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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Prescribed Fire Operations in the Upper Fall Creek Area on the Caribou-Targhee NF


Prescribed Fire Operations in the Upper Fall Creek Area on the Caribou-Targhee NF
SWAN VALLEY, ID -- On Thursday August 22, 2019 the Palisades Ranger District on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations in the Fall Creek Basin near Commissary and 4th of July Ridges. Ignition operations are expected to extend into the weekend. The intent of this project is to improve wildlife habitat by promoting Aspen regeneration. Supporting partners on this project included the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Smoke may be visible from Swan Valley, Idaho and Alpine, Wyoming areas during implementation. Residual smoke and fire activity can be expected in the area for several weeks following implementation until significant weather changes with rain or snow occur.
We encourage Forest users to stay informed and use caution if recreating in the vicinity of the prescribed fire.
For additional information please contact the Palisades Ranger District at 208-523-1412. 
Weekends and after hours contact EIIFC Fire Information 208-497-5934


Friday, August 16, 2019

Boise District BLM Fire Update

News Release

For Immediate Release: August 16, 2019
Contact: Jared Jablonski, 208-384-3378

Boise District BLM Fire Update
Twitter: @BLMIdahoFire (#BLMBODFire)

The Boise District BLM is fighting three wildfires near the Blacks Creek and Mayfield Road area southeast of Boise. Fire crews worked hard through the night to stop fire spread and will continue securing containment lines throughout the day

Mayfield Fire
●       Location: approximately 17 miles southeast of Boise, Id near the intersection of Slater Creek and Mayfield road
●       Size: estimated 850 to 1,000 acres
●       Containment: estimated 8/16 at 8:00 p.m.
●       Control: estimated 8/17 at 6:00 p.m.
●       Resources: four BLM engines, one Forest Service engine, one BLM dozer, Mountain Home RFPA engines and dozers, one BLM water tender, 1 hotshot crew, and 1 helicopter.
●       Fire behavior: smoldering
●       Structures threatened: None 
●       Cause: human - under investigation

Prospect Fire
●       Location: approximately 14 miles southeast of Boise, Id near the intersection of Blacks Creek and Mayfield road
●       Size: estimated at 500 acres
●       Containment: estimated 8/16 at 10:00 p.m.
●       Control: no estimated control time
●       Resources: four BLM engines, one Forest Service engine, two BLM dozers, Mountain Home RFPA engines and dozers, one BLM water tender, 1 hotshot crew,  and 1 helicopter.
●       Fire behavior: smoldering
●       Structures threatened: none 
●       Cause: human - under investigation

Pole Fire
●       Location: approximately 14 miles southeast of Boise, Id near the intersection of Blacks Creek and Mayfield road
●       Size: estimated at 5 acres
●       Containment: 8/16 at 1:45 a.m.
●       Control: estimated 8/16 at 6:00 p.m.
●       Resources: one engine strike team
●       Fire behavior: smoldering
●       Structures threatened: none 
●       Cause: human - under investigation


For More Information,
·         Jared Jablonski, Fire Information and Prevention Officer, jjablonski@blm.gov
·         208.384-3378
·         Idaho Wildfires visit www.IdahoFireInfo.com

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.

Treasureton Fire Final Update

For Immediate Release: August 16, 2019, 8 a.m.
Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934


Treasureton Fire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info(#TreasuretonFire, #BLMIFDFire)

Firefighters stopped the Treasureton Fire's forward progress Thursday evening. The fire has been mapped at 363 acres and is 75% contained. Today, firefighters will extinguish hot spots and any remaining heat within the burned area. Fire managers expect full containment this evening, August 16 at 10 p.m. This is the final update unless significant activity occurs.  
 
Start Date: August 15, 2019 at approximately 3:30 p.m. 

Location and Jurisdiction: 13 miles north of Preston, near Treasureton. Located between Treasureton Road and Johnson Road. Private forested land. 

Cause: Human caused, started by farm equipment.

Fire Size: 363 acres (mapped)

Percent Contained:  75% contained, containment estimated for 8/16/19 at 10 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Smoldering hot spots. 
  
Fuels and Terrain:  Rugged terrain covered in grass, brush and juniper. 

Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 2 dozers, 1 water tender, 1 helicopter and 2 handcrews (BLM & USFS). Franklin County resources. 

