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Jakes Gulch

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Sawtooth National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
370 American Ave.
Jerome, ID 83338

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Phone: 208-774-3000
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Jakes Gulch Fire Daily Update 09/16/21

Jakes Gulch Wildfire
News – 9/16/2021

SUMMARY: The Jakes Gulch Fire was reported on Sunday, September 5, 2021. The fire is located 2 miles west of Vienna on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The fire is burning in steep terrain with lodgepole pine and subalpine fir. Crews continue to be focused on hazardous fuel reduction and structure triage of private and Forest Service infrastructure around Alturas Lake.  Aerial resources continued to attack hotspots and work the edge of the fire. A Forest Closure Order remains in effect. Firefighter and public safety are the priority in this high recreation use areaa.

YESTERDAY: All the strategically placed water by aircraft and ground support efforts leading up to this point proved to be successful as containment lines now expand across the entire east side of the fire.  Late in the afternoon, an aerial assessment was conducted to see how well the current fire control lines stood up to the gusty winds throughout the day. Ground resources worked along the northwestern edge of the fire and observed interior smoke resulting from pockets of unburned vegetation, reinforcing containment lines. Several crews continued the removal of chipped brush generated in the construction of defensible space around structures in the Alturas Lake area.

Moderating weather should allow for more progress of containment lines to occur from the air and on the ground today.  The Boise Hotshots will continue to work along the north end of the fire, expanding contingency lines and putting out any hotspots.  The Bonneville Hotshots arrived and took over for the Sawtooth Hotshots along the southern edge of the fire. The structure group will be finishing up any remaining assessments around Alturas Lake.  Crews will continue to lay hose and sprinklers around threatened structures and in areas where they thinned the trees.

Expect to see lighter winds and cooler temperatures today.  Winds will be 10-14 mph with gusts up to 22 mph coupled with a high temperature of 62 degrees. Elevated fire conditions to return on Saturday.  No precipitation is predicted until Sunday.

For the most current fire situation, view an interactive map of the Jakes Gulch fire and the closure area:

CLOSURE AREA: A Forest Closure Order is in effect for the area around Alturas Lake. This includes the following lakes, trailheads, campgrounds and roads: ·        Perkins Lake ·        Alturas Lake ·        Cabin Creek Trailhead ·        Smokey Bear Alturas Campground ·        North Shore Alturas Campground ·        Alturas Inlet Group Picnic Area B ·        Cabin Creek Road ·        Alturas Creek Road ·        Beaver Creek Road 

Location of Origin: 23 miles south of Stanley, ID  
Start date: September 5, 2021
Size: 510 acres
Percent Contained: 60%
Cause: Human-caused
Resources Assigned: ·        247 personnel ·        Engines: 1 ·        Handcrews: 7 ·        Helicopters: 7 ·        Aircraft: 2 ·        Water tenders: 4  

CLOSURES: See closure notices: alerts/sawtooth/alerts-notices    

   ·        A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area.
  ·        Flying drones in the restricted area will shut down air operations.
  ·        Move to shore if planes or helicopters are refilling water tanks or buckets from lakes. Do not move toward operations.