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Mesa Fire

Unit Information

Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
500 N Mission St.
McCall, ID 83638

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Fire Information
Phone: 208-634-0820
Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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August 15, 2018


Tomorrow Northern Rockies Team 7 will transition with a Type 3 team. The new team will take command of the fire at 6:00 am Thursday, August 16th.

Yesterday, crews progressed with mop up operations, moving approximately 100 feet inside fire containment lines to extinguish areas of heat. Along the 200 Road, resources continued securing areas where firing operations took place.

The northeast area of the fire remains the most active. Remaining crews will focus on securing containment lines in these areas. Where containment is complete, crews will continue to patrol and begin suppression rehabilitation efforts. Rehabilitation involves evaluating and stabilizing the impacts of fire on vegetation, soils, watersheds and habitat. This work can include raking containment lines, scattering slash, and installing water bars.

Temperatures will be slightly higher today with lower relative humidity. Tomorrow will bring increased cloud cover. Forecasts call for a 40% chance of rain on Friday.

TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect over the entire fire area. Remember, temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones).If you fly, we can’t!

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Central Idaho, including the Payette National Forest, is under Stage I Fire Restrictions. For more information please visit:

CLOSURE: A Forest Closure Order is in effect (#0412-524) for areas within and surrounding the Mesa Fire. For more information visit:

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday July 26th, 2018 approx. 08:00 PM
Location4 miles south of Council, Idaho
Incident CommanderNorthern Rockies Team Seven Incident Commander Mike Gagen
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates44.676 latitude, -116.448 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel343
Size34,700 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained89%
Estimated Containment DateFriday August 17th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Tall Grass, brush and timber

Significant Events

Areas of green timber within containment lines continue to burn out with isolated single tree torching, minimal surface fire and slow spread rates.


Planned Actions

Resources on the northeast flank of the fire will hold and mop up the burn out along forest road 200. Resources on the northeast and southeast flanks will continue to patrol the fire, and ensure containment by extinguishing hotspots identified by IR flights near containment lines. The west half of the incident will remain in patrol status.

Projected Incident Activity

Limited surface fire activity. Continued creeping and smoldering.


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The Mesa Fire will experience light winds and low realtive humidity (RH) levels, despite the smoky skies. RH recoveries will be poor tonight with values below 25%. Temperatures will increase another 5 degrees Wednesday as the ridge continues to build northward into southern portion of Oregon and Idaho. Monsoonal moisture will be brought northward with this ridge but low levels are expected to remain relatively dry. There will be a slight chance of thunderstorms Thursday as the air mass remains somewhat stable. Chances of showers and thunderstorms will increase Friday as a weak trough moves across Idaho destabilizing the air mass. The chance of wetting rain will remain less than 10 percent.

A ridge will build back into the region Saturday into early next week and temperatures will remain above normal with RH values dropping below 15% again.