...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 11 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS AND OUTFLOW WINDS...
The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 15,437 acres. The fire is burning in a mixed conifer forest on the Middle Fork Ranger District and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. The fire is located in steep, inaccessible terrain northwest of Indian Creek Guard Station within the Indian Creek drainage in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Yesterday, fire activity was primarily on the north and west sides of the fire. Fire activity on the east side of the fire around Battle Axe Mountain has had little movement in the last three days. Fire managers continue to monitor progress on the east side of the fire by lookouts. The potential remains high for the fire to continue to grow, as there are many actively burning areas within the fire perimeter.
There are two closures associated with the Kiwah Fire. The Salmon-Challis National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Trail Closure Order #04-13-18-600 and the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, Kiwah Fire Emergency Road Closure: #0412-524. The closure orders are on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5995/.
The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at EXTREME Fire Danger.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday July 18th, 2018 approx. 05:30 PM|
|Location||49 Nautical Miles NW from Challis, ID|
|Incident Commander||R. Rhoades|
|Incident Description||Wildfire, Remote Wilderness|
|Coordinates||44.823 latitude, -115.286 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||1%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
timber with litter and understory
Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching and short range spotting.
Actively monitor the fire and continue implementing point protection measures for values at risk.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Winds will be from the SW and West with slight chance of showers and t-storms the next few days. 200-500 acre growth expected.
The fire is currently in monitor status and is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.
...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 11 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS AND OUTFLOW WINDS ...
Scattered thunderstorms are forecast to develop this afternoon and continue through the evening, decreasing into Saturday. The storms will have the potential to produce very strong outflow winds that may exceed 50 mph at times, particularly this afternoon.
Localized wetting rains will be possible. Cooler temperatures and breezy winds are expected for Saturday.