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Friday, August 26, 2016

Pioneer Fire Update for Friday, August 26th

BOISE, August 26, 2016 – Progress continued to be made yesterday on the Pioneer Fire as hand crews, engines, and equipment successfully held and strengthened control lines on the west flank of the fire near the South Fork Payette River and Black Bear Creek. Containment of this section of the fire is critical in securing the fire south of the river. During the evening, engines patrolled the Grimes Creek area northeast of Pioneerville to monitor fire conditions and take suppression action as necessary.
The weather across the fire Friday will be similar to that experienced Thursday. Although a significant portion of the fire is achieving containment status, the portion of the fire between Deadwood River and Clear Creek will continue to move slowly to the north and east. In anticipation of potential fire growth crews are clearing around buildings at Bureau of Reclamation facilities near Deadwood Reservoir.
Two archaeologists have been assigned to the fire and will assist with fire line rehabilitation work. Archaeologists assist fire personnel by identifying areas that were disturbed during the fire suppression effort, and then provide guidance to those doing the rehabilitation work, in particular work near areas of cultural significance.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has completed their initial field work on the fire. They have started to determine what actions will be necessary to minimize future impact to the fire area and surrounding communities. Additional field work may be necessary as the fire nears control.
Evacuation levels for the South Fork Road, east of Grimes Pass Road and along South fork Payette River have been lowered from Level 2 to a Level 1. All properties in the Lowman area and Pioneerville remain under a Level 1 evacuation order. Homes along Forest Road 582 (Clear Creek Road) and the Long Creek summer homes area are in Level 2 evacuation status. Highways 17 and 21 are open but the public is reminded to use caution when encountering fire equipment and personnel and give them adequate room when passing. Reduce speeds but do not stop in the fire area.
Community Meetings have been scheduled, the first for Crouch tonight at 7:00 p.m., at the Crouch Community Center. The next one is in Lowman on Saturday night, 7:00 p.m. at Fire Station #80, on State Route 21.
Acres: 104,263 Containment: 53% Personnel: 1,678
Resources assigned includes: 39 crews, 13 helicopters, 80 engines, 6 dozers, 34 water tenders, 6 masticators, 2 skidders
DETAILS — The Pioneer Fire Area Closure can be found atfs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices and information atinciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866. Information is also available atfacebook.com/Pioneer-Fire-682201165260518 or email questions to pioneerfire2016@gmail.com.
HUNT INFORMATION - https://idfg.idaho.gov/…/…/get-current-fire-information-here
SMOKE INFORMATION — Idaho smoke information can be found atidsmoke.blogspot.com
FIRE RESTRICTIONS — Please check fire restrictions at idahofireinfo.com

08/26/2016 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated 8am MDT Friday, August 26, 2016

Valid through Noon MDT Monday, August 29, 2016

Smoke Outlook

Air quality is forecast to continue to remain in the Good to Moderate air quality category across the state today.  Current elevated DEQ monitors include Idaho Falls, Franklin, St. Maries, Juliaetta, and Moscow which are all reading in the Moderate Category.  Expect higher readings in the morning before clearing in the afternoon.
                                                  
Expect light surface winds today as a zonal flow regime begins to establish late today.  Surface wind direction will be from northwest-west with southwest winds across the eastern Middle Snake, Upper Snake, and within the Purcell Trench this afternoon.  Skies will be sunny to mostly sunny all day.  Mixing heights will range from 3,000-10,000 feet AGL.  Transport wind speed will be between 5-10 mph and be from the northwest with locally southwest winds that follow the surface flow.  Ventilation is forecast to be POOR in the morning and GOOD in the afternoon with locally MARGINAL ventilation across parts of Payette County.  Inversions are expected to break between 11am-1pm.

This weekend, continued zonal flow will result in warming temperatures each day and light wind speeds.  There will be a cold front passage across northern Idaho on Saturday, which will provide for stronger, gusty winds. Winds will be between 5-10 mph from the west-southwest with higher wind speeds along the Washington/Idaho border with surface winds near 15-20 mph.  Similar wind speeds are also expected across the Upper Snake River Plain.  Locally northwest wind direction across the Treasure Valley at 2-8 mph.  Transport winds will mirror the surface winds with a generally southwest flow pattern.  Mostly sunny skies are expected with no threat of precipitation through Monday. On Sunday, expect similar conditions with lower wind speeds at 5-10 mph across all of Idaho except over the Bitterroots, where speeds will range from 10-15 mph.  The wind direction will be from the southwest with locally northwest winds over the Treasure Valley.

