The Grouse Fire started Sept. 6, 2020, about 7:30 p.m. The fire’s ignition location was along 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 area of the closure.
The Grouse fire is currently 3,980 acres. The fire crossed into the Sawtooth National Forest and both forests are coordinating on the management of the fire. 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.
A local Type 3 IMT continues managing the fire for full suppression.
Objectives: An area closure is in place, including a number of trails and roads. Bulldozers and handcrews continue to put in line where possible with ground crews cutting line where the dozer is not able. Aircraft will continue to support ground efforts as needed. Fire crews are working along NFS road 166 to reduce fire activity to the west if the fire progression changes.
Weather: Colder temperatures and higher RHs will be in place for the day, but a warming trend is expected into next week.
Closures: Visitors are reminded that Sawtooth National Forest Campgrounds Abbot, Chaparral, Bird Creek, Shake Creek and Baumgartner are closed. Boise National Forest Elks Flat Campground and dispersed camping remains open at this time.
Reminder: Please be aware of forest fire restrictions before heading out for the weekend.