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Updated Fire Reports Sept 19, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 19, 2020

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Note: There will be a fire meeting tonight, Saturday, September 19th at 6pm in the Community Hall with the Buck Fire IC.

Weather:

Note: Yellow Pine received 0.09″ of rain Friday evening. Saturday morning a big improvement in air quality and visibility. Saturday afternoon storm at 2pm started with thunder, lighting and a short little shower. There have been quite a few lighting strikes on both the Boise and Payette NF this afternoon.

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)

This Afternoon Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Areas of smoke. High near 60. West southwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 42. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

Real Time Lightning Map for our area (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 Closed Sept 17

from Kimberly Takeuchi-Drake Buck Fire PIO

Johnson Creek 413 road is now closed from Trout Creek campground to the Johnson creek airstrip. Residents will be allowed through the 413 road. But recreational traffic will be turned around. The South Fork Salmon Road and Lick creek roads are open to travel, but there may be road construction delays on the South Fork. Construction workers have been notified of an expected increase in traffic and wait times should be minimal today and then no delays Fri-Sun on the South fork.

This is an approved message from the Cascade Ranger District and Buck Fire Incident Commander for public and firefighter safety.

Lick Creek road is open.

South Fork road will be open for the weekend Friday afternoon.

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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DEQ Burn Ban for Valley County

Due to continued smoke impacts from regional wildfire activity, IDEQ has issued a Red Air Quality Advisory for Southwest Idaho. Moderate to heavy smoke impacts are expected to continue throughout the area. Smoke impacts may be higher in the morning and evening hours. Hourly air quality values may range from the moderate (yellow) to very unhealthy (purple).

Due to the continued degradation in air quality and potential health impacts, IDEQ has also issued an Air Quality Forecast & Caution for the area. During a Stage 1 Forecast & Caution (Air Quality), ALL OUTDOOR OPEN BURNING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED per IDAPA 58.01.01.561.01. Specifically “there shall be no new ignition of open burning of any kind”. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Solid waste (e.g., rubbish, tree leaves, yard trimmings, and gardening waste) if no scheduled house-to-house solid waste collection service is available and the burning is conducted on the property where the waste was generated
* Tree leaves, yard trimmings, or gardening waste if allowed by local ordinance or rule and conducted on the property where the waste was generated
* Fires for the preparation of food or recreational purposes, such as campfires and barbecues
* Ceremonial fires
* Small fires set for hand-warming purposes
* Weed control along fence lines, canal banks, and ditch banks
* Crop residue disposal (agricultural 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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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

9-19-2020 Buck Fire Update

19,139 acres
6 percent contained
Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Start: August 26
Cause: Lightning

Yesterday evening, the cold front arrived over the fire. The predicted strong winds lasted about 10 minutes followed by an hour and a half of sustained precipitation. Rain continued off and on throughout the night. Fire activity was moderate due to the inversion and with that, limited flights over the fire. Crews were successful in holding the fire at the powerline corridor between Buck Creek and Bear Creek where they had hose lays and previously thinned vegetation.

Crews were also successful in holding the fire at Johnson Creek Road without any impact to the road, structures or powerlines. Fire managers, coordinating with the Valley County Sheriff, are keeping the Johnson Creek temporarily closed but they will be evaluating that need daily. The road closure stretches from the Trout Creek Campground to the Johnson Creek Airstrip. Road guards will continue to be staged to keep vehicles from traveling on that stretch of road. Homeowners continue to have access to their property.

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 road is open on the weekend Sept. 19-20. The week of Sept. 21, the road is closed on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open after 4 p.m. and all day on the weekends.

Fire crews continue to evaluate structure protection needs along the Johnson Creek road. Two contingency lines have been constructed along the Johnson Creek Road. This is to stop or slow the spread of the fire along the steep face of the Johnson Creek valley and to ultimately prevent the fire from impacting the homes in Johnson Creek and in Yellow Pine. 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. Observations of the rate of fire spread over the last several weeks also correlate with the model predictions. However, as additional protection and preparedness, supplemental fire managers continue to develop contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine.

Today’s Objectives: Take advantage of cooler and wetter conditions to improve upon existing mitigations and identify further opportunities to reduce impacts along Johnson Creek. Continue to use aircraft to keep the fire in check and slow its progression downslope. Restrict access to the Johnson Creek road. Fire crews and engines are positioned to implement point protection strategies and opportunities to directly attack the fire when it is safe to do so. Safety concerns remain due to dense snag stands, inaccessible terrain, and lack of safety zones for personnel.

Weather: Temperatures of 47 to 53. Humidity 64 to 76%. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent. Anticipate showers and isolated thunderstorms to continue today. Tonight, continued mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Closures: Fire managers continue evaluating the need to modify area closures in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities through Oct. 1, unless rescinded earlier.

Personnel and resources: 166 people are assigned to the fire. Fourteen engines, Four crews and three helicopters.

All Forest visitors are reminded to completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

For Public safety, hunters and all visitors are encouraged to let someone know where they are going and to sign in at trailheads.

Fire managers, coordinating with the Valley County Sheriff, are keeping the Johnson Creek temporarily closed at the section of the road from Trout Creek Campground to the Johnson Creek Airstrip. Road guards will be staged to keep vehicles from traveling on that stretch of road. However, homeowners will be allowed to access their property as long as it is safe to do so. (See alternate routes in 9-18 update)

Forest patrols are still finding abandoned campfires. All Forest visitors are reminded to be cautious with flammable materials and completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

There are no immediate threats to structures.

Current as of 9/19/2020, 12:49:17 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 152
Size 19,139 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 6%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 26th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect

Check InciWeb for Closures

9-18-2020 Buck Fire map – action points

9-19-2020 Buck Fire – landscape fire smokey slope

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/19 (link)
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Porphyry Fire

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 shit. 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.

Current as of 9/19/2020, 8:45:27 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 15,000 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.

Check InciWeb for Closures

Porphyry Fire IR Map 9/19/2020

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/19 (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

Trap Fire Update September 19, 2020

The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The Trap Creek Fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. As of 0700 this morning, Sierra Front Incident Management Team 1 with Incident Commander Scott Stephenson took over fire operations. Cooler temperatures, combined with light precipitation helped moderate fire behavior yesterday and will continue into today.

Highway 21 is open, however, a pilot car is in place from mile post 112 to 119 due to limited visibility from smoke and fire fighter safety. Standing snag patches continue to pose a threat to firefighters and Highway 21 traffic. Be advised that intermittent closures of the highway are possible due to increase in fire behavior.

CLOSURES – A forest area closure is in effect for the area around the fire. 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: 2500

Percent Containment: 0%

Personnel on Incident: 103

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

The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The Trap Creek Fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground.

Current as of 9/19/2020, 9:44:20 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 103
Size 1,994 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved Lodgepole Pine with grass understory
Significant Events Moderate fire behavior. The fire is creeping with isolated torching.

Planned Actions
Continue structure protection north of the fire and to use aircraft to hold the heel and to secure spot fires across the Cape Horn Road. Hold the fire south of the Trap Creek Road, west of the Cape Horn Road, and hold the heel in place between the Cape Horn Guard Station. Resources will maintain HWY corridor for hazard trees.

Check InciWeb for Closures

Trap Fire IR Map for 9/19

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/19 (link)
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Grouse Fire

Grouse Fire Update – September 19th, 2020

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

The fire received about four tenths of an inch of rain yesterday and early this morning. Fire resources will be reassessing tactics this morning, but continuing to secure line and mop up into the interior. As a result of the rain, incident commanders will also be reassessing the need for resources currently on scene, hoping to provide support to other incidents with greater needs.

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 reassessing tactics considering the amount of precipitation the fire received overnight.

Weather: Colder temperatures are expected with gusty and erratic winds expected most of the day. A chance of precipitation is forecast for later today.

Closures: 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.

Personnel and resources: 183 people are assigned to the fire. Four 20 person crews, 10 engines, 1 Air Attack, 2 helicopters, 3 bulldozers, and 6 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.

Current as of 9/19/2020, 10:06:13 AM
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 Moderate, Flanking, Torching, Backing
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 183
Size 3,980 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 30%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

Check InciWeb for Closures

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map

Night operations

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/19 (link)
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Woodhead Fire

Woodhead Fire Morning Update Saturday, September 19, 2020

Fire managers braced for a busy day yesterday on the Woodhead Fire under Red Flag Weather conditions, but winds stayed light and fire behavior was moderate. The fire is still well south of Ditch Creek Road, having grown very little in the past four days. The heavy inversion stayed in the area, prohibiting the use of aircraft for water drops or reconnaissance.

Overnight, portions of the fire received a very small amount of precipitation as a cold front arrived. Actual rainfall amounts varied across the area. Minimal fire growth is anticipated today, and this advantageous weather will give firefighters a better opportunity to safely and effectively engage directly on the fire edge. Since the fire’s large growth early in the week, fire crews have been constructing indirect fire lines, away from the active fire edge, where the chance for successful containment is higher.

Firefighters are actively working on and monitoring all sections of the fire. All private property is being evaluated for defensibility against the fire, with those closest to the fire getting priority attention. If the fire continues to spread, these evaluations will occur in other areas as well.

On the southern half of the fire, which includes the burned area south and west of Highway 71, crews will continue falling hazardous trees along roads and around private property to limit potential damage or injury once residents and recreationalists are allowed to return to these areas. This area is nearing full containment, which will allow evacuations and closures to be lifted.

EVACUATIONS – Evacuations are in place for Seid Creek, East Pine/Pine Estates, Advent Gulch, upper Rush Creek, Cow Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River. Residents may be escorted in to care for animals; contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 208.414.2121 or 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 open to residents only between Council and Mile Marker 12, and it is closed beyond that. Roads leading off Highway 71 between West Pine Creek and Gateway remain closed. The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice.

Current as of 9/19/2020, 8:46:29 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 329
Size 91,262 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 41%
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 strong smoke inversion today. This limited fire behavior to group torching, flanking and short range spotting. Overnight RH recovery was into the mid 20s which kept fire behavior overnight to a minimum. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting as mechanism of fire spread.

Check InciWeb for Closures

9/19/20 Woodhead Fire Map (link) pdf file

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/19 (link)
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Badger Fire

9.19.2020 Daily Update Badger Wildfire

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday, as expected, strong late afternoon winds drove the fire edge northward, approaching private land in Rock Creek Canyon and Antelope Valley and doubling the fire footprint. Firefighters successfully secured structures in Rock Creek. The fire is actively burning in beetle-killed timber, subalpine fir, lodgepole pine, grass, and pinyon/juniper forest types, and has now reached agricultural lands to the north. Dozers and hand crews built line and firefighters conducted firing operations to starve the fire of fuel before it reached any structures. Single-engine air tankers dropped retardant and “scoopers” dropped water to cool the flaming front. Heavy smoke and high winds soon limited air operations.

Today, crews will continue to construct direct and indirect line on all perimeters, assisted by aviation resources as conditions allow.

Light to no precipitation fell on the fire overnight, and temperatures will be much cooler today with higher relative humidities. Winds will shift throughout the day, from southerly to westerly this morning, and to west- northwest by this afternoon, with gusts from 25-30 mph. The fire is expected to exhibit less active fire behavior this evening.

Evacuation: There is a mandatory evacuation order for all residents in Rock Creek Canyon, from Third Fork drainage on the south end to Foothill Road on the north end, in Twin Falls County. Evacuations also remain in Dry Creek and Trapper Creek in Cassia County. Information on evacuations in Cassia County can be found by calling the Cassia County Sheriff at (208) 878-1002.

The evacuation shelter at the Eastside Southern Baptist Church closed at last evening at 9pm. Residents needing Red Cross assistance can call (800) 272-6668. RVs and evacuated livestock can stay at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds, in Filer, Idaho.

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.

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 9/19/2020, 1:28:09 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 99,625 Acres
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 through the night with moderate rates of spread (ROS).

Extreme fire behavior during the afternoon with wind driven runs and high ROS.

Running fire to the north this afternoon has entered BLM and private lands.

