Highrange Fire

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Highrange Fire

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Approximate Location

45.752 latitude, -116.496 longitude

Incident Overview

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This will be the final update by the Team as responsibility for the fire will transfer back to the State Idaho Department of Lands on Thursday morning. Questions about the fire after today (Wednesday August 13th) can be answered at 208-924-5571.

The Team would like to thank everyone for their assistance, cooperation and understanding during the fire.

The Highrange fire was lightning started on August 3rd. The Fire is 20 miles southwest of Grangeville and 8 miles west of White Bird, Idaho.

Fire was approximately 4,748 acres.

Containment: 97% (100% at end of shift on Wednesday)

Structures Lost: 3, one shed was lost in the Getta Creek area and two secondary buildings in the 4th of July Springs area.

The Northern Rockies, Western Montana Type 2 Incident Management Team will transfer responsibility for the fire back to the Idaho State Department of Lands on Thursday morning. The Team would like to thank the public, land owners and recreationalists for their assistance, understanding and cooperation during our firefighting efforts.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are in place for the day, but will be lifted at the end of the day. Stage 3 evacuations were lifted yesterday.

On Thursday forward, for questions on the fire please call 208-924-5571

Previous 24 hours:

Heat detecting devices were used around structures to find any remaining heat that may cause fire. An aerial reconnaissance flight saw no smoke from the fire. Rehabilitation of fire line was begun and spike camps were demobilized. Equipment and personnel returned to Incident Command for reassignment to other fires.

Planned Actions:

Firefighting has ceased on the fire. Clean up of the camps and the area will continue. At the end of the day the Flight Restrictions on the area will be lifted. Rehabilitation of fire and dozer lines will continue.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 03rd, 2014 approx. 06:00 AM
Location20 southwest of Grangeville, ID and 8 miles west of White Bird ID
Incident CommanderBob Fry Northern Rockies Western MT T2

Current Situation

Total Personnel207
Size4,748 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained97%
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory) Extremely steep terrain with tight canyons and light flashy fuels dominate the area.

Significant Events



Planned Actions

Crews will continue to mop-up any remaining hotspots and patrol the fire perimeter.

Projected Incident Activity

No additional fire movement is expected.


There is a TFR in effect over the fire area.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Showers and thunderstorms will become likely this afternoon and evening. Initial thunderstorm development this afternoon may produce little rainfall and gusty/erratic outflow winds. Wetting rains will become more likely tonight. Wednesday will be partly cloudy with maximum temperatures on the bottom of fire reaching into the mid-90s. Showers and thunderstorms are likely in the afternoon and evening bringing gusty winds.

Unit Information

Idaho Department of Lands
300 N. 6th Street, Suite 103
Boise, ID 83702

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