monday September 14th, 2020 approx. 12:45 PM
Location 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho
Incident Commander Sierra Front Type III IMT/Stephenson
Coordinates 44.312 latitude, -115.1 longitude
Total Personnel 139
Size 2,211 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 27%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved Lodgepole Pine with grass understory
Significant Events Minimal fire behavior. The fire is flanking with group and single tree torching.

Weather Concerns
Winds pose a threat to fireline operations due to the high number of snags. A warmer and dry air mass has arrived on the fire. Afternoon wind gusts to 20 mph are possible Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Stronger winds are possible Thursday afternoon ahead of a cold front.

Trap Fire IR Map for 9/21

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Hazard tree mitigation efforts from Trap Creek Fire begin along Highway 21
The fire, located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, is currently 25% contained.
Sept 21, 2020 KTVB
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Grouse Fire

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The Grouse Fire started Sept. 6, 2020, about 7:30 p.m. The fire’s ignition location was along the boundary of the Boise and Sawtooth National Forests about 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho, in the area of National Forest System (NFS) roads 166 and 166e. Campers were evacuated from the area of the closure.

September 21

The Grouse fire is currently 3,980 acres. The fire crossed into the Sawtooth National Forest and both forests are coordinating on the management of the fire. For public health and safety, a multi-forest closure is in place for the entire fire area. The Incident Commander and all firefighting personnel appreciate the public’s cooperation in staying out of the forest closure area and the Incident Command Post.

A local Type 3 IMT continues managing the fire for full suppression.

Objectives: An area closure is in place, including a number of trails and roads. Bulldozers and handcrews continue to put in line where possible with ground crews cutting line where the dozer is not able. Aircraft will continue to support ground efforts as needed. Fire crews are working along NFS road 166 to reduce fire activity to the west if the fire progression changes.

Weather: Colder temperatures and higher RHs will be in place for the day, but a warming trend is expected into next week.

Closures: Visitors are reminded that Sawtooth National Forest Campgrounds Abbot, Chaparral, Bird Creek, Shake Creek and Baumgartner are closed. Boise National Forest Elks Flat Campground and dispersed camping remains open at this time.

Reminder: Please be aware of forest fire restrictions before heading out for the weekend.

Current as of 9/21/2020, 2:32:15 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause The Fire Is Still Under Investigation And The Cause Is Not Yet Known.
Date of Origin Sunday September 06th, 2020 approx. 11:15 PM
Location 35 Miles NNE OF Glenns Ferry, ID
Incident Commander R ERNE ID-BOF
Incident Description Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering, Backing
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 102
Size 3,980 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map

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Woodhead Fire

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Woodhead Fire Morning Update Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Fire activity increased yesterday afternoon on the Woodhead Fire, producing smoke columns visible through the surrounding area. With improved mapping, additional fire growth for the past two days is estimated at 2,181 acres. The fire was most active in the Blue Jay Gulch area in Ditch Creek and in upper Olive Creek. All helicopters assigned to the fire were at work dropping water on the fire to support firefighters working on the ground. Two additional helicopters from the Payette and Boise National Forests assisted during the afternoon.

Some firefighting resources are assigned to work throughout the night, and resources are assigned on all portions of the fire perimeter throughout the day. Today, firefighters will continue to secure the northern end of the fire. The contained section of the fire, including the Highway 71 corridor, be will patrolled. Heavy equipment known as masticators are working to grind down vegetation along the eastern dozer line to widen the line and improve its ability to contain the fire should it continue progressing that direction.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office lifted all evacuations for residents in Crooked River, Ditch Creek, and Wildhorse. Residents only are allowed past the road closure at Mile Marker 12 on the Council-Cuprum Road. The road may open to non-residents tomorrow, dependent upon fire activity and weather conditions. Please check before traveling through the area. As a reminder the endowment lands west of Council are closed, and the Payette National Forest closure remains in effect.

A switch to southwest winds is expected today. Regional smoke may again enter the area, but it is not expected to be as heavy as it was last week when it limited aviation support to the firefighters. Tomorrow, the next cold front arrives, bringing high winds, lower temperatures, and a chance for precipitation.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is closed to non-residents above Upper Dale. The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. And the Payette National Forest’s full closure description and map are available at [InciWeb.]