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

Evacuation order remains in place – see attached order and map.

The temporary evacuation point at the Eastside Southern Baptist Church, located at 204 Eastland Drive North in Twin Falls will be closing at 9:00 p.m. tonight. Anyone needing Red Cross assistance after 9:00 p.m. can call 800-272-6668 or go to the Hilton Garden at 1741 Harrison St. N in Twin Falls. A Red Cross team will be there for most of the night. If you miss the team, call the 800 number.

Check InciWeb for Closures

Badger infrared flight 19 Sept 2020 (link) pdf file

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/19 (link)

Badger Fire moves closer to homes, residents evacuated
The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office ordered mandatory evacuations Friday for the Rock Creek Canyon area.
KTVB Sept 18, 2020
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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 9/19 (link)
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NIFC

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 185,339 New: 1 Contained: 1
Badger Sawtooth National Forest FS 35,706 0 20 miles southwest of Oakley 208-731-8604
Beaver Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 2,053 0 7 miles southeast of Powell Junction
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,019 20 2 miles west of Lakeview 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest FS 17,449 6 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 30 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 1,013 0 5 miles south of Powell Junction
Porphyry Payette National Forest FS 14,500 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine
Shissler Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 12,000 11 12 miles southeast of Elk City 208-553-1674
* Sponge Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 105 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Trap Sawtooth National Forest FS 3,000 0 9 miles northeast of Stanley
Warm Springs Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 116 2 15 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Woodhead Payette National Forest FS 92,778 41 20 miles west of Council 208-207-7417
Sunnyside Complex Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 4,351 100

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Press Release September 18, 2020

Yellow Pine Idaho Fire Update & Village Status

The Village requests no outside visitors or additional volunteers during the next 24 hours.

The Village is currently connected with USFS with regular updates on the Buck fire.

High-risk fire behavior could pose a threat to the Village today, expected to be alleviated tomorrow

Yellow Pine, Idaho — — The Buck fire conditions are favorable for large fire growth and extreme fire behavior.

“We are requesting no additional volunteers at this time,” Deb Filler, Village Spokeswoman. “If an evacuation is ordered today, we want to limit any incoming traffic to both South Fork road and Lick Creek approach. We will be updating via social media channels throughout the day today”.

The Buck fire is currently over 19,139 acres with only 6% containment and active growth overnight. It has the potential today to make an approach in the direction of the Village of Yellow Pine. Fire crews are actively managing the fire outside of Village with both ground and air support.

The Yellow Pine Fire District, the volunteer fire department for the town, is the only asset assigned to protect the town. To have assistance from the USFS and County assets the Village would have to pay 50% of the costs, which is not fiscally possible. The 100% volunteer team consists of a handful of residents, most of whom are seniors, and retired seasoned forest fire leaders to help prepare and protect the 110+ residence in the Village and mitigate as much of the risk as possible.

The Village is thankful for the outpouring of support and offers of assistance. Donations will be directed to a fundraising campaign launching shortly.

For Additional Information or Press inquiries, please contact: Deb Filler, Village of Yellow Pine Spokeswoman: villageofyellowpine @ gmail.com [take out spaces.]


Updated Fire Reports Sept 18, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 18, 2020

Update: Buck fire evening report

New: Action Point Map

Steady rain in Yellow Pine around 7pm, 58 degrees with light breezes, lasted about an hour or so, then calm.

Yellow Pine Idaho Fire Update & Village Status

The Village requests no outside visitors or additional volunteers during the next 24 hours.

The Village is currently connected with USFS with regular updates on the Buck fire.

High-risk fire behavior could pose a threat to the Village today, expected to be alleviated tomorrow

Yellow Pine, Idaho — — The Buck fire conditions are favorable for large fire growth and extreme fire behavior.

“We are requesting no additional volunteers at this time,” Deb Filler, Village Spokeswoman. “If an evacuation is ordered today, we want to limit any incoming traffic to both South Fork road and Lick Creek approach. We will be updating via social media channels throughout the day today”.

The Buck fire is currently over 19,139 acres with only 6% containment and active growth overnight. It has the potential today to make an approach in the direction of the Village of Yellow Pine. Fire crews are actively managing the fire outside of Village with both ground and air support.

The Yellow Pine Fire District, the volunteer fire department for the town, is the only asset assigned to protect the town. To have assistance from the USFS and County assets the Village would have to pay 50% of the costs, which is not fiscally possible. The 100% volunteer team consists of a handful of residents, most of whom are seniors, and retired seasoned forest fire leaders to help prepare and protect the 110+ residence in the Village and mitigate as much of the risk as possible.

The Village is thankful for the outpouring of support and offers of assistance. Donations will be directed to a fundraising campaign launching shortly.

For Additional Information or Press inquiries, please contact: Deb Filler, Village of Yellow Pine Spokeswoman: villageofyellowpine@gmail.com
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Yellow Pine volunteers continue to position equipment and hoses around the village in strategic locations.

Roads:

Johnson Creek Road Closed Sept 17

from Kimberly Takeuchi-Drake Buck Fire PIO

Johnson Creek 413 road is now closed from Trout Creek campground to the Johnson creek airstrip. Residents will be allowed through the 413 road. But recreational traffic will be turned around. The South Fork Salmon Road and Lick creek roads are open to travel, but there may be road construction delays on the South Fork. Construction workers have been notified of an expected increase in traffic and wait times should be minimal today and then no delays Fri-Sun on the South fork.

This is an approved message from the Cascade Ranger District and Buck Fire Incident Commander for public and firefighter safety.

Lick Creek road is open.

South Fork road will be open for the weekend Friday afternoon.

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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Weather:

Red Flag Warning until 9pm Friday. (link)

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)

Today Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Light south southeast wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Low around 50. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the evening. 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. Areas of smoke. High near 59. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.
Sunday Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 68. South southwest wind 3 to 7 mph.
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Satellite Map 9/13 at 3pm

DEQ Burn Ban for Valley County

Due to continued smoke impacts from regional wildfire activity, IDEQ has issued a Red Air Quality Advisory for Southwest Idaho. Moderate to heavy smoke impacts are expected to continue throughout the area. Smoke impacts may be higher in the morning and evening hours. Hourly air quality values may range from the moderate (yellow) to very unhealthy (purple).

Due to the continued degradation in air quality and potential health impacts, IDEQ has also issued an Air Quality Forecast & Caution for the area. During a Stage 1 Forecast & Caution (Air Quality), ALL OUTDOOR OPEN BURNING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED per IDAPA 58.01.01.561.01. Specifically “there shall be no new ignition of open burning of any kind”. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Solid waste (e.g., rubbish, tree leaves, yard trimmings, and gardening waste) if no scheduled house-to-house solid waste collection service is available and the burning is conducted on the property where the waste was generated
* Tree leaves, yard trimmings, or gardening waste if allowed by local ordinance or rule and conducted on the property where the waste was generated
* Fires for the preparation of food or recreational purposes, such as campfires and barbecues
* Ceremonial fires
* Small fires set for hand-warming purposes
* Weed control along fence lines, canal banks, and ditch banks
* Crop residue disposal (agricultural burning activities)
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Fire Abatement:

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.

Keep your trash locked up, fires are known to drive bears toward 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 [evening] Update – September 18, 2020

19,139 acres
6 percent contained
Location: 9 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Start Date: August 26
Cause: Lightning

Yesterday there was a heavy inversion in the Johnson Creek drainage until late afternoon and aircraft were not able to fly until the air was clear. Crews were successful in holding the fire at the powerline corridor between Buck Creek and Bear Creek where they had hose lays and previously thinned vegetation. There is about ½ mile of the Western perimeter edge that is down to the powerline and near Johnson Creek Road.

Fire managers, coordinating with the Valley County Sheriff, are keeping the Johnson Creek temporarily closed at the section of the road from Trout Creek Campground to the Johnson Creek Airstrip. Road guards will be staged to keep vehicles from traveling on that stretch of road. However, homeowners will be allowed to access their property as long as it is safe to do so. 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. This week the road is closed through Friday 9/18 and open on the weekend. The week of Sept. 21, the road is closed on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open after 4 p.m. and all day on the weekends.

Fire crews continue to move up the Johnson Creek road to assess protection needs for additional infrastructure and values at risk. Two contingency lines have been constructed along the Johnson Creek Road. The purpose of these lines is to stop or slow the spread of the fire along the steep face of the Johnson Creek valley and to ultimately prevent the fire from impacting the homes in Johnson Creek and in Yellow Pine. Multiple engines are positioned and patrolling the area.

Additional fire managers assigned to the fire are developing contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine. Fire behavior models indicate a very low probability of the fire reaching Yellow Pine within the next week. Observations of the rate of fire spread in this area over the last several weeks back up the model predictions.

Today’s Objectives: Continue to use aircraft to to keep the fire in check and slow its progression downslope into Johnson Creek. Restrict access to the Johnson Creek road. Fire crews and engines are positioned to implement point protection strategies and opportunities to directly attack the fire when it is safe to do so. Significant safety concerns remain because of dense snag stands, inaccessible terrain, and lack of safety zones for personnel.

Weather: A Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon Thursday to 9 p.m. Friday. Warm/dry conditions are expected through Thursday and temperatures will be above normal. A low-pressure system moving into the Pacific Northwest will increase winds from the south, expect gusty winds on ridge tops and exposed areas. The cold front is expected to reach the fire Friday evening with winds from the east-southeast. Precipitation is predicted early Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.

Closures: With the increase in acreage, fire managers continue evaluating the need to modify the area closure which is in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities through Oct. 1, unless rescinded earlier.

Personnel and resources: 152 people are assigned to the fire. Ten engines, Four crews and three helicopters.

* All Forest visitors are reminded to completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

* For Public safety, hunters and all visitors are encouraged to let someone know where they are going and to sign in at trailheads.

9-18 – The Fire has spread to 19,139 acres and 6 percent contained. Gusty south winds associated with a frontal passage are predicted over the fire Friday morning (18th) through the afternoon and fire managers are developing contingencies in the event the winds are stronger than predicted and cause the fire to move toward Yellow Pine faster than expected. The National Weather Service is predicting a 70-80 percent probability of 0.3 inches of rain to fall on the fire after the front passes, which would significantly reduce the rate of fire growth in the following days.

Forest patrols are still finding abandoned campfires. All Forest visitors are reminded to be cautious with flammable materials and completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

There are no immediate threats to structures.

Current as of 9/18/2020, 6:26:59 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 Sean Whalen- Bureau of Land Management NV
Incident Description Active Flanking Spotting Group Torching
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 152
Size 19,139 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 6%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 26th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect

Planned Actions Helicopters will be used to slow the fires progression out of Trapper Creek and Buck Creek in order to minimize the impacts to Johnson Creek road. Critical infrastructure and structures with the intent to hold fire in check until more favorable conditions can be achieved. Air tankers will be used to slow fire progression to the NW into Riordan creek.

Projected Incident Activity The fire area will experience temps in the high 60s with critically low RH values of 63-72% (for this time of year) with winds that will be from the SW 3 to 7 with gusts around 20 mph in the afternoon. The transport winds are expected to be 40 mph from the SW. Cold front is coming in and temperatures are expected to decrease with a 70percent chance of precipitation. Gusty and erratic wind possible with thunderstorms.

Weather Concerns A cold front will impact the fire on by early Friday evening, with possible passage by 1700. Ahead of the front, additional moisture is anticipated, with a moderate potential for thunderstorm activity beginning in the afternoon. Gusty wind is favored to accompany storm activity, with gusts to 45 mph possible with stronger storms. Thunderstorms may linger into Saturday before diminishing Saturday night.

For Closure info go to InciWeb

9-17-2020 Buck Fire – Topo map

9-18-2020 Buck Fire map – action points

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/18 (link)
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Porphyry Fire

Porphyry Fire Update September 18, 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 at 14,500 acres and continues its growth to the east/northeast with southwest winds. Warm and dry weather, as well as a high Haines Index for atmospheric instability, may hamper suppression efforts for the next 48 hours. With a Haines of 6 and high forecasted winds, 5-15mph and gust up to 25mph from the south, it may be possible to see 500 to 1000 acre growth on the fire. The most significant growth has been in the drainage of the South Fork of Chamberlain Creek. It is anticipated, however, that moisture will arrive over the region Friday, bringing winds but much cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity.

