At 3:51 PM today, we had a small fire break out at a home that is being built in the Wilderness Ranch subdivision. The fire is contained with no chance of spreading, and there is only minor damage to the home.
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At 3:51 PM today, we had a small fire break out at a home that is being built in the Wilderness Ranch subdivision. The fire is contained with no chance of spreading, and there is only minor damage to the home.
ATTENTION: Stage 1 fire restrictions are still in effect in the Boise National Forest and Boise County. It is the only district that is still under these restrictions in the state of Idaho. If you have heard that restrictions have been lifted as of last night, that was for Sawtooth National Forest only, not Boise County. Stage 1 fire restrictions mean no burning of debris, no campfires unless in a forest service campground in a designated fire ring, and you may only have small fires on private property that have a diameter no bigger than 3 feet with flames no higher than 2 feet. It is unknown when these restrictions will be lifted. KBOI 2 KTVB KIVI 6 On Your Side - ABC Boise/Nampa, Idaho The Idaho World Boise County Connection
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INFORMATION Area Closures that may affect you this Labor Day weekend Lowman, Idaho, Aug 30, 2018 – Area closures related to the Wapiti and Bible Back Fires may affect visitors to the Sawtooth and Boise National Forests this Labor Day weekend. While many locations on the forests are open for recreationists, there are some closures that provide for firefighter and public safety. Wapiti Fire in the Grandjean Area- Developed campgrounds at Stanley Lake and access to Stanley Lake will be open. Dispersed camping in the Stanley Lake area is currently not allowed. Trap Creek, Sheep Trail, Elk Creek Campgrounds along Hwy 21 are also open. Redfish Lake, Redfish Lake Inlet Trailhead including access to Baron Lakes, and all lakes and trailheads in the southern Sawtooth Wilderness are open. Closed areas are: Alpine and Sawtooth Lakes and Grandjean, Stanley Lake, Elk Meadow, and Elk Mountain Trailheads. Bible Back Fire in the southern White Cloud Mountains- Fourth of July Road (FR #209) is open but access to these trails and lakes is closed: Fourth of July Lake and Washington Lake, Phyllis Lake, and Champion Lakes. Upper Pole Creek Road (FR #197) is closed beyond the Grand Prize Trailhead, although Grand Prize Trailhead is open. Access to the following trailheads and destinations is closed: Champion Creek Cut-Off Trailhead and access to Champion Lakes; Washington Creek and Washington Basin Trailheads and access to Washington Peak, Washington Lake and Chamberlain Basin; Three Cabins Creek Trailhead and access to Germania Creek and Chamberlain Basin. For additional information please visit: Sawtooth NF Area Closures: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sawtooth/alerts-notices Facebook: U.S. Forest Service – Sawtooth National Forest Facebook: U.S. Forest Service – Boise National Forest Boise NF Twitter: @BoiseNF Boise NF Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/boise Fire Restrictions: https://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html InciWeb – Wapiti Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6176/ Hunting information: https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt Boise DispatchKBOI 2 Idaho Office of Highway Safety Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) The Idaho World Boise County Connection Boise County, Idaho Idaho Statesman Idaho City
WAPITI FIRE INFORMATION Wapiti Fire Facts Sheet Update Aug. 29, 2018 – 10 a.m. Inciweb address Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6176/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 844-692-5335 Start Date: Aug. 25, 2018 Cause: Under Investigation Fuels: Timber, Grass, and Brush Acres: 5,490 Percent Contained: 13 percent Total number of personnel: 295 Current Status: Fire behavior was minimal Tuesday, following Monday's rainfall. A survey of the fire area showed isolated plumes of smoke rising from burning stumps and downed logs. There was also surface smoldering in duff in a number of locations. Crews spent the day constructing containment line on the perimeter of the fire, constructing contingency lines, mitigating dangerous snags (standing dead trees or standing fire damaged trees), and breaking up smoldering stumps and logs. Helicopters were busy carrying crews to otherwise inaccessible locations, performing aerial reconnaissance, transporting cargo, setting up radio repeater sites, and doing bucket work on hot spots, particularly on two spot fires separate from the main body of the fire. To increase efficiency, one crew was airlifted to a remote location where it established a “spike” camp from which to fight the fire. Additional crews will be establishing spike camps today. “We are taking advantage of the moderated fire behavior to get as much done as possible before the fuels dry out and fire behavior