Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
500 N Mission St
McCall, ID 83638
Yesterday firefighters took advantage of favorable weather to gain significant containment on the Nethker Fire. The fire is 91 percent contained and is 2,354 acres in size.
Today's weather will be a repeat of yesterday, but firefighters remain vigilant as a warming trend begins on Sunday. Crews continue to construct containment line where necessary. Completed line is being monitored and mopped up to ensure that no smoldering fuels remain near the perimeter.
Suppression repair, including the installation of water bars and the chipping of woody debris, is in progress. Many of the hoses and portable pumps that are no longer needed have been pulled off the line to be prepared for storage or use on another incident.
As containment increases, personnel and equipment will be released to travel home or go to new assignments. Five helicopters will be in use today, both for suppression and for backhauling supplies.
Closures: The Burgdorf/French Creek Road remains closed in the interest of firefighter and public safety.
Warren Wagon Road is open. The construction zone on Warren Wagon Road on the west side of Lake Payette remains closed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There is an area closure in effect for Forest Service land. Popular areas affected by this closure include: Trail Lake, Summit Lake, Lake Rock, Josephine Lake, Frosty Meadow, Ruby Meadows to Loon Lake (Loon Lake remains open from Chinook Campground), Crystal Mountain, and Bear Pete Mountain. Chinook Campground is open. The closure order and map can be found here: http://bit.ly/NethkerFireAreaClosure2.
A TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) remains in effect over the fire area, which means recreational drones and private aircraft may not be operated over the fire. The TFR can be found here: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_4931.html.
Please check the Nethker Fire’s page on Inciweb (Nethker Fire Information - InciWeb the Incident Information System) or the Payette National Forest Facebook page (U.S. Forest Service - Payette National Forest - Home) for updated information, along with the latest maps and photos.