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Club Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Payette Fire Information
Phone: 208-634-0820

Highlighted Activity

09/10/2021 Club Fire Trail Closure Order 0412-06-0567
Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(b), the following act is prohibited on the National Forest System Trails (NFST) in the Krassel Ranger District of the Payette National Forest described..
Closure - 09/10/2021

Trail Closures are once again in effect. Trails to the west of the fire are closed until further notice. Please reference the maps and closures section for more information.

The Club Fire experienced growth to the east and northeast on September 6 and 7, 2021 adding about 1,400 acres to the total acreage. Subsequent days have continued to see growth to the east/northeast due to high winds and low relative humidity, however cloud and smoke cover on the morning of September 10  was limiting fire behavior. The fire is surrounded by burn scars from previous fires, though some older burned areas are not slowing growth. The fire has been burning actively through the 1988 Silver Fire, but managers are not seeing active spread through the 2007 Tag Fire area. Firefighters are in place at Cold Meadows Guard Station establishing point protection for the administrative site. As of September 9th, the fire was estimated to be around 2.5 miles to the southwest of Cold Meadows. This fire started 3 miles southwest of Root Ranch. Crews have completed point protection on values at risk to the admin site in close cooperation with Root Ranch personnel. The Club, Rush Creek, and Vinegar fires were started by lightning on July 15, 2021.

The Club, Rush Creek, and Vinegar fires were started by lightning on July 15, 2021. These three fires are burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Payette National Forest.

The closure to general aviation has been lifted and Cabin Creek airstrip is open use.

When recreating in the burned area, the public needs to manage their own risk by being aware of uncontrolled fire, fire weakened trees, rolling debris and loose footing. 

Regarding our response to wilderness wildfires:  We respond to every wildfire with the safety of the public and our firefighters as our highest priority. The safety of the public, communities and all front-line responders will always remain our highest priority.

Our response may have a wide range of actions including indirect engagement such as using direct and indirect confinement strategies and point protection.  With every new fire start, fire managers engage in a comprehensive risk analysis to identify the safest and most appropriate management actions - firefighters will not directly engage unless necessary and only when risk is mitigated to an acceptable level.

Wildfire decisions are inherently complex. These decisions are based on sound risk management and the best information available, to include fire behavior, fire danger conditions, mitigation of hazards, available resources, firefighter and public safety, and values that are threatened.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday July 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationThe Club fire is approximately 2.5 miles southwest of Cold Meadows.
Incident CommanderBooth T4
Coordinates45.28 latitude, -115.055 longitude

Current Situation

Size2,331 Acres
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM



On 9/6 and 9/7 the Club Fire grew to the east and northeast by approximately 2 miles. The fire burned actively in the residual fuels from the 1988 Silver fire, but we did not see active spread within the 2007 Tag Fire area. We have firefighters in place at Cold Meadows Guard Station establishing point protection measures for the administrative site there.