Sawtooth National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
370 American Ave.
Jerome, ID 83338
Acres: 89,847 Containment 89% Crews: 4 Helicopters: 8 Dozers: 3 Engines: 19 Personnel: 362
Activity on the Fire: Crews working in the area east of Magic Mountain were able to gain more depth on the line yesterday and prepared for firing operations. If fuels and weather permit, crews will begin firing operations today to join the line with the main body of the fire in that area. Crews and aerial observers patrolling the rest of the fire perimeter have reported no heat on the line. They will continue to mop-up and patrol the fire perimeter today. Aerial support will be standing by to assist with firing operations if needed.
Weather: The new high pressure system has moved in and we expect to see temperature increases of 7-9 degrees over yesterday, with minimum relative humidities falling below 20%. Winds will be light and terrain driven. This trend is expected to continue throughout the week.
Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest is beginning work on reassessing the area closure. As of this morning, the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure, is still effective. 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.
Hunting: 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.