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Dixie-Jumbo Fires (ID)

Unit Information

Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536

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Incident Contact

Dixie Fire Information
Email: 2021.dixie@firenet.gov
Phone: 208-207-7417

The Dixie and Jumbo fires are located approximately 40 miles southeast of Grangeville and 15 miles south of Elk City, Idaho, near the communities of Comstock and Dixie. 

The fires are managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT). The team is focused on firefighter and public safety and protecting values at risk.  A Type 2 IMT has been ordered and the order is being filled; additional details will be forthcoming regarding the transfer of command.  

The Dixie Fire increased 500 acres yesterday, for a total of 41,019 acres. The fire is growing to the south along the Salmon River and is in Teepee Creek.

The Jumbo saw an increase of 351 acres yesterday, for a total of 2,750 acres. The fire sits at zero percent containment. The fire is moving to the south towards the Salmon River and continues to be evaluated for further actions from the air and fire professionals on the ground. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday July 05th, 2021 approx. 12:45 PM
LocationJust north of Dixie town, Idaho
Incident CommanderNez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Type 3 Incident Command Team
Incident DescriptionWildland Fire
Coordinates45.586 latitude, -115.444 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel309
Size41,019 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 30th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Fire is burning in mixed conifer and lodgepole stands with 40-60% standing dead in some stands. Old fire scars with heavy down fuels are slowing the fire but are not a barrier to fire spread. At the upper elevations spruce and subalpine fir pockets allow spread through torching and spotting. Lower elevation

areas consist of ponderosa pine and dry Douglas fir with grass understory. In steep terrain rolling burning material aids in fire spread and created hazardous conditions.

Significant Events

Active

Group Torching

Uphill Runs

Short-range Spotting

Fuels are unseasonably dry and this continues to support fire spread in continuous fuels. Terrain an fuel-driven runs occurring in heavy mixed conifer stands.

Outlook

Planned Actions

The Dixie Fire increased 500 acres yesterday, for a total of 41,019 acres.

The fire is flanking along the Salmon River to the west and is in the Tepee Creek area, however, has not crossed it. Fire professionals continue to ramp up efforts in Comstock and Dixie in anticipation of the winds shifting to the east and the fire aligning with topography and moving north/west towards the communities.

Last night, helicopter resources conducted bucket drops on active fire in the Blowout Mountain area.

There has been limited fire movement to the east as it remains in the Mallard Creek area. Suppression objectives for sections of the fire between Mallard Creek and the Dixie and Comstock area are 30 percent complete.

To the north, containment lines are holding along Forest Road 1190/Jack Mountain Road and Forest Road 421 in the Mallard Creek area. Fire professionals are continuing to improve these lines and are monitoring the atmospheric conditions today that may increase fire behavior on the north end.

Projected Incident Activity

A significant shift in weather is anticipated today and tomorrow prior to potential precipitation Sunday and Monday. The biggest concern is the east winds and the potential for increased fire movement to the west.

Remarks

The Dixie Fire is being co-managed with the Jumbo Fire to the west.

The Jumbo saw an increase of 351 acres yesterday, for a total of 2,750 acres. The fire sits at zero percent containment. The fire burning well within the wilderness and is moving to the south towards the Salmon River.

The fire continues to be evaluated for further actions from the air and fire professionals on the ground.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Smoke concentrations may likely dissipate this afternoon with expected wind instability (better mixing) aloft which could help clear out particulate matter. Rain with isolated thunderstorms is forecasted sometime Saturday, Sunday, & Monday.

Weekend storm forecasts may likely decrease active fire behavior until it dries out and warms up mid-week next week.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has an Air Pollution Forecast and Caution to notify residents of Clearwater and Idaho Counties off the Nez Perce Reservation of degraded air quality. Alert could expire at 1 pm PST today. For more information on smoke conditions visit https://fire.airnow.gov/.