Smoke from the Pioneer Fire will produce smoke that will drain into the Upper Treasure Valley and impact Boise this morning before lifting out.  The Henry’s Creek Fire will cause local impacts across the Upper Snake.  Dispersion this afternoon looks to be good and will promote clearing after the inversion lifts around 12noon-1pm today over southern Idaho.  Tonight, expect smoke to drain into the Ketchum area and into the Snake River Plain via the Arco Desert with impacts from Fairfield to as far east as the Mud Lake area. Tomorrow, the west-southwest winds will push smoke nearly due east and out of the Snake River Plain.  The Rail Fire may produce enough smoke to impact the Lower Treasure Valley. On Saturday night into Sunday, the drainage impacts are expected to remain to the east, down the Little and Big Lost drainages and into the Upper Snake River Plain.  These impacts do not look to be especially heavy. Consistent southwest winds on Sunday will transport the smoke out of the area once the inversions lift.  Expect higher concentrations in the morning and early afternoon prior to the inversion lift before clearing in the afternoon and settling in once more as the sun sets.  This pattern will occur each day.

DEQ Air Quality Forecast and Cautions:
  • The Idaho Falls Regional Office has extended a Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution for Teton, Bonneville, and Custer Counties. Valid through Friday, August 26th at 4:00 p.m
  •  The Boise Regional Office has extended a Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution for Boise County.  Valid through Friday, August 26th at 3:00 p.m.

View DEQ near-real time monitoring at: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

The USFS installed monitors near Stanley, Idaho, Garden Valley, Idaho, Centerville, Idaho, and Lowman, Idaho.  Idaho DEQ has installed temporary monitors in Fairfield and Boise (Garden City), Idaho. The information can be found at http://smoke.airfire.org/monitoringReport/#/?ate=LATEST&productType=plotTable.
·         Stanley, ID monitor is Stanley-Idaho 75
·         Lowman, ID monitor is Lowman-Jolene Drive
·         Garden Valley, ID monitor is Garden Valley-Babcock Lane
·         Centerville, ID monitor is Idaho City-Grimes Pass Road
·         Fairfield, ID monitor is Fairfield-Soldier Road
·         Boise, ID monitor is Garden City-Alworth Street

Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize prolonged or physical activity outdoors.  Visit the Idaho Smoke Blog for more information at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/

Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside.  Even if you smell smoke, the air quality may still be good. 

AQI Category
Visibility (miles)
Good
11+
Moderate
6-10
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
3-5
Unhealthy
1½  -2¾
Very Unhealthy
1-1¼ 
Hazardous
Less than 1

How to estimate air quality based on visibility for areas without an air quality monitor or airport visibility estimate:

a. Face away from the sun.
b. Determine the limit of your visible range by looking for targets at known distances (miles).
c. Visible range is when an object you can easily see in the distance disappears.
d. Use the visibility values above to determine the local wildfire smoke category.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  25 August 2016    
Contact: Lynn Ballard  (208) 313-7737 

EASTERN IDAHO INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER FIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  After a fairly quiet day for new starts Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center responded to two smoke reports this evening.  This update covers all fires (except Henrys Creek) occurring in the dispatch area.
The human-caused Moon Fire is located approximately 3 miles north of the Craters of the Moon National Monument Information Center.  Currently estimated at 15-acres, there are four engines, 2 dozers and a water tender assigned.

Resources have also responded to a smoke report, five miles south of Irwin, ID (Bear Creek area).  No information regarding this report is currently available.
The Tie Canyon Fire is estimated to be approximately 1,242-acres.  Approximately 55 fire fighters are currently assigned.  A Type II Incident Management Team will start managing the fire tomorrow morning, Friday, August 26, 2016.  Road and trail closures are in effect.

The Clifton Fire located two miles south of Clifton, ID was contained at 12:30 PM yesterday.  Current estimate is 2,413-acres.  There are three federal engines and three Franklin County engines assigned to this fire.  Control efforts are going well.
No changes to the 265-acre Toponce Fire were reported today.  Containment is now 90%. 

Several small fires, including the Carrot (350-acres), Lanes Creek (150-acres), Black (300-acres) and Big Elk Fire (55-acres) continue to burn on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF).  An inciweb page was created for the Carrot Fire as closures are in place for the area. More information is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4973/.  

