McCall, Idaho – The Red Flag Warning weather conditions today led to increased fire activity on the Payette National Forest. There are at least two new fires and 14 existing fires we continue to manage. Tepee Springs and Rapid fires both experienced significant growth with the high winds today.
One new start, the Rapid Fire, is located on the McCall District and is visible from Highway 55 south of town. It is burning actively about 1 mile south of Fog Lake and is estimated at 200 acres. Fire crews and aircraft worked this fire hard earlier today but high winds made progress difficult. McCall District Ranger Lisa Klinger advises the public that “As strong winds continue to push this fire to the northeast, the forest is issuing on a closure order for the area. We appreciate the public’s cooperation in staying out of the area for the safety of the firefighters and the public.” The closure order includes the Forest lands N/NE of the fire, including trails 096, 097, 102, 103, and 105. Nearby, the Boulder Creek Fire is holding at about 5 acres and is being managed by the Southern Idaho Timber Protection Association with support from the Payette National Forest.
The Tepee Springs fire continues to burn intensely and grew to approximately 2400 acres. The Payette National Forest in the vicinity of TePee Springs Fire is closed to public use. Hazard Campground is closed. No public access is allowed past the cattle guard located 1 mile north of Goose Lake on the Goose Lake Road (Forest Road 257). All visitors within the closed area are being evacuated. An emergency closure order will follow. The Bureau of Land Management has issued a closure order for Hard/Hazard Creek Road (Forest Road 287) to prevent access to the TePee Springs fire area from the west. There are no mandatory evacuations along the Highway 95 Corridor; however, should this change you will be notified by the Sheriff’s Office. A public meeting is being planned for Saturday at 6pm in New Meadows. Additional information will be provided tomorrow.
Status update by fire is provided below for each district. Fires that are declared out from previous updates are no longer listed.
Weiser Ranger District:
Council Ranger District:
New Meadows Ranger District:
- Tepee Springs: (2400 acre) Located in the area of Tepee Springs and Hazard Creek. Significant growth today. Closures in effect. Transferring command to a Regional Fire Management Team (Type 2 Team) on Saturday.
- Rapid: (200 ac) New start located south of Fog Lake. Active fire today with spread to the N/NE. Closures in effect. This fire is a high priority for fire suppression.
- Loon Creek: (1 acre) Located south of Loon Mountain, fire is burning in light fuels with no real potential to spread. Fire is being monitored.
- Porphyry: (.10 acre) Located west of Porphyry Creek in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Burning in the top of a broken snag in inaccessible ground. Fire is being monitored.
- Smith: (1.5 acre) Located west of the South Fork Salmon River in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. This fire is out. This is the last time the fire will be listed in the Fire Info Update.
- Harlan: (0.1 ac) New start near the Dillinger Fire area in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Minimal fire activity. Fire is being monitored.
- Campbell’s Fire: (20 ac) Located on the Salmon River about 0.5 mile above Campbell’s Ferry. Firefighters remain on scene for structural protection at Campbell’s Ferry.
- Crescent Fire: (This fire was previously listed as Vines Fire) (10 ac) Located 6 miles east/northeast of Cabin Creek Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Minimal fire activity.
- Missouri Ridge: (1.25 ac) Located 5 miles east of Yellow Pine in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Fire is contained.
- Mosquito: (.25 to 0.50 acre) Located on the east side of Mosquito Ridge in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Minimal fire activity. Fire is being monitored.
- Trout: (.10 acre) Located 5 miles north of Sheepeater Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Minimal fire activity. Fire is being monitored.
- Dillinger: (.10 acre) Located 3 miles east of Dillinger Meadows in the Frank Church of No Return Wilderness. Minimal fire activity. Fire is being monitored.
- Profile: (0.25 to 0.5 ac) Located 1 mile north of Profile Gap. Fire is contained.
- Clay: (.10 acre) Located on the south side of Lick Creek road at the summit. Fire is contained.
- Oompaul: (.50 acres) Located 1.5 miles from Williams Peak Lookout. Fire is now out. This is the last time the fire will be listed on the Fire Info Update.
- Wangdoodle: (.5 ac) Located 8 miles south of Warren. Active fire behavior. Fire is now out. This is the last time the fire will be listed on the Fire Info Update.