Sawtooth National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
370 American Ave.
Jerome, ID 83338
Acres: 89,847 Containment 91% Crews: 4 Helicopters: 5 Dozers: 2 Engines: 13 Personnel: 351
Command of the Badger Fire will transfer from Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 Commander Sam Hicks to IMT3 Commander Clay Stephens this evening at 8:00 pm.
Activity on the Fire: On Tuesday, firing operations were conducted in the drainages of Third Fork of Rock Creek, Little Fork Creek, and Buttars Creek to reinforce existing line and remove fuel adjacent to the line. Dropping of snags along roads and campgrounds continued. Areas of recent burnout operations will be patrolled and mopped up today. Mop up and patrol of fireline will also occur from Sagehen Flats through to Buck Brush Flats and south to Magpie Basin along Rock Creek Road. Other areas of the lined fire perimeter will be patrolled by air.
Weather: High pressure is bringing a drier air mass. Relative humidity will drop to near critical levels across valley areas. Temperatures will be in the 80s. Winds will be light and variable.
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