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Friday, July 28, 2017

Payette Fire Information Update - Missouri Fire, July 28

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Friday, 28 July 2017
Contact Fire Information:  208.634.0820

Start Date
Total Personnel
July 15
1,277 acres

The fire size has remained at 1,277 acres for the past week.  There has been minimal fire activity, mainly in interior portions of the fire where occasional torching of isolated trees has been observed.  While growth has stalled, the fire is not fully contained.  It continues to smolder in heavy down fuels within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.  Allowing fire to play its natural role in the ecosystem benefits the ecosystem.  Fire is essential for soil renewal, wildlife habitat, and overall forest health. 

Yesterday started out partly cloudy, and quickly became mostly cloudy by afternoon.  A few thunderstorms impacted the region, accompanied by little to no precipitation.  Afternoon temperatures were in the 70s, with relative humidity ranged from 35 – 45%.  Today, expect partly cloudy skies, winds gusting 10 – 15 miles per hour, warmer temperatures, and lower relative humidity.  As the daily high temperatures increase each day in the extended forecast, the fuels will dry out and become more susceptible to additional growth.

Firefighters finished cutting and thinning trees and brush along the east side of Profile Gap Road yesterday.  In Edwardsburg and Big Creek, crews are clearing trees and brush from around Forest Service facilities and developed sites.  Chippers will continue to be used to pulverize the removed trees and brush from both Profile Gap Road and within the community of Edwardsburg and Big Creek.  The benefit of chipping is the ability to spread the materials over a large area which decreases the fuel loading.  Chippers are still parked on the Profile Gap Road, making travel difficult for even the firefighters working in the area.  For this reason, the road does remain closed despite the diminished fire threat along Profile Creek.

Evacuation Status:  Level 1 evacuations are still in place for Edwardsburg/Big Creek, primarily due to the work taking place along the principal access route into the community.  To the north, the road is passable with high-clearance vehicles, UTVs, and motorcycles; trailers are not recommended.  Anyone who lives in the wildland urban interface should take time to consider what they would take in the event they did need to evacuate.  The Ready, Set, Go Program ( has helpful tips for preparation. 

Closures:  The Payette National Forest implemented an area closure surrounding the fire area.  Areas east of the Warren-Profile Road, north of Stibnite Road, and south of Lick Creek are closed.  Maps and complete details of the closure can be found by visiting InciWeb.  The Warren-Profile Gap Road remains closed. 

For more information:  Follow the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @Payette Forest, and on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest.  Subscribe to email updates via GovDelivery at  Updates are emailed daily during times of heightened fire activity on the forest.  Visit for more information on this and other fires throughout the nation.  And visit for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.