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Soda Fire

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Approximate Location

43.123 latitude, -116.957 longitude

Incident Overview

Soda Fire Perimeter 8-17-2015

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Current Situation: The fire was controlled on August 25. An Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ES&R) team is currently designing response actions to mitigate damage and threats caused by the fire, including potential floodings, spread of invasive grasses, and other concerns to life, property and natural resources. BLM is asking the public to stay out of areas impacted by the wildfire for public and firefighter safety.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Now in Effect: All of Owyhee County west of Bruneau Canyon is now in stage 1 fire restrictions (see for the complete list of all counties under these restrictions)

Stage 1 fire restrictions: The following acts are prohibited on the public lands, roads, and trails described herein:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site, and only within a fire structure provided by the administrative agency.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Idaho Fire Restriction Hotline: 1-844-433-4737

Alternative Recreational Sites:

Hulls Gulch is a quiet escape from the city below and a place to learn about the unique natural history of the Boise Foothills and surrounding valley. To help maintain these qualities, the trail is for pedestrians only. Bicyclists and equestrians may enjoy the many other trail opportunities in the Ridge to Rivers Trail System. Most of bicycle shops in the Boise area will have Ridge to Rivers Trail System maps available.

Location: About 7 miles up 8th Street in the Foothills above Boise

Bruneau Dunes State Park is an expansive park that offers hiking and equestrian trails, plus water / sand sports, an observatory and camping. Bruneau Dunes is the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America, rises to 470 feet high above small lakes in the high desert south of Mountain Home Idaho.

Location: 27608 Sand Dunes Road, Mountain Home, ID 83647

Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area is one of the world's densest concentrations of nesting birds of prey. This 485,000 acre area hosts about 800 pairs of falcons, eagles, hawks and owls that arrive each spring to mate and raise their young. In addition to outstanding bird and wildlife viewing, this area hosts various recreational opportunities, such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain bike, and camping.

Location: 20 miles south of Boise, Idaho. From Interstate 84 take Exit 44 (Idaho Highway 69) south eight miles. Turn south on Swan Falls Road and head south three miles to the conservation area boundary.

Danskin Trail System encompasses 60,000 acres and provides more than 150 miles of off-Highway Motorcycle (OHM) and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trails in a mountainous, high desert setting. The closest town is Mountain Home, Idaho.

Contact Information: Boise National Forest, 1249 S. Vinnell Way, Suite 200, Boise, ID 83709 (208) 373-4100

Steck Park offers access to Brownlee Reservoir along the Snake River from the Idaho side of Hells Canyon. The park is at the southern end of the 56-mile-long reservoir, not far from the town of Weiser. Visitors can camp in two areas. Steck Park also has two boat launching facilities, improved in 2010.

Location: 20 miles northwest of Weiser, Idaho

Location: 8 miles northeast of Jordan Valley, OR Start Date: August 10, 2015

Size: 283,686 acres Percent Contained: 100% contained on August 25, 2015

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseDetermined To Be Lightning Related
Date of OriginMonday August 10th, 2015 approx. 11:00 AM
Location8 miles NE of Jordan Valley, OR; 40 miles SW of Boise
Incident DescriptionFire Ignited In The Area Of Jackson Creek And Burned On Both Sides Of Hwy 95.

Current Situation

Size279,144 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Brush and short grass

Significant Events

The Soda was controlled on Aug. 25. An Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ES&R) team has been in place assessing damage and designing treatments to mitigate threats.


Planned Actions

See Soda Post-Fire Rehab page.

Projected Incident Activity

Declared out on 9/9/2015 at 9:45am

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Rainstorms will cause a greatly increased chance of flash flooding and washout of roads and bridges in the burned area.

Unit Information

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Boise District
Bureau of Land Management
Boise, ID 83705

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