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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Highline Fire Update for September 9th


Location: The Highline Fire and Goat Fire are both burning on the Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, entirely within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (https://tinyurl.com/y8qomgpm), approximately 23 miles east/northeast of Warren, Idaho. 

Date of Origin: July 28, 2017 @ approx. 7:00 p.m. 

Cause: Started by lightning 

Current Size: Highline Fire: 80,863 acres / Goat Fire: 788 Acres 

Current Situation: Fire activity picked up on many parts of the Highline Fire Friday as the layer of smoke that had been shading the fire dissipated. The fire continued to move to the southwest actively burning in a pocket of timber in Wise Creek in the vicinity of the Rock Rabbit Lookout. The lookout has been covered in structure wrap and the fire will be limited by natural barriers and a recent fire scar as it progresses. The southerly wind flow also moved the fire along the eastern edge flanking toward Root Ranch moving about a half of a mile. Fire activity continued on the southwest flank of the fire in heavy dead and down debris and steep slopes. A mid-day rise in relative humidity and a drop in temperature subdued fire behavior into the evening. Weather forecasts indicate isolated thunderstorm activity and possible precipitation may occur in the fire area today. Firefighters remain on watch to take necessary actions to protect Values at Risk should the fire dictate the need. Fire managers will conduct reconnaissance flights to monitor the perimeter as smoke and weather allow. One type 2 initial attack crew, one type 1 wildland fire module, one light helicopter and multiple fireline leadership and support positions. A total of 86 personnel are assigned.
Fire Management StrategyThe Payette National Forest has selected a monitor/point protection fire management strategy as the fire is burning within the Wilderness and was started naturally by lightning. This management approach allows fire to play its natural role in the Wilderness to achieve ecological benefits for enhancement of forest health and wildlife habitat, while protecting Values at Risk. Suppression actions will be taken as needed to protect Values at Risk.
Closures and Restrictions: A Forest Area Closure is in effect for public and firefighter safety. Included in the closure area, Chamberlain, Cold Meadows, Soldier Bar and Cabin Creek Airstrips are closed due to fire activity. Please visit the following link for the Highline Fire Area Closure Order: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5500/40016/.
The Payette National Forest is also under STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONSClick this link for designated sites where campfires are allowed. If a site is not signed as being a designated site, then campfires are not allowed at that site. There are no fire restrictions in the Frank Church River or No Return Wilderness. For more information: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/wilderness-fire-restrictions.html. 
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 https://goo.gl/R2fDJr. If you have a question, please email us at payettefireinformation@gmail.com. Visithttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500/ for more information on the Highline and other fires throughout the nation and www.idahofireinfo.com for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.  ###