Badger Fire Morning Update Thursday, September 17, 2020

Badger Fire Morning Update

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Contact Information:

Julie Thomas:

208.731.8604

Julie.thomas@usda.gov

Kelsey Brizendine:

208.308.5991

kbrizendine@blm.gov

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7196/

Follow: #BadgerFire

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SawtoothNatlFS

https://twitter.com/BLMIdahoFire

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sawtoothnationalforest

 

Start Date

Cause

Size

Percent Containment

Helicopters

Engines

Crews

Dozers

Total Personnel

9/12

Unknown

35,736

0%

5

6

2

2

149


 

The fire pushed to the west yesterday, growing another 8,000 acres. Weather, terrain, and heavy fuel loading continue to create extremely difficult conditions for fire fighters. The fire burned actively through the night and activity is expected to increase through out the day with the Red Flag Warning in effect. Air and ground crews are focusing on structure protection and triage, as well as evaluating opportunities to use both natural and manmade features for potential fire line use. Great Basin Team 2, with Incident Commander Sam Hicks, will be in-briefed today (9/17) to assume command of the Badger Fire Incident.

Weather will be a concern for firefighters over the next few days. A Red Flag Warning as been issued for both today and Friday to indicate the potential for weather conditions favorable for large fire growth. A low-pressure system and cold front are expected to move through the fire area. Before the front arrives, increasing clouds, cool temperatures, and high winds with gust up to 30 mph are expected. Dry thunderstorms are a threat for late Friday afternoon.

CLOSURES – A forest area closure is in effect for the Cassia Division of the Sawtooth National Forest. The purpose of this order is to protect the public and fire fighters during wildfire activity suppression activities. This includes all roads, trails, most campgrounds, and hunting units. Harrington and Third Fork Campgrounds remain open. Please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7196/ for the full closure order. The order will be in effect until October 30, 2020 unless rescinded by the Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor.

 

EVACUATIONS- While there are no evacuation currently in place, now is the time to prepare for any that may come. Follow these steps for a swift and safe evacuation if the need where to arise:

6 P’s of Evacuations-

  1. Plan- Make a plan

  2. Prescriptions- Gather necessary prescriptions

  3. Pets- Gather pets, pet food, and pet supplies

  4. Papers- Collect important papers: insurant cards, medical, taxes

  5. Pictures- Gather important pictures

  6. Plastics- Credit cards

Visit www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/ready-set-go/ for more information on preparing for wildfire evacuations.


 


 

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