49 mi
W of Salmon, ID
2 weeksago
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
22 mins, 19 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Saturday, July 17, 2021 3:57 PM MDT
Dispatch Notes:
Wilderness fire
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Payette National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 20 hours, 32 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Vinegar Fire

 The Vinegar Fire started approximately 2 miles north of the Cabin Creek Administrative Site (origin at lat/long: 45 10 44 x 114 54 19). Crews have put point protection measures in place as of 7/19. The Cabin Creek Airstrip has been closed to general aviation, NOTAM # I0807-141. The Vinegar Fire is one of three burning in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Payette National Forest. The Club, Rush Creek, and Vinegar fires were started by lightning on July 15, 2021. A Type 3 Incident Management Team took over the fires on July 19th and returned them to Forest management the week of August 2.

An infrared overflight mission mapped the fire at 2,462 acres as of August 3rd. A crew swap was completed on 8/2, replacing the Alta IHC squad with 5 firefighters, another swap is planned on 8/5. While the Cabin Creek Airstrip and historic buildings are relatively secure on the northeast side where the burnout was done at the confluence of Cabin Creek and Cow Creek, there is still the possibility that future fire growth could threaten the structures from another direction. Firefighters reported 3/4 to 1 inch of precipitation over the weekend, and scattered thunderstorms could brought isolated precipitation to the area as the week progresses.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Incident Commander:
Booth T4
45.179, -114.905

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:00 AM MDT

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Payette Fire Information
Email: 2021.rushcreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 208-634-0820
Fire Unit Information
Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
500 N Mission St
McCall, ID 83638

Dispatch Contact

Payette Interagency Dispatch Center | McCall, ID