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.
Date of Origin:
Friday, August 13, 2021 1:30 PM MDT
12 miles east of Riggins, Idaho
Estimated Containment Date:
Saturday, August 21, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Grass and timber.
Minimal fire activity. Smoldering in the heavy fuels.
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.
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.
Brian Harris Phone: 208-634-0820
Fire Unit Information
Payette National Forest U.S. Forest Service 500 N Mission St McCall, ID 83638