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Highline Fire Facts - September 14, 2017

Incident: Highline Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/14/2017

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 (https://tinyurl.com/y8qomgpm), 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: 84,619 acres / Goat Fire: 818 Acres

Current Situation: The Highline fire continues to actively burn in areas with heavy fuels. Areas with lighter fuels such as grass have been affected by the higher relative humidity that has moved over the area. On the east side the fire in Ranch Creek has stalled due isolated showers and is holding at about a half of a mile from Root Ranch. The fire continued to back in heavy fuel pockets and into Mule Creek and Big Bear Creek making the northeast side of the fire one of the most active areas Wednesday. The north side of the fire continued to burn in the top of Harlan Creek backing slowly down toward the Salmon River. There was minimal growth on this portion of the fire Wednesday. On the west edge, the fire backed into fire scars and a few pockets of mature timber with active fire observed around Flossie Lake, Chamberlain Basin, Upper Red Top Meadows and Moose Creek. The south and southwest perimeters were moderately active Wednesday as the fire continued to burn in a heavy pockets of mature timber south of the wrapped Rock Rabbit lookout. Upper Ramey Creek and Silver Creek also displayed active burning. The Goat fire continues to smolder with very little fire activity observed. On the north side, the fire has continued to back at a very slow rate down towards Phantom Creek and the Salmon River. Fire managers will continue to monitor both fires from key locations on the ground and from the air. Firefighters remain at Root Ranch and at Big Creek poised to take action if fire growth dictates the need. A predicted cooler and damper weather pattern over the fire area next couple of days is anticipated to decrease fire behavior and subsequent growth. Resources assigned include: one type 2 initial attack crew; one local hand crew; one fire use module; one light helicopter; and fireline leadership and support positions. A total of 79 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 Airstrip remains closed due to fire activity. Visit the following link for the Highline Fire Area Closure Order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/payette/alerts-notices. 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: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/wilderness-fire-restrictions.html.

For More Information: Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest. Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. If you have a question, please email us at payettefireinformation@gmail.com. Visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/ for more information on the Highline and other fires throughout the nation and www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.

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