Kamiah, Idaho , August 27, 2015 – Numerous fires continue to burn across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, many of which are being grouped together and managed as complexes. Suppression action is being taken on priority fires as firefighting resources become available.
An additional area closure near Lolo Pass has been enacted, and closures south of Highway 12 have been expanded due to fire activity on the Forests’ central zone. A segment of St. Joe Divide Trail 233 was closed, restricting access into the Five Lakes Butte area.
The following is a summary of the major complexes and fires burning across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests which are not assigned to incident management teams. Acreages are approximate as smoke and lack of infrared detection date has made mapping difficult.
North Zone (Palouse and North Fork Ranger Districts)
Name: Larkin Complex Location: Roughly 30 airline miles NE of Pierce
Started: August 17, 2015 Cause: Lightning
Total Acreage: 3035 acres Containment: 0% Contained
Fires originally within the Complex (including Wolf Pack Fires): 14
Active Fires within the Complex: Snow Creek Fire 2300 acres, Wolf Pack Fire 980 acres, and Heather Fire 1370 acres, Minnesaka 230, and Roaring 100.
Major Events: Fire activity has increased, with the Heather fire doubling in acreage. A segment of St. Joe Divide Trail 233 has been closed limiting access into Five Lakes Butte.
Name: Scurvy Mountain Fire Location: 28 miles ENE of Pierce, Idaho
Started: August 21, 2015 Cause: Lightning
Total Acreage: 390 acres Containment: 0% contained
Major Events: Fire continues its spread toward Scurvy Mountain Lookout.
Central Zone (Lochsa-Powell and Moose Creek Ranger Districts)
Name: Lochsa South Complex
Location: South of Lochsa River from Warm Springs Creek to the Selway River
Started: August 15, 2015 Cause: Lightning
Total Acreage: 1000+ acres Containment: 0% Contained
Fires originally within Lochsa South Complex: 12
Active Fires within the Complex: Sponge Fire 1500 acres, Grit Fire 500 acres, Lone Knob Fire 200 acres, Fire Lake 500 acres, Airstrip Fire 1000 acres.
Major Events: Airstrip Fire was active.
Name: Wilderness Complex
Location: Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (much of the Moose Creek Ranger District)
Started: August 4, 2015 Cause: Lightning
Total Acreage: 8500 acres Containment: 0% Contained
Fires originally within the Wilderness Complex: 8
Active Fires within the Complex: Army Mule Fire 3500 acres, Baily Fire 1100 acres, and Meeker Fire 1000 acres.
Major Events: Point protection continues for Wilderness cabins, pack bridges and lookouts.
Name: Boulder Fire Location: 5 miles west of Lolo Pass
Started: August 14, 2015 Cause: Lightning
Total Acreage: 3000 acres Containment: 0% contained
Major Events: Atmospheric instability, warmer temperatures and increased winds are causing increased fire activity. An area west of Lolo Pass in the vicinity of Granite Pass is closed.
South Zone (Salmon River and Red River Ranger Districts)
Name: Red River Complex
Location: South of Elk City, Idaho
Started: August 17, 2015 Cause: Lightning
Total Acreage: 7330 acres Containment: 5% Contained
Fires originally within Red River Complex: 6 fires
Active fires within the complex: Noble Fire 100 acres, Lone Park Fire 2000 acres, Rattlesnake Fire 1500 acres, Crown Fire 2500 acres, Little Green Fire 1155 acres.
Major Events: Noble Fire reported two weeks ago was located southwest of Mallard Creek Ranch. Boston Mountain is likely to be impacted by Lone Park and Crown Fires. Structure protection is ongoing at Cook Ranch, Mallard Creek Ranch, Green Mountain Lookout and Bargamin Creek Bridge.
Many roads and trails have been closed due to fire activity. These closures and fire information is posted at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/home. Click on the “Fire Information” icon at the top of the page.
Information for the Clearwater, Motorway, Selway, and Municipal Fire Complexes is available at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov.
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests summary of fire restrictions and closures
Stage I Fire Restrictions remain in effect for the majority of Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest lands within Idaho, Nez Perce and Clearwater Counties. These provisions limit campfires or stoves to designated recreation sites, limit smoking to enclosed vehicles, and require spark arrestors on internal or external combustion engines used on national forest system lands.
