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Grouse Fire

Unit Information

Boise National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1249 S. Vinnell Way
Boise, Idaho, ID 83709

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Incident Contacts

Venetia Gempler
Email: venetia.gempler@usda.gov
Phone: 208-373-4105
Hours: M-F-9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sarah Jorgenson
Email: sarah.jorgenson@usda.gov
Phone: 208-565-7408
Hours: M-F 9 a.m. - 8 p.m

9-16-2020 Grouse Fire Update

Grouse Fire Wildfire
News – 9/16/2020

Grouse Fire Update - September 16th, 2020


  • 3,922 acres
  • 23 percent contained
  • Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho
  • Start: Sept. 6
  • Cause: Under investigation


Fire resources are in the patrolling and mopping up phase in the northern area of the fire (mopping up is a process of eliminating hot spots in a fire with water and/or dirt to prevent spreading). Resources are continuing to hold the perimeter as well eliminating any hot spots deeper into the interior. Skidgines and crews are building indirect fireline down the western flank to prevent any spread towards the communities of Pine and Featherville. Firefighters will base all actions on safety, taking into consideration the steep terrain and heavy dead and down fuels, while looking for opportunities to go direct down the eastern flank.

A joint area closure of National Forest System Lands between the Boise and Sawtooth National Forests was put in place for public safety. Forest System road 227 and Forest Highway 61 (Pine/Featherville Highway) remain open and the closure does not apply to private land adjacent to these roads. Visitors are reminded that Sawtooth National Forest Campgrounds Abbot, Chaparral, Bird Creek, Shake Creek, Baumgartner and all dispersed sites are closed. Boise National Forest Elks Flat Campground remains open at this time.

Today’s Objectives: Fire resources will continue to hold and secure the perimeter of the fire, concentrating efforts to finish the northwestern portion. Crews will look for opportunities to build direct handline down the western and eastern flanks, considering safety first.

Weather: Temperatures will steadily increase throughout the week, while RH values drop. A chance of rain at the end of the week could bolster firefighting progress. Smoke will linger in the area from fires in western Idaho, Oregon, and California may affect firefighting efforts and visibility.

Closures: For public health and safety, a multi-forest closure is in place for the entire fire area. The Incident Commander and all firefighting personnel appreciate the public’s cooperation in staying out of the forest closure area and the Incident Command Post. 

Personnel and resources: 274 people are assigned to the fire. Six 20 person crews, 11 engines, 1 Air Attack, 3 helicopters, 5 bulldozers, and 6 water tenders.

For public safety: Forest visitors are reminded to let someone know where they are going in case of emergency.

Know before you go. All Forest visitors are reminded to check with their local forest districts concerning forest closures and restrictions. For further inquiries about the Grouse Fire and adjacent areas, please call the Mountain Home District office at: (208) 587-7961.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7154/

Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/boisenationalforest/albums/72157715881178523

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/US-Forest-Service-Boise-National-Forest-1449890585280097/

             Visit the Interactive Closure map to see closures organized by Ranger District.