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Patrol Point

Unit Information

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

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Fire Information
Phone: 208-634-0820
Hours: 8a.m. to 8p.m. daily

Highlighted Activity

09/15/2022 Closure Order Rescinded - Dismal and Patrol Point Fires - Sept 15, 2022
The closure order for areas of the Payette National Forest near the Dismal and Patrol Point Fires has been lifted, as of September 15, 2022 at 00:01. However, there is still fire activity in the...
Closure - 09/15/2022
Map, Patrol Point Fire, September 13, 2022Image options: [ Full Size ]

The PATROL POINT Fire is at 16,561 acres. Recent rain and high humidity levels have moderated fire activity. The fire is approximately 7.5 river miles to the west of the Corn Creek Boat Ramp. Structure protection measures are in place at lower Chamberlain bridge, Stub Cabin, Horse Creek pack bridge, and Butts Creek Point historic lookout.

A closure was put in effect at 18:00 on September 7, 2022. The closure is now lifted, as of 00:01 on September 15, 2022.  Backcountry users are responsible for knowing and preparing for the hazards involved with entering an active fire area, and should plan more than one travel route to escape approaching fire, if needed.

The Patrol Point fire is burning in a remote location with steep and rocky terrain within the Frank Church river of No Wilderness. It was reported on August 23, 2022 as a result of the August 20th thunderstorms that passed over the Forest. It is is being managed to allow for naturally occurring wildfire to accomplish its ecological role within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The Payette National Forest is continuing to work with adjacent National Forests to determine future management actions of this fire with the intent of not impacting recreational opportunities. 

The fire is under a Point/Zone Protection strategy with values at risk identified as the lower Chamberlain Bridge, Lantz bar (across the Main Salmon from the fire), Stub Cabin, Horse Creek pack bridge, Salmon River Lodge, Corn Creek Boat Ramp, and Butts Creek Point historic lookout.  Fire behavior is noted as backing down the ridge lines in timber and grass with some smoldering and creeping.  It has a low rate of spread.

The objectives of managing this fire are to maintain and enhance wilderness character by allowing naturally occurring wildfire to accomplish it's ecological role within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (FC-RONRW) to the extent possible where fire spread will not compromise protection objectives. 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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 20th, 2022 approx. 12:00 PM
Coordinates45.427 latitude, -114.938 longitude

Current Situation

Size16,561 Acres
Fuels Involved

Grass, sub-alpine fir, douglas fir, lodgepole pine

Significant Events

Patrol Point is about 0.75 miles from merging with Dismal Fire. Fire Management is cooperating with neighboring forests as the fire departs the Payette and impacts adjacent forest land.


Planned Actions

Have inserted equipment into areas with values at risk, keeping in line with point protection strategy; Structure protection is in place at lower Chamberlain bridge, Stub Cabin (approx 3 miles east of the fire on the Salmon-Challis NF), Horse creek pack bridge (approx. 3 miles east of the fire on the Salmon-Challis NF), and Butts Creek Point historic lookout.

Projected Incident Activity

Cooler temperatures, light precipitation, and high humidity (60%+) is moderating fire behavior. Anticipated fire growth is minimal.