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.
|Current as of|
|Incident Commander||McLeod (Type 3)|
|Estimated Containment Date||Saturday October 07th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
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.
Moderate, running, torching, spotting
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
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.