Sunnyside Complex Fires - UPDATE
Fire Update | Idaho Department of Lands
The Clover Fire remains at 1,632 acres and is 95% contained. The MM 49 Fire is reported at 2,867 acres and is 65% contained. Finally, the Iron Gate Fire is reported at 115 acres at 50% contained. Maps of each fire are below.
Clover Fire: Fire is burning in grass and brush with timber litter beneath primarily a Ponderosa Pine overstory. Grass is nearly cured to fully cured and is readily carrying fire and being fully consumed. Not all of the brush is burning as readily as the grass fuel types due to higher live fuel moisture. 1000-hour fuels are burning and hold the concentration of heat.
MM 49: Fire is burning in Ponderosa Pine and mix conifer timber overstory with timber litter as well as brush and grass in the understsory. Grass is nearly cured to fully cured and is readily carrying fire and being fully consumed. Brush and timber litter is being consumed but not as readily as the grass fuels due to higher live fuel moisture in the brush. 1000-hour fuels are burning and helping with surface spread of the fire in the timber.
Iron Gate: Fire started in slash in a harvest unit. Outside the unit the fuels consist of timber with a large cedar component and some riparian vegetation at the bottom of the fire. Cedar tress are on fire and are causing concerns as they burn and fall over creating additional fuel loads on the ground. Outside the harvest unit fuel moisture is generally higher especially in the riparian area on the south flank of the fire along the West Fork of Stony Creek.