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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 Update - September 17, 2017

Highline Fire Wildfire
News – 9/17/2017

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: 84,619 acres / Goat Fire: 818 Acres

Current Situation: The rain that fell over the Highline and Goat fires over the last 36 hours reduced fire behavior significantly. Approximately two tenths of an inch came down to wet the fuel across the area. A reconnaissance flight on Saturday revealed only isolated pockets of smoldering heat. The largest area of heat concentration was on the northeast corner of the Highline fire in the Big Bear Creek and Mule Creek Peak area. No open flame was observed during the flight and not much discernable fire growth was detected. The weather forecast for the next few days shows a wet system coming in Monday through Friday bringing precipitation amounts of up to one inch over the week. Sunday, crews will be extracted from the Root Ranch and the Beaver and Big Creek areas in front of the forecasted precipitation. Personnel will be consolidating extra point protection equipment in Beaver and Big Creek in anticipation of extraction from the fire area once threat to the values at risk are mitigated. A total of 70 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:

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