MAPS – Daily maps are posted at [InciWeb.]

Current as of 9/21/2020, 6:05:07 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID
Incident Commander Great Basin Team #4, Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
otal Personnel 333
Size 91,126 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 44%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 07th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Valley bottom dominated by short grass and brush, with sagebrush and pockets of mountain mahogany. The upper elevations and side drainages are dominated by pine and fire with grass and brush in understory, especially on the cooler north slopes.
Significant Events Fire behavior was kept to moderate levels again due to moderate humidity recovery, morning cloud cover and light winds. This limited fire behavior to groups of trees flaring up,flanking and short range spotting. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting as mechanism of fire spread.

9.22 Woodhead Fire Map (link) pdf file

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Badger Fire

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9.22.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday, crews and dozers continued to construct direct line on the southern perimeter and completed line down Rams Horn Ridge. Structure protection actions continued around recreation residences near Magic Mountain Ski Resort. Aerial resources supported ground crews along the west flank to halt further fire spread to the west. Heavy equipment cleared rocks and debris from the Trapper Creek Road, moving west toward Diamondfield Jack Campground. Crews began to fall snags along egress routes for firefighter safety. A community meeting for residents of Rock Creek and Dry Creek was held last night with the incident commander and local agency representatives.

Today, suppression resources on the southwest flank of the fire will actively engage the fire’s edge with direct and indirect line to stop fire spread to the south and west near Pike Mountain and Magic Mountain Ski Resort. Crews will work to cool pockets of heat along the east flank, assisted by aerial resources as conditions allow. Firefighters will mop up and patrol all other areas of the fire perimeter. Feller bunchers are dropping snags along roads for public and firefighter safety.

Weather: The weather will be trending warmer and drier through the week. Temperatures will range from 75-78˚F with relative humidity of 15-20%. Winds will be southwest, shifting to westerly this afternoon, with gusts to 20 mph.

Evacuation: The evacuation order for all residents on private land in Rock Creek Canyon and Dry Creek was lifted at 8 am Sunday by Twin Falls and Cassia County Sheriff’s Departments. The Rock Creek Road is closed at the BLM/private land boundary.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Current as of 9/22/2020, 2:50:17 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Saturday September 12th, 2020 approx. 05:19 PM
Location 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho
Incident Commander Sam Hicks – Type 2 Team – Great Basin Team 5
Incident Description Fire Is Burning In The Cassia Division Of The Sawtooth Nf, And Blm Lands On The North Edge.
Coordinates 42.091 latitude, -114.169 longitude
Total Personnel 286
Size 89,090 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 49%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory, Heavy Logging Slash, Beetle- killed timber. ERCs above the 97th percentile. 1,000-hour fuel moisture below 10 percent.

Significant Events Surface fire spread with moderate ROS and occasional single-tree torching in DIVs B, C, and K. Closure order remains in place – see related order and map.

Weather Concerns

24 Hours: Warming and drying.

48-72 Hours: Southwesterly winds 10-15 m.p.h. with gusts to 20 m.p.h. Haines Index 5. Incoming dry cold front will bring increasingly gusty southwesterly winds. Lower humidities in the teens and poor recoveries.

72 Hours+: Any precipitation associated with the passing cold front will be slight with no wetting rains expected. A rise in temperature, a drop in relative humidity, and increasing winds have the potential to increase fire activity along the uncontrolled fireline.

9.22.2020 Daily Update Map

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Badger Fire evacuations lifted, now 25% contained
The fire remains at 89,090 acres.
Sept 21, 2020 KTVB
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Leggit Fire

5 miles east of Atlanta

820 acres

Leggit Fire Update for September 18, 2020

The Leggit Fire is burning in the Sawtooth Wilderness, Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The fire started on August 29, 2020. Currently the fire is 820 acres. It is 5 miles East of Atlanta, Idaho. There are 40 fire personnel assigned to the fire. There is a Closure Order in place for the Area.

Leggit Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure (link) pdf file

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Other Fires:

Hwy 17

A fire was reported yesterday by the Boise County Emergency Management Team near the Banks to Loman road around MM2, about 8 acres. Traffic was impacted.

