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Stewart Creek Fire

Unit Information

Sawtooth National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Jerome, ID 83338

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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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 20th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM
Location13 miles northwest of Fairfield
Incident CommanderSteve Goldman, Incident Commander, Eastern Area Incident Management Team
Coordinates43.49 latitude, -115.057 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel222
Size5,270 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and understory) Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events





Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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.