Wildfire updates and fire prevention tips are available on www.IdahoFireInfo.com

08/25/2016 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast

Updated 11am MDT Thursday, August 25, 2016

Valid through Noon MDT Friday, August 26, 2016

Smoke Outlook

Air quality is forecast to continue to remain in the Good to Moderate air quality category across the state today with higher readings across Boise County, Custer County, Bonneville County, and Teton County due to the proximity and drainage of the Pioneer Fire as well as fires in western Wyoming.  Current elevated DEQ monitors include Nampa, Garden Valley, Juliaetta, Potlatch, St. Maries, Pinehurst, and The Coeur d’Alene monitor in Plummer which are all currently reading in the Moderate Category.  Franklin is currently in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Category.
                                                  
A weak upper level trough will provide continued northeast to northwest winds with cooler temperatures.  Surface wind speeds will range between 5-15 mph.  Surface wind direction will be from the west-northwest with north-northeast winds across much of northern Idaho.  Skies will be sunny to mostly sunny all day with mostly cloudy skies over the extreme northern Panhandle where there is a slight chance for isolated thunderstorms this afternoon.  There will also be a chance for scattered thunderstorms across the Bitterroots and along the Continental Divide this afternoon.  Mixing heights will range from 3,000-11,000 feet AGL.  Transport wind speed will be between 5-10 mph and be from the northwest to north-northeast.  Ventilation is forecast to be POOR in the morning and GOOD in the afternoon.  Inversions are expected to break between 10am-12noon.

Smoke from the Pioneer Fire will affect the Ketchum area and southwest into the Mountain Home area.  This afternoon, a northwest to west wind will provide some clearing out of the Snake River Plain with impacts confined to mainly east of Mountain Home and east through much of the Upper Snake.  Continued impacts into the Idaho Falls, Rexburg, Teton Valley, and Island Park area and south to Soda Springs this morning will lift this afternoon.  An easterly wind across northern Idaho will remove impacts from fires in Washington; however, it will bring morning smoke from Montana fires this morning before lifting out this afternoon.  Brief, morning impacts should be expected across the Silver Valley, Clearwater drainages, and Columbia Basin.  Tomorrow, a stronger westerly component will develop at the surface will push smoke out of the Treasure Valley with impacts likely to be felt from Mountain Home and East within the Snake River Plain.

DEQ Air Quality Forecast and Cautions:
                           
  • The Idaho Falls Regional Office has extended a Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution for Teton, Bonneville, and Custer Counties. Valid through Thursday, August 25th at 4:00 p.m.
  • The Boise Regional Office has extended a Stage 1 Air Quality Forecast and Caution for Boise County. Valid through Thursday, August 25th at 3:00 p.m.  
View DEQ near-real time monitoring at: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/

The USFS installed monitors near Stanley, Idaho, Garden Valley, Idaho, Centerville, Idaho, and Lowman, Idaho.  Idaho DEQ has installed temporary monitors in Fairfield and Boise (Garden City), Idaho. The information can be found at http://smoke.airfire.org/monitoringReport/#/?date=LATEST&productType=plotTable.
·         Stanley, ID monitor is Stanley-Idaho 75
·         Lowman, ID monitor is Lowman-Jolene Drive
·         Garden Valley, ID monitor is Garden Valley-Babcock Lane
·         Centerville, ID monitor is Idaho City-Grimes Pass Road
·         Fairfield, ID monitor is Fairfield-Soldier Road
·          Boise, ID monitor is Garden City-Alworth Street

Smoke forecasts are dependent on predicted fire growth and weather.  If conditions change unexpectedly, impacts could occur.  When visibility starts to go below 5 miles, sensitive groups should minimize outdoor activities.  Everyone else should minimize prolonged or physical activity outdoors.  Visit the Idaho Smoke Blog for more information at http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/

Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside.  Even if you smell smoke, the air quality may still be good. 

AQI Category
Visibility (miles)
Good
11+
Moderate
6-10
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
3-5
Unhealthy
1½  -2¾
Very Unhealthy
1-1¼ 
Hazardous
Less than 1

How to estimate air quality based on visibility for areas without an air quality monitor or airport visibility estimate:

a. Face away from the sun.
b. Determine the limit of your visible range by looking for targets at known distances (miles).
c. Visible range is when an object you can easily see in the distance disappears.
d. Use the visibility values above to determine the local wildfire smoke category.

Pioneer Fire Update for Wednesday, August 25th

BOISE, August 25, 2016 – The Pioneer Fire continued slow growth to the northeast Wednesday but good progress was made on control lines on the west and northwest perimeter. “It sounds like great news on the fire line” said Incident Commander Beth Lund, but she warned fire fighters against becoming complacent because the potential for significant fire activity still exists. Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 is now managing the entire fire area, which was previously handled by two separate management teams. Hot shot crews and other personnel, with help from helicopter bucket drops, made good gains toward securing the western part of the line in Charlotte Gulch. Elsewhere, crews worked to check the fires’ spread into the Long Creek drainage, above the Long Creek Summer Homes area.

