Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update

Release Date: Aug 6, 2017  

All cooperating agencies within the Grangeville Dispatch Zone work together to review and anticipate firefighting resource needs, working with one another to share those resources where they can be the most successful given the current Extreme fire danger level.  Using modern technology in an attempt to determine where needs in the Zone may be the greatest, they move engines, personnel and other equipment to assist with initial attack or to stage resources. 

Firefighter and public safety is the number one priority in wildland fire management and emergency response.  Forest and Fire Management Staff considered the long-term effects of smoke in their decision to manage fires in the wilderness and roadless areas.  Fire managers are working with air quality specialists to monitor smoke and potential impacts to communities.  In addition to smoke impacts, values at risk, availability of resources, and location were considered in determining suppression actions of fires not threatening communities.

For current air quality in Idaho, please visit http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/burning/current-wildfire-smoke-info/ and for Montana http://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/smokereport/mostrecentupdate.aspx .

Interagency Fire managers in the Grangeville Dispatch Zone are continuing to assess the need for fire restrictions in the canyon and prairie area and anticipate implementation by mid-week for parts of the Zone.

Current status by district: 

Salmon River Ranger District

The Old Saw Mill fire was called out Saturday at one-quarter acre.

The Hanover fire is currently being managed by Irv Leach’s Type 2 Incident Management Team.  Information for the Hanover fire can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/

For more information on fire activity or area closures on Salmon River Ranger District, please call (208) 839-2211.

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District

New mapping on the Hidden fire in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness shows it at 2,392 acres, an increase of 270 acres.  Fire activity was moderated Saturday due to dense smoke over the fire area for most of the day.  The fire has reached Frog Lake on the southeastern edge of the fire.  It remains one-half mile from Hidden Lake but is expected reach the lake in the next several days.    Trail closures remain in effect.  Smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula valleys.

The Hilton fire, 1.5 miles southeast of Beaver Ridge Lookout, has 13 fire personnel performing mop-up operations.  Firefighters are expected to remain on the fire for the next several days, mopping up and monitoring as necessary.

For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Locsha/Powell Ranger District, please call (208) 942-3113.

Moose Creek Ranger District

All current fires are in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.  These fires are being monitored primarily by air and are being managed for long-term resource benefit.

The Moose Creek 1 fire, immediately southeast of the historic Moose Creek Ranger Station, has been mapped at 5,888 acres, adding 299 acres to the northeast near Whistling Pig and Trout Peak.  Minimal growth occurred on the north slope above Dog Creek.  The Halfway, Meeker and Three Links bridges have been wrapped and have pumps and hose in place for their protection.   Structure protection remains in place on the Shissler lookout.  Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area and use extreme caution as trees are currently falling in and around the river.

The Lone Pine fire grew 209 acres to 4,626 acres, filling in on all sides.  The Mink Peak fire is now 597 acres and is growing into Pack Creek drainage to the southeast.  Smoke will be obvious along the Selway River corridor. The Buck Lake fire, in the Buck Lake Creek drainage, grew to 309 acres Saturday, moving toward Doe Lake to the northeast.   The Sixty Two fire in the Sixty Two Creek is estimated at 15 acres.   Fry Pan fire on the Bitterroot National Forest boundary is mapped at 92 acres, with minimal growth to the northwest between Brush Fork and Fry Pan Creeks.  Moe fire near Moe Peak is showing no smoke and remains estimated at 15 acres.  

For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Moose Creek Ranger District, please call (208) 926-4258.

Red River Ranger District

The Plummer fire in the Gospel Hump Wilderness five miles north of the mouth of Sheep Creek (on the Salmon River) remains hidden by smoke cover from the Hanover fire to the west.  It is estimated at 10-15 acres.   This fire will be managed for resource benefits.

Fires in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness include:  the Rattlesnake Point fire on the north side of the Salmon River between Rattlesnake Creek and Bear Creek grew minimally on the east and northeast portions of the fire in the Bear Creek drainage.  The fire is 2,000 acres.  The Ladder fire (2 acres) and Bleak fire (121 acres) are in the vicinity of Sheep Hill and were fairly quiet Saturday.    Sheep Hill Lookout has been wrapped to protect it from the fire.   All three fires are being managed for resource benefits using a point protection strategy.  Visitors recreating on the Magruder Road and the Salmon River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area of Bargamin Creek drainage.   An area closure is in effect.

For more information on fire activity or area closures on the Red River Ranger District, please call (208) 842-2245.

For fire information on Moose Creek 1, Rattlesnake Point, Lone Pine, and Hidden please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/13/# .

Know before you go - Fire and closure information will be posted on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website at www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater.

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