increases again; and it will increase, it is just a matter of time,” said Incident Commander Taiga Rohrer. In addition to fuels drying over the next few days, winds are expected to increase Thursday and Friday, leading to increased fire behavior, including torching of trees and spot fires. The size of the incident was reduced to 5,490 acres following a mapping overflight by an aircraft equipped with infrared sensors. Additionally, the number of destroyed structures was reduced to three cabins and one outbuilding. Evacuations in the vicinity of Grandjean and area closures in the Boise National Forest and Sawtooth National Recreation Area remain in effect. For more information visit their websites, the Sawtooth National Forest Facebook page or call the Lowman Ranger District at 208-259-3361. A brief opportunity will be provided today for campers to retrieve their tents and camping trailers from the Grandjean area. Resources: 7 Crews, 11 Engines, 6 Helicopters, and 1 Water Tender Please check the Wapiti Fire on Inciweb or the Boise National Forest and Sawtooth National Forest Facebook pages for updated information, along with the latest maps and photos.+ Next update scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) The Idaho World Boise County Connection Boise County Emergency Management Idaho City, Idaho Idaho City Police Department Garden Valley GVidaho Garden Valley Idaho
INFORMATION ROBIE CREEK On Weds and Thursday 8-29-18 and 8-3-18, Boise County Road and Bridge will be chip sealing the paved portion of Robie Creek Rd. They will be performing this operation between the hours of approximately 9am and 3:45pm each day. In those hours, expect 15 to 20 minute delays. Please feel free to contact Boise County Road and Bridge at Phone (208)-793-2380 if you have any questions. Robie Creek, Idaho Robie Creek Volunteer Fire Department Robie Creek Idaho City, Idaho Idaho City Police Department Idaho City High School Basin Elementary School
WE NEED YOUR HELP On 8/23/2018 this vehicle was seen leaving the Dobson Gravel pit with property not belonging to them. Anyone with information or that can identify the suspects are urged to contact the Boise County Sheriff’s Office at 208-392-4411, or you can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS(2677) and reference case# 61963 Thank you for helping catch these criminals. Idaho Office of Highway Safety Boise County Emergency Management Boise Police Department Meridian Police Department - Idaho Idaho City Police Department Horseshoe Bend Boise County Connection Boise County Prosecuting Attorney's Office Idaho Statesman The Idaho World
UPDATE: Rains slow growth of Wapiti Fire BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 27, 2018 -- Firefighters on the Wapiti Fire, located near Grandjean, are being helped by showers and colder temperatures in keeping the fire largely in check at an estimated 6,190 acres. Crews are taking advantage of the weather by building fire line on the western flank and focusing efforts on keeping the fire north of National Forest System (NFS) Road 524 to protect cabins to the south. “While we greatly appreciate this change in the weather, in just a few days we expect things to start drying out and warm up,” said Lowman District Ranger John Kidd. “There is still a lot of summer left to go and this fire will be with us a while.” There is an area closure around Grandjean and portions of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area for public and firefighter safety. NFS Road 524, which leads from Highway 21 to Grandjean, remains closed. Resources assigned: 14 engines, 6 handcrews, 3 helicopters and 3 water tenders Current containment: 0% Estimated date of full containment: October 1 Structures lost: 4 cabins, 1 outbuilding Cause: under investigation Cabin owners and those who had to abandon campgrounds during the evacuation as asked to call the Lowman Ranger District (208-259-3361) for information about when they can gain access to the area. For fire updates and maps of the closure areas, go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6176/ Idaho Office of Highway Safety Idaho City Police Department Boise County Emergency Management Boise County Connection The Idaho World
UPDATE More resources arrive at Wapiti Fire BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 26, 2018 -- Firefighting continues on the Wapiti Fire, located near Grandjean, which is now at an estimated 6,190 acres as it continues to grow to the north and east. