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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
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm

Jakes Gulch Fire Daily Update 09/17/21

Jakes Gulch Wildfire
News – 9/17/2021

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 focus on hazardous fuel reduction and structure triage of private and Forest Service infrastructure around Alturas Lake.  Aerial resources continue 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 area.

YESTERDAY: All the suppression efforts leading up to this point proved to be successful as containment lines now expand across the entire east side of the fire and are continuing to grow.  Moderate weather conditions allowed for work on the ground to continue along the northwestern and southwestern edges of the fire. Crews monitored interior smoke resulting from pockets of unburned vegetation and cleaned up containment lines.  Structure group continued hauling loads and chipping brush from around structures in the Alturas Lake area. Resource advisors are beginning to shift efforts to address suppression repair.   

TODAY: With a Red Flag Warning in effect, crews will be keeping an eye on the weather conditions to see how well containment lines hold today and into Saturday.  Several resources, including aircraft, personnel, hoses and pumps, are being released today to assist with the Boundary Fire.  The Boise and Bonneville Hotshots will be expanding containment lines on the northwest and southwest edges.  The structure group will be finishing up the hauling and chipping of remaining brush around Alturas Lake, in addition to starting to backhaul pumps and hoses no longer needed. 

WEATHER: A Red Flag Warning is in effect this afternoon through Saturday evening.  Expect to see high temperatures near 66 degrees, low humidity of 18% and winds gusting up to 25 mph.  Similar conditions forecast for Saturday but with stronger winds.  On Sunday, a cold front will be moving in bringing cooler temperatures and much-needed precipitation. 

INTERACTIVE MAP: 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 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:

·        232 personnel

·        Engines: 1

·        Hand crews: 6

·        Helicopters: 4

·        Water tenders: 5

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.