A good supply of rain came with the heavy lightning over the northern portion of the District Thursday night, helping to hold fire reports to a minimum. Three reports of fire have been received Friday.
The 4th of July Fire located one mile west of Dixie near the Ajax Mine is being addressed immediately with a helicopter and ground personnel. The helicopter on site currently reports the fire at 1/8 acre with a low to moderate spread potential, creeping on the ground.
The Beaver Fire, at .10 acre, is smoldering and creeping approximately three miles northwest of Elk Summit Lookout, with five people moving to suppress it.
The Radcliff Fire was reported approximately three miles southeast of Lytle Cow Camp and is a spot fire putting up very little smoke. Personnel are enroute to search out that fire.
The War Eagle Fire in the Gospel Hump Wilderness is estimated at roughly 50 acres. It continues to creep on the ground in the old 2007 Rattlesnake burn along the War Eagle Trail.
The Lake Complex in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is estimated at a total of 6,000 acres. The air was too smoky to get a good infrared camera reading last night. It has been active in both the Bargamin Creek and Sabe Creek drainages. Eight Red River Ranger District firefighters have been moved to Horse Heaven Cabin to provide point protection for the cabin which was previously wrapped by the Bitterroot National Forest. Our crew will be putting hose, pumps, and sprinklers in place. The Lake Complex is posted on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3687/.
For public safety the following portions of trails in the area of the Lake Complex are closed until further notice:
· Trail # 575 from the junction with Trail 584 to the junction with Trail 501.
· Trail # 501 from the junction with Trail 576 to the junction with Trail 578.
· Trail # 578 from the junction with Trail 501 to the junction with the Red River RD boundary at Sabe Creek.
· Trail # 538 from the junction with Trail 575 to the junction with Trail 28.
For specific details of the Closure Order, please visit the Nez Perce National Forest web page at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.
Please also note that the Bitterroot National Forest has closed the Magruder Road Corridor at Sabe Saddle, the boundary between our forests. Be advised that there is nowhere to turn a vehicle around between Dry Saddle and Sabe Saddle.
Moose Creek Ranger District:
The district reported two new fires – Lookout Fire is out. Wart Fire located near O’Hara Point and Road 464, is currently staffed with 2 firefighters with 10 more enroute. It is a creeping spot fire at 1/10 acre. Peterson Point Fire is out. The Lost Fire is contained and they are currently demobbing resources.
The California Point Complex, located west of Lowell, is 8000 acres. It is being managed for resource objectives.
The Ditch Creek Fire was suppressed and declared out today.
North Fork Ranger District:
One new fire reported on the district today. Jackknife Fire is a spot fire located 20 miles east/northeast of Pierce. It is being managed for resource objectives.
Flat Mountain Fire (reported Thursday) is located near Cold Springs Cabin - 3 acres, and contained. Ten firefighters are assigned to the fire.
Rock Fire, located 24 miles northeast of Pierce is 210-250 acres. Flat Larson Complex, located 20 miles northeast of Pierce is 250-350 acres. Both fires are being managed for resource objectives.
Fire staff will provide more accurate acreage (through GPS) on the Rock and Flat Larson fires on Sunday.
Lochsa Ranger District:
The district picked up several new fires this afternoon:
2 small fires near Frenchman Butte (Frenchman Fire and Middle Butte Fire), 1/10th acre each. Staffed.
2 small fires near Higgins Hump (640c Fire and Chitwood Fire) currently being staffed.
2 small fires near Rocky Ridge Lake (Bowl Fire and Green Saddle Fire ) less than 1/10 acre each. Being monitored
1 small fire near Willow Butte (Sherm Fire) less than 1/10th acre. Managed for Resource Objectives
1 small fire in Cow Creek near Ant Hill (Cow Creek Fire) less than 1/10th acre. Managed for Resource Objectives.
1 small fire near Liz Butte (Liz Butte Fire) less than 1/10th acre. Managed fore Resource Objectives.
Fire Creek Complex (Fire Creek Fire - 4 acres, Flea Fire - 3 acres, Shire Fire - 1/4 acre, Sheep Fire 1/4 acre, Cantaloupe Fire 1/10th acre, and Woodland Fire 40 acres) previously reported, being managed for Resource Objectives.
Johnagan Fire - 10 acres - managed for resource objectives.
Salmon River District:
The district picked up three new fires from Thursday’s lightning storm. Kelly Fire was contained this morning – ½ acre. Containment is expected this afternoon on the Elfers Fire – ¼ acre. At the time of this report, air support is inbound to the Johns Creek Fire – 3 acres.
There are currently no fire restrictions on the Clear/Nez Fire Zone. Fire managers re-evaluate each week to determine if it is appropriate to put Stage 1 Fire Restrictions (camping and smoking in designated areas only) into effect. Conditions on the forests continue to be hot and dry – please be careful with campfires!
The public is requested to immediately report any evidence of fire to either the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office at 911 or 208-983-1100 or to the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch office at 208-983-6800.