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Dismal Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Brian Harris
Phone: 208-634-0820
Hours: 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.

Map, Dismal Fire, August 17, 2022Image options: [ Full Size ]

 Lightning Starts Wilderness Fires on the Payette National Forest
Point/Zone Protection Actions Planned for Wilderness Inholdings

During the second week of July 2022, lightning ignited two fires in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness on the Payette National Forest. The Mosquito Ridge fire was a single tree and was declared out on July 25th. The remaining fire, the Dismal Fire, is burning in the headwaters of the Dismal Creek drainage north of Cold Meadows and is at 1,371 acres as of August 17.

The Dismal Fire is being managed to allow for naturally occurring wildfire to accomplish its ecological role within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.  Fire activity is with low intensity and burning in the underbrush under the trees.

A point/zone protection strategy is being utilized for wildland fire response with values at risk being identified as structures at Root Ranch, Cold Meadows Airstrip, and Cold Meadows Guard Station. Under a point/zone protection strategy, fire managers assess the terrain, fuels, and current and forecasted weather to determine options to protect the identified values at risk from fire impacts.  When pre-determined management action points (MAPs) are reached, tactics on the ground will be implemented including structure protection measures.
Structure protection equipment has been transported to the Cold Meadows airstrip to be on hand as needed. 

Fire managers are working in close coordination with property owners, stakeholders, and the public to advise of the current fire situation within the planning area and are actively monitoring the fire utilizing aerial observation and daily reports from two staffed fire lookouts.

A fire area and trail closure has been put in place for the Dismal Fire. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Coordinates45.321 latitude, -114.959 longitude

Current Situation

Size1,371 Acres
Significant Events

The Dismal Fire is at 1,371 acres as of August 15.