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has arrived, which increases the operational and logistical support for fighting a growing wildfire in remote and rugged terrain. An area closure is now in place for the Grandjean area for public and firefighter safety. National Forest System (NFS) Road 524, which leads from Highway 21 to Grandjean, is closed. Currently there are 9 engines, 5 helicopters, 2 air tankers, 5 handcrews and 1 water tender assigned to the fire. There are about 172 people total working the fire. Four cabins and 1 outbuilding have been lost to the fire. No injuries have been reported. Firefighters continue to focus efforts on keeping the fire north of both the South Fork of the Payette River and NFS Road 524 so as to provide protection to the many cabins in that area. The weather is predicted to be favorable over the fire area Monday, with a high likelihood of wetting showers and only a slight chance of thunderstorms. The fire was first reported on the afternoon of Aug. 25 and the cause is under investigation. Currently there is no reported percent contained, nor is there an estimated date of full containment. Cabin owners and those who had to abandon campgrounds during the evacuation as asked to call the Lowman Ranger District (208-259-3361) for information about when it will be possible to gain access to the area. Idaho Office of Highway Safety Boise County Emergency Management Boise County Connection The Idaho World Idaho City Police Department
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UPDATE Wapiti Fire grows near Grandjean BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 26, 2018 -- Fire crews continue to battle the Wapiti Fire, located near Grandjean, which is now an estimated 4,000 acres. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will arrive this afternoon. An area closure is being put in place around the Grandjean area for public and firefighter safety. National Forest System Road 524, which leads from Highway 21 to Grandjean, is closed. Four cabins and 1 outbuilding have been lost to the fire. No injuries have been reported. The fire has burned actively throughout the morning. While several spot fires have been found south of the South Fork Boise River, they have all been caught to this point. Firefighters continue to patrol this area to keep the fire north of the river. Currently there are 7 engines, 3 helicopters, 3 heavy air tankers, 1 handcrew and 1 water tender engaged in fighting the fire. Several more handcrews, along with engines and water tenders, have been ordered. The fire was first reported at 2:12 p.m. on Aug. 25 and the cause is under investigation. Currently there is no reported percent contained, nor is there an estimated date of full containment. Cabin owners and those who had to abandon campgrounds during the evacuation as asked to call the Lowman Ranger District (208-259-3361) for information about when it will be possible to gain access to the area. Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Boise County Emergency Management Boise County Connection The Idaho World Idaho City Police Department Lowman, Idaho
ALERT: Wapiti Fire Boise National forest reports a 1200 acre fire in the Grandjean area. Summer homes in the are are being evacuated and a type II management team has been ordered and will in-brief at 18:00 tomorrow. One structure has been lost. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Law enforcement and Forest Service personnel are evacuating the campground and trail systems as well. Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Boise County Emergency Management Boise County, Idaho Boise County Connection The Idaho World
UPDATE: The fire has now grown to 1200 acres. Log cabins in the area are currently threatened and all residents and campers are being evacuated. Both law enforcement and BOI Fire are on scene at this time.
BREAKING: There is a fire up in the Grandjean area along Wapiti Creek and forest service road 524. Units will be on scene shortly to assess the situation and we will update as more information comes in.
SAFETY ALERT There has been a rash of vehicle burglaries today along the Highway 55 corridor at the rafting sites and parking sites. If you have any information regarding this, please contact the Boise County Sheriff's Office immediately at 208-392-4411 To help prevent theft of your vehicle, do not leave valuables in the vehicle and do not leave anything in sight. These are often crimes of opportunity and the less that the suspect can see, the less chance there is of them using your vehicle as an easy target. Payette River Company Cascade Raft & Kayak Horseshoe Bend Idaho Office of Highway Safety
New Idaho Trespass Law I have had many questions posed to me about the new trespass law that was passed in Idaho's last legislative session and became effective July 1st of this year. I would start by stating that the Idaho Sheriff's Association, myself included, vehemently opposed this law and worked diligently to the last second until the vote occurred. The law has in fact passed, and is very poorly written, making it extremely difficult to enforce and posing a danger to the public, the land owners and to law enforcement. As always, the Boise County Sheriff's Office will respond and investigate any reports of criminal activity, including trespassing complaints, despite a terribly written law. Good discretion will be exercised in all cases and ones that are questionable will be forwarded to the Boise County Prosecutor's Office. I strongly suggest each person reads the actual law itself, it is available at this link: https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/title18/t18ch70/sect18-7008/ I have also included a link to an interview that Canyon County Sherif'f's Office Sheriff Keiran Donahue that does a good job of outlining some of the problems with this law. