Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 8:25:42 PM MDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Woodtick Fire
Last Updated
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 8:00 PM MDT
(25 mins, 21 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Thursday, July 14, 2022 11:00 AM MDT
(2 months ago)
Incident Type
31.5 miles NW of Challis, ID
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The lightning caused Woodtick Fire started as two separate fires on July 14, 2022, in a rugged and remote area on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Firefighters made multiple attempts to directly engage with the fire. Due to the risk to responders in the remote, steep, and rugged terrain, fire managers decided to shift from a direct attack strategy to a combination of a point protection and confine and contain strategy. This strategy has focused operations on protecting highly valued resources such as structures, natural resources, cultural resources, and other property. Additionally, firefighters are working to safely connect natural barriers in the area (such as rocky outcrops and creeks) through actions including fireline construction, burn-out operations , and bucket drops.

Since mid-July, the area has experienced multiple red flag warnings for gusty winds, high temperatures, low humidity, and thunderstorms.

On July 30 and 31, firefighters took the opportunity of favorable weather to implement a firing operation using aerial and hand ignition to eliminate fuel in the path of the fire. This allowed firefighters to secure the fire’s edge near the communities of Camas Creek, Red Spar, and Meyers Cover. After the backburn operation, crews patrolled, mopped up, and secured the fire’s edge in this area. Helicopters were used for bucket drops to cool hot spots. Equipment and supplies remain staged if needed for future point protection actions.

The fire will remain under a point protection and confine and contain strategies with risk to responders and public safety being the top priority. Firefighters continue to work with landowners and have completed point protection for the values in Red Spar, Camas Creek Ranch, Lost Springs CG, Silver Creek Historic Cabins, the Silver Creek Estates, and Ramshorn Estates.

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Thursday July 14th, 2022 approx. 05:00 PM
Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Incident Commander
South Zone Duty Officer
Incident Description
44.854, -114.632
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Saturday October 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
timber, grass, and brush
Significant Events
Fire activity is minimal, the fire is creeping.
Planned Actions
Continue point protection readiness at priority values. Assess future opportunities for confine/contain actions with any increased fire activity in Martindale Creek. Monitor key areas for residual fire activity. Actively observe fire activity on all flanks for intelligence and timely action. Continue monitor area and
trail closures for public and firefighter safety.
Projected Incident Activity
Smoldering with very little fire growth
The Woodtick Fire is located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

50% reflects percentage of objectives complete; not containment.
Weather Concerns
A ridge of high pressure will hold firm across the region today before breaking down and shifting east Wednesday. As a result, unseasonably warm and dry conditions will persist through Wednesday, turning more moist, cooler, breezy, and showery Thursday. Winds may approach critical thresholds Wednesday afternoon but will be offset by a slight uptick in relative humidity values, potentially precluding Red Flag conditions.
Incident Contact
Woodtick Fire Information
Email: 2022.woodtick@firenet.gov
Phone: 208-481-0055
Hours: M-F 9-5p SS 10-2p
Fire Unit Information
Salmon-Challis National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1206 S. Challis Street
Salmon, ID 83467
Incident Map

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