Grouse Fire Update - September 20th, 2020

Information Officer: Sarah Jorgenson
Cell: 208-565-7408


Grouse Fire Update - September 20th, 2020

• 3,980 acres
• 39 percent contained
• Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho
• Start: Sept. 6
• Cause: Under investigation

After receiving significant rainfall over the fire area, operations have shifted to monitoring, mop up and
suppression repair. Resources continue to be reassigned to Incidents of greater need. Repair and Rehabilitation of
a burned area can last up to one year after the fire is out. The first step is to repair damage created by the
suppression activities including repairing dozer lines by pulling material over the bare soil and re-seeding with
native species. The second step is to stabilize soils and waterways that are in danger of producing sediment and
uncharacteristic stream flows. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment will be conducted to
determine the needs which are in a large part based on the severity of the burn.

A joint area closure of National Forest System Lands between the Boise and Sawtooth National Forests was put in
place for public safety. Forest System road 227 and Forest Highway 61 (Pine/Featherville Highway) remain open
and the closure does not apply to private land adjacent to these roads. Visitors are reminded that Sawtooth
National Forest Campgrounds Abbot, Chaparral, Bird Creek, Shake Creek, Baumgartner and all dispersed sites are
closed. Boise National Forest Elks Flat Campground remains open.

Today’s Objectives: Fire resources will continue to hold and secure the perimeter of the fire, mopping up and
monitoring. Crews on the western edge of the fire will be engaged in preparing contingency line.

Weather: Cooler temperatures are expected for today, leading to a drying and warming trend through the
remainder of the week.

Closures: For public health and safety, a multi-forest closure is in place for the entire fire area. The Incident
Commander and all firefighting personnel appreciate the public’s cooperation in staying out of the forest closure
area and the Incident Command Post.

Personnel and resources: 125 people are assigned to the fire. Two 20 person crews, 10 engines, 1 Air Attack, 2
helicopters, 3 bulldozers, and 6 water tenders.
For public safety: Forest visitors are reminded to let someone know where they are going in case of emergency.
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 Grouse Fire and adjacent areas, please call the Mountain
Home District office at: (208) 587-7961.

Visit the Interactive Closure map to see closures organized by Ranger District.