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Vinegar 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
Email: 2021.rushcreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 208-634-0820

Highlighted Activity

07/23/2021 Cabin Creek Airstrip Closed to General Aviation, NOTAM # I0907-141
Civilian aviators please be aware that NOTAM # I0807-141 has been issued for Closure of Cabin Creek Airstrip due proximity of the Vinegar Fire.Exception noted for incident/fire support aircraft use...
Closure - 07/23/2021
Map showing the fire perimeter and surrounding topography.Image options: [ Full Size ]

 The Vinegar Fire started approximately 2 miles north of the Cabin Creek Administrative Site (origin at lat/long: 45 10 44 x 114 54 19). Crews have put point protection measures in place as of 7/19. The Cabin Creek Airstrip has been closed to general aviation, NOTAM # I0807-141. The Vinegar Fire is one of three 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. A Type 3 Incident Management Team took over the fires on July 19th and returned them to Forest management the week of August 2.

An infrared overflight mission mapped the fire at 2,462 acres as of August 3rd. A crew swap was completed on 8/2, replacing the Alta IHC squad with 5 firefighters, another swap is planned on 8/5. While the Cabin Creek Airstrip and historic buildings are relatively secure on the northeast side where the burnout was done at the confluence of Cabin Creek and Cow Creek, there is still the possibility that future fire growth could threaten the structures from another direction. Firefighters reported 3/4 to 1 inch of precipitation over the weekend, and scattered thunderstorms could brought isolated precipitation to the area as the week progresses.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday July 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Incident CommanderBooth T4
Coordinates45.179 latitude, -114.905 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size2,462 Acres
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM