Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – August 5, 2019

KAMIAH, Idaho – Increased lightning over the past week on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests resulted in numerous smoke reports from the public, lookout towers and air patrols. Current fire activity includes several small fire responses. Both the Crab and the Barren Hill fires experienced steady fire activity and growth over the past week but have since seen reduced activity due to area rain. The forecast continues to call for hotter temperatures and dryer conditions, with rounds of thunderstorms later in the week. As always, we continue to support our partners with various responses.

New fires this week: 8 fires for 18 acres including the 17 acre Magruder Fire near Red River.

A new fire in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness will be monitored by the Moose Creek RD. The Ranger Fire is located near Ranger Lake (NW of Big Creek Lakes), not far from the Montana border.

Large Fire Information

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 managed with a full-suppression strategy using indirect suppression tactics
  • Road and trail closures are in effect
  • 40 firefighters with Nez Perce-Clearwater Type 3 Incident Management Team are working the fire
  • Size is 185 acres from infrared mapping
  • Crab Fire information can be found on Inciweb:

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 spread across Rhoda Creek north toward Barren Creek and is established in the bottom of the North Fork Moose Creek drainage as well as into the Sixtytwo 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 554 acres from the August 1 infrared flight
  • Trail closures are in effect for five trails near Barren Hill. Please see Inciweb for more information
  • Barren Hill Fire information can be found on Inciweb:


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