Fritz Cluff, Fire Staff Officer with the Forest, noted that “We are now at a National Preparedness Level 5 for Wildland Fire, indicating competition for firefighting resources is intense because so many regions are experiencing large fires. We continue to make use of all resources available to us, focusing our efforts on those fires with the highest potential for affecting life and property. This means that some remote fires that pose little risk will be monitored from the air and not staffed on the ground so that we can dedicate most of our firefighting resources to other higher priority fires.” The increase to Preparedness Level 5, which was announced today by the National Interagency Fire Center, reflects a high degree of wildfire activity, a major commitment of fire resources, and the probability of that severe conditions will continue for at least a few days. Hundreds of new fires have been ignited by lightning this week in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. This is the first time since 2013 the National Preparedness Level was raised to 5.
A Red Flag Warning is forecast for our area through Friday, with an approaching low pressure system bringing more lightning, gusty wind, and low humidity. These conditions increase the potential for new starts and increased fire activity on existing fires as was observed today with new ignitions and the increased fire activity on Teepee Fire.
Status update by fire is provided below for each district. Note that some fires include updated size estimates or location information from previous reports due to improved mapping. Fires that are declared out from previous updates are no longer listed.
Weiser Ranger District:
Council Ranger District:
New Meadows Ranger District:
- Teepee Springs: (100+ acre) Located east of Teepee Springs and Hazard Creek drainage. This fire experienced increased fire activity and grew substantially this afternoon. A Type 1 and a Type 2 helicopter and retardant drops provided support to firefighters on the ground earlier today but the fire continued to grow and firefighters have now been pulled off the line due to safety. A Type 2 team has been ordered to manage this fire. This fire remains a high priority on the Forest for containment.
- 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 (the last report erroneously stated the location as Middle Fork Salmon River, our apologies). This fire is burning in brush and snags. Fire is contained.
- Profile: (0.25 to 0.5 ac) This is a new start located 1 mile north of Profile Gap. Firefighters are on scene.
- Campbell’s Fire: (20 ac) This is a new start located on the Salmon River about 0.5 mile above Campbell’s Ferry. Firefighters are on scene for structural protection at Campbell’s Ferry.
- Vines: (10 ac) This is a new start located 6 miles east/northeast of Cabin Creek Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Active fire behavior. Not currently staffed due to other priority fires.
- Wangdoodle: (.5 ac) Located 8 miles south of Warren. Active fire behavior. Staffed with 9 personnel today and fire is now contained.
- Missouri Ridge: (1.25 ac) Located 5 miles east of Yellow Pine in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Staffed with 11 personnel today and fire is now 60% 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.
- 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. Staffed with 2 firefighters today and fire is now controlled.
- Buckhorn: (.10 acre) Located 1 mile east of Buckhorn Summit and Miners Peak. This fire is declared out and this is the last time it will be listed on the Fire Info Update.
There are other large fires burning in our vicinity that are producing smoke affecting the central Idaho mountains. To find out about other fires not listed here go to http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com