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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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Sawtooth NRA
Phone: 208-774-3000
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm

Jakes Gulch Fire Daily Update 09/19/21

Jakes Gulch Wildfire
News – 9/19/2021


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 focused 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. Minimal heat and good fuel consumption within the fire perimeter indicated containment lines held nicely under yesterday’s very gusty winds.  All the crews were pulled off the fireline as a safety precaution and utilized by the Sawtooth National Forest for new fire starts.  Structure group completed their mission to haul loads and chip brush from around structures in the Alturas Lake area. All pumps, hoses and communications equipment have been removed.  Resource advisors continued discussions to create a plan to identify suppression repair needs.  

TODAY:  The much-needed rain overnight and forecast throughout the day will give fire personnel a break.  Ongoing discussions of a suppression repair plan will continue. The Type 2 Eastern Area Incident Management Team will be transferring command of the fire back to the Sawtooth National Forest. Over the coming days, local crews and aerial resources will be patrolling and monitoring the fire for any lingering hotspots.     

WEATHER: Overnight, a cold front will be moving through bringing cooler temperatures and precipitation. Expect to see high temperatures near 37 degrees, low humidity of 65% and winds gusting up to 25 mph. Rain amounts (and possibly snow in the upper elevations) estimated at .75” to 1.00” 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

STATISTICS (as of Sunday, Sept. 19)

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:

·        153 personnel

·        Engines: 1

·        Handcrews: 3

·        Helicopters: 5

·        Water tenders: 4

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

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


·        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.