Category Archives: Fire Updates 2021

Red Flag Warning from July 19, 3am to July 20, 11pm

Red Flag Warning from July 19, 3am to July 20, 11pm

July 18 high in Yellow Pine 100F.

Yellow Pine Forecast

Monday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Monday Night A slight chance of thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Tuesday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night A slight chance of thunderstorms before midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Red Flag Warning

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE...CORRECTED
National Weather Service Boise ID
223 PM MDT Sun Jul 18 2021

...HIGH HAINES OF 6 THROUGH THIS EVENING...
...SCATTERED THUNDERSTORM EXPECTED MONDAY AND TUESDAY...

.High haines of 6 will continue over Payette, Boise and Western
Sawtooth National Forests with high pressure over the area. Smoke
could limit instability to some degree but overall, High Haines
will to continue through this evening.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop early Monday morning in the
Idaho BLM districts and move north into the NF zones later in the
morning. Another shortwave later on Monday will develop
thunderstorms across all the BLM zones which will move into the NF
zones early Tuesday morning. More thunderstorms are expected to
develop Tuesday afternoon across much of the area. Although
thunderstorm coverage may not reach scattered coverage over the
course of the warning in all districts, the fuels are extremely
dry with ignitions possible with every CG strike. Lightning and
gusty outflow winds will be the primary threats though some storms
could produce brief periods of heavy rain.

Western Payette National Forest-Eastern Payette National Forest-
Northern Boise National Forest-
Southern Boise National Forest/Western Sawtooth National Forest-
223 PM MDT Sun Jul 18 2021

...RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MDT THIS
EVENING 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...

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM MONDAY TO 11 PM MDT
TUESDAY FOR...LIGHTNING FOR WESTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL
FOREST...EASTERN PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST...NORTHERN BOISE NATIONAL
FOREST AND SOUTHERN BOISE NATIONAL FOREST/WESTERN SAWTOOTH
NATIONAL FOREST...WHICH ARE FIRE WEATHER ZONES 401... 402...403
AND 421...

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a Red Flag
Warning, which is in effect from 3 AM Monday to 11 PM MDT
Tuesday.

* THUNDERSTORMS...Isolated thunderstorms will develop early Monday
  morning and increase in coverage late Monday night into Tuesday.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Gusts of 35 to 50 mph possible.

* HAINES...High Haines of 6 through this evening.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions July 16, 2021

Land Management Agencies to Implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Boise and Payette Fire Restriction Areas

Campfires, Stove Use and Smoking Restricted

Boise, Idaho – July 13, 2021 – With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Boise Fire Restriction Area and the Payette Fire Restriction Area beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2021.

These fire restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing state, private and public/federal lands in the area, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), United States Forest Service (USFS), Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA), and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL). Fire restrictions are intended to decrease the risk of any human caused wildfires in the designated areas.

The Boise and Payette Fire Restriction Areas include both the Boise and Payette National Forests, Idaho state endowment lands, Boise and Cottonwood BLM Field Offices, Bureau of Reclamation Project lands, and private lands in the restriction areas. Designated Wilderness areas are excluded from fire restrictions at this time but may be included in the future. For a detailed map of each fire restriction area, visit these links:

* Boise Fire Restriction Area includes the West Central, Treasure Valley and the Owyhee areas: (link)

* Payette Fire Restriction Area includes the Weiser River, Payette National Forest East and West, Little Salmon River and the Long Valley/Meadows Valley areas: (link)

Fire, fuels, and weather conditions as they relate to fire restrictions will continue to be monitored – based on these conditions, restrictions will be adjusted. The land management agencies would like to thank the public for their diligence in preventing unwanted human caused fires so far this season and ask for their continued support as fuels dry and hotter temperatures are expected to continue into this fall.

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on state and federally managed or protected lands, roads, and trails:

* Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site and in a permanent concrete or metal fire ring, or on private land, and only within an owner-provided structure.
* Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

The following are exemptions to the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:

* Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
* Persons using fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.
* Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
* Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
* All land within a city boundary is exempted.
* Other exemptions unique to each agency.

Please visit (link) or contact the local land management offices for current information regarding fire restrictions and their potential end dates.
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No Illegal Fireworks

Valley County June 25, 2021

NoFireworksSummer in Valley County has officially arrived and with it, the need for a reminder about fireworks safety and fire prevention. While fire danger is always of concern in the summer months, this year we are seeing increasing drought conditions, unseasonably hot weather, and a large influx of new visitors and forest users to our area who may not be well versed in fire prevention measures.

We urge you to use caution as you celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and keep these things in mind:

• Possessing or lighting any firework on U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Department of Lands, and Bureau of Land Management lands is illegal.
• Idaho allows “safe and sane” fireworks to be purchased and ignited on private land.
• Only light one firework at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting.
• Keep a bucket of water on hand to douse used fireworks.
• Only light fireworks in clear, open areas away from structures and people.
• Lighting any aerial firework is illegal and a misdemeanor offense in Idaho, even on private property.
• That one bears repeating…lighting any aerial firework is illegal in the state of Idaho, even on private property.

If you plan to recreate on public lands, please keep the following tips in mind to help prevent forest fire:

• Never leave a campfire unattended.
• Completely extinguish campfires using water or stirring with dirt or sand. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.
• Prevent sparks by making sure vehicles are not dragging tow chains or loose tail pipes.
• Ensure off-road vehicles have spark arrestors.

Help us protect Valley County from fire.

Update on Prescribed fire on the Krassel Ranger District

Update on Prescribed fire on the Krassel Ranger District.

May 3, 2021

Thank you for your support and patience during our first round of spring burning. The Krassel District is looking at another opportunity to complete burning this week.

Currently we are planning on implementing unit J in the Four-mile project area this Thursday (5/6/21). Unit J is located on the East side of the SF road near Poverty Flat Campground. In addition to unit J we are planning to complete unit A in the Four-mile project and Unit I and J in the Bald Hill project. Unit A is located South of the miners Peak trail between Cougar creek and the miners’ peak trail. Unit I and J are located between Quartz and Profile creek East of YP. (See maps below for reference)

We are evaluating the weather conditions, smoke dispersal, green up, and objectives daily. Timing and priority of burning may alter due to changing conditions.

Thank you again for your patience and support,

Patrick Schon
Fire Management Specialist
Payette National Forest, East Zone
p: 208-634-0623
f: 208-634-0634
patrick.schon@usda.gov

Prescribed Burning update near Yellow Pine April 2021

Prescribed Burning update near Yellow Pine and Eiguren

The Krassel Ranger District is planning to start burning next week (4/13/21). Ignitions will occur in the 4 mile and Bald Hill projects areas. Priority units are Bald Hill units F,G and 4 mile unit G,A. Maps of the project areas can be found below. Units may be broken into smaller portions to aid in implementation. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each project, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

20210413RxBurnYP-a

Please email me with any questions or concerns.

Patrick Schon
Fire Management Specialist
Payette National Forest, East Zone
p: 208-634-0623
f: 208-634-0634
patrick.schon@usda.gov