Sawtooth National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
370 American Ave.
Jerome, ID 83338
Acres: 89,847 Containment: 89% Crews: 4 Helicopter: 5 Dozer: 3 Engines: 18 Total Personnel: 368
Activity on the Fire: With warmer and drier conditions, fire behavior has increased. Interior pockets of fuel continue to burn and fire was checked with air support near Bear Gulch. This activity is mainly present in the southern half of the fire, with the northern half being mostly quiet. Along the southwest side of the fire, near Magic Mountain, crews plan to continue with burning operations to reinforce and hold existing fire lines. Road and campsite repair is ongoing.
Weather: The trend toward warmer and drier conditions will continue through Wednesday, with weather that is 1-2 degrees warmer and slightly lower in relative humidity than Tuesday. All this amounts to more active fire behavior, with interior pockets of fuel burning off and favorable burning conditions for crews trying to strengthen lines and close gaps with fire. Winds are predicted to be light out of the southwest, increasing slightly and shifting to the northwest in the afternoon.
Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest is reassessing the area closure. The Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure is still in effect. 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 in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts and endanger personnel.
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.