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.

Current as of 9/18/2020, 9:03:53 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 14,500 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.

For Closure info go to InciWeb

September 16, 2020 IR Map

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/18 (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

Fire Update for September 18, 2020 Trap Creek Fire:

The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area ~ 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The Trap Creek Fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Hot, dry, south winds transitioning to northwest were a factor in yesterday’s fire growth. Winds continue to pose a threat to fireline operations due to the high number of snags. Red Flag conditions expected today. Incident Commander (IC) is Riley Rhodes and Jake Renz is the IC trainee.

HWY 21 is open, however, a pilot car is in place from mile post 112 to 119 due to limited visibility from smoke, trees falling onto the highway, and fire fighter safety. Standing snag patches pose a continual threat to firefighters and HWY 21 traffic. Highway concerns expected for the next 3 or 4 days. Be advised that intermittent closures of the highway are possible due to increase in fire behavior.

CLOSURES – A forest area closure is in effect for the area around the fire. 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: 3000
Percent Containment: 0%

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 9/18/2020, 8:13:24 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 R. Rhoades/J. Renz(t) Sawtooth National Forest
Coordinates 44.312 latitude, -115.1 longitude
Total Personnel 60
Size 1,930 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 30th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved Lodgepole Pine with grass understory
Significant Events Extreme fire behavior with group torching, wind driven runs and long-range spotting. Spotting up to 1/2 mile was observed.

The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area approximately 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The Trap Creek Fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020 near Trap Creek Campground. Hot, dry, south winds transitioning to northwest were a factor in yesterday’s fire growth. Winds continue to pose a threat to fireline operations due to the high number of snags. Red Flag conditions expected today.

HWY 21 is open, however, a pilot car is in place from mile post 112 to 119 due to limited visibility from smoke, trees falling onto the highway, and fire fighter safety. Standing snag patches pose a continual threat to firefighters and HWY 21 traffic. Highway concerns expected for the next 3 or 4 days. Be advised that intermittent closures of the highway are possible due to increase in fire behavior.

For Closure info go to InciWeb

Trap Fire IR Map for 9/18

Trap Fire fr Jackson Pk LO/Boise NF 9/17

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/18 (link)

Over 2,700 acres burning in Idaho’s Sawtooths
by Ryan L Morrison Friday, September 18th 2020

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Grouse Fire

Grouse Fire Update – September 18th, 2020

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

Firefighters will patrol and monitor the containment lines on the northern and northeastern portions of the fire , mopping up areas where heat is still present. On the western flank, crews and air resources are monitoring and mopping up where safe as difficult terrain and lack of safety zones make direct engagement difficult. Crews will continue to check the spread of the fire towards the 166 road, as well as prep contingency line for future operations. Fire resources will be on the lookout for expected higher winds out of the southwest as a cold front moves through the area today.

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 F orest 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 look for opportunities to engage the fire on the western flank in less than optimal weather conditions, providing it is safe to do so.

Weather: A red flag warning for the region has been issued for low relative humidity and gusty winds. A slight chance of rain in the evening may give firefighters some respite.

Closures: 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.

Personnel and resources: 191 people are assigned to the fire. Four 20 person crews, 11 engines, 1 Air Attack, 2 helicopters, 3 bulldozers, and 6 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.

Current as of 9/18/2020, 11:12:36 AM
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 Moderate, Flanking, Torching, Backing
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 191
Size 3,980 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 30%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

For Closure info go to InciWeb

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.

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/18 (link)
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Woodhead Fire

Woodhead Fire Morning Update Friday, September 18, 2020

RED FLAG WARNING

The strong inversion limited fire activity on the Woodhead Fire yesterday. Continued improvement of mapping data resulted in a decrease in acreage of about 5,000 acres, most of which was on the endowment lands managed by Idaho Department of Lands.

Low visibility prohibited aircraft from flying until late in the afternoon. Firefighters continued construction of dozer line adjacent to the fire perimeter. Around structures, crews are reducing vegetation and taking other actions to protect private property should the fire grow close enough to threaten it. Existing roads and natural vegetation breaks are identified as potential containment lines for firefighters to hold as the fire approaches.

A Red Flag Warning is forecast again today, indicating weather conditions favorable for large fire growth. Stronger winds and atmospheric instability will likely lead to an increase in fire behavior. Gusts may reach 35 miles per hour on the ridges. Overnight, there is a chance for rain, then maximum temperatures will drop to the high 50s on Saturday. This will greatly minimize the threat of the fire, but it will not be enough moisture to stop the fire from growing more.

The southern section of the fire, including area west of Highway 71, is almost fully contained. Evacuations and road closures are being constantly evaluated by Team #4 in close coordination with the Washington and Adams County Sheriff’s Offices, Payette National Forest, Boise District BLM, and Idaho Department of Lands.

EVACUATIONS – Evacuations are in place for Seid Creek, East Pine/Pine Estates, Advent Gulch, upper Rush Creek, Cow Creek, Ditch Creek, Wildhorse, and Crooked River. Residents may be escorted in to care for animals; contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 208.414.2121 or 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 open to residents only between Council and Mile Marker 12, and it closed beyond that. Roads leading off Highway 71 remain closed. The Payette National Forest’s full closure description and map are available at (link)

The Idaho Department of Lands is asking people to stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. This affects about 30,000 acres that are commonly used for hunting this time of year.

Current as of 9/18/2020, 10:12:22 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, Incident Commander Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 305
Size 89,685 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 39%
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 the strong smoke inversion today. This limited fire behavior to torching, flanking and short range spotting. With the strong inversion, the lowest RH is occurring daily at night, promoting night time fire growth. Fire spread along the east and north flanks through surface fire with torching and spotting as mechanism of fire spread.

The Woodhead fire is located on the Weiser Ranger District – northwest of Cambridge, ID. The Woodhead Fire started on September 7, 2020, north of State Highway 71 near milepost 6. A cold front bringing strong sustained winds fanned the flames and it quickly grew to approximately 26,883 acres within first 48 hours. Great Basin Team #4, Incident Commander Tim Roide, took command on Thursday, September 10 to help manage the blaze.

For Closure info go to InciWeb

Public Information Map 9.18 (link) pdf file

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/18 (link)
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Badger Fire

The Badger Fire is located on the Minidoka Ranger District 20 miles southwest of Oakley, ID. The fire started on September 12, 2020 near Badger Gulch off Forest Road 533 and 536. High winds and critically dry fuels resulted in extreme fire behavior, including long range spotting and fire whirls, and caused the fire to grow rapidly.

This morning, September 18th, Sam Hick’s Type 2 Great Basin Team 5 assumed command of the fire.

An evacuation order is in place until further notice for the residents of Rock Creek Drainage Area and all residents are required to leave their homes ASAP. The mandatory evacuation area covers the bottom half of Red Creek from Third Fork Drainage on the south and to Foothill Road on the north end in Twin Falls County.

Red Flag weather conditions are expected today with sustained and gusty southwest winds up to 35mph, low relative humidity and temperatures in the high 60’s. A cold front is forecast to move into southern Idaho this evening and tomorrow bringing showers and thunderstorms and cooler temperatures to the fire area.

Current as of 9/18/2020, 10:43:41 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
Coordinates 42.091 latitude, -114.169 longitude
Total Personnel 216
Size 35,706 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory, Heavy Logging Slash ,Beetle kill timber. ERCs are currently 90-95th percentile. Fuel composition and low fuel moisture results in large fire growth.
Significant Events Extreme fire behavior has occurred during the last two burn periods.

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

For Closure info go to InciWeb

9.18.2020 Daily Update Map (link) pdf file

Fire Activity 9.16

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat map 9/18 (link)

Evacuations ordered in southern Idaho due to Badger Fire
On Friday morning, the sheriff’s office ordered mandatory evacuations for the Rock Creek Canyon area southeast of Twin Falls.
KTVB Sept 18, 2020
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Leggit Fire

Five miles east of Atlanta. The Leggit Fire reached 820 acres Friday and started on Aug. 29.

There are 40 fire personnel assigned to the Leggit Fire.

Satellite Heat map 9/18 (link)
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NIFC

September 18, 2020

Critical fire weather is predicted for the Great Basin and western Rocky Mountains. The majority of large wildland fire activity is in California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. A total of 79 large fires have burned over 3.8 million acres.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 185,339 New: 1 Contained: 1
Badger Sawtooth National Forest FS 35,706 0 20 miles southwest of Oakley 208-731-8604
Beaver Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 2,053 0 7 miles southeast of Powell Junction
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 1,019 20 2 miles west of Lakeview 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest FS 17,449 6 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 30 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 1,013 0 5 miles south of Powell Junction
Porphyry Payette National Forest FS 14,500 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine
Shissler Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 12,000 11 12 miles southeast of Elk City 208-553-1674
* Sponge Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 105 0 20 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Trap Sawtooth National Forest FS 3,000 0 9 miles northeast of Stanley
Warm Springs Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 116 2 15 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Woodhead Payette National Forest FS 92,778 41 20 miles west of Council 208-207-7417
Sunnyside Complex Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 4,351 100

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AQ Alert – Red Flag Warning Sept 18, 9pm

Air Quality Alert – Red Flag Warning until Sept 18, 9pm

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)

Tonight Widespread smoke, mainly before midnight. Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm.

Friday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Areas of smoke. High near 60. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

Real Time Lighting Map (link) zomed in near YP
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Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
309 PM MDT Thu Sep 17 2020

Western Payette National Forest-Eastern Payette National Forest-
Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
309 PM MDT Thu Sep 17 2020

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT FRIDAY FOR...
HIGH HAINES FOR WESTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST...EASTERN PAYETTE
NATIONAL FOREST...NORTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN
BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST...WHICH ARE
FIRE WEATHER ZONES 401...402...403 AND 421...

* WIND...South 5 to 15 MPH with gusts up to 25 MPH Friday
  afternoon.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...Poor humidity recovery tonight. Minimum
  relative humidity on Friday of 12 to 24 percent.

* HAINES...6 tonight and Friday

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Air Quality Alert

IDC001-003-015-025-027-039-045-047-053-073-075-083-085-087-182100-
Ada-Adams-Boise-Camas-Canyon-Elmore-Gem-Gooding-Jerome-Owyhee-
Payette-Twin Falls-Valley-Washington-
240 PM MDT Wed Sep 16 2020

...AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
QUALITY FOR SOUTHWEST IDAHO...

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Red
(unhealthy) Air Quality Advisory for southwest Idaho and the
Treasure Valley due to elevated pollutant levels associated with
wildfire smoke impacts. This advisory will remain in effect until air
quality conditions have significantly improved.

Idaho DEQ has also issued a Stage 1 air quality forecast & caution
for Ada, Adams, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome,
Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley, and Washington counties. This
prohibits all forms of outdoor burning.

Air pollutants can cause breathing difficulties for children, the
elderly, as well as persons with respiratory problems. Those
individuals who are sensitive to increased particulate matter or
smoke are encouraged to avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity
during this alert. It is also recommended that all other individuals
limit prolonged or strenuous activity outdoors.

If if is a regularly scheduled work day, you are urged:

* to carpool, telecommute, or use mass transit
* avoid idling your vehicle
* delay fueling your vehicle until late in the day
* reduce the use of gasoline-powered equipment or delay until late
      in the day

For details on this air quality alert for the Treasure Valley...visit
the IDEQ internet site at www.idaho.deq.gov or call 208-373-0313 for
recorded forecast information.

This statement is issued by the Idaho Department of Environmental
Quality, Boise Regional Office, Air Quality Group, Boise, ID. Contact
208-373-0550 for more information.

