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Chamberlain Airstrip Closed due to Highline Fire
At 1430, Monday August 7, 2017 Forest Service officials closed the Chamberlain airstrip due to the Highline Fire burning in the immediate area. The fire is now to the south and southeast of the... more


Approximate Location

45.494 latitude, -115.233 longitude

Incident Overview

Jackson Bar Fire, August 15, 2017

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New Fire: The Jackson Bar Fire was reported the evening of Tuesday, August 15th. A suppression strategy is being used on this fire. There are currently smokejumpers and a heavy helicopter assigned to the fire. The fire size is approximately 15 acres. The fire is burning inside the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The fire is located approximately 1.5 miles Northeast of Mackey Bar and 1.5 miles south of 5 Mile Bar. The fire is burning on a ridgeline approximately .75 miles upslope/southeast of the Salmon River (see photo).

Highline Fire: (10,000 acres) CHAMBERLAIN AIRSTRIP IS CLOSED DUE TO FIRE ACTIVITY. AN AREA CLOSURE ORDER IS IN EFFECT FOR THIS FIRE AREA! Visit this Inciweb Link for more information on the Highline Fire:

General: While normal winds from the southwest are currently over the Payette National Forest, north to northwest winds were experienced over the last few weeks - the result was that fire spread was in a southeasterly direction, and this is not typical for wildfires. Smoke is light over the Forest now, but as the week progresses, winds are expected to once again shift to the north and northwest - as this happens, smoke from wildfires burning to Oregon, Washington and B.C will once again impact the local air shed. Visit these sites for more information on smoke: and

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time. The portion that is within the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness is being managed under a strategy of wildfire for resource benefit. The portion outside of the wilderness area is being monitored. As of August 8th, the Krassel airstrip remained closed for a few more days. The Warren-Profile Gap Road between Yellow Pine and Edwardsburg/Big Creek is open to the public, but motorists are advised to watch for fire related traffic. Valley County lifted the Level 1 -Ready Evacuation Order for the Edwardsburg/Big Creek area. The area closure that was implemented by the Forest has been lifted. This lightning-caused fire started on the Missouri Ridge on July 15. Firefighting resources quickly responded with ground crews and fire aviation equipment.

Pueblo Fire: (20 acres) This fire was contained as on August 3rd at 6:15p.m. Full demobilization of resources has taken place. This fire was not within the wilderness and did not have an InciWeb page. The Pueblo Fire is located just outside the wilderness approximately 6 miles north of Big Creek/Edwardsburg near Pueblo Summit and east of the Mosquito Ridge. The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area has been lifted, but a NOTAM has been issued to notify pilots that firefighting aviation assets are working in the area. Big Creek airstrip is open, but caution is advised. A suppression (contain and confine) strategy was used on the Pueblo Fire with objectives of protecting the values of risk in the area.

Magpie Fire: (.10 acres) Lightening caused and reported on July 28. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed.

Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 28. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status with no visible smoke showing.

Rooster Creek Fire: (.10 acre) Lightning caused and report on July 26. Located 1/2 mile east of the South Fork of the Salmon River, northeast of Smith Knob on the McCall Ranger District. No visible smoke was noticed on July 27.

Lemhi Fire: (28 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 16. Located along the Salmon River, 3.5 miles downriver of Campbell's Ferry. Two fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Fire is in monitor status.

Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. No smoke showing currently. This fire has been declared out.

Marble Mountain Fire: (3 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 2 miles southeast of Edwardsburg. Smokejumpers responded to this fire to aggressively prevent it from growing larger and spreading towards Edwardsburg. The fire was declared out on July 18.

Rocky Point Fire: (.10 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 14. Located 10 miles north of Chamberlain Basin and 2 mile south of the Salmon River. This fire is in a monitor status.

For up to date information, please contact the Krassel Ranger District at 208-634-0600., or the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire

Current Situation

Size10,200 Acres
Significant Events

These wildfires are being managed under a natural resource benefit strategy, with a Point Protection strategy being used as necessary to protect values at risk, or they are being managed using a suppression strategy due to values at risk.



The Highline Fire is the largest of the wilderness fires are 10,000 acres.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Increased fire activity likely as temperatures continue to raise.

Unit Information

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Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
500 N Mission St Building 2
McCall, ID 83638

Incident Contact

Krassel Ranger District
Phone: 208-634-0600

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