Highline Fire Facts September 13, 2017

Release Date: Sep 13, 2017   Krassel, Idaho

Contact(s): Mike Ferris (208) 559-5367


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, 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: 83,630 acres / Goat Fire: 818 Acres (No IR flight last night updating acres from yesterday)

Current Situation: Fire behavior yesterday on the Highline and Goat fires remain generally low to moderate. Cooler and wetter conditions are forecast to enter the fire area bringing reduced fire behavior and spread potential through at least Friday. The Highline fire’s eastern perimeter continues to slowly back towards Root Ranch and Arctic Point Lookout. The fires edge west of Root Ranch has moved down into Ranch Creek and is within one half mile of the Ranch. Fire along the northern tip continues to burn in the top of Harlan Creek and backing slowly down toward the Salmon River remaining high on the breaks. The fire’s western flank continues to back slowly to the west towards Sheepeater Lookout, with pockets of active fire observed around Flossie Lake, Chamberlain Basin, Upper Red Top Meadows and Moose Creek. The southwestern portion of the fire continues to burn actively in areas of timber northeast of Rock Rabbit Lookout. Fire spread on the southern perimeter is mostly backing, but some active runs are occurring when winds, slope and fuels are aligned. The Goat fire continues to back at a very slow rate down towards Phantom Creek and the Salmon River. A new Area Closure Order has gone into effect. The revised order reopens the south and southeast corner of the fire area that had been closed on September 4. The updated Area Closure Order reopens the Big Creek Trail #196 and everything south of the trail as well as adjusting the east boundary to the west to allow the airstrips at Cold Meadows, Cabin Creek and Soldier Bar to open. A new fire start was discovered two miles southwest of Sheepeater Lookout yesterday. It was reported as one tenth of an acre and smoldering in grass and downed fuels. Two firefighters were delivered by helicopter to take suppression action on the new start. Firefighters will continue monitoring the fire by air for movement that may prompt protection actions. Resources assigned include: one type 2 initial attack crew; one local hand crew; one fire use module; one light helicopter; and fireline leadership and support positions. A total of 83 personnel are assigned.

Fire Management Strategy: The 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. The Chamberlain Airstrip remains closed due to fire activity. Visit the following link for the Highline Fire Area Closure Order. The Payette National Forest is also under STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Click 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 visit.

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. If you have a question, please email us at payettefireinformation@gmail.com. Visit InciWeb for more information on the Highline and other fires throughout the nation and Idaho Fire Info for information on fires throughout the state of Idaho.