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Updated Fire Report Sept 17, 2020

FireTreeFire Report Sept 17, 2020

Note: Updated 7pm

Johnson Creek Road Closed Sept 17

from Kimberly Takeuchi-Drake Buck Fire PIO

Johnson Creek 413 road is now closed from Trout Creek campground to the Johnson creek airstrip. Residents will be allowed through the 413 road. But recreational traffic will be turned around. The South Fork Salmon Road and Lick creek roads are open to travel, but there may be road construction delays on the South Fork. Construction workers have been notified of an expected increase in traffic and wait times should be minimal today and then no delays Fri-Sun on the South fork.

This is an approved message from the Cascade Ranger District and Buck Fire Incident Commander for public and firefighter safety.

More notes:

Fire Meeting this morning, Sept 17th:
08:00 @ YPFD: Reviewed critical fire elements. Sections and assignments for volunteers were reviewed. Reviewed safety protocols. Communications links verified. Patrols around Yellow Pine will be active today. Discussed possibility of plume dominated fire and wind funneling.

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

Roads:

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

The fire is getting near the Johnson Creek Power Line corridor. More crews and equipment are being dispatched.

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.
(link)

Yellow Pine is NOT being evacuated. Local volunteers are on patrol.

Water: Resist the urge to turn on sprinkles, save our drinking water (boil first.)

Fire Abatement: Burn Ban on for Valley County in effect. Take pine needles, branches and brush to the burn pile at the Yellow Pine Transfer Station – no furniture, tires or construction debris!
DEQ’s burn restrictions will continue through Friday. This includes all outdoor burning to include recreational camp fires. This does not include wood burning for residential heat.

Secure your trash, fires can drive bears into the village.

Air Quality: Hazardous
Updated – Air Quality Alert – Red Flag Warning until Sept 18, 9pm
(link)

Smoke Sept 17 at 1021am

Johnson Creek Webcam (link)
*at 3pm you can’t see the end of the runway!
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Fire Reports

Buck Fire

Buck Fire Update – September 17, 2020

17,449 acres
6 percent contained
Location: 9 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Start Date: August 26
Cause: Lightning

Last night, the Buck Fire backed down, close to the Johnson Creek road and fire managers, coordinating with the Valley County Sheriff, are temporarily closing a section of the road from Trout Creek Campground to the Johnson Creek Airstrip. Road guards will be staged to keep vehicles from traveling on that stretch of road. However, homeowners will be allowed to access their property as long as it is safe to do so. Campers and hunters in the area are being notified and asked to move to a different location. 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. This week the road is closed through Friday 9/18 and open on the weekend. The week of Sept. 21, the road is closed on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open after 4 p.m. and all day on the weekends.

The fire has reached the powerlines along the Johnson Creek road and crews have successfully thinned vegetation under the powerlines to protect this critical infrastructure. Fire managers have been coordinating with Idaho Power who are prepared to de-energize the line if needed. Along Johnson Creek the area around structures and the powerline are plumbed with hose lays and sprinklers systems to protect values at risk.

Fire crews continue to move up the Johnson Creek road to assess protection needs for additional infrastructure and values at risk. Two contingency lines have been constructed along the Johnson Creek Road. The purpose of these lines is to stop or slow the spread of the fire along the steep face of the Johnson Creek valley and to ultimately prevent the fire from impacting the homes in Johnson Creek and in Yellow Pine. Multiple engines are positioned and patrolling the area.

Aircraft have been successful in slowing the fire on the western edge as it backed down toward Johnson Creek corridor and fire growth has been minimal.

Additional fire managers assigned to the fire are developing contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine. Fire behavior models indicate a very low probability of the fire reaching Yellow Pine within the next week. Observations of the rate of fire spread in this area over the last several weeks back up the model predictions.

Today’s Objectives: Continue to use aircraft to to keep the fire in check and slow its progression downslope into Johnson Creek. Restrict access to the Johnson Creek road and clear hunters and campers from the closed section of the road. Fire crews and engines are positioned to implement point protection strategies and opportunities to directly attack the fire when it is safe to do so. Significant safety concerns remain because of dense snag stands, inaccessible terrain, and lack of safety zones for personnel.

Weather: A Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon Thursday to 9 p.m. Friday. Warm/dry conditions are expected through Thursday and temperatures will be above normal. A low-pressure system moving into the Pacific Northwest will increase winds from the south, expect gusty winds on ridge tops and exposed areas. The cold front is expected to reach the fire Friday evening with winds from the east-southeast. Precipitation is predicted early Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.

Closures: With the increase in acreage, fire managers continue evaluating the need to modify the area closure which is in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities through Oct. 1, unless rescinded earlier.

Personnel and resources: 138 people are assigned to the fire. Nine engines, Four crews and four helicopters.

* All Forest visitors are reminded to completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

* Its archery season in southwest Idaho. For Public safety, hunters and all visitors are encouraged to let someone know where they are going and to sign in at trailheads.

* Gates on seasonal road closures are being closed. (Many of these closures are wildlife related)

Current as of 9/17/2020, 12:36:32 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 138
Size 17,449 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 6%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 26th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect

The fire is burning in standing dead and down timber and sub-alpine fir with short-range spotting south and east toward the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Fire officials are coordinating with the Salmon-Challis National Forest which has management responsibility of the wilderness area. Crews completed all indirect fire preparations on NFS road 413. Nevada Team 1 assumed command of the Buck Fire on September 10.

Size 17,449 Acres

9-17 – Gusty south winds associated with a frontal passage are predicted over the fire Friday morning (18th) through the afternoon and fire managers are developing contingencies in the event the winds are stronger than predicted and cause the fire to move toward Yellow Pine faster than expected. The National Weather Service is predicting a 70-80 percent probability of 0.3 inches of rain to fall on the fire after the front passes, which would significantly reduce the rate of fire growth in the following days.

Forest patrols are still finding abandoned campfires. All Forest visitors are reminded to be cautious with flammable materials and completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

There are no immediate threats to structures.

Check InciWeb link for Closures.

9-15-2020 Buck Fire – Topo map

9-16-2020 Buck Fire – backing flames

InciWeb:

9/17 Heat Map (link)

Fires near Yellow Pine continue to grow

By Max Silverson for The Star-News September 17, 2020

The Buck Fire about 11 miles south of Yellow Pine increased to about 17,500 acres as of Tuesday from a period of warmer, dry weather.

The fire was started by lightning on Aug. 26 and is located in the Boise National Forest.

As of Tuesday, the fire was listed as 6% contained with 98 people assigned to the fire including eight engines, three crews and two helicopters.

“The fire activity moderated yesterday under smoky skies,” said Boise National Forest Public Affairs Officer Venetia Gempler.

“Helicopters continued water drops to cool the western edge of the fire and ridges above the Johnson Creek corridor,” Gempler said.

More water drops are planned from helicopters and air tankers to slow the advance of the fire.

The fire crept further down the Buck and Trapper Creek drainages and was about a half mile from Johnson Creek Road on Tuesday, Gempler said.

Protection measures are in place around the structures nearest to the fire and emergency plans are in place if the fire progresses beyond the Trapper Creek, Buck Creek and Bear Creek drainages, she said.

The fire is expected to grow, with higher temperatures and wind gusts as high as 20 miles per hour forecast for several days ahead.

“The fire has potential to temporarily close the Johnson Creek corridor, limiting access to private holdings in Johnson Creek and the town of Yellow Pine,” Gempler said.

Roads and trails near the fire remain closed. The closure begins south of Yellow Pine to Landmark Summit along Johnson Creek Road and extends west to Chilcoot Peak.

Porphyry Fire

The Porphyry Fire about 20 miles north of Yellow Pine grew to about 13,000 acres as of Wednesday due to high winds and the fire’s remote location.

The fire was located in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return Wilderness Area.

Smoke from fires in California and Oregon helped to decrease fire activity on the fire, an update from the Forest Service said.

The fire was burning actively under dry and windy conditions and was expected to grow in all directions, the Forest Service said.

A total of 21 people were assigned to the fire as of Wednesday.

The fire was started by lightning on Aug. 25. Because of its remote location within designated wilderness, firefighting efforts have been minimal.

The area around the fire remains closed, and boaters on the South Fork Salmon River are encouraged to move quickly through the section near the fire and for hunters to avoid the area, the Forest Service said.

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Porphyry Fire

(no update for 9/17 as of 230pm)

Porphyry Fire Update September 16, 2020

Size 13,000 Acres

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. An infrared mapping mission the night of September 15, 2020 updated the size to 12,925 acres. The fire continues to see growth to the east/northeast with southwest winds. Warm and dry weather, as well as a high Haines Index for atmospheric instability, may hamper suppression efforts for the next 48 hours. The most significant growth has been in the drainage of the South Fork of Chamberlain Creek. It is anticipated, however, that moisture will arrive over the region Friday, bringing winds but much cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity.

Haines Index (HI)

Is a numerical value that indicates the potential for large wildfires to experience extreme fire behavior. The HI combines both the instability and dryness of the air by examining the lapse rate between two pressure levels in the atmosphere and the dryness of one of the pressure levels.

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.

Check InciWeb link for Closures.

September 16, 2020 IR Map

InciWeb:

9/17 Heat Map (link)
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Trap Fire

Fire Update for September 17, 2020 from the Sawtooth National Forest:

Trap Creek Fire: The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area ~ 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The Trap Creek Fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020, near Trap Creek Campground. Dry conditions, low visibility, group torching, and creeping are all factors affecting firefighting efforts. Incident Commander (IC) is Riley Rhodes and Jake Renz is the IC trainee. Standing snag patches pose a continual threat to firefighters and HWY 21 traffic. HWY 21 from mile post 116 to 119 is closed at night, and only open with a pilot car during the day due to limited visibility from smoke and trees falling onto the highway. Highway concerns expected for the next 3 or 4 days. Be advised that intermittent closures of the highway are possible due to increase in fire behavior.

CLOSURES – A forest area closure is in effect for the area around the fire (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: 420
Percent Containment: 0%

For public safety: All Forest visitors are reminded to let someone know where they are going in case of emergency and please sign in at trailheads.

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

The Trap Fire started September 14th, nine miles northeast of Stanley Idaho, on the west side of Highway 21 near mile marker 119. The fire grew quickly, burning in lodge pole pine with grass understory. The Trap Fire is burning actively, with group torching, running and creeping.

Highway 21 is closed due to limited visibility from smoke and threat of trees falling onto the highway.

The fire continues to burn actively in the heavy timber with torching, spotting and long range spotting occurring.

Check InciWeb link for Closures.

Trap Fire Closure Map (link) pdf file

InciWeb:

9/17 Heat Map (link)
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Grouse Fire

Grouse Fire Update – September 17th, 2020

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

Fire resources are continuing to patrol and mop up in the northern section of the fire, holding the perimeter and eliminating any hot spots deeper into the interior. Firefighters hope to make good progress constructing line and mopping up along the eastern flank, picking up from the completed line north of the fire. Incident commanders will assess opportunities for engaging the western flank of the fire as weather conditions may make engaging the fire directly unsafe.

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, while constructing new fireline south along the eastern flank. Crews will look for opportunities to engage the fire on the western flank in less than optimal weather conditions, providing it is safe to do so.

Weather: A red flag warning for the afternoon has been issued for windy conditions. Temperatures will continue to be warm with low RH’s with winds out of the southeast.

Closures: 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.

Personnel and resources: 230 people are assigned to the fire. Four 20 person crews, 11 engines, 1 Air Attack, 3 helicopters, 3 bulldozers, and 6 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.

Current as of 9/17/2020, 9:11:10 AM
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 Moderate, Flanking, Torching, Backing
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 230
Size 3,980 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 30%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

Check InciWeb link for Closures.

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map

InciWeb:

9/17 Heat Map (link)
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Woodhead Fire

Woodhead Fire Morning Update Wednesday, September 16, 2020

RED FLAG WARNING

The Woodhead Fire was moderately active yesterday due to a strong inversion. This limited fire behavior to some tree torching, which caused embers to ignite vegetation in front of the main fire. Firefighters continue to patrol the southern and western edges, where the fire is contained, and to work around houses where embers might still be burning. The fire continues to spread north and east, in a mosaic pattern, allowing for some vegetation to remain standing after the fire moves through. Structure protection remains a top priority and firefighters continue to evaluate structures and provide protection.

