- Smoke can be seen piling above the Tepee Springs fire camp.
The highway to Warm Lake remains open, but it could close at any time should fire activity increase.
In the Payette National Forest, the Tepee Springs Fire, Rapid Fire and Campbells Fire continue to be the highest priorities, with no new starts in the past few days. Fire crews in those areas are also counting on lighter winds to help fire suppression efforts.
The Campbells Fire is currently estimated at 3,000 acres in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Crews are focused on protection at the Campbell's Ferry bridge and the Jim Moore place. Firefighters are also setting up structure protection of the Lemhi Bar and other nearby private property. A forest closure order is in effect, but boat traffic on the Salmon River remains unaffected.
The Tepee Springs Fire, now at 10,107 acres 20 miles south of Riggins, increased significantly from high winds. Gusts kicked up to 30 miles per hour and dry fuels in the area have led to extreme fire behavior and progress has been limited. Only 15 percent of the fire is considered contained, though
- The Canadian Super Scooper can scoop up 1,600 gallons of water—and it's here to help.
The Rapid Fire is now at 3,584 acres with only 6 percent containment. It is burning about 12 miles southeast of McCall on difficult terrain and steep slopes. Firefighters are concentrating on the west and south edges to prevent the fire from spreading into McCall and the Paddy Flat Subdivision. Two Canadian CL-415 Super Scoopers have joined in the suppression efforts. The planes are able to load up to 1,600 gallons when they skim across a body of water.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a statewide burn ban. All burning outside of fire suppression activities is prohibited to maximize efforts to improve air quality. Even campfires should go unlit until air quality improves. Land managers will re-evaluate the ban on Monday, Aug. 24.