Progress continues on Lodgepole prescribed fire north of Crouch

Contact(s): Mike Williamson 208-373-4105

7-2-2018 Photo of a map of Lodgepole Springs Fire


Emmett, Idaho, July 9, 2018 -- Crews continue making progress on the Forest Service’s Lodgepole Springs prescribed fire in an effort to limit its spread and suppress smoke. The fire was originally ignited April 24, and pockets of smoldering heat in heavy fuels, combined with recent warmer weather, have resulted in a creeping fire that is causing smoke to settle into nearby communities including Crouch.


The fire continues to remain within the project boundary, located approximately 14 miles north of Crouch along National Forest System (NFS) road 671.


“We’ve had sucessful spring prescribed fires in this area for the last several years, but unfortunately this one has found a way to hang on till summer,” said Emmett District Ranger Richard Newton. “The Forest has all currently available resources applying suppression tactics to keep the fire where it is now, safely within the project boundary. We greatly appreciate the community’s patience as we work to relieve the area of smoke.”


There are approximately 68 firefighters on the ground and are receiving support from two helicopters. Their strategy is to use direct attack on hot spots within the project’s interior and constructing and reinforcing fireline to limit the fire’s spread.


There are currently two temporary spur road closures in the vicinity of the fire. They are NFS road 671B1 and 671A, both of which are signed on the ground. The public is asked to be mindful of fire traffic on the 671 road to Silver Creek Plunge. Silver Creek Plunge and campgrounds in the area are open.


The prescribed burn project objectives are to reduce ground fuels, improve forest vegetation and improve wildlife habitat conditions.