Weather will be a concern for firefighters over the next few days. A Red Flag Warning as been issued for both today and Friday because of atmospheric instability. Red Flag Warnings indicate weather condition favorable for large fire growth. A low-pressure system and cold front are expected to move through the fire area. Before the front arrives, increasing clouds, cool temperatures, and high winds with gust up to 30 mph are expected. Dry thunderstorms are a threat for late Friday afternoon.

EVACUATIONS – Evacuations are in place for Seid Creek, East Pine/Pine Estates, Advent Gulch, upper Rush Creek, Cow Creek, Upper Dale, Paradise Flat, North Hornet, and West Mill Creek. Residents may be escorted in to care for animals; contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 208.414.2121 or 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 closed at Mile Marker 12. Highway 71, between Cambridge and Gateway, is open to through traffic only. All roads off Highway 71 remain closed. The Payette National Forest has issued an area closure for the safety of firefighters and the public. The full closure area description and map are available at [InciWeb]. The Idaho Department of Lands is asking people to stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice. This affects about 30,000 acres that are commonly used for hunting this time of year.

Current as of 9/17/2020, 11:50:27 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, Incident Commander Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 324
Size 95,490 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 39%
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 was active today with torching and spotting with short uphill runs, primarily on the north and northeast flanks. There was an inversion over the fire area most of the day.

9.17 Woodhead Fire Map (link) pdf file

Click to access 2020_09_17-10.11.02.432-CDT.pdf

Six P’s of Evacuations

Ready! Set! Go!

Check InciWeb link for Closures.

InciWeb:

9/17 Heat Map (link)
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Firefighters eye coming weather in fight against growing Woodhead Fire
An inversion of smoke helped slow the wildfire’s growth, but windy conditions and unstable weather patterns are on the way.
KTVB Sept 17, 2020
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NIFC

September 17, 2020

Light initial attack was reported resulting in two new large fires. Three fires were contained: one in California and two in Washington. The number of wildland fires is below the 10-year-average. Acres burned by large wildland fires has surpassed the 10-year-average.

NIMO (Houseman) has been assigned to COVID-19 support at Forest Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. NIMO (Reinarz) has been assigned to provide wildland fire support to California. NIMO (Day) has been assigned to provide wildland fire support to federal land management agencies in Oregon and Washington.

Two hundred thirty-three soldiers from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington are deployed in support of the August Complex.

One RC-26 aircraft with Distributed Real-Time Infrared (DRTI) capability and support personnel from the 141st Air Refueling Wing (Washington Air National Guard) has been deployed to Fairchild AFB (Spokane, WA), in support of wildland fire operations.

Two MAFFS C-130 airtanker and support personnel each from the 153rd Airlift Wing (Wyoming Air National Guard) and the 146th Airlift Wing (California Air National Guard) have been deployed to support wildland fire operations in California.

Three wildland fire suppression crews and three overhead personnel from Quebec, Canada are supporting fire suppression efforts in the Northern California Area.

Idaho Fires: 14 Acres: 175,855 New: 1 Contained: 0
Badger Sawtooth National Forest FS 35,314 0 20 miles southwest of Oakley 208-731-8604
Beaver Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 1,955 0 7 miles southeast of Powell Junction
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 933 20 2 miles west of Lakeview 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest FS 17,449 6 30 miles northeast of Cascade 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 660 0 33 miles west of Hamilton
Grouse Boise National Forest FS 3,980 30 35 miles northeast of Glenns Ferry 208-565-7408
* Leggit Sawtooth National Forest FS 965 0 5 miles east of Atlanta
Marion Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 913 0 5 miles south of Powell Junction
Porphyry Payette National Forest FS 13,000 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 11,500 10 12 miles southeast of Elk City 208-553-1674
Sunnyside Complex Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 4,351 90 2 miles west of Orofino 208-254-2099
Trap Sawtooth National Forest FS 420 0 9 miles northeast of Stanley
Warm Springs Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 106 2 15 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Woodhead Payette National Forest FS 84,059 39 20 miles west of Council 208-207-7417

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Johnson Creek Road Closed Sept 17, 2020

FireTreeJohnson Creek Road Closed Sept 17

message from Kimberly Takeuchi-Drake Buck Fire PIO

Johnson creek 413 road is now closed from Trout Creek campground to the Johnson creek airstrip. Residents will be allowed through the 413 road. But recreational traffic will be turned around. The South Fork Salmon Road and Lick creek roads are open to travel, but there may be road construction delays on the South Fork. Construction workers have been notified of an expected increase in traffic and wait times should be minimal today and then no delays Fri-Sun on the South fork.

This is an approved message from the Cascade Ranger District and Buck Fire Incident Commander for public and firefighter safety.
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Lick Creek Road is open. South Fork Road open Friday – Sunday.

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

Highway 55 closures start Monday Sept 21st.
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Yellow Pine is NOT being evacuated. Local volunteers are on patrol.

Updated Fire Reports Sept 16, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 16, 2020

Update 5pm: Buck Fire update posted and new fire map for Porphyry fire.

Fire Planning Meeting at the Fire House, this evening (Wed, Sept 16) at 6pm.

Note: Posting with what info I have now. If new info/maps become available, I will update this post. Check the InciWeb links for closure info for each fire.

Please resist the urge to turn on your sprinklers, we are on water restrictions and need to conserve our drinking water.

Keep your trash locked up, fire is known to drive hungry bears to the village.

Fire Abatement: Do not burn yard trimmings, take woody debris to the burn pile at the dump – please be neat and tidy. No construction debris, furniture or tires allowed.

Johnson Creek road is still open. Be prepared for the road to close. South Fork road is open at night and on weekends. Lick creek road is open.

Be prepared for possible power outages if they have to shut the line down.
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Urgent Fire Alert

The forest fire weather forecast for the next 2-3 days indicates a strong likelihood of the Buck Fire moving to Yellow Pine.

Our Fire Commissioners are working with the Forest Service and County to get equipment at the south & east of the village.

In the meantime, your help is needed to set up our available equipment around the village.

If you can assist in getting our equipment set up to defend the village, please go to the fire house to help.

Thank you in advance,
Deb Filler, Chairman
Village of Yellow Pine Association
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AQ Alert – Fire Weather Watch Sept 17, 12pm to Sept 17, 9pm
(link)

Smoke Map today

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Burn Ban Includes Valley County

This ban is not for fire danger but for air quality. This includes ALL types of outdoor burning to include camp fires.

From DEQ:

Due to continued smoke impacts from regional wildfire activity, IDEQ has issued a Red Air Quality Advisory for Southwest Idaho. Moderate to heavy smoke impacts are expected to continue throughout the area. Smoke impacts may be higher in the morning and evening hours. Hourly air quality values may range from the moderate (yellow) to very unhealthy (purple).

Due to the continued degradation in air quality and potential health impacts, IDEQ has also issued an Air Quality Forecast & Caution for the area. During a Stage 1 Forecast & Caution (Air Quality), ALL OUTDOOR OPEN BURNING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED per IDAPA 58.01.01.561.01. Specifically “there shall be no new ignition of open burning of any kind”. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Solid waste (e.g., rubbish, tree leaves, yard trimmings, and gardening waste) if no scheduled house-to-house solid waste collection service is available and the burning is conducted on the property where the waste was generated

* Tree leaves, yard trimmings, or gardening waste if allowed by local ordinance or rule and conducted on the property where the waste was generated

* Fires for the preparation of food or recreational purposes, such as campfires and barbecues

* Ceremonial fires

* Small fires set for hand-warming purposes

* Weed control along fence lines, canal banks, and ditch banks

* Crop residue disposal (agricultural burning activities)
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Buck Fire

Remarks: The fire has potential to temporarily close the Johnson Creek corridor limiting access to private inholdings in Johnson Creek and the town of Yellow Pine.

Buck Fire Update – September 16, 2020

17,449 acres
6 percent contained
Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Start: August 26
Cause: Lightning

Yesterday the fire experienced record setting burning conditions which caused the fire to burn actively through the afternoon and evening. The fire was most active near the Riordan Lake area and on the western edge of the fire along the ridge line above Johnson Creek. The fire has moved approximately 1.5 miles to the north through the 2007 fire scar since the last infrared flight on the night of September 14. Aircraft continue to be used for water drops to cool the western edge and ridges above the Johnson Creek corridor. Fire growth along the western edge of the fire continues to be slow.

A community meeting was held with 41 attendees at the Yellow Pine Community Center yesterday to discuss possible future actions fire managers may need to take along the Johnson Creek road (FR 413).

Protection measures are in place around the structures closest to the fire, including hose lays and sprinkler systems in the event the fire moved into the Johnson Creek area. Multiple engines are positioned and patrolling the area.

Crews have been thinning vegetation below powerlines and along the Johnson Creek corridor. Additional water tanks are in place for helicopters to fill their buckets improving turnaround times and reducing impact to salmon and their habitat in Johnson Creek.

Two contingency lines have been constructed along the Johnson Creek Road. The purpose of these lines is to stop or slow the spread of the fire along the steep face of the Johnson Creek valley and to ultimately prevent the fire from impacting the homes in Johnson Creek and in Yellow Pine.

Additional fire managers have been assigned to the fire to begin developing contingency plans for the area around Yellow Pine. Fire behavior models indicate a very low probability of the fire reaching Yellow Pine within the next week. Observations of the rate of fire spread in this area over the last several weeks back up the model predictions. Gusty south winds associated with a frontal passage are predicted over the fire Friday morning through the afternoon and fire managers are developing contingencies in the event the winds are stronger than predicted and cause the fire to move toward Yellow Pine faster than expected. The National Weather Service is predicting a 70-80 percent probability of 0.3 inches of rain to fall on the fire after the front passes, which would significantly reduce the rate of fire growth in the following days.

Today’s Objectives: Continue to use helicopters providing bucket drops (water) to keep the fire in check and slow its progression downslope into Johnson Creek. Fire crews and engines are positioned to implement point protection strategies and opportunities to directly attack the fire when it is safe to do so. Significant safety concerns remains because of dense snag stands, inaccessible terrain, and lack of safety zones for personnel.

Weather: A Fire weather watch is in effect from Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening for high Haines Index (measuring the stability and dryness of the air, used to Indicate the potential for wildfire growth.) Temperatures will be above normal and humidity recoveries will be poor overnight. Relative humilities continue to be low for this time of year and will be around 12-17 percent.

Closures: With the increase in acreage, fire managers are evaluating the need to modify the area closure which is in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities through Oct. 1, unless rescinded earlier.

Personnel and resources: 122 people are assigned to the fire. Ten engines, three crews and two helicopters.

All Forest visitors are reminded to completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

Its archery season in southwest Idaho. For Public safety, hunters and all visitors are encouraged to let someone know where they are going and to sign in at trailheads.

Seasonal road closures begin today, on the Cascade Ranger District.

Current as of 9/16/2020, 10:15:31 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 Sean Whalen- Bureau of Land Management NV
Incident Description Active Flanking Spotting Group Torching
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 122
Size 17,449 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 6%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 26th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect

Planned Actions Use helicopters to keep fire in check above trapper creek ridge to prevent spread of fire down Trapper creek towards critical infrastructure and structures with the intent to hold fire in check until more favorable conditions can be achieved. Air tankers will be used to slow fire progression to the SW into Burnt Log creek with the intent to protect Sensitive Fish Species and their critical habitat. Continue to use ground resources to assess and protect resources along Trapper creek. Continue to assess areas where contingency lines may be need.

9-15-2020 Buck Fire IR map

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat Map Sept 16th (link)
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Porphyry Fire

Update Sept 16, 2020 9am

Low Humidity Expected Through Thursday

McCall, ID, September 16, 2020 – Weather remains warm and extremely dry over the Payette National Forest, allowing for significant fire growth for both the Porphyry and Woodhead fires when the smoke inversion from California lifts. As of Monday morning’s infrared mapping flight, the Woodhead was 83,940 acres, doubling in size over the last 48 hours. Growth to the south and southwest has been stymied by early suppression efforts, but evacuations and limited access for the safety of public and fire personnel are in still in place. The most active portions of the fire remain on the north and northeast flanks. An area closure remains in effect, and has been expanded north/northeast following fire growth. Roide’s Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the fire and sending out daily updates. Follow the Woodhead Fire on Inciweb for more information.

