TRAP CREEK FIRE UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

FIRE UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

TRAP CREE FIRE: The Trap Creek fire is located on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area ~ 9 miles northwest of Stanley, ID. The Trap Creek Fire was first reported on September 14th, 2020, near Trap Creek Campground. Dry conditions, low visibility, group torching, and creeping are all factors affecting firefighting efforts. Incident Commander (IC) is Riley Rhodes and Jake Renz is the IC trainee. Standing snag patches pose a continual threat to firefighters and

HWY 21 traffic. HWY 21 from mile post 116 to 119 is closed at night, and only open with a pilot car during the day, due to limited visibility from smoke and trees falling onto the highway. Highway concerns expected for the next 3 or 4 days. Be advised that intermittent closures of the highway are possible due to increase in fire behavior.

 

CLOSURES – A forest area closure is in effect for the area around the fire (see map). The purpose of this order is to protect the public and fire fighters during wildfire activity suppression activities. This includes all roads, trails, campgrounds, and hunting units within the closure.

 

Total acreage: 420

Percent Containment: 0%

 

For public safety: All Forest visitors are reminded to let someone know where they are going in case of emergency and please sign in at trailheads.

 

Know before you go. All Forest visitors are reminded to check with their local forest districts concerning forest closures and restrictions. For further inquiries about the Trap Creek Fire and adjacent areas, please call the Stanley Ranger Station 208-774-3000

 

The mission of the Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities and approximately 66 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System. The agency also has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 900 million forested acres within the U.S., of which over 130 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.)





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