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Highline Fire Closure Rescinded
Highline Fire Closure Rescinded McCall, ID – The Payette National Forest has rescinded the Highline fire closure in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness effective immediately,... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 9/19/2017

Approximate Location

45.494 latitude, -115.233 longitude

Incident Overview

Aspen begin to change color in Chamberlain Basin

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Goat Fire: (818 acres) Reported on August 20th. The fire is located in the Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainage. A management for ecological benefits strategy is being used for this wildfire. The Goat and Highline wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team. Visit this InciwWeb link for more information on the Goat Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/


Highline Fire: (84,619 acres) The Area Closure that had been in place for public safety has been rescinded. Chamberlain Airstrip is now open. Wilderness visitors are reminded o use caution when traveling in areas near the fire as trees may have been weakened by fire and ay fall without any warning. Visit this InciwWeb link for more information on the Highline Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/. The Highline and Goat wildfires are being managed by a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team.

Idaho wildfires that are contributing smoke to the area - click on these links to visit Inciweb information pages.

Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests:
Hanover Wildfire
Lone Pine Wildfire
Moose Creek 1 Wildfire
Rattlesnake Wildfire
Chute Creek Wildfire


Salmon-Challis National Forests:
Ibex Wildfire
Tappen Wildfire


Other Payette National Forest Wilderness Wildfires:

Jackson Bar Fire: (30 acres) This wildfire was reported the evening of August 15th. This wildfire is controlled at this time, and fire activity has not been observed since August 19th.

Missouri Fire: (1,277 acres) The Missouri Fire has not been active for a extended amount of time, however heat does still exist in the interior of the fire perimeter. Smoke was noted from this fire on August 19th. T he 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. 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., and has been declared out. 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. 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) Lightning caused and reported on July 27. Located near White Bird Meadows, 3 miles south of the Salmon River. Minimal fire activity observed. This wildfire has been declared out.


Big Bear Fire: (.20 acres) Lightning caused and reported on July 26. Located 8 miles northeast of Chamberlain Basin and 5 mile south of the Salmon River. This wildfire has been declared out.


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. This wildfire has been declared out.


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


Stonebreaker Ranch Fire: (.25 acres). Lightning caused and reported on July 13. Located 1 mile north of Chamberlain Basin. This wildfire has been consumed by the Highline wildfire.


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. This wildfire 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 wildfire has been declared as out.


For additional information on this wildfires, 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

Size88,485 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.

Outlook

Remarks

The Highline Fire is the largest of the wilderness fires.

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
Idaho
McCall, ID 83638
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Krassel Ranger District
Phone: 208-634-0600

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