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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 19, 2017

Highline Fire Wildfire
News – 9/19/2017

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: Mostly cloudy skies with numerous rain showers blanketed the Highline and Goat fires Monday. Wetting rains fell most of the day yesterday with portions of the fire receiving close to a half of an inch of rainfall. The Sheepeater fire lookout west of the fire reported minimal fire activity observed and an inch of snow at the lookout. Showers are likely again Tuesday across the fire area and again on Wednesday. As a result of the weather change, Payette National Forest officials have rescinded the Area Closure Order that had been in place for public safety in the fire area. Chamberlain airstrip is now open. Wilderness visitors are reminded to use caution when traveling in areas near the fire as trees may have been weakened by fire and may fall without any warning. Fire managers will continue to assess the weather conditions and plan for extraction of point protection equipment near values at risk within the fire area as weather allows. The need to re-staff Root Ranch and the Beaver and Big Creek areas will be assessed after the weather event later in the week. The weather is expected to remain wet and cold into Friday morning. A total of 21 people are assigned to the incident.

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Closures: The Forest Area Closure that had been in place has been rescinded.

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