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Caton Fire

Unit Information

Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
McCall, ID 83638

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Incident Contact

Fire Information
Phone: 208-634-0820
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Highlighted Activity

09/06/2018 Indian Ridge Trail #090 Closed
For public safety, the Indian Ridge Trail #090 has been close to public use due to hazards associated with Caton Fire. The entire trail is closed from its beginning at the junction of trial #291...
Closure - 09/06/2018
Light snow cover over the fire area, Sept 13Image options: [ Full Size ]

This fire was detected in heavy timber around noon on August 24 - a likely holdover from the lightning storm several days prior. The fire is located 7 miles southwest of Yellowpine, near Indian Point. The Communities of Yellowpine and Edwardsburg are not threatened by the fire.

Fire activity for the past several days has been minimal with very minor smokes, and occasional tree torching reported.

Indian Peak Trail (FS #090) has an emergency closure - please do not use this trail. No Area Closures have been implemented at this time.

Firefighters are assigned to monitor the fire – additional fire resources will be assigned as needed. The fire is being managed under a confine/contain and point protection strategy.

·Initial attack on this fire was rigorously conducted by smokejumpers, helirappellers, and ground crews aided by helicopters, single-engine air tankers, a heavy air tanker and Very Large Air Tankers. The fire quickly grew in the hot, dry, windy conditions on August 24 and 25.

The photo on the right snows the light blanket of snow received over the higher elevations (including the Caton and Bum Fire areas) on the Krassel Ranger District, September 13.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 24th, 2018 approx. 11:30 AM
Location7 miles SW of Yellowpine
Coordinates44.914 latitude, -115.604 longitude

Current Situation

Size770 Acres
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved


Significant Events

The fire received a blanket of light snow on Thursday, 9/13.


Projected Incident Activity

Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and take actions as needed to protect values at risk.


Smoldering fire behavior was observed over the past several days.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Light winds out of the northwest, slightly higher relative humidity.