Today’s operational plan calls for completing the line near Charlotte Gulch, as well as securing another portion of line along the South Fork Payette River between Dodge and Black Bear Creeks. Crews will continue working the active edge between Clear Creek and Long Creek. Helicopters will be used as needed, as soon as the smoke clears and they are able to fly safely. Crews are also repairing older fire lines and recovering fire equipment used during the past month of firefighting.

Weather forecasts are calling for a warming trend returning this weekend but winds are expected to be favorable for firefighting operations today.
               
A Level 2 evacuation order remains in effect for residents along the South Fork Road, east of the Grimes Pass Road and along the South Fork Payette River.  All properties in the Lowman area and Pioneerville are under a Level 1 evacuation order.  Homes along Forest Road 582 (Clear Creek Road) and the Long Creek summer homes area are in Level 2 evacuation status.  Highways 17 and 21 are open but the public is reminded to use caution when encountering fire equipment and personnel and give them adequate room when passing.  Reduce speeds but do not stop in the fire area.

Community Meetings have been scheduled for Placerville tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the plaza, at the Crouch Community Center tomorrow (Friday) night at 7:00 p.m. and in Lowman on Saturday night at Fire Station #80 on State Route 21.

DETAILS — The Pioneer Fire Area Closure can be found at fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices and information at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866.  Information is also available at facebook.com/Pioneer-Fire-682201165260518 or email questions to pioneerfire2016@gmail.com

SMOKE INFORMATION — Idaho smoke information can be found at idsmoke.blogspot.com

FIRE RESTRICTIONS — Please check fire restrictions at idahofireinfo.com

Human caused wildfire shuts down Interstate 84


Twin Falls District Bureau of Land Management (BLM), North Cassia Rural Fire Department and Malta Rural Fire Department responded the I84MM239 Fire off of Interstate 84 yesterday afternoon, around 2:30 p.m. near Idahome.
Due to high winds pushing the fire, Interstate 84 southbound traffic was temporarily shut down. This allowed firefighting aircraft and ground resources to engage the fire near the roadway, ensuring public and fire fighter safety. The Interstate remained closed for approximately three hours.
The fire burn 1,260 acres of grass and brush, and was called contained last night, August 24, at 10:00 p.m. The estimated control time is this evening at 6:00 p.m. Resources remain on scene to mop up hotspots and rehab fire line.
 The cause of the fire was determined to be human. Its appears to have started from a vehicle traveling on the interstate. This fire could have been prevented by doing a quick safety check before leaving home. Checking tire pressure on vehicles and trailers, and ensuring safety chains are secure. It only takes one spark to start a devastating wildfire. Do your part to protect Idaho’s public lands. One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire.

For more information contact: Kelsey Brizendine, Fire Information Officer, 208.732.7315




For up-to-date fire information, follow us on Twitter at BLMIdahoFire   #TFDFire . 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  24 August 2016          
Contact: Lynn Ballard
(208) 557-5765

EASTERN IDAHO INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER FIRE UPDATE

IDAHO FALLS, ID:  No new starts were reported within the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center as of this update.  This update covers all fires (except Henrys Creek) occurring in the dispatch area. 

The Tie Canyon Fire continues to be active.  It is estimated to be approximately 800 acres.  There approximately 55 fire fighters assigned.  A Type II Incident Management Team ordered to manage this fire.  They will take over the fire on Friday morning, August 26, 2016.  Trail and Road closures are in effect.

The Clifton Fire located two miles south of Clifton, ID was contained at 12:30 PM today.  Current estimate is 2,413-acres.  There are six federal engines and three Franklin County engines on scene. 

No changes to the 265-acre Toponce Fire were reported today.  Crews continue to secure the 80% contained fire.  Resources assigned to this fire continue to be reduced. 

Several small fires, including the Carrot, Lanes Creek, Black and Big Elk Fires continue to burn on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF).   Lanes Creek is now estimated at 150-acres.  No significant size increase has occurred on any of the other fires since the last update. An inciweb page was created for the Carrot Fire as closures are in place for the area. More information is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4973/.  

