Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – July 28, 2019

KAMIAH, Idaho – High winds over the last two days led to an increase in fire activity for both the Crab and the Barren Hill fires. The forecast shows that temperatures will be in the mid to low 80s and winds will be 10-15 mph which may lead to increased fire activity. As a result, greater concentrations of smoke may be visible from these fires.

Fire facts

Crab Fire – Lochsa/Powell Ranger District

  • Lightning caused fire started on July 26
  • Located 6 miles east of the Powell Ranger Station near the junction of Crab Creek and Colt Killed Creek
  • This fire is currently being suppressed using indirect suppression tactics
  • 30 personnel remain committed to the fire
  • The Grangeville Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command at 6:00 am Monday
  • Estimated size remains at 47 acres
  • Fire information on Inciweb can be found here:

Barren Hill Fire – Moose Creek Ranger District

  • Lightning caused fire started on June 30
  • Located 17 miles SW of the Powell Ranger Station in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
  • The fire has crossed Rhoda Creek and is established in the bottom of the North Fork Moose Creek drainage
  • This fire is being allowed to burn to restore natural processes to the landscape
  • Current actions include periodic fixed wing and helicopter flights along with lookout monitoring
  • The size was estimated at 117 acres after the July 25 patrol flight. Size is expected to be increased after the infrared flight later tonight
  • Trail closures are in effect for five trails near Barren Hill. Please see Inciweb for more information
  • Fire information on Inciweb can be found here:



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