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. An infrared mapping mission the night of September 15, 2020 updated the size to 12,925 acres. The fire continues to see growth to the east/northeast with southwest winds. Warm and dry weather, as well as a high Haines Index for atmospheric instability, may hamper suppression efforts for the next 48 hours. The most significant growth has been in the drainage of the South Fork of Chamberlain Creek. It is anticipated, however, that moisture will arrive over the region Friday, bringing winds but much cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity.

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.

Travelers and recreationalists are reminded to remain alert and aware of fire activity. Know before you go and be cognizant of fire and construction impacts to roads and trails.

Use of unauthorized unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters. Never fly unmanned aircraft over or near a fire. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

Wildfires can produce high quantities of smoke. In the midst of fire activity, firefighters can do little to reduce smoke impacts.

Current as of 9/16/2020, 2:53:47 PM
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 13,000 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire is active with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

September 16, 2020 IR Map

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat Map Sept 16th (link)
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FB Link to current fire map

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Porphyry FB Video (link)

Turn your sound down!
Video of a reconnaissance flight of the Porphyry Fire burning on the Payette National Forest in the Frank Church River Of No Return Wilderness. The video is taken on the southern flank of the fire near Mosquitoe Ridge and Elk Springs. Video is courtesy of Krassel Helitack Crew.

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Fire grows to 13,000 acres in Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness
by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, September 16th 2020
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Grouse Fire

Grouse Fire Update – September 16th, 2020

3,922 acres
23 percent contained
Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho
Start: Sept. 6
Cause: Under investigation

Fire resources are in the patrolling and mopping up phase in the northern area of the fire (mopping up is a process of eliminating hot spots in a fire with water and/or dirt to prevent spreading). Resources are continuing to hold the perimeter as well eliminating any hot spots deeper into the interior. Skidgines and crews are building indirect fireline down the western flank to prevent any spread towards the communities of Pine and Featherville. Firefighters will base all actions on safety, taking into consideration the steep terrain and heavy dead and down fuels, while looking for opportunities to go direct down the eastern flank.

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 at this time.

Today’s Objectives: Fire resources will continue to hold and secure the perimeter of the fire, concentrating efforts to finish the northwestern portion. Crews will look for opportunities to build direct handline down the western and eastern flanks, considering safety first.

Weather: Temperatures will steadily increase throughout the week, while RH values drop. A chance of rain at the end of the week could bolster firefighting progress. Smoke will linger in the area from fires in western Idaho, Oregon, and California may affect firefighting efforts and visibility.

Closures: 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.

Personnel and resources: 274 people are assigned to the fire. Six 20 person crews, 11 engines, 1 Air Attack, 3 helicopters, 5 bulldozers, and 6 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.

Current as of 9/16/2020, 9:06:52 AM
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 Moderate, Flanking, Group Torching, Torching
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 274
Size 3,922 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 23%
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 Sept 16th (link)
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Woodhead Fire

Woodhead Fire Morning Update Wednesday, September 16, 2020

83,940 acres

The Woodhead Fire was moderately active yesterday. Fire growth was mainly on the north towards Wildhorse River and to the east toward Council-Cuprum Road, prompting evacuations for residents. Between Cambridge and Gateway, Highway 71 is open to through traffic only. All roads off Highway 71 remain closed. Be prepared for possible delays or restrictions based on fire behavior. Please travel slowly with headlights on, and look out for firefighters, equipment, and falling rocks.

Firefighters continue to put out scattered hot spots along the western side of the fire, most of which is contained. Near Cambridge, the fire perimeter is contained as well. Firefighters continue to monitor the area and take action as necessary on hot spots. As the fire continues to grow, opportunities to use both natural and manmade features are constantly being evaluated for potential use as firelines. Firefighters will continue to assess and prepare to defend structures as needed.

Team #4 is working closely with the Washington and Adams County Sheriff, Idaho, Department of Lands, Boise District Bureau of Land Management, and Payette National Forest to determine the best actions to contain the fire safely.

EVACUATIONS – Evacuations are in place for Seid Creek, East Pine/Pine Estates, Advent Gulch, upper Rush Creek, Cow Creek, Upper Dale, Paradise Flat, North Hornet, and West Mill Creek. Residents may be escorted in to care for animals; contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 208.414.2121 or the Adams County Sheriff at 208.253.4227. The Red Cross is available at 800.853.2570 to assist evacuees.

CLOSURES – The Council-Cuprum Rd. is closed at Mile Marker 12. The Payette National Forest has issued an area closure for the safety of firefighters and the public. The full closure area description and map are available at (link)

The Woodhead Fire area includes Idaho endowment land west of Council. These lands grow trees that are harvested to generate funding for beneficiaries, primarily Idaho schools. It is unknown right now exactly how many endowment acres have burned or the extent of the damage. The Idaho Department of Lands is asking people to stay out of these endowment lands for their safety until further notice. This affects about 30,000 acres that are commonly used for hunting this time of year.

Current as of 9/15/2020, 8:57:56 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, Incident Commander Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 299
Size 79,334 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 38%
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 was active today with torching and spotting with short uphill runs, primarily on the north and northeast flanks. There was an inversion over the fire area most of the day.

Public Informtation Map 9.16 (link) pdf file

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat Map Sept 16th (link)
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Western Idaho fire nearly 84,000 acres, prompts community to hold virtual meeting
by Ryan L MorrisonWednesday, September 16th 2020
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Other Fire News:

Crews attack new wildfire burning near Lucky Peak
Firefighters say they have gotten the upper hand on the Nursery Fire and should have it contained by Wednesday afternoon.
KTVB Sept 16, 2020
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Trap Fire

350-acre fire burning in the Sawtooths closes Highway 21
by Ryan L Morrison Wednesday, September 16th 2020
story:

Satellite Heat Map Sept 16th (link)
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NIFC

September 16, 2020

Four new large fires were reported, bringing the national total to 79. Firefighters continue to meet their suppression goals and contained nine large fires yesterday. Weather conditions remain a factor, including possible critical fire weather across northeast California.

Idaho Fires: 12 Acres: 155,716 New: 1 Contained: 2
Badger Sawtooth National Forest FS 27,000 0 20 miles southwest of Oakley 208-731-8604
Beaver Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 1,923 0 7 miles southeast of Powell Junction
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 876 20 2 miles west of Lakeview 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest FS 12,049 6 30 miles northeast of Cascade 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 660 0 33 miles west of Hamilton
Grouse Boise National Forest FS 3,922 23 35 miles northeast of Glenns Ferry 208-565-7408
Marion Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 913 0 5 miles south of Powell Junction
Porphyry Payette National Forest FS 13,000 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 11,500 10 12 miles southeast of Elk City 208-553-1674
Sunnyside Complex Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 4,433 80 2 miles west of Orofino 208-254-2099
Warm Springs Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 106 0 15 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Woodhead Payette National Forest FS 79,334 38 20 miles west of Council 208-207-7417
* Iron Gate Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 115 100
Blackfoot Mountain Caribou County CNTY 419 100

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AQ Alert – Fire Weather Watch Sept 17, 12pm to Sept 17, 9pm

AQ Alert – Fire Weather Watch Sept 17, 12pm to Sept 17, 9pm

Yellow Pine Forecast (link)

Wednesday Widespread haze. Widespread smoke. Sunny, with a high near 84. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Tonight Widespread haze. Widespread smoke. Clear, with a low around 52. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Thursday Widespread haze. Widespread smoke. Sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph in the evening.

Friday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
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Fire Weather Watch

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
854 AM MDT Wed Sep 16 2020

Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
854 AM MDT Wed Sep 16 2020

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR...HIGH HAINES INDEX FOR NORTHERN
BOISE NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN
SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST... WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES 403 AND
421...

* WINDS...South 5 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...8 to 16 percent

* HAINES...6

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

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Smoke Sept 16 at 945am

Johnson Creek Airport WebCam (link)
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Air Quality Alert

IDC001-003-015-027-039-045-073-075-085-087-161900-
Ada-Adams-Boise-Canyon-Elmore-Gem-Owyhee-Payette-Valley-Washington-
1230 PM MDT Mon Sep 14 2020

...AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
QUALITY FOR THE SOUTHWEST IDAHO AREA...

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Red
(unhealthy) Air Quality Advisory for southwest Idaho and the
Treasure Valley due to elevated pollutant levels associated with
wildfire smoke impacts. This advisory will remain in effect until air
quality conditions have significantly improved.

Idaho DEQ has also issued a Stage 1 air quality forecast & caution
for Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley,
and Washington counties. This prohibits all forms of outdoor burning.

Air pollutants can cause breathing difficulties for children, the
elderly, as well as persons with respiratory problems. Those
individuals who are sensitive to increased particulate matter or
smoke are encouraged to avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity
during this alert. It is also recommended that all other individuals
limit prolonged or strenuous activity outdoors.

If if is a regularly scheduled work day, you are urged:

* to carpool, telecommute, or use mass transit
* avoid idling your vehicle
* delay fueling your vehicle until late in the day
* reduce the use of gasoline-powered equipment or delay until late
      in the day

For details on this air quality alert for the Treasure Valley...visit
the IDEQ internet site at www.idaho.deq.gov or call 208-373-0313 for
recorded forecast information.

This statement is issued by the Idaho Department of Environmental
Quality, Boise Regional Office, Air Quality Group, Boise, ID. Contact
208-373-0550 for more information.

 

Burn Ban Includes Valley County

Due to continued smoke impacts from regional wildfire activity, IDEQ has issued a Red Air Quality Advisory for Southwest Idaho. Moderate to heavy smoke impacts are expected to continue throughout the area.  Smoke impacts may be higher in the morning and evening hours. Hourly air quality values may range from the moderate (yellow) to very unhealthy (purple).

Due to the continued degradation in air quality and potential health impacts, IDEQ has also issued an Air Quality Forecast & Caution for the area. During a Stage 1 Forecast & Caution (Air Quality), ALL OUTDOOR OPEN BURNING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED per IDAPA 58.01.01.561.01. Specifically “there shall be no new ignition of open burning of any kind”. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Solid waste (e.g., rubbish, tree leaves, yard trimmings, and gardening waste) if no scheduled house-to-house solid waste collection service is available and the burning is conducted on the property where the waste was generated
  • Tree leaves, yard trimmings, or gardening waste if allowed by local ordinance or rule and conducted on the property where the waste was generated
  • Fires for the preparation of food or recreational purposes, such as campfires and barbecues
  • Ceremonial fires
  • Small fires set for hand-warming purposes
  • Weed control along fence lines, canal banks, and ditch banks
  • Crop residue disposal (agricultural burning activities)
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Fire Reports Sept 15, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 15, 2020

Road Report Update:

A report there is a sign that says Lick Creek Road closed Sept 15th (today) to replace the Zena Creek Bridge. Equipment and materials are along the road there. Update from FS in McCall: Valley County is putting a temporary fix on the bridge. Apparently it was expected to take place tomorrow but it appears they got a jump start and went forward today, given the pending threat on Johnson Creek Rd and the need to have reliable road access on Lick Crk. Rd. The Civil Engineer on the Forest informed me that it’s expected to take just a few hours with no all-day closure.

South Fork road is closed during weekdays. Johnson Creek road is still open as far as I know.

A report of downed trees on the road going over Monumental summit – probably from last week’s wind storm?

Today, Tuesday, Sept 15th at 6pm meeting at the Community Hall with the Fire Team to give updates on the Buck and Porphyry Fires.

There will be a Yellow Pine community fire district meeting right after tonight’s meeting with the Forest Service. Everyone is invited to attend.

