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Pumpkin Fire

Unit Information

Idaho Department of Lands
300 N. 6th Street
Boise, ID 83702

This incident is no longer being updated.

Pumpkin Fire Update for August 16, 2020Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Pumpkin fire was started by lighting on August 6, 2020. It is burning in steep, hard to access mountainous terrain. The primary spread has been through spotting in subalpine fir with little surface fire carrying in the brush. Fire spread has been halted and the fire was declared contained on August 16. Command of the fire was transferred back to the local area on August 17 who will continue to secure, patrol, and complete suppression repair activity over the next few days.

This will be the final update unless a significant activity takes places.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 06th, 2020 approx. 01:55 AM
Location8 miles SSW of Garden Valley, Idaho
Incident CommanderTyler McCowan ID-BLM
Coordinates43.982 latitude, -116.058 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel159
Size438 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateMonday August 17th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.


Planned Actions

Crews continue build depth on containment lines utilizing hose lays to assist with mop-up. The fire continues to utilize rotor wind aircraft for logistical missions,and filling of Klump pumps. Where appropriate, hose lays will be removed and suppression repair will begin.

Projected Incident Activity

Smoldering. No expected fire growth, crews have made good progress securing the perimeter. Depth along control lines continue to increase.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns



Hot and unstable conditions coupled with mid-level moisture will support a slight chance of late day showers and thunderstorms through Tuesday. The best chance for activity will come Monday and Tuesday. Any showers and thunderstorms that develop will be capable

of producing gusty and erratic outflow winds. Hot conditions will persist all week with drier weather expected after Tuesday.