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhHdsYZwDOA&feature=youtu.be Here is another article that he wrote and was in the Idaho Statesman: https://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article215859445.html As always, if anyone has questions about this, or any other issues, please feel free to contact me. Boise County Sheriff Jim Kaczmarek Idaho City Idaho City Police Department Horseshoe Bend Horseshoe Bend Mustang Volleyball Gardenvalley Neighborhoodhouse Garden Valley District Library
Highway 55 Fire Update (Boise) –The Type 1 Great Basin Incident Management Team reached 100% containment of the Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Fire at 9 PM on July 29, 2018. Management of the fire changed on to a local interagency Type 3 Team the morning of July 30, 2018. Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire’s perimeter and extinguish hotspots along the fire’s edge. In the future, the number of fire resources will reduce to meet the needs of monitoring and mop-up. Location: 4. Miles N. of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho Current fire size: 4634 acres. Containment: 100% Cause: under investigation Resources on the fire: Four engines, three crews, one Type 2 helicopter Total personnel: 105 As resources begin fire line repair and removing equipment from secured areas of the fire, motorists may encounter higher numbers of fire vehicles and people working on or near the highway. Use extra caution and reduce speeds if you encounter them. Drivers should be aware of rocks and debris on the highway. Rocks and vegetation on the steep slopes have become unstable due to fire activity and may roll down slope. When mop-up is complete, management of the fire will go back to the local Idaho Department of Lands office.
Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Fire Daily Update Sunday, July 28, 2018. 8:00 AM. This will be the last daily update from Great Basin Team #2, as transfer of command to a local Type 3 organization will occur at 6:00 am on Monday, July 30. Fire Update- (Boise) –Strong work by all fire personnel increased the containment level to 80% on the Mile Marker 73 Highway 55. Today, crews will continue to cold trail and mop up the fire edge in order to prevent any further growth. Emphasis will be on the northeast perimeter where hazard trees are being removed and small hotspots are being located and lined to ensure they are out. An Initial Attack Group has been identified in order to rapidly address any new fires starting in and around the fire area. As resources begin fireline repair and removing equipment from secured areas of the fire, motorists may encounter higher numbers of fire vehicles and people working on or near the highway. Please use extra caution and reduce speeds if you encounter them. Additionally, drivers should be aware of rocks and debris on the highway. The terrain is steep and rocky, and crews have reported that rocks and vegetation on the steep slopes have become unstable due to fire activity and may roll down slope. Management of this fire is changing from the Type 1 Great Basin Incident Management Team to a local interagency Type 3 Team. This will bring the number of resources in line with the needs of the fire and provide cost effective fire suppression. The Type 3 team will inbrief with the current team today July 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm. The official transfer of command is planned for Monday morning, July 30, 2018 at 6:00 am. The fire weather forecast today continues to call for hot and dry conditions with temperatures in the upper 90s and single digit humidity, which will increase the potential for a fire activity. Any source of ignition can and will ignite a wildfire, so ensure trailer chains are not dragging to cause a spark and any hot material is disposed of properly. The Boise County Sheriff's Office is still anticipating opening the Jerusalem Road for travel today at 1800. THIS WILL BE THE LAST UPDATE PRODUCED BY THE GREAT BASIN TYPE 1 INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM About IDL Fire: 10 Idaho Department of Lands Forest Protective Districts and two timber protective associations are responsible for fire prevention and protection on more than 7 million acres of state and private forests and rangelands in Idaho. IDL fire suppression efforts focus on initial attack. The work of the IDL fire management program helps protect and preserve important endowment timber assets as well as millions of acres of private forestland. The program also enhances forest and rangeland management on state endowment trust lands by utilizing fire as a management tool, and protects local communities from wildfire by reducing fuels.
