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Kiwah Fire

Unit Information

Salmon-Challis National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1206 S. Challis Street
Salmon, ID 83467

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Incident Contact

Amy Baumer
Email: idscffireinfo@fs.fed.us
Phone: 208-756-7853

Highlighted Activity

08/12/2018 PAYETTE NF KRASSEL RD ROAD CLOSURE Kiwah Fire - Road #1290, Public Safety
Order Number: 0412-524UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREFOREST SERVICEPAYETTE NATIONAL FORESTKRASSEL RANGER DISTRICTROAD CLOSUREKiwah Fire - Road #1290(For Public Safety)PROHIBITIONSPursuant to..
Closure - 08/12/2018
August 12, smoke on Battle Axe Mtn.Image options: [ Full Size ]

...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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginWednesday July 18th, 2018 approx. 05:30 PM
Location49 Nautical Miles NW from Challis, ID
Incident CommanderR. Rhoades
Incident DescriptionWildfire, Remote Wilderness
Coordinates44.823 latitude, -115.286 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel17
Size15,437 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained1%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

timber with litter and understory

Significant Events

Moderate fire behavior with single tree torching and short range spotting.

Outlook

Planned Actions

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.

Remarks

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

...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.