Structures Threatened: Structures not threatened. 

Evacuations: No evacuations.  

Closures: No closures

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Treasureton Fire 8/15 Evening Update

For Immediate Release: August 15, 2019, 8:15 p.m.
Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934


Treasureton Fire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info(#TreasuretonFire, #BLMIFDFire)

The Treasureton Fire has grown to 500 acres and is 50% contained. Firefighters have been able to slow the fires progress and will continue to build containment lines around the Treasureton Fire through the night, conducting burn out operations as needed. 
 
Start Date: August 15, 2019 at approximately 3:30 p.m. 

Location and Jurisdiction: 13 miles north of Preston, near Treasureton. Located between Treasureton Road and Johnson Road. Started on private forested, threatening BLM. 

Cause: Under investigation

Fire Size: 500 acres

Percent Contained:  50% contained, containment estimated for 8/16/19 at 10 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Running and torching trees. 
  
Fuels and Terrain:  Rugged terrain covered in grass, brush and juniper. 

Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 2 dozers, 1 water tender, 4 single engine air tankers, 2 heavy air tankers and a helicopter. Franklin and Caribou County resources assisting. 2 handcrews ordered. 

Structures Threatened: Structures are not immediately threatened, but are in the area. 

Evacuations: No evacuations. If evacuations are necessary those affected will be notified, they will be conducted by the local county sheriffs office. 

Closures: No closures

Treasureton Fire



For Immediate Release: August 15, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934


Treasureton Fire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info(#TreasuretonFire, #BLMIFDFire)

Start Date: August 15, 2019 at approximately 3:30 p.m. 

Location and Jurisdiction: 5 miles north of Preston, near Treasureton. Started on private forested, threatening BLM. 

Cause: Under investigation

Fire Size: 200 acres and growing

Percent Contained:  0% contained, containment estimated for 8/16/19 at 10 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Running and torching trees. 
  
Fuels and Terrain:  Rugged terrain covered in grass, brush and juniper. 

Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 2 dozers, 1 water tender, 4 single engine air tankers, 2 heavy air tankers and a helicopter. County resources on scene. 

Structures Threatened: Structures are not immediately threatened, but are in the area. 

Evacuations: No evacuations

Closures: No closures


The CCC Fire is now 100% contained

Smoke from smoldering interior fuels will be visible well past the point of complete containment as crews work toward control. These smokes pose no threats to the area outside containment lines. Mop up operations will continue to locate and extinguish hot spots.

Current resources include 2 hotshot crews, 8 Type 2 IA crews, 6 engines, and 2 water tenders. Crews are being released as needs lessen; total personnel assigned to the fire is 252.

The CCC Road from Cataldo to Wall Ridge Road, The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes from Cataldo to Kingston, and FS road #259 on the backside of Cataldo Mountain- especially Hardy Saddle will remain closed.

The public is reminded that if you choose to float the Coeur d’Alene river, you will not be permitted to enter closed roads or trails to retrieve your boats.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

For continued updates and more Idaho Department of Lands Fire Information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/IDLFireInfo/

Size: 450 acres
Containment: 100%
Management Strategy: Full Suppression 

CONTACT:
Jennifer Russell, Fire Information Officer
208-277-4361

Nethker Fire Update for August 15th, 2019

The #NethkerFire is now 68 percent contained as crews continue to make progress in the northern area of the fire. Some islands of previously unburned vegetation inside the fire perimeter burned yesterday, leading to a small increase in the size of the fire to 2,351 acres.

The Warren Wagon Road is open to the public, however, the French Creek/Burgdorf Road remains closed. With increased weekend traffic, please drive with caution. Firefighters and their vehicles will be working in the area.
Nethker Fire Map as of August 15,2019.
Smoke will be visible along the road and within the interior of containment lines. These areas have been secured and firefighters will continue to extinguish them.

Temperatures are expected to be cooler today over the fire today reaching mid 70s with increased humidity and cloud cover. There is a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms, which could bring gusty windsFire behavior will continue to moderate with creeping and smoldering in the heavy fuels. There is a possibility of torching as interior pockets continue to burn.
Firefighters have moved into the mop-up stages of securing the fireline on the southern end of the Nethker Fire, looking for hot spots and putting them out. Part of this work will also include repairing suppression lines to help mitigate the impact of firefighting efforts. Hotshot and helitack crews continue to build line along the northwest and east sides of the fire where it has burned into the old Burgdorf burn scar and along the Warren Wagon Road to the east.

