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Nethker Fire

Unit Information

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

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Phone: 208-634-0820
Hours: 7 am - 9 pm

Highlighted Activity

08/20/2019 Updated Area Closure - Nethker Fire Version #3, August 20, 2019
A new closure order has been posted for the Nethker Fire that opens the Burgdorf/French Creek Road for public travel. Warren Wagon Road remains open as well. Jeanette Campground, Burgdorf Guard...
Closure - 08/20/2019
Firefighters from the A Bar S Crew from Arizona's Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests back haul hoses that were set up during the Nethker Fire along Warren Wagon Road near Secesh.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Burgdorf/French Creek Road is now open for public travel. Warren Wagon Road remains open as well. The closure area has been reduced to the perimeter of the fire only - please do not enter the fire area. Stay on the main roads while traveling through the burned area. All trails that lead into the fire area remained closed, as does Jeanette Campground and the Burgdorf Guard Station. Please use caution while traveling in the area as firefighters and aviation resources continue to work on the fire.


Aug. 21, 2019 at 7:30 a.m.

The Nethker Fire remains 98 percent contained this morning and is still 2,355 acres in size.

A significant cold front will approach the fire area today and move through this evening with potential wind gust 30 to 50 mph. Max temperatures of 76 to 81 degrees and minimum relative humidity at 24 to 29 percent. Haines index of 5 today. This weather system will likely cause some burning inside the fire perimeter, and smoke will likely increase today. Firefighters continue to work the hot spots on the fire, but the fire is not expected to grow outside current containment lines. Aviation resources remain assigned and will be used as needed to assist ground base firefighters in preventing flare-ups from causing spot fires.

If members of the public see fire activity, there is no need to call it in as we have firefighters and aviation resources that are continuing to work on the fire.

The perimeter of the fire that is not contained is primarily in a wet marshy area where it is difficult to get firefighters into, and difficult to establish a secured fire line. The moisture in that area is helping to hold the fire within the perimeter. Crews are also repairing suppression lines with guidance from resource advisers to reduce the impact to natural resources.

A local Type 3 incident management team is managing the fire with the Incident Command Post located at the Burgdorf Guard Station.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSunday August 04th, 2019 approx. 02:20 PM
Location30 miles northeast of McCall, ID
Incident CommanderVonderheit
Incident DescriptionWildfire With Low To Moderate Fire Activity In Subalpine Fir And Lodgepole Pine. This Is A 100% Suppression Fire.
Coordinates45.246 latitude, -115.93 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel98
Size2,355 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber, subalpine fir and lodgepole pine; closed timber litter.

Significant Events

Moderate fire behavior including: creeping, isolated torching and spotting inside the containment lines.

Isolated torching of trees within the fire perimeter is to be expected. Firefighters and aviation resources are on hand to address this interior burning as needed.

The fire is holding on control lines with some flare-ups near control lines. Isolated interior pockets of subalpine fir and lodgepole pine have been the primary areas of fire activity.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue securing line supported by aerial resources.

Continue back haul and fire suppression repair.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire activity will likely take place in areas inside the control lines, although dry and windy weather will create some potential for longer range spotting during gusty wind events. Firefighters will quickly address spotting outside the fire if this occurs.

Some interior islands of fuel remain available and isolated torching is expected within these interior islands. If seen, there is no need to call in fire activity as we have firefighters on site that will continue to respond to these hot spots, and the Incident Command Post is located at the Burgdorf Guard Station.

Remarks

Burgdorf/French Creek Road and Warren Wagon Road are open for public travel. Jeanette Campground, Burgdorf Guard Station and all trails leading into the fire perimeter remain closed. Drive cautiously through the burned area while on the main roads.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A significant cold front will approach the fire area today and move through this evening with gust 30 to 50 mph. Max temperatures of 76 to 81 degrees and minimum relative humidity at 24 to 29 percent. Haines index of 5 today.