Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – September 21, 2020

KAMIAH, Idaho (September 21, 2020) – As forecasted, cool and wet weather over the weekend lessened fire danger and improved air quality across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Fire danger is now considered Moderate across the majority of the forest, with an Air Quality Index of Good or Moderate on the forest and in nearby communities. As temperatures and weather patterns fluctuate, fire managers locally and across the nation continue to assess active wildfires and prioritize firefighting resources in areas where values at risk are greatest and where resources are able to safely engage a fire with a high probability of success. Accounting for the safety of the public and of wildland firefighters is always the Forest Service’s number one priority.

Rain fell on the Shissler fire near Elk City this weekend, which lessened fire behavior. Officials were able to conduct a reconnaissance flight on the fire Sunday afternoon for the first time since early September. The Shissler fire is now estimated at 11,000 acres based on more precise mapping available via aerial reconnaissance. Crews continue to strengthen point protection in the Red River Valley and assess options for safely responding to areas of fire growth. Fire managers expect to see minimal to moderate growth on all sides of the Shissler fire this week. The Shissler fire is on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7014/.

The Type 2 Incident Management Team working the Marion and Beaver fires near Powell has transferred command of the fires to a local Type 3 organization. Both fires displayed little to no growth over the weekend due to wetting rain. Fire crews will continue to maintain containment lines to prevent the fires from reaching private property and threatening values at risk, including the Round Top Remote Automatic Weather Station.  Information on the Beaver and Marion fires will continue to be made available on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7058/ and https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7128/.

Last week, the Double fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the Moose Creek Ranger District showed moderate activity. The fire is now estimated at 1,143 acres. The Forest Service was able to conduct a reconnaissance flight Sunday afternoon which showed light activity to the south and the west; however, precipitation over the weekend greatly lessened fire behavior. No values at risk are threatened by the Double fire at this time, and officials expect fire activity to be minimal over the next few days.

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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