Sawtooth National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
370 American Ave.
Jerome, ID 83338
Acres: 89,847 Containment 89% Crews: 6 Helicopters: 9 Dozers: 6 Engines: 29 Personnel: 448
Activity on the Fire: Existing lines continued to hold well yesterday, and firefighters were able to gain depth on the line east of Magic Mountain. Aerial operations patrolled the fire perimeter and backhauled firefighting equipment and rubbish. The repair crew continued rehabilitating dozer line in the Fuller Flat area and the Rock Creek area. Repair crews began assessing the southeast corner of the fire for dozer line rehabilitation.
Today fire crews will continue to focus on patrolling, improving, and mopping up existing fire lines. Repair crews throughout the fire area will be rehabilitating dozer line and removing snags along roads and in campgrounds. Possibilities for firing operations will be assessed in the area east of Magic Mountain, while hand crews will work to improve the existing line.
Weather: Winds will steadily decrease today, and temperatures will remain mild. Relative humidities are expected to stay above 25%. A high pressure system is moving into the region which will bring light, variable winds and warm temperatures.
Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.
Muzzleloader and rifle season for antelope has begun in Game Management Unit 54, much of which is in the fire closure area. Hunting is not permitted within the closure area, above. Those who wish are being offered the opportunity to exchange or rain check their tags by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. To read their press release, go to https://bit.ly/3i1jqk6.
For more information, call the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.
Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. https://wffoundation.org/.