Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Friday, October 22, 2021 12:04:10 AM MDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
French Fire
Last Updated
Thursday, August 26, 2021 5:02 PM MDT
(2 months ago)
Fire Reported
Friday, August 13, 2021 7:30 AM MDT
(2 months ago)
Incident Type
35.1 miles S of Grangeville, ID
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

This will be the last update on Inciweb for the French Fire unless additional fire activity takes place.  Please note there is a French Fire burning in California - this is not that fire incident.

The French Fire is located along the Main Salmon River at the mouth of French Creek approximately 12 miles east of Riggins on the south side of the river.  The fire is currently estimated at 1,459 acres with potential spread to the southwest uphill. 

Impacts to the rafting community are not expected to continue to take place. 

There are no evacuation orders in place at this time, but campgrounds are closed from Howard Ranch up river through Vinegar Creek.
The main Salmon River Road is fully open for vehicle traffic - expect minor delays in the fire area due to potential rock roll out and burning debris falling into the roadway.  Camping site along the river are open.

The Burgdorf-French Creek Road closure order has been terminated - the roadway is fully open.  

Call the Payette National Forest Fire Information Hotline at 208-634-0820 from 8a.m. to 8p.m. for information.

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Friday August 13th, 2021 approx. 01:30 PM
12 miles east of Riggins, Idaho
Incident Description
45.424, -116.045
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Saturday August 21st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Grass and timber.
Significant Events
Minimal fire activity. Smoldering in the heavy fuels.
Planned Actions
Continue to mop up.
Projected Incident Activity
Minimal fire activity is expected.
The closure order from the Burgdorf - French Creek Road has been terminated. Transfer of command to a Type 4 organization has taken place.
Weather Concerns
A strong cold front is expected to impact the Payette Friday evening through Saturday evening. Abundant lightning, isolated precipitation and gusty outflow winds are expected.
Incident Contact
Brian Harris
Phone: 208-634-0820
Fire Unit Information
Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
500 N Mission St
McCall, ID 83638
Incident Map

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