Fire reports posted as soon as I get them here:
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Buck Fire

Buck Fire Update – September 15, 2020

12,049 acres
6 percent contained
Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Start: August 26
Cause: Lightning

The Incident Management Team will be hosting a community meeting in Yellow Pine, this Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Yellow Pine Community Center. The Fire activity moderated yesterday under smoky skies. Helicopters continued water drops to cool the western edge of the fire and ridges above the Johnson Creek corridor. The fire crept further down the Buck and Trapper Creek drainages and is about ¼ to ½ mile away from the Johnson Creek road. Protection measures are in place around the structures nearest to the fire as are other contingency plans if, the fire progresses beyond the Trapper Creek, Buck Creek and Bear Creek drainages.

Today’s Objectives: Continue to use helicopters providing bucket drops (water) to keep the fire in check above the Trapper Creek Ridge and prevent spread further north into Trapper Creek. Fire crews continue to assess and protect resources along Trapper Creek. They are positioned to implement point protection strategies and capitalize on opportunities to directly attack the fire when it is safe to do so. Significant safety concerns remains because of dense snag stands, inaccessible terrain, and lack of safety zones for personnel.

Weather: Warm, dry, and smoky skies are predicted to remain as they have been for the next several days. Relative humilities continue to be low for this time of year and will be around 11-17 percent. South winds are expected to bring up to 18 mph gusts in the afternoon.

Closures: A temporary area closure is in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities through Oct. 1, unless rescinded earlier.

Personnel and resources: 98 people are assigned to the fire. Eight engines, three crews and two helicopters.

Forest patrols continue to extinguish abandoned campfires. All Forest visitors are reminded to completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

Its archery season in southwest Idaho. For Public safety, hunters and all visitors are encourage to let someone know where they are going and to sign in at trailheads.

The fire is burning in standing dead and down timber and sub-alpine fir with short-range spotting south and east toward the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Fire officials are coordinating with the Salmon-Challis National Forest which has management responsibility of the wilderness area. Crews completed all indirect fire preparations on NFS road 413. Nevada Team 1 assumed command of the Buck Fire on September 10.

With recent fire activity, the Incident Management Team will be hosting a community meeting in Yellow Pine, Tuesday evening, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Yellow Pine Community Center.

Current as of 9/15/2020, 10:49:28 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 Sean Whalen- Bureau of Land Management NV
Incident Description Active Flanking Spotting Group Torching
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 98
Size 12,049 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 6%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 26th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect

Planned Actions Use helicopters to keep fire in check above trapper creek ridge to prevent spread of fire down Trapper creek towards critical infrastructure and structures with the intent to hold fire in check until more favorable conditions can be achieved. Air tankers will be used to slow fire progression to the SW into Burnt Log creek with the intent to protect Sensitive Fish Species and their critical habitat. Continue to use ground resources to assess and protect resources along Trapper creek. Continue to assess areas where contingency lines may be need.

Closures — Buck Fire (link)

9-13-2020 Buck Fire Topo Map

9-14-2020 Buck Fire- Smokey road

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat Map Sept 15 (link)
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Porphyry Fire

September 15, 2020 2pm Porphyry Fire Wildfire

Contact: Fire Information 208-634-0820

Smoke Inversion Mitigating Extreme Fire Growth

McCall, ID, September 15, 2020 – Smoke from California and Oregon fires is once again impacting Central Idaho and helping to minimize fire activity on the Woodhead and Porphyry fires. A break in the inversion on the evening of September 13, 2020 lead to significant growth on Woodhead early on September 14th; prompting further evacuations and a change to the area closure. Roide’s Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the fire and sending out daily updates. Follow Inciweb for more information.

The Porphyry Fire continues to burn in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Nineteen personnel are currently assigned to the fire and it is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Command Organization. As of September 13, 2020 the fire area was mapped at 9,750 acres, but no mapping flights have been procured since. A helicopter reconnaissance mission the evening of September 14th showed that progression had slowed toward Hand Camp in the Beaver Creek drainage. Primary fire activity and growth is on the NE corner of the fire in the Mosquito Lake area and the headwaters of the South Fork of Chamberlain Creek. There are no structures threatened at this time.

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. A public meeting is scheduled at the Yellow Pine Community Center tonight at 6pm. The meeting will focus on the Boise National Forest’s Buck Fire, burning to the south of Yellow Pine, with updates from the Porphyry Incident Commander at the end.

Travelers and recreationalist are reminded to remain alert and aware of fire activity. Know before you go and be cognizant of fire and construction impacts to roads and trails.

Use of unauthorized unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, in a fire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters. Never fly unmanned aircraft over or near a fire. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.

Wildfires can produce high quantities of smoke. In the midst of fire activity, firefighters can do little to reduce smoke impacts. Affected communities should remain aware of smoke advisories and conditions.

Porphyry Fire Update September 14, 2020 9pm

A reconnaissance flight occurred over the fire area this evening around 6 p.m. The fire has made a slow progression to the south around Hand Camp in the Beaver Creek Drainage. The most activity occurred on the Northeast side of the fire in the Mosquito Lake area and the headwaters of the South Fork of Chamberlain Creek. There was minimal growth in the Cow Corral and Mosquito Flats area. At this time there are no structures being threated. An infrared flight on September 13, mapped the fire at approximately 9,570.

A community meeting is scheduled tomorrow, September 15 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in Yellow Pine at the Yellow Pine Community Center for the Buck Fire. The Buck fire is located on the Boise National Forest. There will be a Prophyry fire updates and fire officials will be there to discuss these fires and answer questions for the public.

The Porphyry fire is located in the Frank church Wilderness No Return, on the McCall Ranger District. The Porphyry fire started in the Porphyry Creek drainage 20 miles north of Yellow Pine, Idaho and 5 miles east of Hettinger Ranch. The fire was started by lightening 2 miles southwest of the Porphyry Bridge on August 25, 2020.

The public in reminded to stay cognizant of the fire and remain clear of the area. A fire closure order is in effect for the fire. Please see the closure and closure map for specific details on the area and recreational trails that are being impacted by the fire.

Current as of 9/14/2020, 12:17:01 PM
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 8
Size 9,570 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire is active with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Closures — Porphyry Fire (link)

September 13, 2020 IR Map

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat Map Sept 15 (link)
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Grouse Fire

Grouse Fire Update – September 15th, 2020

3,922 acres
8 percent contained
Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho
Start: Sept. 6
Cause: Under investigation

Crews are continuing mop up operations on the northern edges of the fire, holding the perimeter as well as securing the line deeper into the interior. Handcrews, with the help of aircraft, are gridding for spot fires along the eastern flank of the fire, while additional resources are building indirect fireline down the western flank and utilizing aircraft to check the spread of the fire.

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 at this time.

Today’s Objectives: Fire resources will continue to hold and secure the perimeter of the fire, concentrating efforts in the northwestern portion. Handcrews will be tasked with extinguishing spot fires, as well as beginning to construct direct handline into Lime Creek.

Weather: Temperatures will steadily increase throughout the week, while RH values drop. A chance of rain at the end of the week could bolster firefighting progress. Smoke will linger in the area from fires in western Idaho, Oregon, and California may affect firefighting efforts and visibility.

Closures: 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. Public entry into the closures only hampers firefighting efforts and can be a safety hazard for fire personnel and the public.

Personnel and resources: 269 people are assigned to the fire. Six 20 person crews, 11 engines, 1 Air Attack, 3 helicopters, 5 bulldozers, and 6 water tenders.

For public safety: All 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.

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.

Current as of 9/15/2020, 10:11:25 AM
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 Moderate, Flanking, Group Torching, Torching
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 269
Size 3,922 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 8%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

Closures — Grouse Fire (link)

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat Map Sept 15 (link)
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Woodhead Fire

Woodhead Fire Morning Update Tuesday, September 15, 2020

An updated map may be available today, depending upon ability to fly the fire perimeter.

Fire activity increased yesterday afternoon on the Woodhead Fire with higher winds, hotter temperatures, and low relative humidity. Fire growth was mainly on the northeast side, toward Cuddy Mountain and up Cracker Jack Creek, prompting evacuations for residents above Upper Dale, Paradise Flat, North Hornet and West Mill Creek. Today’s weather is expected to be calmer with warmer temperatures and lighter winds. A cold front is expecting later this week, with lower temperatures and higher humidity.

The closure on Highway 71 has been lifted. Road guards may remain in place on each end of the fire area to caution travelers of falling rocks, equipment working adjacent to the roadway, and possible delays. Please travel slowly, look out for firefighters, and keep headlights on through the fire area.

While containment percentage went down due to the increase in size, firefighters continue to improve and create containment lines on the fire perimeter yesterday. Most of the western perimeter has now been contained and the heel of the fire, near Cambridge is mostly contained as well. Firefighters continue to monitor the area and mop up any interior hot spots.

Team #4 is working closely with the Washington and Adams County Sheriff, Idaho, Department of Lands, Boise District Bureau of Land Management, and Payette National Forest to evaluate the potential for continued fire growth and determine the best actions to contain the fire safely. As the fire continues to grow towards the Cuddy Mountains, there are opportunities to use natural features as fire breaks.

EVACUATIONS – Evacuations are in place for Seid Creek, East Pine/Pine Estates, Advent Gulch, upper Rush Creek, Cow Creek, Upper Dale, Paradise Flat, North Hornet and West Mill Creek. Residents may be escorted in to care for animals; contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 208.414.2121 or the Adams County Sheriff at 208.253.5227. The Red Cross is available at 800.853.2570 to assist evacuees.

CLOSURES – Arterial roads leading from Highway 71 between West Pine Creek and the Oregon state line are still closed. The Payette National Forest has issued an area closure for the safety of firefighters and the public.

The Woodhead fire is located on the Weiser Ranger District – northwest of Cambridge, ID. The Woodhead Fire started on September 7, 2020, north of State Highway 71 near milepost 6. A cold front bringing strong sustained winds fanned the flames and it quickly grew to approximately 26,883 acres within first 48 hours. Low visibility, high winds, and powerlines hindered aerial firefighting efforts and precluded the use of airtankers. Great Basin Team #4, Incident Commander Tim Roide, arrived took command on Thursday, September 10 to help manage the blaze. The fire has also burned onto lands managed by Boise District of the Idaho Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Idaho Department of Lands.

Current as of 9/14/2020, 7:42:46 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, Incident Commander Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 295
Size 68,365 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 32%
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 Heavy smoke inversion kept fire behavior to a minimum yesterday evening until the inversion broke around 5:00 p.m. and the fire became active and was active all night and into the morning hours. By mid-day winds were back and the fire was active with crown fire spreading through spotting in sub-alpine fir with wind driven runs. Overnight and today the fire ran 11 to 12 miles primarily by torching in the sub-alpine fir and spotting.
Remarks Highway 71 was opened this morning (9/14).

Closures — Woodhead Fire (link)

Woodhead Fire Road Closure and Evacuation Update 9/14/20 (link)

Public Information Map 9.15 (link) pdf file

InciWeb:

Satellite Heat Map Sept 15 (link)

Evacuations continue as western Idaho fire grows to nearly 70,000 acres
by Ryan L Morrison Tuesday, September 15th 2020

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New Fires:

Trap Fire

Highway 21 closed

Satellite Heat Map Sept 15 (link)

Sawtooth National Forest spokeswoman Julie Thomas told the Mountain Express that a new 50-acre wildfire ignited at 12:45 p.m. on Monday near Trap Creek Campground, west of Cape Horn Road. The Trap Fire, currently burning lodgepole pine, had spread across state Highway 21 on Monday afternoon, necessitating a road closure.

source:

The Trap Fire shuts down Highway 21 near Stanley
The highway is closed from Grandjean Road to Cape Horn Road.

Sept 14 KTVB
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Bager Fire

The Badger fire is located on the Minadoka Ranger District – 20 miles southwest of Oakley, ID. The Badger Fire started on September 12, 2020, near Badger Gulch, off Forest Service road 533 and 536. Dry conditions, high winds, low visibility, and extreme fire behavior, including long range spotting, torching and fire whirls caused fire grow quickly.

Great Basin Type 3 Team Nevada Sierra Front assumed command of the Badger fire this morning, with Incident Commander Scott Stephenson. The fire is currently burning in grass, brush, logging slash and heavy timber, multiple structures are threatened.