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Schill Fire Update September 22nd, 2020

Start Date: 09/22/2020
Start Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 2 miles southeast of Emmett, Idaho near Pearl Road
Cause: Under Investigation
Fire Size: Estimated at 25+ acres
Fire Behavior: Running
Structures Threatened: None
Fuels and Terrain: Rolling hills. Burning in grass and brush

Fire Crews/Resources: One BLM engine, one BLM dozer, six contract engines, one Idaho Department of Lands engine, Gem County resources, Meridian resources, Middleton resources, Star resources, Eagle resources, Black Canyon RPFA resources, one air attack, two single engine airtankers (SEATS) and one Forest Service helicopter.

Evacuations: None
Closures: None

Summary: Multiple cooperators are responding to the Schill Fire near Emmett, Idaho. The fire is running in grass and brush in steep terrain. Fire crews are currently engaging in suppression efforts to stop active fire spread.
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NIFC

September 22, 2020

Seventy-five large fires have burned more than 3.7 million acres in 11 states. More than 30,000 wildland firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildfires across the country. Evacuation orders remain in place for residents near 23 large fires in the West.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres:242,127 New: 0 Contained 0
Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
Badger Sawtooth National Forest USFS 89,090 49 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho 385-237-4598
Beaver Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 2,992 0 5 miles east of Powell Ranger Station 208-660-2058
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,380 65 2 miles west of Lakeview, ID 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest USFS 19,139 33 30 miles northeast of Cascade, ID 208-373-4105
Double
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 800 0
Grouse Boise National Forest USFS 3,980 40 35 Miles northeast of Glenns Ferry, ID 208-565-7408
Leggit
Sawtooth National Forest USFS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta, ID
Marion Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,520 0 5.5 miles south of Powell Ranger Station 208-660-2058
Porphyry Payette National Forest USFS 17,628 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 11,000 11 2 miles south of Red River Hot Springs 208-660-2058
Sponge
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 325 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction, ID
Trap Sawtooth National Forest USFS 2,211 27 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho 208-731-8604
Warm Springs
Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 116 0
Woodhead Payette National Forest USFS 91,126 44 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID 208-207-7417

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Fire Reports Sept 21, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 21, 2020

Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

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Weather:

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)
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Water:

Please remember we are on a boil order and water restrictions. Please conserve our drinking water and resist the urge to turn on sprinklers.
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Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Open Sept 20th. Please use caution as you travel along the road. At times the road grader will be working to grade the surface of the Johnson Creek road and fire traffic will be working to mop up, patrol the fire area, and doing prep work ahead of the fire.

Lick Creek road is open.

South Fork road Closed 7am to 4pm week days – open on weekends.

So far the Elk Summit route has not been compromised by the Porphyry Fire, but not recommended.

Porphyry Fire is in the upper Smith Creek road area (Coin Creek.)

ID-55 is closing between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge starting Monday, Sept. 21. for rock blasting and cleanup. Plan ahead for full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November, and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Smoke Map
1130am Sept 21

DEQ Valley County – Burn Ban Lifted

* DEQ continues to ask for your help in assisting with COVID-19 relief efforts. If you are considering residential or “backyard” burning, please think about postponing your burn if possible.

* Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns, and emergency services have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

* Burning activities are not being prohibited by DEQ but we encourage you to contact your local fire district for information on all open burning activities.
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Fire Abatement:

Rake up pine needles, clean gutters, cut back brush around your buildings and remove lower limbs on trees that could carry fire. Cover your house vents with metal screening to deny entrance to firebrands.

Please take your woody debris and pine needles to the YP Transfer station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile. No furniture, building debris or tires. DO NOT abuse our station please.
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Bears

Remember to secure your trash and pet food. Fires have been known to drive bears into the village.
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Fire Meeting Sept 15

Link to recorded meeting on Sept 15th at the community hall with Buck Fire Incident Command Team (about 2 hours long.)
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Fire Reports:

Buck Fire

Buck Fire Update – September 21, 2020

19,139 acres
20 percent contained
Location: 7 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho. 30 MILES ne Cascade, Idaho
Start Date: August 26
Cause: Lightning

There has been no significant growth in the fire this weekend. Yesterday relatively cool air combined with higher humidity resulted in moderate fire activity. Due to the precipitation over the weekend moderate fire activity is expected to continue today. Closures remain in effect, however, Johnson Creek Road is now open. Many fire personnel will be on this road, please use caution.

