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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

08/27/2018 Kiwah Fire Emergency Trail Closure #04-13-18-600 Terminated
The Salmon-Challis National Forest has terminated the Kiwah Fire Emergency Trail Closure #04-13-18-600.Safety risks are reduced, people in the fire area need to be aware that hazards still exist,...
Closure - 08/27/2018
Kiwah Fire Area September 5Image options: [ Full Size ]

The lightning caused Kiwah Fire, was detected at approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 17, 2018. Fire managers estimate size at 14,603 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.

Fire activity remains minimal throughout the fire area.

Fire managers expect the Kiwah Fire will continue to burn until a significant precipitation event occurs. Typically, season-ending weather events occur in this area between the last half of September through the first half of October.

The Central Idaho Dispatch Zone is at HIGH 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 CommanderSZ Duty Officer
Incident DescriptionWildfire, Remote Wilderness
Coordinates44.823 latitude, -115.286 longitude

Current Situation

Size14,603 Acres
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

timber with litter and understory, short grass

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Fire is in monitor status and will be flown to check on status occasionally.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire activity 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

Dry conditions and gradually warmer temperatures are expected through the week.