Wildfire defense plans for the communities of Secesh and Burgdorf are complete. So far successful containment lines on the Burgdorf side of fire have reduced threats to the area. At this time, there is no immediate threat to Secesh; however, firefighters are ready to move into the area if fire activity makes it necessary to do so.

Closures: There is an area closure in effect for Forest Service land. Popular areas affected by this closure include: Trail Lake, Summit Lake, Lake Rock, Josephine Lake, Frosty Meadow, Ruby Meadows to Loon Lake (Loon Lake remains open), Crystal Mountain, and Bear Pete Mountain. Chinook Campground is open with access only from Warren. The closure order and map can be found here: http://bit.ly/NethkerFireAreaClosure2.  

TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) has been implemented over the fire area – which means recreational drones and private aircraft may not be operated over the fire. The TFR can be found here: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_4931.html.

Please check the Nethker Fire’s page on Inciweb or the Payette National Forest Facebook page for updated information, along with the latest maps and photos.

There are 'No' Fire Restrictions in Effect in Idaho

With cooler temps and periods of moisture this summer, #fireconditions have not warranted the implementation of #firerestrictions. Please continue to be vigilant when recreating on #publiclands. Visit idahofireinfo.com or call the #firerestrictions hotline (844) 433-4737 for the latest updates.



Monday, August 12, 2019

Desert Ride Fire caused by Fireworks


For Immediate Release: August 12, 2018 6 p.m.
Contact: Kelsey Griffee, kgriffee@blm.gov, 208-521-8709

Desert Ride Fire caused by Fireworks
Final update unless significant activity occurs
(#DesertRideFire & #BLMIFDFire)

MENAN, Idaho – BLM fire investigators have determined that fireworks caused the August 11 Desert Ride Fire. The Desert Ride Fire has been mapped at 4,537 acres and is 70% contained. Firefighters will continue extinguishing hot spots and expect full containment August 13 at 10 p.m.  

“The Menan area experiences multiple human caused fires every year,” said Jeremy Casterson, Upper Snake Field Manager. “This fire is disappointing not only because all fireworks are prohibited on BLM lands, but because that area is highly susceptible to wildfire. Firefighters were able to suppress this quickly, but may not be so fortunate in the future. These fires affect ranchers, hunters and other public land users. ”

The 2019 Fire Prevention Order, prohibits specific fire-related activities on public land from May 10 to October 20. The Fire Prevention Order makes it illegal to possess or use fireworks on BLM-managed lands in Idaho.

Any person who knowingly and willfully performs any act restricted by the Fire Prevention Order could be subject to a fine and held responsible for fire suppression and/or rehabilitation cost.

To read the BLM Idaho 2018 Fire Prevention Order, or for the most recent information concerning wildfires, fire restrictions, and fire prevention and education, can be found on the interagency Idaho Fire Info webpage, http://www.idahofireinfo.com/.

Desert Ride Fire


For Immediate Release: August 12, 2019, 10:30 a.m.
Contact: EIIFC Fire Information, 208-497-5934


Desert Ride Fire
Facebook: Idaho Fire Info
(#DesertRideFire, #BLMIFDFire)

The Desert Ride Fire is approximately 7,500 acres, it is being mapped now. Firefighters have stopped the fire’s forward progress, achieving 50% containment. Dozer line is around 90% of the fire perimeter and engines are working to extinguish any heat along the line.

Winds are expected to pick up this afternoon, which may test containment lines. Fire managers still expect full containment by Tuesday evening.

Start Date: August 11, 2019 at approximately 6 p.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: 11 miles west of Rexburg, Highway 33 near mile marker 68. BLM

Cause: Human caused, under investigation

Fire Size: 7,500 acres approximately

Percent Contained:  50% contained, containment estimated for 8/13/19 at 10 p.m.

Fire Behavior: Smoldering
  
Fuels and Terrain:  Flat terrain burning in brush and grass and other fine flashy fuels

Fire Crews/Resources: 9 engines, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders

Structures Threatened: No structures threatened

Evacuations: No evacuations

Closures: No closures