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Satellite Heat Map Sept 15 (link)
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NIFC

September 15, 2020

Nationally, 87 large wildland fires have burned over 4.7 million acres. The majority of the fire activity is in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Firefighters contained six large fires: one in Montana, two in Oregon and three in Montana.

Idaho Fires: 13 Acres: 137,387 New: 1 Contained: 0
Badger Sawtooth National Forest FS 23,500 0 20 miles southwest of Oakley 208-731-8604
Beaver Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 1,677 0 7 miles southeast of Powell Junction
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 660 20 2 miles west of Lakeview 208-557-8813
* Blackfoot Mountain Caribou County CNTY 419 30 13 miles north of Soda Springs
Buck Boise National Forest FS 12,049 6 30 miles northeast of Cascade 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 660 0 33 miles west of Hamilton
Grouse Boise National Forest FS 3,922 8 35 miles northeast of Glenns Ferry 208-565-7408
Marion Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 536 0 5 miles south of Powell Junction
Porphyry Payette National Forest FS 9,700 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 11,500 10 12 miles southeast of Elk City 208-553-1674
Sunnyside Complex Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 4,293 70 2 miles west of Orofino 208-254-2099
Warm Springs Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 106 0 15 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Woodhead Payette National Forest FS 68,365 32 20 miles west of Council 208-207-7417

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Fire Reports Sept 14, 2020

FireTreeFire Reports Sept 14, 2020

There will be a Buck Fire update meeting in Yellow Pine on Tuesday, Sept 15th at 6pm in the Community Hall with the Incident Management Team.

Johnson Creek road is still open, it’s the side roads and trails that are closed. South Fork road is closed during the week for construction.

We are still under an Air Quality Alert (link)

Smoke Monday Sept 14th at 230pm

Local Photos

Buck Fire picture taken from Johnson creek road 14 miles from Yellow pine at 10:14 pm. Sunday night Sept 13th.

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photo courtesy Ray Lutz

Ash Fall in Yellow Pine Monday, Sept 14th

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photo courtesy Doug Christison
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Buck Fire

Buck Fire Update – September 14, 2020

12,049 acres
6 percent contained
Location: 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.
Start: August 26
Cause: Lightning

The Buck Fire burned actively under the smoky skies and became significantly more active once the inversion lifted late yesterday afternoon. Most growth occurred to the north and through the old Cascade Complex scar toward Riordan Lake. Aircraft were used for water drops to cool the western edge and ridges above the Johnson Creek corridor. Fire managers have plans and protection measures in place around the structures nearest to the fire and other contingency plans in the event the fire were to progress beyond the Trapper Creek, Buck Creek and Bear Creek drainages. With recent fire activity, the Incident Management Team will be hosting a community meeting in Yellow Pine, Tuesday evening, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Yellow Pine Community Center.

Today’s Objectives: If available, use helicopters to keep the fire in check above the Trapper Creek Ridge to prevent spread further north into Trapper Creek. Fire crews continue to assess and protect resources along Trapper Creek. They are positioned to implement point protection strategies and opportunities to directly attack the fire when it is safe to do so. Significant safety concerns remains because of dense snag stands, inaccessible terrain, and lack of safety zones for personnel.

Weather: The warm and drying trend is expected to continue into next week. The area is experiencing cold nighttime temperatures and warming to mid-70s, low 80s in the afternoon. Relative humidity will be around 11-16 percent. South winds are expected to bring up to, 21 mph gusts in the afternoon.

Closures: A temporary area closure is in place for firefighter and public safety during wildfire suppression activities through Oct. 1, unless rescinded earlier.

Personnel and resources: 101 people are assigned to the fire. Seven engines, two crews and two helicopters.

Forest patrols are continue to extinguish abandoned campfires. All Forest visitors are reminded to completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

Its archery season in southwest Idaho. For Public safety, hunters and all visitors are encourage to let someone know where they are going and to sign in at trailheads.

Current as of 9/14/2020, 10:33:37 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 Sean Whalen- Bureau of Land Management NV
Incident Description Active Backing Flanking Short-range Spotting
Coordinates 44.786 latitude, -115.476 longitude
Total Personnel 97
Size 6,668 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 6%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 26th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Subalpine Fir – dead and down
Significant Events Road and Trail closures in effect

8-30-2020 Buck Fire Recreation Area Closure (link)

9-13-2020 Buck Fire opps and topo map

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Satellite Heat Map (link)
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Porphyry Fire

9,570 Acres
0% contained

The Porphyry fire will continue to have hot, dry and windy conditions today through Tuesday. With elevated temperatures and winds you can expect to have some fire growth. The fire is across the north fork of Porphyry ridge and is established at the top of Porphyry draining and Mosquito ridge. The fire continues to burn in the north Fork of Wolf Fang creek, the west Fork of Beaver Creek, Coin Creek, Hand Creek and it has spotted into Boulder Creek. Fire resources are implementing structure protection on the Werdenhoff mine in Smith Creek Drainage and collecting information for future suppression strategies.

Current as of 9/14/2020, 12:17:01 PM
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 8
Size 9,570 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Fire is active with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Planned Actions Continue to monitor growth and areas of impact, reconnaissance flights and Infrared mapping. Conduct structure protection at Werdenhoff mine in Smith Creek drainage.

Porphyry Closure Update (link)

Porphyry Fire IR Map 9-13-2020 (link) pdf file

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Satellite Heat Map (link)
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Mann Creek Fire Update 9/14/2020

Payette NF

Last report unless significant activity. The fire is 18 acres and 100% contained. The fire started on September 8, 2020 and the cause is still under investigation. Firefighters continued work through the weekend to secure the fire’s perimter and extiguish areas of heat. A local fire engine is headed out this morning to check the fire and insure all areas are secure. There is no closure area in effect for the Mann Creek fire.
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Grouse Fire

Grouse Fire Update – September 14th, 2020

3,686 acres
5 percent contained
Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho
Start: Sept. 6
Cause: Under investigation

Crews are continuing mop up operations on the northern edges of the fire, holding the perimeter as well as securing the line deeper into the interior. Hot shot crews are gridding around the fire to locate and extinguish spot fires, while additional resources are building indirect fireline down the western flank, going direct where safe to do so.

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 at this time.

Today’s Objectives: Fire resources will continue to hold and secure the perimeter of the fire, concentrating efforts in the northwestern portion. Handcrews are tasked with extinguishing spot fires, while heavy equipment and supporting resources push south along the western flank to continue building indirect line.

Weather: Temperatures will steadily increase throughout the week, while RH values drop. A chance of rain at the end of the week could bolster firefighting progress. Smoke will linger in the area from fires in western Idaho, Oregon, and California may affect firefighting efforts and visibility.

Closures: 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. Public entry into the closures only hampers firefighting efforts and can be a safety hazard for fire personnel and the public.

Personnel and resources: 261 people are assigned to the fire. Six 20 person crews, 11 engines, 1 Air Attack, 3 helicopters, 5 bulldozers, and 4 water tenders.

For public safety: All Forest visitors are reminded to let someone know where they are going in case of emergency and please sign in at trailheads.

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.

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.

Current as of 9/14/2020, 12:43:14 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 Moderate, Flanking, Backing, Creeping
Coordinates 43.541 latitude, -115.173 longitude
Total Personnel 261
Size 3,686 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 5%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush and Timber
Significant Events Road and area closure in effect.

9-8-2020 Grouse Fire Closure Order (link)

9-13-2020 Grouse Fire Informational map

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Satellite Heat Map (link)
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Woodhead Fire

Woodhead Fire Road Closure and Evacuation Update 9/14/20 (link)

Woodhead Fire Morning Update Monday, September 14, 2020

Fire activity increased late yesterday on the Woodhead Fire when smoke lifted enough to break the inversion and provide air to the fire. The observed easterly growth was on the north side, toward Cuddy Mountain and up Cracker Jack Creek. The fire burned actively through the night. Today’s weather will be very similar, with warm temperatures and light winds. Later this week, a cold front will arrive and bring a chance for moisture.

The closure on Highway 71 has been lifted. Road guards may remain in place on each end of the fire area to caution travelers of falling rocks, equipment working adjacent to the roadway, and possible delays. Please travel slowly, look out for firefighters, and keep headlights on through the fire area.

Firefighters gained a lot of containment on the fire perimeter yesterday. Most of the western perimeter has now been contained. The fire has burned a mosaic across the landscape, leaving patches of unburned vegetation while burning intensely in other areas. Smoke and fire activity may be visible in interior, unburned areas of the fire in the coming days, and firefighters will continue to monitor all contained sections of fireline.

Aviation resources were unable to fly yesterday due to the dense smoke covering the region. In some locations, visibility was reduced to less a mile. Pervasive smoke will be present again today but may begin to break tomorrow. As it does, it allows aviation to support firefighters, but it also causes an increase in fire activity.

Team #4 is working closely with the Washington County Sheriff, Idaho, Department of Lands, Boise District Bureau of Land Management, and Payette National Forest to evaluate the potential for continued fire growth and determine the best actions to contain the fire safely. As the fire continues to grow towards the Cuddy Mountains, there are opportunities to use natural features as fire breaks.

EVACUATIONS – Evacuations are in place for Seid Creek, East Pine/Pine Estates, Advent Gulch, upper Rush Creek, and Cow Creek. Residents may be escorted in to care for animals; contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 208.414.2121. The Red Cross is available at 800.853.2570 to assist evacuees.

CLOSURES – Arterial roads leading from Highway 71 between West Pine Creek and the Oregon state line are still closed. The Payette National Forest has issued an area closure for the safety of firefighters and the public.

The Woodhead fire is located on the Weiser Ranger District – northwest of Cambridge, ID. The Woodhead Fire started on September 7, 2020, north of State Highway 71 near milepost 6. A cold front bringing strong sustained winds fanned the flames and it quickly grew to approximately 26,883 acres within first 48 hours. Low visibility, high winds, and powerlines hindered aerial firefighting efforts and precluded the use of airtankers. Great Basin Team #4, Incident Commander Tim Roide, arrived took command on Thursday, September 10 to help manage the blaze. The fire has also burned onto lands managed by Boise District of the Idaho Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Idaho Department of Lands.

Current as of 9/14/2020, 10:26:12 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, Incident Commander Tim Roide
Coordinates 44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude
Total Personnel 294
Size 48,477 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 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 Heavy smoke inversion kept fire behavior to a minimum until the inversion lifted at 1600. Fire was mainly limited to surface fire spreading with occasional tree torching and short range spotting.

Closures — Woodhead Fire (link)

9.14 Woodhead Progression Map (link) pdf file

9.14 Public Informatino Map (link) pdf file

Fire fighters at night

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Satellite Heat Map (link)
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NIFC

September 14, 2020

Firefighters and support personnel continue to work toward containment goals on 87 large fires that have burned more than 4.6 million acres in 10 states. Residents near 39 large fires in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado remain under evacuation orders.

Idaho Fires: 12 Acres: 76,869 New: 1 Contained: 0
* Badger Sawtooth National Forest FS 5,000 0 20 miles southwest of Oakley
Beaver Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 1,464 0 7 miles southeast of Powell Junction 208-553-1674
Bernard Idaho Panhandle National Forest FS 660 20 2 miles west of Lakeview 208-557-8813
Buck Boise National Forest FS 8,215 6 30 miles northeast of Cascade 208-373-4105
Double Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 660 0 33 miles west of Hamilton
Grouse Boise National Forest FS 3,686 5 35 miles northeast of Glenns Ferry 208-373-4105
Marion Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 378 0 5 miles south of Powell Junction 208-702-2389
Porphyry Payette National Forest FS 7,200 0 20 miles north of Yellow Pine 208-634-0820
Shissler Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 3,757 23 12 miles southeast of Elk City 208-553-1674
Sunnyside Complex Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 3,893 55 2 miles west of Orofino 208-254-2099
Warm Springs Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest FS 106 0 15 miles southwest of Powell Junction
Woodhead Payette National Forest FS 41,850 40 20 miles west of Council 208-207-7417

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