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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 09/18/21

Jakes Gulch Wildfire
News – 9/18/2021


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 attacked hotspots and worked the edges of the fire. A Forest Closure Order was placed 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 north, east and south sides of the fire and are continuing to grow.  Operations staff flew the entire fire in the afternoon to conduct an assessment and confirm the hotspots identified by the infrared flight from earlier in the day.  Reports indicate very little heat where the crews were positioned; a few smoldering logs and snags were witnessed.  Structure group continued hauling loads and chipping brush from around structures in the Alturas Lake area. All pumps, hoses and communications equipment no longer needed have been removed.  Resource advisors continued discussions to create a plan to identify suppression repair needs.  

TODAY: Minimal heat and good fuel consumption within the fire perimeter indicates containment lines are holding nicely.  With a Red Flag Warning in effect, all crews will be pulled off the fireline as a safety precaution and utilized by the Sawtooth National Forest for any new fire starts. Before the strong winds set-in for the day, another aerial assessment will be conducted to look for any remaining pockets of heat or smoldering vegetation.  The structure group will be finishing up the hauling and chipping of remaining brush around Alturas Lake.  Ongoing discussions of a suppression repair plan will continue. The Type 2 Eastern Area Incident Management Team will formalize a transition plan to return the fire back to the Forest.   

WEATHER: A Red Flag Warning is in effect today.  Expect to see high temperatures near 65 degrees, low humidity of 20% and winds gusting up to 35 mph.  Overnight into Sunday, a cold front will be moving in bringing cooler temperatures and much-needed precipitation. Another dry stretch of weather will return next week.  

CLOSURE AREA: A Forest Closure Order is in effect around Alturas Lake.         This includes:

·        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: 80%

Cause: Human-caused
Resources Assigned:

·        223 personnel

·        Engines: 1

·        Handcrews: 6

·        Helicopters: 6

·        Water tenders: 5


See closure notices: alerts/sawtooth/alerts-notices

View an interactive map of the Jakes Gulch fire and the closure area:


·        A Red Flag Warning is in effect; fires can start and spread easily under these conditions. 

·        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.