September 15, 2014
Contact: Public Affairs Officer: Tod McKay
Phone: 406-363-7122 / Cell: 406-531-1130
What: Wildland Fires
Detected: August 10 - Lightning caused
Location: Selway Bitterroot Wilderness in Idaho – approx. 30 miles SW of Darby
Narrative: Two lightning-caused fires that have been burning for more than a month in the remote Selway Bitterroot wilderness in Idaho, grew in size this weekend as warmer temperatures contributed to active fire behavior. The Elevator Mountain fire located 7 miles north of Paradise Campground is estimated at 2,239 acres. It merged over the weekend with the Eagle Rock fire burning on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho.
The Raven Creek Fire located near Raven Creek Campground grew to 183 acres. It jumped the Paradise Road at 3 locations and is now burning on both sides of the road and just east of the Selway River. Paradise Road is currently open, but may be closed on an intermittent basis due to fire activity. For road information contact the West Fork Ranger District at (406) 821-3269.
There are six fires in the Selway Complex, but four of them (Eagle Creek, Nick Wynn, Jerusalem, Vance Mountain) are small (10 acres or less) and have not been as active. All of the fires are being managed with a monitoring strategy with point protection of critical resources including campgrounds, fire lookouts, trailheads and trail bridges.
Current Size (Complex): Estimated 2,432 acres
Resources on Fire: Roughly 25 personnel are working on the fires including 3 engines, and 1 helicopter.
Terrain: Steep, remote, and rocky
Fire Activity: The fires are burning in timber, brush and grass
Closures: Due to increased fire activity, the following wilderness campgrounds are currently closed -- Beaver Point, Raven Creek, Indian Creek. The public is being asked to not park or camp along Paradise Road between Beaver Point and Indian Creek. Fire information signs and maps have been posted at nearby trailheads and forest sites.
Today’s Plan: Fire crews are wrapping the historic Gardiner Peak Lookout with fire resistant structure wrap. Structure protection plans are also being implemented at Shearer Air Strip on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. Engines are patrolling Paradise Road for rocks, snags, and spot fires. An IR flight is scheduled tonight for updated acreage estimates.
Inciweb: For the latest fire information and maps visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4109/