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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

10/01/2020 10.01.2020 Daily Update
Acres:  89,847     Containment 91%     Crews:  4     Helicopters:  5     Dozers:  2     Engines:  13     Personnel:  351Command of the Badger Fire will transfer from...
News - 10/01/2020
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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.  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.

Command of Badger Fire will transfer from Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 Commander Sam Hicks to IMT3 Commander Clay Stephens on October 1 at 20:00 hours.

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.

The Badger Fire is 89,847 acres and 91% 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 DescriptionWildfire Burning In The Cassia Division, Sawtooth National Forest And Bureau Of Land Management.
Coordinates42.091 latitude, -114.169 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel351
Size89,847 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained91%
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 23rd, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and understory)

Heavy Logging Slash.

1,000-hour fuel moisture below 10 percent.

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with single tree torching and creeping. Moderate fire behavior near the B/C break where crews are conducting burn out operations. Interior timber stringers and islands continue to be consumed.

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


Planned Actions

Div B: Resources will mop up, hold, and patrol secured fire line following recent burn out operations.

DIV C: Resources in the southern portion of the division near the B/C break will hold secured fire line following recent burnout operations. Northern portion of the division suppression repair has continues. Continued mop up and patrolling of fireline 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 holding and patrolling secured fireline and continuing suppression repair from the DIV F/K break to the K/O break.

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

DIV O: Resources are patroling fire line from the K/0 break to the O/A break.

DIV A and Z: The two divisions are being patrolled by air.

Repair Group: The repair group will continue snagging roads and campgrounds and stabilizing dozer line.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Moderate fire behavior near the DIV B/C break northwest of Cotton Ridge, east of Trail Canyon, and along Third Fork Rock Creek where crews are performing small-scale burnout operations. Areas of isolated heat within the interior remains south of Cotton Ridge and in the Telephone Canyon area of DIVs B and C. Pockets of isolated heat is present throughout the southern half of the fire's footprint.

24 Hours: A strong high pressure system has set in over the fire area. Any heat near the fire perimeter in DIVs B and C may be influenced by the warming and drying trend. Crews will be focusing on any uptick in fire behavior and intensity in the immediate area. Minimal fire behavior will continue within the interior on the south half of the fire where unburned fuels are expected to consume in timber stringers and islands.


4 crews, 5 helicopters, 13 engines, 2 dozers, 6 tenders, and 4 skidgines

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

24 Hours: High pressure to build bringing a drier air mass. Much lighter winds. Relative humidity dropping close to critical levels across valley areas.

48+ Hours: High pressure will dominate for the next seven days. A weak upper level disturbance late next week will bring wing gusts to near 25 mile per hour with continued dry conditions.

RH will drop into the teens in the afternoons. Nightly inversions will keep ridgetops warmer and dryer with poor overnight recoveries. Temperatures will remain above normal.