Grouse Fire

The Grouse Fire

The Grouse Fire has grown to 3,680 acres as of Thursday morning and is now burning in the Sawtooth National Forest and Boise National Forest, according to federal incident management system InciWeb.

The fire—located about 24 miles northwest of Fairfield, not far from the area of the Phillips Creek Fire extinguished in August—ignited Sunday evening along the boundary of the Sawtooth National Forest and Boise National Forest. As of Thursday, it was zero percent contained. Crews estimate full containment by Oct. 1.

A multi-forest closure is in place for the entire fire area, where campsites have been evacuated, according to the U.S.F.S.

“Campers were evacuated from the NFS 166 road system. Crews are on scene with additional resources ordered,” the Forest Service said in a Monday statement.

A Type 3 incident management team of 10 to 20 trained personnel is currently working on fire suppression in the area, the Forest Service said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to InciWeb.

Leggit Fire

Crews are also monitoring another smaller wildfire burning in the Sawtooth Wilderness about 10 miles southwest of Alturas Lake. The Leggit Creek Fire, estimated at 100 acres on Sunday, continues to burn in steep, rugged terrain. The smaller blaze was most likely lightning-ignited, the Forest Service said, and was reported moving uphill to the north and east.

As of Wednesday, the blaze was zero percent contained. On Thursday, crews estimated full containment by Oct. 1.

“Campers were evacuated from the NFS 166 road system. Crews are on scene with additional resources ordered,” the Forest Service said in a Monday statement.

A Type 3 incident management team of 10 to 20 trained personnel is currently working on fire suppression in the area, the Forest Service said.

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