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Woodhead Fire

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

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Phone: 208-207-7417
Hours: 7 AM - 9 PM

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09/26/2020 9.26 Woodhead Fire Morning Update
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The Woodhead fire is located on the Weiser Ranger District – northwest of Cambridge, ID. The Woodhead Fire started on September 7, 2020, north of State Highway 71 near milepost 6. A cold front bringing strong sustained winds fanned the flames and it quickly grew to approximately 26,883 acres to the southeast within first 48 hours. Great Basin Team #4, Incident Commander Tim Roide, took command on Thursday, September 10 to help manage the fire. 

High winds, high temperatures, and low relative humidity caused the fire to grow an additional 20,000 acres to the northeast on September 13, prompting additional evacuations and updated Forest Area Closure.  Since then, the fire grew mainly been to the north towards Wildhorse River and east towards Council-Cuprum Road.   

The closure on Highway 71 was lifted September 14th to through traffic. All roads off Highway 71 are open, but the fire area itself is closed for public safety. The Council-Cuprum Road opened to through traffic on September 23rd but a closure on the Payette National Forest remains in effect.  The Idaho Department of Lands asks that everyone stay out of the endowment lands west of Council for their safety until further notice.

The fire has burned on lands managed by the Payette National Forest, Idaho Department of Lands, Boise District Bureau of Land Management, and private landowners.  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown, Under Investigation
Date of OriginMonday September 07th, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location20 miles northwest of Cambridge, ID
Incident CommanderGreat Basin Team #4, Tim Roide
Coordinates44.756 latitude, -116.877 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel317
Size95,985 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained55%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Valley bottom dominated by short grass and brush, with sagebrush and pockets of mountain mahogany. The upper elevations and side drainages are dominated by pine and fire with grass and brush in understory, especially on the cooler north slopes.

Significant Events

The fire area received approximately 0.5 inches of rain overnight and into the early morning hours. The rainfall, cloud cover and high humidities kept fire behavior to a minimum. No surface spread was observed, heavy fuel concentrations continue to consume.


Planned Actions

1) Patrol and continue suppression repair on the west and south flanks.

2) Continue constructing direct line on the northwest flank.

3) Continue point protection and direct line construction where possible in Starveout drainage.

4) Hold and secure the north flank and chip slash along Ditch Creek Rd.

5) Continue to hold the indirect line and go direct where possible on the east flank

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Overnight precipitation coupled with high RH will keep fire behavior to a minimum. Heavy fuels will continue to consume but no surface spread is expected.

24 hours:

Predicted cloud cover, recent precipitation, low temperatures, and good RH recovery will keep fire behavior to a minimum. Heavy dead and down fuels will continue to burn but would expect no surface spread over the fire area.


Resources assigned include: 6 helicopters, 25 engines, 4 crews, 6 dozers, 5 water tenders, and 1 masticator.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The fire received approximately 0.5 inches of rain Friday evening to Saturday morning. Sunday will be cool with a northerly wind and a chance of below freezing temperatures in some valleys. Starting Monday, high pressure will establish and begin a warming and drying trend.