Cherry Road Fire Update Fact Sheet August 23, 2016 - PM

Fire Information Center: (541) 670-0812
Information Websites: Inciweb –http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4974 and Facebook Cherry Road Fire 
Incident Management: Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Doug Johnson Incident Commander (IC), assumed management of the fire at 6:00 am this morning.  IC Johnson would like to thank the Bureau of Land Management Type 3 Team, local protection associations, and volunteers for the successful suppression efforts on the Cherry Road Fire. 
Fire Size: 31,667 acres; fire growth was minimal today.
Percent Contained: 70%
Structures Threatened: 1
Closures: Cherry Creek Resort; and McCormick and Indian Creek Campgrounds have been closed.
Cause: Fire started August 21, 2016.  The cause is under investigation.
Resources:  Total personnel assigned 285; 2 -type 1 crews, 2 -type 2 crews, 1 camp crews, 2 helicopters,29 engines, 3 dozers and 4 water tenders. 
Air Operations: A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place restricting aerial public access. The two helicopters supported the burnout operations along the Fisherman’s Road.  The public should be reminded all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted within the TFR, delaying fire suppression efforts. Flying within the TFR is against the law 
Weather:  Tonight’s forecast calls for mostly clear with temperatures 50 to 55 degrees with relative humidity of 40%.  Today’s gusty north winds will decrease to 4 to 7 pm by midnight. 
Today’s Operations: Firefighters made excellent progress to meet the full suppression objectives of the Cherry Road Fire today.  Burn out operations occurred and were successfully, using the control lines of Fisherman’s Road from the switchbacks down to the boat ramp.  The fire continued to back towards the reservoir in two locations in steep terrain.  The fire has burned in a Greater Sage Grouse Habitat and a wild horse management area; Wild Horse Basin Wilderness Study Area, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, and several grazing allotments. 
Tonight’s Planned Operations: The fire will be staffed tonight with crews patrolling and cooling hot spots.  This will be the last night shift.  Local resources will be released tomorrow to return and be available for initial attack at other locations.

Pioneer Fire Daily Update for Wednesday, August 24th

Community Meetings have been scheduled for Placerville on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the plaza and in Lowman on Saturday evening at Fire Station #80 on State Route 21.
         
BOISE, August 24, 2016 – The Pioneer Fire is being managing under unified command with Great Basin IMT #1, Idaho Department of State Lands, Boise County Sheriff and the Garden Valley Fire Department.  The structure protection group working in the Black Bear Creek drainage are making great strides in preparing the structures in the division for defense against any advancing fire.  Actions being taken include the removal of ladder fuels or low limbs and removing ground fuels around structures and deploying hose lays and sprinklers for wetting the areas.  The fuel that is being removed is being chipped and scattered away from where the fire could come in contact with the area. 

Burnout operations along the road systems in the Miller and Hall Gulch areas above Pioneerville were successful in securing the road by removing the available fuel between the active fire and the road edge.  Additional firing opportunities are being evaluated along the remaining unsecured lines.  The fire in Clear Creek drainage spotted across the road and is moving up hill on Deadwood Ridge and away from the summer homes.  Firefighters are working on the spot fire and are being supported by aircraft.

Fire crews are repairing fire lines and recovering fire equipment used during suppression.  The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team are assessing and developing a plan for rehabilitation of sensitive areas, repair of infrastructure and stabilization of steep slopes.  Assessment of historical and archeological sites is being conducted as part of the suppression rehabilitation. 
   
Weather forecasts are calling for cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity recoveries over the next few days with a warming trend returning this weekend.   Winds have been favorable to fire crews in holding efforts on Division A, B and BB. 
  
 A Level 2 evacuation order remains in effect for residents along the South Fork Road, east of the Grimes Pass Road and along the South Fork Payette River.  All properties in the Lowman area and Pioneerville are under a Level 1 evacuation order.  Homes along Forest Road 582 (Clear Creek Road) as well as the Long Creek summer homes area are in Level 2 evacuation status.  The public using these highways is reminded to use caution when encountering fire equipment and personnel and give them adequate room when passing.  Reduce speeds but do not stop in the fire area.

DETAILS — The Pioneer Fire Area Closure can be found at fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices and information at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4866.  Information is also available at facebook.com/Pioneer-Fire-682201165260518 or email questions to pioneerfire2016@gmail.com

SMOKE INFORMATION — Idaho smoke information can be found at idsmoke.blogspot.com
FIRE RESTRICTIONS — Please check fire restrictions at idahofireinfo.com

Acres:  101,992  Containment:  40%  Personnel:  1,908
          Resources assigned includes:  46 crews, 13 helicopters, 86 engines, 9 dozers, 35 water tenders, 7 masticators


Tuesday, August 23, 2016