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Hihgline Fire Update - Septmeber 20, 2017
Highline Fire Facts Location: The Highline Fire and Goat Fire are both burning on the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, entirely within the Frank Church River of No Return... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 11 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

45.494 latitude, -115.233 longitude

Incident Overview

Highline Fire burn intensity and mosaic.

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Location: The Highline Fire and Goat Fire are both burning on the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, entirely within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (https://tinyurl.com/y8qomgpm), approximately 23 miles east/northeast of Warren, Idaho.

Date of Origin: July 28, 2017 @ approx. 7:00 p.m.

Cause: Started by lightning

Current Size: Highline Fire: 84,619 acres / Goat Fire: 818 Acres

Current Situation: Weather forecasts show conditions will remain very cool, with numerous rain and snow showers possible through early Friday morning. The National Incident Management Organization that has been managing the fire since mid-August will transition with a local Type 3 Incident Commander Thursday morning. The incoming fire resources will spend much of Wednesday shadowing and gaining information about the fire. Continued assessment of the weather conditions and planning for extraction of point protection equipment such as gravity fed sprinkler systems positioned to protect values at risk within the fire area will continue. The need to re-staff Root Ranch and the Beaver and Big Creek areas will be assessed after a dryer weather pattern moves into the area next weekend. A total of 13 people are assigned to the incident.

Fire Management Strategy: The Payette National Forest has selected a monitor/point protection fire management strategy as the fire is burning within the Wilderness and was started naturally by lightning. This management approach allows fire to play its natural role in the Wilderness to achieve ecological benefits for enhancement of forest health and wildlife habitat, while protecting Values at Risk. Suppression actions will be taken as needed to protect Values at Risk.

Closures: No Forest Area Closures are in place. The public is reminded to use caution when traveling in areas near the fire as trees may have been weakened by fire and may fall without any warning.

For More Information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. If you have a question, please email us at payettefireinformation@gmail.com. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/ for more information on the Highline and other fires throughout the nation and www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginFriday July 28th, 2017 approx. 07:00 PM
Location23 miles east, northeast of Warren, Idaho
Incident CommanderJoe Reinarz, Incident Commander, National Incident Management Organization (NIMO)
Incident DescriptionWildfire Burning Within The Frank Church River Of No Return Wilderness

Current Situation

Total Personnel13
Size84,619 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 06:00 AM
Fuels Involved

The majority of the Highline Fire is burning within fire scars from 2000. Fuels consist of stringers of mature mixed conifer at mid-elevations, stands of subalpine fir at higher elevations, and areas of heavy dead and down logs with regeneration and brush. There is a mosaic of different fuel types across the landscape.

Significant Events

Wetting rains and snow at higher elevations occurred across the fire area.

Outlook

Planned Actions

The National Incident Management Organization will transition with a local Type 3 Incident Commander Thursday morning. The incoming fire resources will spend much of Wednesday shadowing and gaining information about the fire. Continued assessment of the weather conditions and planning for extraction of point protection equipment such as gravity fed sprinkler systems positioned to protect values at risk within the fire area will continue. The need to re-staff Root Ranch and the Beaver and Big Creek areas will be assessed after a dryer weather pattern moves into the area next weekend.

Projected Incident Activity

A cool, moist weather pattern is expected to remain over the fire area into Friday. Fire behavior will remain minimal on both the Highline and Goat fires during this period of cool and moist conditions.

Remarks

This will be the last 209 completed by the NIMO Team. Weekly updates will be completed by the local unit.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Short term weather conditions remain very cool, with numerous rain and snow showers possible through early Friday morning.

Unit Information

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Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
500 N Mission St Building 2
McCall, ID 83638
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Sandra Dingman
Email: sandrajdingman@fs.fed.us
Phone: 208-634-0435
Hours: M-F 9-5p
Brian Harris
Email: bdharris@fs.fed.us
Phone: 208-634-6945
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