Four fires are 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. The Long Tom Fire was started by lighting on August 1 and is being managed by a Type 4 Incident Commander. A closure order for trails has been put in place in and around the Club, Rush Creek and vinegar fires for public and firefighter safety to prevent any interference with suppression and response operations.
The Club Fire started 3 miles southwest of Root Ranch (lat/long: 45 16 48 x 115 03 18). Crews worked closely with Root Ranch personnel to complete structure protection. A separate Inciweb entry has been created and can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7704/ or by searching Club Fire in the incident search bar.
The Rush Creek Fire started at the confluence of Telephone and Rush Creeks, 14 miles southwest of Taylor Ranch (lat/long: 45 59 00 x 114 59 35). Following two days of unsuccessful initial attack suppression efforts using helicopter water drops, a point protection and monitoring strategy was adopted. Firefighters completed point protection for the University of Idaho research station at Taylor Ranch. A separate Inciweb entry has been created and can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7710/ or by searching Rush Creek in the incident search bar.
The Vinegar Fire started approximately 2 miles north of the Cabin Creek Administrative Site (lat/long: 45 10 44 x 114 54 19). The Cabin Creek Airstrip has been closed to general aviation, NOTAM # I0807-141. Firefighters are working to protect the historic structures at Cabin Creek Ranch. A separate Inciweb entry has been created and can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7709/ or by searching Vinegar Fire in the incident search bar.
The Long Tom Fire is on the south side of the Main Salmon River near the Vinegar Creek boat ramp, in the wilderness on the McCall Ranger District. As of August 4, the fire was reported to be 13 acres and is being managed by a Type 4 Incident Commander. A hotshot crew arrived yesterday, and a T1 helicopter is being utilized to cool and secure the fire edge. Fire is contained.
There were no mapping flights on 8/3. Rain fell across all three over the weekend, with isolated precipitation in the area due to thunderstorms last night. A crew swap will be done on the Vinegar Fire tomorrow, with 5 new firefighters staffing Cabin Creek. On the Club Fire, fire behavior on the north side facing Root Ranch combined with the completion of point protection measures warrant the departure of firefighters by aircraft. Club and Rush Creek fires will remain unstaffed unless fire activity and conditions change. Warm and dry conditions are expected to return later this week.