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Highline Fire

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

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Highline Fire Facts - September 12, 2017

Highline Fire Wildfire
News – 9/12/2017

Highline Fire Facts

Location: The Highline Fire and Goat Fire are both burning on the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, entirely within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (, approximately 23 miles east/northeast of Warren, Idaho.

Date of Origin: July 28, 2017 @ approx. 7:00 p.m.

Cause: Started by lightning

Current Size: Highline Fire: 83,630 acres / Goat Fire: 818 Acres (No IR flight updating acres from yesterday)

Current Situation: The Highline fire burned actively in several spots along the perimeter as warmer and drier weather moved back into the area yesterday. The fire continued to progress toward Root Ranch primarily in heavy fuels along Ranch Creek. Firefighters continued to monitor the spot fire that started on the ridge just above the Ranch. On the North side, the fire continued to burn in the top of Harlan Creek backing slowly downslope toward the Salmon River displaying minimal growth. On the western perimeter the fire backed into the wind in fire scars and a few pockets of mature timber with the most active areas observed located around Flossie Lake, Chamberlain Basin, Upper Red Top meadows, and Moose Creek. The fire continued to burn in a heavy pocket of mature timber north and south of Rock Rabbit lookout on the southwest edge. Active fire behavior also occurred in upper Ramey Creek and Silver Creek to the south. These areas are expected to continue to be active again today due to the heavier fuel loading and anticipated weather conditions. On the Goat fire, the north side has continued to back at a very slow rate down towards Phantom Creek and the Salmon River. The spot fire on the east side of Canyon Creek showed minimal activity and growth. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire by air in the coming days for movement that may prompt actions. Resources assigned to the fire include one type 2 initial attack crew, one local hand crew, one fire use module, one light helicopter and multiple fireline leadership and support positions. A total of 73 personnel are assigned.

Fire Management Strategy: The Payette National Forest has selected a monitor/point protection fire management strategy as the fire is burning within the Wilderness and was started naturally by lightning. This management approach allows fire to play its natural role in the Wilderness to achieve ecological benefits for enhancement of forest health and wildlife habitat, while protecting Values at Risk. Suppression actions will be taken as needed to protect Values at Risk.

Closures and Restrictions: A Forest Area Closure is in effect for public and firefighter safety. The Chamberlain, Cold Meadows, Soldier Bar and Cabin Creek Airstrips are closed due to fire activity. Please visit the following link for the Highline Fire Area Closure Order: The Payette National Forest is also under STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Click this link for designated sites where campfires are allowed. If a site is not signed as being a designated site, then campfires are not allowed at that site. There are no fire restrictions in the Frank Church River or No Return Wilderness. For more information visit:

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