There are alternate routes to Yellow Pine:

1. The Lick Creek Road, out of McCall, is open. The roadway may be rough, and it may not be an ideal route to tow a trailer. Contact Valley County for specific information on Lick Creek Road.

2. National Forest System road 474 or the South Fork Salmon River Road is undergoing construction. The week of Sept. 20, the road is closed on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open and all day on the weekends.

Fire crews are moving northward continuing to evaluate structure protection needs along the Johnson Creek road. Multiple engines are positioned and patrolling the area.

Fire behavior models indicate a very low probability of the fire reaching Yellow Pine within the next week. However, as additional protection and preparedness, supplemental fire managers continue to develop contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine. Today crews will be constructing a contingency line on Forest Service land from the gravel pit to Stibnite road. This line will aid firefighters in keeping the fire from spreading into Yellow Pine in the event that the fire moves into the area.

Today’s Objectives: Crews will continue to secure the fire edge that has backed down to Johnson Creek Road. They will continue to protect dwellings along Johnson Creek and to assess areas where contingency lines can be utilized. Continue to use aircraft when possible to keep the fire in check and slow its progression.

Weather: Temperatures of 38 to 72 F. Humidity 21 to 64%. Winds southwest around 4-10 mph. with possible gusts up to 16 mph. Rain is not expected. It is expected to be warmer and drier this week, with increasing southwesterly winds. Cloud cover will increase Monday night and Tuesday.

Closures: Fire managers have modified the area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities and it will be posted later today. The new closure will be in place through Oct. 31, unless rescinded earlier.

Personnel and resources: 149 people are assigned to the fire, 15 engines, 4 crews and 3 helicopters.

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Current as of 9/21/2020, 2:30:13 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Wednesday August 26th, 2020 approx. 03:30 PM
Location 30 miles NE of Cascade, ID
Incident Commander Sean Whalen- Bureau of Land Management NV
Incident Description Active Flanking Spotting Group Torching
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 149
Size 19,139 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect. Johnson Creek Road is open.

9-18-2020 Buck Fire map – action points

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

September 21, 2020

The Porphyry Fire is now 17,628 acres as fire progression was slowed thanks to rain and lower temperatures. Between a tenth and a quarter inch of rain was received over the Porphyry Fire last weekend as a low-pressure system moved over most of western Idaho. Another low-pressure system is set up over the pacific and could bring showers back in to the area near the end of the week. No season ending event is forecasted for the Payette National Forest. A season ending event is when wide spread precipitation of a quarter inch, or more, is received for three consecutive days. Temperatures will climb back up and winds will increase helping dry fuels out over the next few days. Although rain was received over most of the Payette National Forest, fire season is still present, and all precautions should still be followed.
Fire information boards are in place and can be found in these locations:
Lower Smith Creek Road
Big Creek Trail Head
Big Creek Parking Lot
Big Creek Air Strip
Big Creek Lodge
Profile Confluence
Profile Summit
Elk Summit
Secesh Fire Station Information Board
Secesh Stage Stop
The Baum Shelter-Warren Idaho

Porphyry Fire Update September 19, 2020

The Porphyry Fire continues to burn in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, 5 miles east of Hettinger Ranch. Twenty-one personnel are currently assigned to the fire and it is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Command Organization. The fire is now estimated at 15,000 acres and continues its growth to the east/northeast with southwest winds. Yesterday the forecasted winds developed over the fire later in the day and were accompanied by wetting rain. No significant fire growth occurred during yesterdays shift. The most significant growth has been in the drainage of the South Fork of Chamberlain Creek. Showers and thunderstorms are forecasted for todays weather over the fire area. Winds are forecasted to be out of the west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon and a high temperature of 54.

