Canyon Fire Burn Operations along Hwy 21 Successful

Contact(s): Venetia Gempler 208-373-4105

BOISE, Idaho, July 20, 2019 – Firefighters completed effective burn out operations on the south flank of the fire along State Highway 21 between milepost 101-103. Fuels were consumed as the flames headed back upslope to the main fire protecting a core access route through the area. Because the Canyon Fire is in steep terrain, firefighters are using indirect tactics and looking for opportunities to safely suppress the 329 acre fire. The fire is being managed for full suppression and is 11 percent contained at this time.


Idaho Department of Transportation (IDT) was instrumental in managing for public and firefighter safety along State Highway 21 during yesterday’s operations by providing a one lane pilot car to guide traffic through the area with minimal delays. IDT will continue to be present through the weekend if needed due to fire traffic and poor visibility caused by smoke. For the most updated information on the road closure please visit:


Smoke from the Canyon Fire and other nearby fires may affect the overall air quality of this area. For information on smoke impacts to air quality, visit


The Canyon Fire is located southeast of Bull Trout Campground and 14 miles west of Stanley, Idaho, within the Lowman Ranger District. It was reported at approximately 5 p.m., July 14, 2019. Currently, there are 197 personnel on scene. There are no threats to life or property at this time.


Forest officials ask the public to be extremely careful with all flammable materials and to ensure campfires are completely out and cold to the touch. With increasing weekend temperatures, fuels are drying out quickly and the potential for wildfire ignitions is high.