Grouse Fire - Updated 09/10/20

Monday, September 7, 2020 ~ Updated 8:27 PM

Grouse Fire Update - September 10, 2020

***FIRE UPDATE 09.08.20

· 3680 acres

· 0 percent contained

· Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho

· Start: Sept. 6

· Cause: Under investigation

Firefighters and bulldozers are making good progress building and securing direct and indirect firelines around the fire. Late yesterday Fire Crews tied in a slop over which burned across National Forest System road 166. 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. Acreage dropped due to better mapping.

Today’s Objectives: Bulldozers will continue to flank the fire where possible, building line in locations where appropriate. As a precaution, fire crews will look for opportunities to burn off fuels where the slop over occurred on NFS Road 166 in order to reduce the potential for fire spread to the west Aircraft continue supporting ground efforts as needed.

Weather: Temperatures are cooler at about 61-66 degrees and winds are out of the southwest from 5-10 mph in the afternoon with possible gusts up to 17 mph.

Closures: For public health and safety, a multi-forest closure is in place for the entire fire area.

Personnel and resources: 135 people are assigned to the fire. Three 20 person crews, Five engines, 1 Air Attack, 2 helicopters, 6 bulldozers, 1 water tender, 4 SEATS (single engine air tankers) and support as needed from large air tankers.

For public safety: Be aware that winds may have dropped trees throughout the Forest. All Forest visitors are reminded to let someone know where they are going in case of emergency and please sign in at trailheads. Forest patrols are still finding abandoned campfires. All Forest visitors are reminded to be cautious with flammable materials and completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

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Grouse Fire Update - September 7, 2020

(New Boise NF Fire Start - 9-6-2020)

• 200 acres

• 0 percent contained

• Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho

• Start: Sept. 6

• Cause: Under investigation

The Grouse Fire started Sept. 6, 2020, about 7:30 p.m. The fire’s location is the boundary of the Boise and Sawtooth National Forests about 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho, in the area of National Forest System (NFS) roads 166 and 166e. Campers were evacuated from the NFS 166 road system. Crews are on scene with additional resources ordered. A type 3 team is managing the fire for full suppression and coordinating with the Sawtooth National Forest.

Today’s Objectives: Fire officials will be closing access to the all of NFS 166 roads. A bulldozer is working to put in line that reinforce actions from ground crews and aircraft. The fire has spotted over NFS road 166 and crews are responding. This fast moving fire presents significant safety concerns to fire personnel, including: gusty afternoon winds, spotting and running in grass, shrub and dead and down ponderosa pine.

Weather: A red flag warning has been issued for high winds and low relative humidity just south of the fire. A strong cold front with significant winds will arrive early this afternoon. Northwest winds are expected to increase to 19-25 mph with gusts to about 30 mph in the afternoon and decreasing Monday night. Day time

temperatures are expected to be from 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Closures: Closures are pending to the NFS 166 road system and forest officials are assessing the need for an area closure.

Personnel and resources: 72 people are assigned to the fire. Three engines, 2 Air Attack, 3 helicopters, 1 bulldozer, 1 water tender, 7 SEATS (single engine air tankers) and support as needed from 2 large air tankers.

For public safety: All Forest visitors are reminded to let someone know where you are going, to be cautious with flammable materials and completely douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

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  • Grouse Fire Update - September 13th, 2020

    · 3,367acres

    · 0 percent contained

    · Location: 6 miles northeast of Pine, Idaho

    · Start: Sept. 6

    · Cause: Under investigation

    Crews are holding the fire east of National Forest System road 166, and have completed and/or improved line along the Northwest and Northeast edges of the fire. Firefighters will continue to secure the line and mop up in these areas. Additional resources will move down the western flank of the fire, building indirect line and going direct where safe to do so. A firefighter was injured yesterday, and the emergency response was immediate and efficient. The individual was quickly transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

    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 at this time.

    Today’s Objectives: Firefighters assisted by heavy equipment will focus on constructing line farther down the western flank of the fire and scout possibilities for additional fire control lines. Firefighters will continue to hold and secure fireline and mop up in the northwest area of the fire.

    Weather: Temperatures will steadily increase throughout the week, while RH values drop. Smoke from fires in western Idaho, Oregon, and California may affect firefighting efforts and visibility in the area.

    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. Public entry into the closures only hampers firefighting efforts, and can be a safety hazard for fire personnel and the public.

    Personnel and resources: 261 people are assigned to the fire. Six 20 person crews, 10 engines, 1 Air Attack, 3 helicopters, 5 bulldozers, and 4 water tender.

    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.

    Forest patrols are still finding abandoned campfires. All Forest visitors are reminded to douse fires with water or dirt, stirring the mixture to completely put the coals out.

    -- Posted by Brenda M Fincher Publisher MHNews on Sun, Sep 13, 2020, at 10:15 PM
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