An area closure remains in effect for the Porphyry Fire. Agency administrators urge South Fork boaters to move quickly through the section impacted by the fire, and for hunters to remain away from the closure area. There are no current threats to structures, but Golden Hand Mine is in the current path of the fire. Fire personnel are focusing on point protection preparations.

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Current as of 9/21/2020, 7:26:08 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Natural – Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday August 25th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Location Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, McCall Ranger District. 20 miles North of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Incident Commander Josh Erickson
Incident Description Wildfire – Located In The Porphyry Creek Drainage, In The Frank Church Wilderness Of No Return. Point Protection Strategy Is Being Used Due To Lack Of Safe Access For Firefighters.
Coordinates 45.248 latitude, -115.438 longitude
Total Personnel 21
Size 17,628 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire activity is moderate with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Planned Actions Continue to monitor growth and areas of impact, reconnaissance flights, use of lookouts, and Infrared mapping. Implement structure protection at Golden Hand and Wardenhoff mines as needed.

Porphyry Fire IR Map 9/19/2020

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Porphyry Fire Could Impact Middle Fork Zone Elk Hunters
By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 11, 2020
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Trap Fire

The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Over the weekend, a cold front brought rains that cleared heavy smoke and provided some reprieve for firefighters and the local community. Forecasted winds, drier conditions and warmer temperatures could increase fire activity today.

Hazard tree mitigation has begun along highway 21 and is expected to continue for 2 to 3 days. The project aims to address standing hazard tree patches that continue to pose a threat to firefighter and public safety. Highway 21 is open; however, a pilot car is in place from mile post 116 to 119 during fire crew work hours until 8:00 p.m.. Be advised that intermittent closures of the highway are possible due to hazard tree mitigation and increased fire behavior.

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Current as of 9/21/2020, 7:27:38 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Monday September 14th, 2020 approx. 12:45 PM
Location 9 miles north west of Stanley Idaho
Incident Commander Sierra Front Type III IMT/Stephenson
Coordinates 44.312 latitude, -115.1 longitude
Total Personnel 119
Size 2,211 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 25%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved Lodgepole Pine with grass understory
Significant Events Minimal fire behavior. The fire is creeping, backing with single tree torching.

Trap Fire IR Map for 9/21

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)

Hazard tree mitigation efforts from Trap Creek Fire begin along Highway 21
The fire, located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, is currently 25% contained.
Sept 21, 2020 KTVB
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Grouse Fire

Grouse Fire Update – September 21st, 2020

3,980 acres
40 percent contained
Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho
Start: Sept. 6
Cause: Under investigation

Fire operations will primarily focus on monitoring and patrolling containment lines, repairing dozer lines, and bringing equipment off the fire. In the coming days, the Type 3 incident will transition into a smaller, less complex Type 4 operation (A Type 1 incident being the most complex command system). The fire will be managed and monitored by the local district until the area receives enough precipitation to eliminate any threat of the fire being active. This will be the last public update unless need arises. Any follow-up inquires should be addressed to the Mountain Home Ranger District.

A joint area closure of National Forest System Lands between the Boise and Sawtooth National Forests was put in place for public safety. Forest System road 227 and Forest Highway 61 (Pine/Featherville Highway) remain open and the closure does not apply to private land adjacent to these roads. Visitors are reminded that Sawtooth National Forest Campgrounds Abbot, Chaparral, Bird Creek, Shake Creek, Baumgartner and all dispersed sites are closed. Boise National Forest Elks Flat Campground remains open.

Today’s Objectives: Fire resources will continue to hold and secure the perimeter of the fire, mopping up and monitoring. Crews will be patrolling the 166 road.

Weather: Cooler temperatures are expected for today, leading to a drying and Southwesterly winds starting Tuesday.

Closures: For public health and safety, a multi-forest closure is in place for the entire fire area. A new forest closure will be created within the week allow the public to access areas not directly Impacted by the fire. The Incident Commander and all firefighting personnel appreciate the public’s cooperation in staying out of the forest closure area and the Incident Command Post.

Personnel and resources: 102 people are assigned to the fire. One 20 person crews, 4 engines, 1 helicopter, 3 excavators, and 2 water tenders.

For public safety: Forest visitors are reminded to let someone know where they are going in case of emergency.

