Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Monday, May 16, 2022 9:09:52 AM MDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Badger Fire
Last Updated
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 9:30 AM MST
(1 year, 4 months ago)
Fire Reported
Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:19 PM MDT
(1 year, 8 months ago)
Incident Type
18.1 miles WSW of Oakley, ID
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Sawtooth National Forest
Contain: 10/11 @0900control: 11/17 @1030
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Badger Fire is located on the Minidoka Ranger District 20 miles southwest of Oakley, ID. The fire started on September 12, 2020 near Badger Gulch off Forest Road 533 and 536; the cause is unknown.  High winds and critically dry fuels resulted in extreme fire behavior, including long-range spotting and fire whorls, and caused the fire to grow rapidly. 

Command of the Badger Fire will transition back to the Sawtooth National Forest as of 6 a.m. Monday morning. This will be the final update for the Badger fire and all further communications will be handle through the Sawtooth National Forest.

Most of the Badger Fire Road, Trail, and Area Closure has been lifted, there are several areas that will remain closed due to unsafe conditions or resource concerns.  The following areas remain closed to the public:

  • The Rock Creek road up to Diamondfield Jack is all open but the areas to the side of the road are closed. The closure starts at the Forest Boundary to the fire edge at Third Fork Campground due to unsafe recreation facilities and potential for falling rock and debris run off. The public is asked to not stop on the roadway in Lower Rock Creek Canyon.

  • A majority of 50-inch ATV trails and motorcycle trails are closed to protect the existing trail tread from further erosion and damage post fire. Snags are likely to continue to come down after wind and precipitation events. Please see the map for closure areas.

The BAER team is currently making assessments on the burned area and the Minidoka Ranger District will be working with user groups to assess post fire motorized trail damage as well as potential effects on winter recreation. Reseeding and other stabilization treatments will be occurring in the coming weeks on lands within the fire perimeter.

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Saturday September 12th, 2020 approx. 05:19 PM
20 miles southwest of Oakley Idaho
Incident Commander
Clay Stephens - Type 3 Team
Incident Description
Wildfire Burning In The Cassia Division, Sawtooth National Forest And Bureau Of Land Management.
42.091, -114.169
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Thursday October 15th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and understory)
Heavy Logging Slash.

Sub-alpine fir, lodgepole pine, juniper, mountain brush and grass communities. 1000-hr fuel moisture below 10 percent.
Significant Events
Minimal fire behavior near B/C break, isolated group torching in interior islands.
Planned Actions
All divisions patrol and monitor perimeter and interior islands.
Projected Incident Activity
Minimal activity is expected due to higher RH values and lower temperatures, however wind gusts up to 35 mph remain a concern.
The Type 3 Team will turn the Badger Fire back to the Sawtooth National Forest 6 a.m. Monday morning. All further communications will come from the Sawtooth National Forest.
Weather Concerns
24 hours: A cold front has arrived likely brining wetting rains, RH values in the 40-50% range, and drastically reduced temps to the 40's and 30's.
Strong winds with gusts to 40 expected.

48 hrs. As the cold front pushed through, winds will remain high, RH values will increase into the 39-51% range, with daytime temperatures in the high 50's to 60.
Incident Contact
Julie Thomas
Phone: 208-731-8604
Fire Unit Information
Sawtooth National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
370 American Ave.
Jerome, ID 83338
Dispatch Contact
South Central Idaho Interagency Dispatch Center | Twin Falls, ID
Phone: 208-886-2373
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/gbcc/dispatch/id-scc/
Incident Map

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