Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – September 14, 2020

KAMIAH, Idaho (September 14, 2020) – Active fire weather yesterday resulted in the need for new road closures near the Shissler fire near Elk City as well as the Marion and Beaver fires near Powell. All Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests closure orders are listed online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices. Closure orders associated with wildfires are also posted on the InciWeb page for that incident. Shissler fire information is on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7014/. Marion and Beaver fire information is on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7058/ and https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7128/, respectively.

Additionally, the public should be aware that a portion of U.S. Highway 12 near Greer is limited to one lane with a pilot car for public safety due to wildfire. The MM 49 fire, currently being managed by a Type 2 Incident Management Team as part of the Sunnyside Complex of fires, is actively burning in the area. Travelers should expect delays of approximately 50 minutes. For more information and future updates, make sure to follow the Sunnyside Complex on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Sunnyside-Complex-Fires-Idaho-Department-of-Lands-110063324168351/ and on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7164.

Smoke from fires burning near the West Coast and locally has negatively impacted air quality on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and across north-central Idaho. Individuals are cautioned to limit time spent outdoors, especially if you are sensitive to wildfire smoke. Individuals may consider postponing strenuous outdoor activity until air quality improves or move activities indoors when possible. Smoke maps can be viewed online at https://hwp-viz.gsd.esrl.noaa.gov/smoke/ and https://fire.airnow.gov/.

The Shissler fire near Elk City on the Red River Ranger District has grown substantially over the last two days. Green Mountain Road #285 has been closed to the public except for by Forest Service escort, and structure protection measures have been implemented on Green Ridge, on the east flank of the fire. Due to heavy smoke in the area, aircraft have not been able to fly reconnaissance or conduct water bucket drops for the last two days. Fire managers are sending additional resources to the Red River area in response to the increased fire activity and growth. Fire weather is going to continue to be hot, dry and windy through the week, with a possibility of precipitation on Saturday. Fuels continue to dry, adding to fire behavior and growth. Fire managers will consider all of these factors and how they may impact the Shissler fire as they continue to work to protect values at risk while providing for firefighter and public safety.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Information is available online at https://bit.ly/NPCFireInfo, on social media at www.facebook.com/NPClwNFs and www.twitter.com/NPClwNFs, on the forest’s official mobile app (search “Nez Perce Clearwater” in your app store), or by calling your local ranger station. Report all wildfires to the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center (208-983-6800) or call 911.

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