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Rush Creek

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

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Rush Fire September 7, 2021Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Rush Creek Fire grew to the southeast and increased in size by 1,400 acres on September 7, 2021, subsequent days saw backing fire and slower spread. Cloud and smoke cover the morning of September 10th has been limiting fire activity. The fire is working its way towards Lookout Mountain Ridge and Black Pole.  This fire started at the confluence of Telephone and Rush Creeks, 14 miles southwest of Taylor Ranch (origin lat/long: 45 59 00 x 114 59 35). After initial attack was unsuccessful, crews moved on to point protection.  They completed that work and were brought out by helicopter on Monday, July 26.

The Rush Fire has and will continue to actively burn until we receive a fair amount of rain over the fire.  The fire is being closely managed, but tree stands within basins and bowls are continuing to ignite as wind moves through the area.  Ridges of rock outcroppings and other terrain barriers will assist in keeping the fire from growing larger and threatening values.  There are no typical values at risk such as structures or utilities in the fire area.

Trail closures that had been in effect for this fire have been terminated, but new trail closures are in place 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 for the Cabin Creek airstrip and it 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. 

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
Coordinates44.983 latitude, -114.993 longitude

Current Situation

Size7,945 Acres



The fire continues to slowly spread, backing into the wind to the south and west, and is working its way towards Lookout Mountain Ridge and Black Pole.

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