Badger Fire Daily Update for Monday, September 22, 2020

Badger Fire Daily Update for Monday, September 22, 2020

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Cause Unknown
Acres 89,090
Containment 49%
Crews 5
Helicopters 8
Dozers 6
Engines 36
Total Personnel 356

Activity on the Fire: Yesterday, crews and dozers continued to construct direct line on the southern perimeter and completed line down Rams Horn Ridge. Structure protection actions continued around recreation residences near Magic Mountain Ski Resort. Aerial resources supported ground crews along the west flank to halt further fire spread to the west. Heavy equipment cleared rocks and debris from the Trapper Creek Road, moving west toward Diamondfield Jack Campground. Crews began to fall snags along egress routes for firefighter safety. A community meeting for residents of Rock Creek and Dry Creek was held last night with the incident commander and local agency representatives.
Today, suppression resources on the southwest flank of the fire will actively engage the fire’s edge with direct and indirect line to stop fire spread to the south and west near Pike Mountain and Magic Mountain Ski Resort. Crews will work to cool pockets of heat along the east flank, assisted by aerial resources as conditions allow. Firefighters will mop up and patrol all other areas of the fire perimeter. Feller bunchers are dropping snags along roads for public and firefighter safety.

Weather: The weather will be trending warmer and drier through the week. Temperatures will range from 75-78˚F with relative humidity of 15-20%. Winds will be southwest, shifting to westerly this afternoon, with gusts to 20 mph.
Evacuation: The evacuation order for all residents on private land in Rock Creek Canyon and Dry Creek was lifted at 8 am Sunday by Twin Falls and Cassia County Sheriff’s Departments. The Rock Creek Road is closed at the BLM/private land boundary.

Area Closure: The Sawtooth National Forest issued the Badger Fire Road, Trail and Area Closure, effective September 15, 2020. As hunting seasons open, hunters are reminded the closure is in place for their safety as well as the safety of firefighters. The full Forest Closure Order can be viewed on Inciweb and the Sawtooth NF’s website at A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in place over the fire area. Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) are prohibited; they interfere with helicopters and air tankers conducting suppression efforts.

Donations: Firefighters on this incident have all the food and supplies they need. If you would like to donate, please consider the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.