Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update – September 23, 2020

KAMIAH, Idaho (September 23, 2020) – Warmer, drier southwesterly winds have been present today as high pressure shifts east of the region and is replaced by a trough of low pressure.  Several days of moderate to high chances of rain will exist Thursday into the weekend, with cooler temperatures through this time.  As temperatures and weather patterns fluctuate, our federal wildland fire agencies are incredibly proficient in emergency response and are in close coordination with state and local partners.

Acreage on the Shissler fire has been reduced from approximately 11,000 acres to 10,680 acres based on more accurate mapping.  Forest Service Road (FSR) 285 (The Green Mountain / Elk Mountain Road) on the Red River Ranger District is open to the public.  Forest Service employees are on site to give advice and updated info on safe passage where the fire has impacted the road.  Forest Service officials urge the public to use caution when travelling the road.  The FSR 468 / Montana Road remains open to the public with no restrictions or advisories.  More information on the Shissler fire is on InciWeb;  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7014/.

On the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District, FSR Road 111 (Elk Summit Road) is open.  However, FSR 360 (Savage Passage Road) is being evaluated for weather conditions and is closed until further notice. 

The Marion and Beaver fires near Powell have displayed little to no growth. Fire crews will continue to maintain containment lines to prevent the fires from reaching private property and threatening values at risk.  Type 3 Incident Command 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/.

The Double fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the Moose Creek Ranger District shows moderate activity and continues to burn at approximately 1,143 acres.  Currently, no values at risk are threatened by the Double fire, 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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