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Sawtooth National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
370 American Ave.
Jerome, ID 83338

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Fire Information
Phone: 385-237-4598
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

09/26/2020 9.26.2020 Daily Update
Acres:  89,452     Containment:  62%     Crews:  6     Helicopters:  9     Dozers:  7     Engines:  35     Personnel:  422Activity on the Fire: Existing containment...
News - 09/26/2020
Map of the overnight infared flight over the Badger FireImage options: [ Full Size ]

The Badger Fire is located on the Minidoka Ranger District 20 miles southwest of Oakley, ID. The fire started on September 12, 2020 near Badger Gulch off Forest Road 533 and 536; the cause is unknown at this tme.  High winds and critically dry fuels resulted in extreme fire behavior, including long range spotting and fire whorls, and caused the fire to grow rapidly.

On Friday, September 18th,  Sam Hick's Type 2 Great Basin Team 5 assumed command of the fire.

The evacuation order has been lifted for the residents on private land in Rock Creek Canyon.  The area closure on the affected portion of the Sawtooth National Forest remains in place.

No primary structures or homes have been burned.  Aircraft continue to support firefighters with water bucket drops from helicopters and retardant from fixed-wing air tankers. Scooper planes are working on the north and northwest perimeter of the fire. The Badger Fire is 89,623 acres and 84% contained.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday September 12th, 2020 approx. 05:19 PM
Location20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho
Incident CommanderSam Hicks - Type 2 Team - Great Basin Team 5
Incident DescriptionFire Is Burning In The Cassia Division Of The Sawtooth Nf, And Blm Lands On The North Edge.
Coordinates42.091 latitude, -114.169 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel462
Size89,623 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained84%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory,

Heavy Logging Slash.

ERCs above the 97th percentile. 1,000-hour fuel moisture below 10 percent.

Significant Events

Creeping fire with low ROS and moderate intensity near the B/C Division break. Timber stringers and islands continue to consume at a low to moderate intensity.

Closure order remains in place - see related order and map.


Planned Actions

DIV B: Resources will improve and hold completed line construction from the B/C break north to Goose Creek. Line construction will continue west of Third Fork Rock Creek near Buttars Creek.

DIV C: Resources will hold secured fire line following recent burnout operations. Line improvement and holding from Sagehen Flats through to Buck Brush Flats and south from Buck Brush Flats to Magpie Basin along Rock Creek Road.

DIV K: Resources are improving, holding and patrolling secured fireline from the DIV F/K break to the K/O break.

DIV F: Resources are improving, holding and patrolling secured fireline from the DIV C/F break to the F/K break.

DIV O: Resources will patrol fire line from the K/O break to the O/A break.

DIV A/Z: The two Divisions are being patrolled by air. The repair group will continue snagging roads and campgrounds and stabilizing dozer line.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Moderate fire behavior with intense heat near the DIV B/C break, northwest of Cotton Ridge, east of Trail Canyon and along Third Fork Rock Creek that has the potential to impact Wildland Urban Interface and Magic Mountain Ski Resort in the next 72 hours as temperatures begin to rise and relative humidity falls. Areas of isolated interior heat remains south of Cotton Ridge and in the Telephone Canyon area of DIVs B and C. Pockets of isolated heat throughout the southern half of the fire's footprint. Strong winds and the lack of a wetting rain will continue to pose a threat of increased fire activity and spread in areas where isolated heat is near containment lines.

24 Hours: The passing cold dry front will continue to generate west to northwest winds 10-20 m.p.h. with gusts to 30 m.p.h. While favorable wind directions for DIV B terrain influence can create unpredictable wind conditions with varying aspects, elevations, and canyons.


The Badger Fire has 6 crews, 35 engines, 9 helicopters, and 7 dozers.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

24 Hours: Less than .10 inches of rain fell in the last 12 hours. Less than .10 of rain is expected in the next 12 hours. Strong west to northwest winds to continue with sustained 10-20 m.p.h., gusts t0 25-30 m.p.h., up to 35 m.p.h. on ridges ad higher exposed elevations.

48 Hours: High winds behind the passing cold front. Northwest to north winds at 10-20 m.p.h., with wind gusts up to 30 m.p.h. Moderate temps in the 50s high RH minimums around 45-55 percent.

72+ Hours: Strong pressure ridge will develop much of next week. Temps 10-15 degrees above normal. RHs will return to the teens toward the end of the week.

A rise in temperature, a drop in relative humidity, and increasing winds combined with record low fuel moisture values have the potential to increase fire activity along uncontrolled fireline.