Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 4:21:01 AM PST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Sawtooth Fire
Last Updated
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 11:07 AM PST
(2 weeks ago)
Fire Reported
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 6:43 AM PDT
(4 months ago)
Incident Type
34.1 miles SSE of Mullan, ID
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Idaho Panhandle National Forest
Mixed Conifer
Out | Contain: 10/05/2023 13:55 | Control: 10/30/2023 15:00 | Out: 10/30/2023 15:10
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Sawtooth Fire is burning in a remote location deep in a drainage, no trail or road access. There is a very low risk of impact to structures, private property, or recreation infrastructure. Officials continue to confine/contain and monitor the fire.

For the safety of our aerial resources and firefighters on the ground, please do not fly unmanned aircraft (drones) in the fire vicinity. If you fly, we can't.  


Widespread haze. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon.


A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11pm and 2am. Widespread haze. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%

Last Updated
Fri, Aug 4, 2023 1:20 AM UTC
Incident Type
Fire Discovered
Tue, Jul 18, 2023 2:45 AM UTC
Between Sawtooth Creek and Sawtooth Peak, section 8, south of Surveyor Ridge.
Incident Commander
SJRD Fire Management, Idaho Panhandle National Forest
46.991861111111, -115.61258333333
Total Personnel
475 Acres
Fuels Involved

Closed Timber

Litter Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

The fire has been active within the perimeter. The fire crossed the small unnamed tributary on the east side of the fire and remained south of Sawtooth Creek. The fire will continue growth on all sides until the it reaches natural barriers in Sawtooth Creek or precipitation moderates fire activity. The St. Joe WFM crew assigned to the incident is assessing structures, infrastructure, and a historical cabin site for protection actions in the fire area.

Fire behavior is flanking, backing and torching.

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests issued an emergency closure (Closure Order # 01-04-04-23-002) effective July 28, 2023. The purpose of this Order is for public and firefighter safety due to fire activity in and around Sawtooth Creek. This order prohibits all methods of travel (foot, motorized and stock) in the following areas:
FSR Trail 12 from the junction of Trail 108 to the junction of Trail 113. Trail 40 from the junction of Trail 50 and the junction of Trail 141. Trail 50 from the junction of Trail 40 and junction of Trail 108. Trail 108 from the junction of Trail 50 to the junction of Trail 12. Trail 111 from the junction of Trail 109 and 113 to the junction of Trail 141. Trail 113 from the junction of Trail 12 to the junction of Trail 111. Trail 141 in its entirety.
Incident Map

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