Fire Update- (Boise) – Progress continued today towards total containment of the Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 fire near Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. While firefighters strengthened already existing firelines on the entire perimeter, most of the effort was focussed on the NE flank of the fire. Crews worked at finding any hotspots that occurred during burnout operations and conducted extensive mop up procedures to ensure lines are secure. An Initial Attack Group has been identified in order to rapidly address any new fires starting in and around the fire area. As resources begin to transition to fireline repair and removing equipment from secured areas of the fire, motorists may encounter higher numbers of fire vehicles and people working on or near the highway. Please use extra caution and reduce speeds if you encounter them. Additionally, drivers should be aware of rolling rocks and debris on the highway. The terrain is steep and rocky, and crews have reported that rocks and vegetation on the steep slopes have become unstable due to fire activity. These loose rocks have the potential to roll down onto the highway below. It is imperative for the safety of our firefighters and the public traveling on Highway 55 near the fire area to proceed with extreme caution. Aviation resources will also continue to be utilized to support firefighters on the ground for the Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Fire. Traffic on the highway or on the river corridor may want to stop and view the aerial operations but are reminded that stopping along the roadway or under flight paths can be hazardous and poses a direct threat to public safety. Please keep moving, and do not stop to view the helicopters working. The fire weather forecast today continues to call for hot and dry conditions with temperatures in the upper 90s and single digit humidity, which will increase the potential for a fire activity. Any source of ignition can and will ignite a wildfire, so ensure trailer chains are not sparking and any hot material is disposed of properly.
Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Fire PM Update Friday, July 27, 2018. 8:00 PM Fire Update- (Boise) –Smoke was more visible over the fire area today as crews utilized burnout operations along the northeast fire perimeter near Jerusalem Road to the north of Porter Creek. Burnout operations were conducted in order to remove fuel from the advancing fire front and slow the potential spread of the fire. Fire crews will continue burnout operations into the early evening taking advantage of the cooler temperatures and higher humidity. The public may continue to see increased smoke and haze into the early evening tonight, as they travel along the Highway 55 corridor. Smoke will diminish later as crews complete burnout operations and return to fire camp for the night. Crews also continued to improve existing firelines while extinguishing hotspots with aerial support from water dropping helicopters along both the northern and southern perimeter of the fire today. This allowed managers to increase containment for the incident to 60 percent. Crews will continue to monitor the fire weather and adjust suppression tactics to best meet the incident objectives. Tomorrow, crews will continue to mop up and patrol along the Highway 55 corridor using aerial support and hose lays to extinguish any hotspots found along the fire perimeter. Public traveling along the Highway 55 corridor can expect to see an increase in fire personnel and vehicles as crews monitor and patrol the fireline near mile marker 73 on Highway 55. The public is also reminded that numerous hazards exist along Highway 55 including falling rock and debris loosened by the fire. Drivers need to be aware of the possible hazards and drive with caution. The fire weather forecast tomorrow calls for temperatures in the upper 90s coupled with single digit humidity and light winds along the Payette River corridor. This will increase the potential for fire starts so travelers are cautioned to be extra vigilant.
Hwy 55 Fire Update Highway 55 is open both ways with no restrictions. Please use caution due to fire traffic Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)
Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Fire AM Update Friday, July 27, 2018. 8:00 AM Fire Update- (Boise) – The Mile Marker 73 Highway 55 Fire near Gardena showed little movement to the east over night due to cooler overnight temperatures and higher humidities found along the Payette River Corridor. Crews continued to work through the night constructing fire line along the eastern perimeter while mopping up the southern area along Highway 55. Today, crews will continue to construct fire line to the east with support from water dropping helicopters which will continue to take advantage of the main Payette River and its close proximity to the fire area. At 6:00 am this morning, Great Basin Incident Management Team #2 (DeMasters) will assume command of the Mile Marker 73 Highway 55. The addition of the incident management team to the fire will secure additional personnel and equipment which will allow local resources to be released for other initial attack activity in their local response area. Highway 55 is reopened with a pilot car leading traffic, alternating directions using one lane. With weekend traffic, long delays of over 60 minutes are expected throughout the weekend. The public is also reminded that numerous hazards exist along Highway 55 including fire personnel, helicopters dipping water from the river and the possibility of falling rock and debris loosened by the fire. Drivers need to be aware of the possible hazards and drive with caution. The fire was reported Wednesday, July 25th, at approximately 4 P.M. The cause is under investigation.
Hwy 55 Fire Update: Idaho power continues to work on the power poles, they have an estimated time of completion at 10 PM tonight. The fire incident command will then re-evaluate the condition of the hillside along Highway 55, if it is determined that it is safe, Highway 55 will be open again. Until then pilot cars will continue to run. The fire is it an estimated 2500 acres at this time, there are two helicopters and two dozers on the fire with initial attack engines and hot shots. The type one incident command team will take over at 6am tomorrow morning.