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Pronghorn Fire

Unit Information

Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536

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Incident Contact

Fire Information
Phone: 208-820-1965

The lightning-caused Pronghorn fire was detected Saturday, September 3, burning on the Red River Ranger District 3.5 miles north-northeast of Red River Hot Springs on Matteson Ridge. The fire is burning in timber on steep, not easily accessible terrain.

The area closure has been lifted.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
LocationMatteson Ridge
Incident CommanderMcLeod (Type 3)
Coordinates45.828 latitude, -115.112 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel19
Size78 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 07th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory)

Closed Timber Litter

Short Grass (1 foot)/ Heavy fuel load of dead and down with significant standing snags make for extreme fuel conditions. Active fire movement with high potential to grow rapidly. Steep topography with areas of beetle kill.

Significant Events

Moderate, running, torching, spotting


Planned Actions

Using aircraft to slow down the spread and inserting Type 1 crews to contain fire East of Matteson Trail.

Projected Incident Activity

Black smoke, moderate spread rate, moderate-heavy fuel load, torching, 6-8 foot flame length

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Warm, dry and breezy conditions across north central Idaho forests through late next week. Humidity recovery at high elevations will be extremely poor through Sunday night (20-30%). One interruption in westerly ridge winds will arrive Monday, with east and northeast winds spreading across the region. Winds diminish on Tuesday, with upslope/canyon daytime winds more common thereafter.