Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
500 N Mission St
McCall, ID 83638
Highline Fire Update
Payette National Forest
Contact: Kelly Woods, Public Information Officer, 208-789-6093
Date: Friday, September 15, 2017
For More Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/
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 (No IR flight last night due to weather)
Current Situation: Cloudy skies, cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity will keep fire behavior generally low today. Yesterday, a few pockets of heat were observed in Big Bear and Mule Creek Peak on the northeast side of the fire area. On the west side, heat is still present to the west of Root Ranch. A few isolated pockets of heat remain in Silver Creek and upper Whimstick Creek on the southeast side. The spots of fire surrounding Rock Rabbit Lookout continued to grow creating more depth around the lookout adding to point protection of the wrapped cabin. Pockets of isolated heat continue on the west side in upper Chamberlain Basin and around Flossie Lake. There was not much change with the Goat fire, with isolated pockets and stringers of heat down into Phantom Creek on the north face of the Salmon River. Firefighters remain at Root Ranch ready to provide point protection. Point protection actions will be implemented at Edwardsburg if the southern part of the Highline fire becomes active and pushes south. 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 78 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. 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. A list of trails partially and entirely closed in the fire area can be found here. 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 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 email@example.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.