Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – September 18, 2020

KAMIAH, Idaho (September 18, 2020) – Wetting rain and cooler temperatures are likely tomorrow in many areas of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and nearby communities, which may lessen wildfire activity and improve air quality. Currently, fire danger on the forest remains Very High and the Air Quality Index is Unhealthy. An air quality advisory remains in effect on the Nez Perce Reservation through tomorrow afternoon. Visit to see smoke conditions and air quality reports where you are.

Fire managers on the Red River Ranger District expect the Shissler fire to be active again today based on the potential for windy weather and continued warmer temperatures. Currently, crews are focused on proactive structure protection in the Red River Valley and containing the fire perimeter where it crossed containment lines in the 505 Trail System. No structures are at an immediate threat of damage by the Shissler fire at this time. Cooler weather and the possibility of wetting rains this weekend could lessen fire behavior. As flying conditions improve and resources become available, officials will conduct a reconnaissance flight to assess updated fire size, perimeter, and behavior. The Shissler fire is on InciWeb at

The Fawn Lake Creek fire is now approximately 30 acres in size and located roughly six miles west of Dixie in the Lake Creek drainage. Fire managers will continue to assess the potential for the Fawn Lake Creek fire to threaten values at risk in the community of Dixie, and will respond accordingly based on resources available and while prioritizing the safety of firefighters and the public.

The Double fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the Moose Creek Ranger District is now estimated at 800 acres. A more specific acreage estimate and more information about fire behavior will be available once conditions and resource availability allow for a reconnaissance flight of the fire.

The Type 2 Incident Management Team working the Marion and Beaver fires near Powell will transition out of the area on September 21, transferring command of the fire to a local Type 3 organization. Information on these fires will continue to be made available on InciWeb at and

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Information is available online at, on social media at and, 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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