Additional restrictions pertain to the Selway-Bitterroot, Frank Church-River of No Return and Gospel-Hump Wilderness areas, Palouse Ranger District and non-forest system lands west of the Forest boundary. Contact your local Forest Service office for specific information.
North Fork Ranger District
Segments of the following roads are closed: Skull Creek Road 252, South Skull Creek Road 710.
A segment of Snow Creek Trail 285 has also been closed to ensure public safety.
Scurvy Mountain Trail 524 has been closed from the junction with Road 581 to the lookout.
NEW – A segment of St. Joe Divide Trail 233 providing access to Five Lakes Butte and the Idaho Panhandle National Forest is closed.
Moose Creek Ranger District
Due to fire activity, a large area closure has been enacted on the Moose Creek and Red River Districts. It includes national forest system lands south of Coolwater Road 317 including the Selway Corridor from Lowell east to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundary. The Wilderness boundary forms most of the closure’s eastern and southern borders.
The following roads and trails have been closed for public safety due to fire activity:
Selway Road 223 from O’Hara Bridge to the junction of Falls Point Road 443.
Trails: Rackliff 702, East Boyd 703, Glover 704, West Glover 705, 23 Mile 707, Gedney 708, Gedney-Glover 709, West Boyd 710, Canteen 725, and CCC 734 are closed in their entireties. Additionally, segments of the following trails are closed: Selway 4, Three Links 405, Swan Creek 421, Battle Ridge 432, Goat Mountain 444, Halfway Creek 447, Saddle Ridge 455, Meeker Ridge 458, Gateway Peak 491, Bear Creek 516, Sixty-two 606, Cupboard Creek 607, and Big Rock 693.
Moose Creek Ranger District (continued)
Due to an area closure, the following campgrounds are closed: Boyd, CCC, Glover, Johnson Bar, O’Hara, Race Creek, Rackliff, Selway Falls, Slide Creek, Slims Camp, Twenty-five Mile Bar, Twenty-mile Bar
Lochsa-Powell Ranger Districts
Due to public safety concerns, an area closure has been enacted north of Highway 12 from the Forest boundary east to Wilderness Gateway Campground.
NEW –Closures have been enacted for a large area south of Highway 12. It includes Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness lands on the Lochsa and Powell Ranger Districts from Wilderness Gateway Campground east to the state line. The closure extends south to the Lochsa-Selway Divide. Access to Elk Summit, Big Sand Lake, Fish Lake, Walton Lakes and Tom Beal Park is closed. Access to Jerry Johnson Hot Springs is open. NEW – An area west of Lolo Pass in the vicinity of Granite Pass is also closed.
Crooked Fork Contour Road 595 is closed at Granite Pass to the end of the road. The Lolo Trail Road 500 is closed from the junction of Weitas Butte Road 557 to the junction of the Liz Butte Road 560.
The following trails have been closed: Rock Creek 221, Greenside Butte 222, Army Mule 60, Saturday Ridge 89, Saturday Creek 82, Pouliot 30, Wind Lakes 24, Tom Beal Creek 7, Friday Pass 45, and Pedro Ridge 917 in their entirety. Segments of Lochsa Peak 220, Boulder Creek 211, Lone Knob 198, and Nee-Me-Poo 40 Trails are closed. Warm Springs Trail 49 is closed from the junction with Wind Lakes Trail 24 to Saturday Ridge Trail 89. Note: Jerry Johnson hot springs is still accessible.
Wilderness Gateway, Whitehouse, Wendover, Powell, and White Sands Campgrounds are closed.
Red River Ranger District
Baldy Fire Area Closure
To ensure public safety, an area closure has been enacted for an area surrounding the Baldy Fire which is located roughly nine miles west of Elk City. The closure applies to Roads 284, 649, and 1866; and Nellie Mountain Trail 425, Reed Mountain Trail 477, and Silver Ridge Trail 424 within the closure area.
Red River Complex Trail Closures
Segments of the following trails are closed for public safety due to fire activity:
Rainey Creek 583, Bargamin Creek 502, Cache Creek 501, Crofoot 576, and Rattlesnake Ridge 577.
Restrictions and closures are constantly changing. Additional information and new restrictions will be posted at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.
The most recent map of restrictions and closures can be accessed at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3852348.pdf.