Sawtooth National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
370 American Ave
Jerome, ID 83338
The Stewart Creek Fire started on August 20, 2018 resulting from dry lightning, 18 miles Northwest of Fairfield, Idaho on the Sawtooth National Forest, Fairfield Ranger District. Weather conditions, dry fuels and rough terrain aided in fire spread, showing signs of up to ½ mile of spotting potential. Crews strategically stationed at various spike camps have been working tirelessly on this fire to build fireline where accessible to help impede fire spread and guide the fire to the east and north. Available air resources are being used in inaccessible and dangerous areas where firefighters are unable to safely operate due to extremely steep terrain or hazardous standing dead trees, also known as ‘snags.’ The fire is burning in standing timber, heavy down and dead understory with visible single tree and group torching. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team took command of the fire on August 31st. After nearly two weeks of managing the fire and reaching 60% containment, the fire will be transferred to a smaller, Type 3 organization on September 13th.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday August 20th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM|
|Location||13 miles northwest of Fairfield|
|Incident Commander||Steve Goldman, Incident Commander, Eastern Area Incident Management Team|
|Coordinates||43.49 latitude, -115.057 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||60%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Saturday September 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and understory) Brush (2 feet)
Mop-up, patrol and secure completed lines. All planned control line has been completed on the west, south and east flanks. North flank is contained by the Soldier Mountains. Begin repair with excavator. End of firing operations.
|Projected Incident Activity|
*12-hours: fire activity will be primarily internal. Most activity will be in the upper portions of Salt Log and South Fork of Lime Creek as internal unburned pockets of fuel continue to consume.
*24-hours: Internal consumption of unburned fuels as fire cleans up pockets of remaining fuels. Some movement to the north but confined by Soldier Mountain.
*48-hours: Fire spread should be contained to internal burning pockets of unconsumed fuels. Some movement to the north but confined by Soldier Mountain.
*72-hours: Fire spread should be contained to internal burning pockets of unconsumed fuels.
Turnover of incident to Type 3 team scheduled for 0600 Thursday, September 13. Administration of burned areas is: BLM 748 acres, State of Idaho 335 acres, USFS 4151 acres.
Wednesday high temperature of 65 degrees, relative humidity of 25%, southwest winds 6-10 mph with gusts to 22 mph. Haines of 3. Thursday is trending cooler with higher minimum relative humidity.