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Vinegar Fire

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

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This map shows the Vinegar Fire perimeter based on an infrared overfight the night of Monday-Tuesday 8/2-8/3.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Vinegar Fire has not had active fire behavior for two weeks (since the last rain) as of September 10, 2021.  This fire started approximately 2 miles north of the Cabin Creek administrative site. Crews have put point protection measures in place at Cabin Creek. The Cabin Creek airstrip is closed to general aviation, NOTAM # I0807-141. The Club, Rush Creek, and Vinegar fires were started by lightning on July 15, 2021. A local Type 4 Incident Management organization is managing the fires. 

There are no closures associated with this fire, however; new trail closures are in effect for the Club Fire.

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

All closures have been lifted and the Cabin Creek airstrip is open for general aviation 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. 

Other Wilderness Fire:
The Club Fire experienced growth to the southeast on September 6, 2021.  Fire managers are flying the fire today to determine the situation - information will be updated later today.  This fire started 3 miles southwest of Root Ranch (lat/long: 45 16 48 x 115 03 18). Crews worked closely with Root Ranch personnel to complete structure protection. A separate Inciweb entry has been created and can be found at or by searching Club Fire in the incident search bar. 

The Rush Creek Fire experienced growth to the southeast and increased in size by 1,400 acres on September 6.  This fire started at the confluence of Telephone and Rush Creeks, 14 miles southwest of Taylor Ranch (lat/long: 45 59 00 x 114 59 35).  Following two days of unsuccessful initial attack suppression efforts using helicopter water drops, a point protection and monitoring strategy was adopted. Firefighters completed point protection for the University of Idaho research station at Taylor Ranch. A separate Inciweb entry has been created and can be found at or by searching Rush Creek in the incident search bar. 

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
Coordinates45.179 latitude, -114.905 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size2,998 Acres



This fire has not had active fire behavior for two weeks as of September 11, 2021.

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