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Tincup Fire

Unit Information

Caribou-Targhee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Idaho Falls, ID 83401

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Incident Contact

Sarah Wheeler
Phone: 208-557-5765
Hours: M-F 8-4:30

Highlighted Activity

08/14/2019 Tincup fire continues to consume dead and down fuel - Update 08.13.2019
Tincup fire continues to consume dead and down fuel SODA SPRINGS, ID— The Tincup fire remains active and continues to consume dead and down fuel. Higher fuel moistures and significant live...
News - 08/14/2019

The Tincup Fire was discovered on July 30 approximately 30 miles northeast of Soda Springs near the Grays Lake Wildlife Refuge Headquarters. The lightning-caused fire is approximately .5 acres in size and creeping in dead and down fuel with minimal fire activity observed. The fire is slowly spreading towards the northeast.

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is aware of several unique values in the area including private in-holdings, recreation trails, Hwy 34 and range infrastructure. Due to the location of the fire and the observed fire behavior, fire officials feel it important to let the Tincup Fire play its natural role in the ecosystem. The mixed conifer and aspen ecosystem found in southeast Idaho has evolved with and depends on fire. This does not mean the fire will burn without human intervention. Active measures will occur to create fuel breaks on forest service lands between public and private lands to prevent fire spread onto private lands. Should fire activity increase or threaten private resources, additional firefighting tactics will be implemented.

Allowing the Tincup fire to burn naturally will assist the forest in achieving a variety of resource benefits including:

Reducing heavy dead and down fuel loading that is above the historic range due to past suppression activities, which will reduce the risk of future high-intensity wildlife by removing excessive fuel loading.

Stimulating aspen regeneration through fire’s natural disturbance, which will increase habitat for a variety of big game species.

Reducing the risk of firefighter exposure

Increasing plant diversity

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Location30 miles northeast of Soda Springs, Idaho
Incident CommanderMattson
Coordinates43.004 latitude, -111.288 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel6
Size7 Acres
Estimated Containment DateMonday September 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Sub-Alpine Fir, Douglas Fir, Lodgepole Pine and down and dead fuel


Planned Actions

Continue to monitor and complete fuels work along forest service lands adjacent to private lands. Crews and masticators are making good progress.

Projected Incident Activity

smoldering and creeping with single tree torching

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Expect mostly clear skies and warming temperatures today. Winds are expected to pick up today and continue through Thursday. Isolated thunderstorms are anticipated later this week.