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Four Corners Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Fire Information
Email: 2022.FourCorners@firenet.gov
Phone: 208-634-0820

Four Corners Fire Map September 26, 2022Image options: [ Full Size ]

Daily written updates for the Four Corners Fire are no longer being produced.  This page in Inciweb will served as the most current information pertaining to the fire.  If additional information is needed, please call the Fire Information Line at 208-634-0820.

With rain over the entirety of the fire area for the last two day, minimal fire behavior took place.  Warmer and dryer weather is expected to return on Saturday and may prompt the fire to continue to creep and smolder within the interior of the fire perimeter.  Some occasional tree torching is possible - there is no need to report this to the Forest Service as firefighters remain assigned to the incident and are aware of burning conditions.


All of the the suppression repair work has been completed by firefighting crews and contractors over this last week. This includes repair to dozer and hand lines and backhauling of hoses and related equipment. The Incident Command Post, located at the southern end Lake Cascade, has been closed and no personnel are working from that location.

Daily firefighter activity will consist of patrolling the last 4% of containment line in the Willow Creek drainage as well as the entire fire perimeter until a true season ending event occurs.

For the safety of firefighters and the public, the Payette and Boise National Forests have enacted an area and road closure to limit access into the fire area.  Find the full description and map under Closures, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/8331/.


The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team.  Will continue to assess treatments that may be needed to prevent excessive erosion for part of the Fire.  It is worthy to note at only 2% of the entire area burned with High Severity - this will greatly increase the chances that erosion will not have a significant impact.  Thirty-three percent of the area burned with Moderate Severity and the bigger past with Low Severity.  For additional information on the BAER activities, watch the short videos that are posted to the Payette National Forest Facebook page.

This photo of Skein Lake highlights the mosaic pattern of burn severity with higher severity on the ridge lines and low severity around the lake.

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Background Information:

The Four Corners Fire was reported the evening of August 13, 2022, after a lightning storm passed over the area. It is located west of Lake Cascade, in the West Mountain range on the Payette and Boise National Forests.  It is burning within Adams, Gem and Valley Counties. 
 
Firefighters were quickly dispatched to the fire when it was detected, but the steep terrain and limited access made fire suppression challenging.  The fire grew quickly in the Sub-alpine fir stands that spread spot fires ahead of the main fire.  By the morning of August 14, the fire was several hundred acres as it actively burned throughout the night.  Since the initial report of this fire on August 13, it has been the number one priority for fire suppression efforts in the Intermountain Region.  The quick growth of the fire prompting the Payette and Boise National Forests to request additional support through an Incident Management Team.  Great Basin Team 4 arrived and take suppression actions throughout their 14 days assignment on the Fire.  Great Basin Team 2 took over command of the fire on September 1, 2022. On September 14, 2022 the remaining resources on the fire will be led by Nevada Team 2.

On August 18 and August 27, the Valley County Sheriff initiated evacuations west of Lake Cascade. Information and updates about these evacuations were posted on the Valley County Sheriff Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064415776390. On September 16 all evacuations were lifted.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSaturday August 13th, 2022 approx. 10:00 AM
LocationPayette and Boise National forests - west of the City of Cascade, Idaho
Incident CommanderType 4 Local Organization
Coordinates44.537 latitude, -116.169 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel47
Size13,729 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained96%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 24th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Significant Events

Rain over the fire area kept Fire behavior to a minimum.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to patrol and mop up the perimeter on all flanks of the fire. Heavy equipment will be utilized for repair of contingency and primary lines.

Projected Incident Activity

Interior creeping and smoldering may continue with occasional tree torching as warmer and dryer weather returns tot he aea.