Know before you go. All Forest visitors are reminded to check with their local forest districts concerning forest closures and restrictions. For further inquiries about the Grouse Fire and adjacent areas, please call the Mountain Home District office at: (208) 587-7961.

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Current as of 9/21/2020, 2:32:15 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause The Fire Is Still Under Investigation And The Cause Is Not Yet Known.
Date of Origin Sunday September 06th, 2020 approx. 11:15 PM
Location 35 Miles NNE OF Glenns Ferry, ID
Incident Commander R ERNE ID-BOF
Incident Description Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering, Backing
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 102
Size 3,980 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Woodhead Fire

Woodhead Fire Morning Update Monday, September 21, 2020

Clear skies allowed helicopters and aerial observers to operate on the Woodhead Fire yesterday. Smoke columns were visible in several locations during the afternoon, but there was no measurable fire growth to the perimeter. There is a lot of unburned vegetation within the fire perimeter, which means that smoke will be visible on the fire until significant rain or snow occurs. The Council-Cuprum Road is now open between Council and Upper Dale. Adjacent lands managed by the Payette National Forest and Idaho Department of Lands remain closed.

Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity are slowing the fire’s progress and giving firefighters greater success. The reduced fire behavior allowed fire managers to send one crew to assist with a new fire near Lowman with the intention of containing it quickly. Another crew arrives today to replace it.

Yesterday, helicopters were used to drop water buckets on the northwest corner of the fire, where the fire was most active and the access for firefighters is the most challenging. A helicopter transported firefighters to Buck Park to suppress hot spots around the structures. On the eastern edge, dozers completed contingency fireline that has been in progress for four days. It stretches from Hornet Creek to Turkey Track, connecting existing roads, and then continues across the southern boundary of the Payette National Forest to Rush Creek. This fireline gives firefighters an advantageous location to contain the fire should it resume spread to the east.

EVACUATIONS – Evacuations are still in place for Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River. Residents may be escorted in to care for animals; contact the Adams County Sheriff at 208.253.4227. The Red Cross is available at 800.853.2570 to assist evacuees.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Road is still closed above Upper Dale. The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. And the Payette National Forest’s full closure description and map are available at [InciWeb]. Although Highway 71 and adjacent county roads are open, the burned area remains closed for safety.

MAPS – Daily maps are posted at [InciWeb]

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Current as of 9/20/2020, 10:01:20 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location 20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID
Incident Commander Great Basin Team #4, Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 359
Size 91,126 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 44%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday October 07th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Valley bottom dominated by short grass and brush, with sagebrush and pockets of mountain mahogany. The upper elevations and side drainages are dominated by pine and fire with grass and brush in understory, especially on the cooler north slopes.
Significant Events No overnight inversion formed, which eliminated the thermal belt. Fire behavior was kept to moderate levels again due to higher RH, cloud cover and low winds. This limited fire behavior to group torching, flanking and short range spotting. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting as mechanism of fire spread.

Woodhead Public Information Map 9.21 (link) pdf file

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Badger Fire

9.21.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday, helicopters were used to backhaul equipment from spike camps on the south end of the fire in the morning, and then dropped water on the upper western perimeter of the fire near Magic Mountain Ski Area in the afternoon as fire behavior increased. “Super Scoopers” continued to assist with water drops as needed on active areas around the fire perimeter. Hotshot crews built direct line from Sagehen Flats south toward Fourth Fork of Rock Creek, assisted by aviation resources cooling hot spots. Another hotshot crew conducted firing operations from the 530 Road to establish a control line on a portion of the eastern flank.

Today, dozers will continue to construct direct line on the east half of the southern perimeter, while hand crews build line on the west half of the southern perimeter toward Diamondfield Jack Campground. Structure protection actions will continue around recreation residences near Magic Mountain Ski Resort. Aerial resources will support ground crews along the west bank to halt further fire spread to the west. Heavy equipment will clear rocks and debris from the Trapper Creek Road, moving west toward Diamondfield Jack Campground. Crews will begin to fell snags along egress outes for firefighter safety.

