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Grouse Fire

Unit Information

Boise National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1249 S. Vinnell Way
Boise, 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

9-20-2020 Grouse Fire Update

Grouse Fire Wildfire
News – 9/20/2020

Grouse Fire Update - September 20th, 2020


  • 3,980 acres
  • 39 percent contained
  • Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho
  • Start: Sept. 6
  • Cause: Under investigation


After receiving significant rainfall over the fire area, operations have shifted to monitoring, mop up and suppression repair. Resources continue to be reassigned to Incidents of greater need. Repair and Rehabilitation of a burned area can last up to one year after the fire is out. The first step is to repair damage created by the suppression activities including repairing dozer lines by pulling material over the bare soil and re-seeding with native species. The second step is to stabilize soils and waterways that are in danger of producing sediment and uncharacteristic stream flows. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment will be conducted to determine the needs which are in a large part based on the severity of the burn.

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.

Today’s Objectives: Fire resources will continue to hold and secure the perimeter of the fire, mopping up and monitoring. Crews on the western edge of the fire will be engaged in preparing contingency line.

Weather: Cooler temperatures are expected for today, leading to a drying and warming trend through the remainder of the week.

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: 125people are assigned to the fire. Two 20 person crews, 10 engines, 1 Air Attack, 2 helicopters, 3 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.