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Fire Status
Last Updated
13 mins, 5 secs ago
Fire Start
Saturday, August 13, 2022 10:55 AM MDT
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Dispatch Notes
Fire has pockets of green brush that may still put up smoke. The ic is aware.
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Payette National Forest

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 4 hours, 50 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Four Corners Fire

On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, Nevada Team 2 transitioned command of the Four Corners Fire to a Payette National Forest Type 4 Incident Command Organization.

With minimal fire behavior over the entirety of the fire, daily written updates for the Four Corners Fire are no longer being produced. This page in Inciweb will served as the most current information pertaining to the fire. If additional information is needed, please call the Fire Information Line at 208-634-0820.

With the warmer and dryer weather conditions for this time of year, the fire will continue to creep and smolder within the interior of the fire perimeter. Some occasional tree torching is likely to take place, but there is no need to report this to the Forest Service as firefighters remain assigned to the incident and are aware of burning conditions. The notable lack of wind over the fire is beneficial in preventing additional spread of the fire.

All of the the suppression repair work has been completed by firefighting crews and contractors over this last week. This includes repair to dozer and hand lines and backhauling of hoses and related equipment. The Incident Command Post, located at the southern end Lake Cascade, has been closed and no personnel are working from that location.

Daily firefighter activity will consist of patrolling the last 4% of containment line in the Willow Creek drainage as well as the entire fire perimeter until a true season ending event occurs.

For the safety of firefighters and the public, the Payette and Boise National Forests have enacted an area and road closure to limit access into the fire area. Find the full description and map under Closures, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/8331/.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team. Will continue to assess treatments that may be needed to prevent excessive erosion for part of the Fire. It is worthy to note at only 2% of the entire area burned with High Severity - this will greatly increase the chances that erosion will not have a significant impact. Thirty-three percent of the area burned with Moderate Severity and the bigger past with Low Severity.

This photo of Skein Lake highlights the mosaic pattern of burn severity with higher severity on the ridge lines and low severity around the lake.


Background Information:

The Four Corners Fire was reported the evening of August 13, 2022, after a lightning storm passed over the area. It is located west of Lake Cascade, in the West Mountain range on the Payette and Boise National Forests. It is burning within Adams, Gem and Valley Counties.

Firefighters were quickly dispatched to the fire when it was detected, but the steep terrain and limited access made fire suppression challenging. The fire grew quickly in the Sub-alpine fir stands that spread spot fires ahead of the main fire. By the morning of August 14, the fire was several hundred acres as it actively burned throughout the night. Since the initial report of this fire on August 13, it has been the number one priority for fire suppression efforts in the Intermountain Region. The quick growth of the fire prompting the Payette and Boise National Forests to request additional support through an Incident Management Team. Great Basin Team 4 arrived and take suppression actions throughout their 14 days assignment on the Fire. Great Basin Team 2 took over command of the fire on September 1, 2022. On September 14, 2022 the remaining resources on the fire will be led by Nevada Team 2.

On August 18 and August 27, the Valley County Sheriff initiated evacuations west of Lake Cascade. Information and updates about these evacuations were posted on the Valley County Sheriff Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064415776390. On September 16 all evacuations were lifted.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Saturday, August 13, 2022 10:00 AM MDT
Payette and Boise National forests - west of the City of Cascade, Idaho
Incident Commander
Type 4 Local Organization
44.537, -116.169

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment
Saturday, September 24, 2022 12:00 AM MDT
Significant Events
Fire behavior is minimal with previously unburned interior surface fuels continuing to creep and smolder due to low fine dead fuel moistures. Occasional tree torching may take place.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Continue to patrol and mop up the perimeter on all flanks of the fire. Heavy equipment will be utilized for repair of contingency and primary lines.
Projected Incident Activity
Interior creeping and smoldering may continue with occasional tree torching.
Crews: 2
Helicopters: 0
Engines: 6
Dozers: 0
Water Tenders: 2
Excavators: 2

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Monday was warm and sunny with temperatures in the mid-70s to 80 with light wind at 5 mph out of the southwest. Monday night expect clear skies with temperatures in the mid-50s to low 60s.

Tuesday continues to be dry and warm with maximum temperatures in the high-70s to low 80s. Winds will increase to 10 mph out of the southwest.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: 2022.FourCorners@firenet.gov
Phone: 208-634-0820
Fire Unit Information
Payette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
500 N Mission St
McCall, ID 83638

Dispatch Center Contact

Payette Interagency Dispatch Center (IDPAC)

McCall, ID