Weather: High pressure is building over the area. Temperatures will range from 74-79˚F with relative humidity of 17-22%. Winds will be southwest at 6-11 with gusts to 14 mph.

Evacuation: The evacuation order for all residents on private land in Rock Creek Canyon and Dry Creek was lifted at 8 am Sunday by Twin Falls and Cassia County Sheriff’s Departments. The Rock Creek Road is closed at the BLM/private land boundary.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb

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Current as of 9/20/2020, 8:55:53 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Saturday September 12th, 2020 approx. 05:19 PM
Location 20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho
Incident Commander Sam Hicks – Type 2 Team – Great Basin Team 5
Incident Description Fire Is Burning In The Cassia Division Of The Sawtooth Nf, And Blm Lands On The North Edge.
Coordinates 42.091 latitude, -114.169 longitude
Total Personnel 286
Size 89,090 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 12%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory, Heavy Logging Slash, Beetle- killed timber. ERCs above the 97th percentile. 1,000-hour fuel moisture below 10 percent.

Significant Events Active fire behavior DIV F is experiencing surface spread at moderate to high ROS along the east side of Rock Creek Rd.

Moderate to high rates of spread in DIVs B and C to the west in the Deadline Ridge area.

Closure order remains in place – see related order and map.

Evacuation order remains in place through Sunday morning at 0800.

9.21.2020 Daily Update Map

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map (link)

Badger Fire evacuations lifted, now 25% contained
The fire remains at 89,090 acres.
Sept 21, 2020 KTVB
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Leggit Fire

5 miles east of Atlanta

820 acres

Leggit Fire Update for September 18, 2020

The Leggit Fire is burning in the Sawtooth Wilderness, Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The fire started on August 29, 2020. Currently the fire is 820 acres. It is 5 miles East of Atlanta, Idaho. There are 40 fire personnel assigned to the fire. There is a Closure Order in place for the Area.

Leggit Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure (link) pdf file

Satellite Heat map (link)
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Other Fires:

Salmon-Challis Forest reports 3 active fires

Sept 21, 2020 Local News 8

The Salmon-Challis National Forest is managing three active fires Monday.

The Haynes fire started Sunday about 15 miles southeast of Salmon on the Leadore Ranger District. Four firefighters are watching that fire, which was estimated at a quarter-acre and burning in grass and timber.

The Trap Fire was estimated at 2,211 acres and burning in lodgepole pine and grass, about 9 miles northwest of Stanley. It was 25% contained Monday.

The Forge fire has been burning since August 26, about 7 miles southwest of the Yellowjacket Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Due to the rugged terrain, firefighters have not been able to directly engage it. The fire is being monitored by the Middle Fork Peak Lookout.

The Muldoon fire, which started August 16, is 100% contained. It was estimated at 374 acres last week.

Stage One fire restrictions have been ordered for the Salmon-Challis Forest. A weak storm system is forecast to arrive in the area Tuesday and bring breezy conditions.

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NIFC

September 21, 2020

Nationally, 78 large fires have burned 3.9 million acres. Nearly 32,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to wildfires across the West. No new large fires were reported yesterday. To date 43,598 wildfires have burned 6,982,242 acres, which is over one million more acres burned than the 10-year average.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 244,127 New: 0 Contained: 0
Badger Sawtooth National Forest FS 89,090 12 20 miles southwest of Oakley 385-237-4598
Beaver Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 2,992 0 7 miles southeast of Powell Junction
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,380 65 2 miles west of Lakeview 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest FS 19,139 20 30 miles northeast of Cascade 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 800 0 33 miles west of Hamilton
Grouse Boise National Forest FS 3,980 40 35 miles northeast of Glenns Ferry 208-565-7408
Leggit Sawtooth National Forest FS 820 0 5 miles east of Atlanta
Marion Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 1,520 0 5 miles south of Powell Junction
Porphyry Payette National Forest FS 17,628 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 13,000 11 12 miles southeast of Elk City 208-660-2058
Sponge Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 325 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Trap Sawtooth National Forest FS 2,211 25 9 miles northeast of Stanley 208-731-8604
Warm Springs Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 116 0 15 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Woodhead Payette National Forest FS 91,126 44 20 miles west of Council 208-207-7417

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