The Air Quality Advisory (AQA) remains in effect. Weekend Forecast: Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category in Nez Perce, Latah, Idaho, Lewis and Clearwater counties, off reservation boundaries. Due to continued wildfire smoke, air quality may periodically become elevated to the Unhealthy category in some areas. For more information please contact the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Lewiston Regional Office at (208) 799-4370 or visithttp://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/burning/current-wildfire-smoke-info.aspx. Smoke impacts and complaints can be reported to our Smoke Information Hotline at 800-345-1007.
Attention Hunters – for one stop shopping on current fire closure perimeters/hunting units, please see the new link at Idaho Fish & Game’s WWW at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/article/do-fire-closures-leave-you-hunting-spot-hunt
Salmon River Ranger District –
The Sheep Fire, located seven miles north of Riggins, ID, is presently 47, 648 acres with 41% containment. Yesterday, a partly cloudy, cool morning changed to warm, mostly sunny sky by mid-afternoon. Fire activity increased in North Fork of Slate Creek, with isolated torching. Despite more active fire behavior, very little smoke was visible, as the atmosphere allowed smoke to rise and dissipate. Fire on the remainder of the incident was smoldering and creeping.
Sheep Fire Information line at (877) 599-7716 is open 7 am until 9 pm. Current information regarding fire activity, area closures, road and trail closures is available at this telephone number.
A large area closure remains in place for the fire. Current information on the Sheep Fire is also available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3240/
Red River Ranger District –
The McGuire Complex Fire is approximately 42,296 acres with 10% containment. Today and Monday the unseasonably warm and dry weather will continue; however, the westerly winds will generally be light, which will moderate fire behavior. Winds will increase and temperatures will drop and a hard freeze is possible midweek. The change in weather, along with shorter days, means that fire behavior and spread will be low and the air will be less smoky.
All Evacuation Orders remain in place: Stage 3 Evacuation Order by Idaho County Sheriff for, Mallard Creek Ranch, Cook Ranch, Dixie/Comstock and Concord residents. Stage 3 evacuation request reduced to stage 2 evacuation warning in Orogrande due to a decrease in fire activity. Stage 2 evacuation order for the Red River area and Stage 1 evacuation alert for the Elk City area.
Road Closures: The Crooked River Road (Road 233), at the junction with Highway 14, remains closed to nonresidents, despite the evacuation change. As of 6:00 this morning, Dixie residents can travel on Dixie Road to and from their property any time of day without the pilot car escort. US Postal Service mail delivery to Dixie will resume on Monday. Forest Road 1190 from Trapper Creek to Dixie Summit is closed to all access, including residents. Forest Road 1190 from Trapper Creek and Forest Road 421 from Red Mail Box to the Whitewater area are closed to all nonresidents. The Crooked River Road, at the junction with Highway 14, is closed to everyone except residents.
For information on community meetings, McGuire Complex and Porcupine Complex Fires please contact McGuire Complex Fire Information at (208) 842-2725 from 8 am until 10 pm. Inciweb posts a fact sheet at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3219/
The Porcupine Fire Complex is 33,248 acres and 0% contained. The Magruder Road (FR 468) is closed from the junction of Green Mt. Road (FR 285) to Observation Point for public safety during active wildfire conditions. All questions regarding road closures, trail closures and evacuation alerts should be directed to McGuire Fire Information, (208) 842-2725.
Powell Ranger District –
Powell SBW Complex is approximately 59,349 acres. The complex consists of three main and numerous small fires situated in an arc running southeast to southwest of the town of Powell, Idaho, straddling the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundary. The three main fires are named from east to west as: Fern, Cedar and Freeze Out/Queen. Smoke vented out of the river corridor and valley bottoms, this along with warmer temperatures, lower relative humidity, and higher wind speeds, increased fire activity and visibility. Group torching and small crown runs were observed, the most intense activity was witnessed on the Fern Fire in the Strom Creek area.
The Weasel Complex reported approximately 1100 acres. There are area, road and trail closures in effect for the fire areas. The closure order has been recently modified, check www.inciweb.org for a full description and map. Please follow wildfire fighting personnel directions when you are in the area. Be prepared for heavy smoke in the area of Highway 12 near Powell, ID. Drive with your headlights on for your safety.
North Fork Ranger District –
Isabella Complex active. The 710 Road is now open. All other road and trail closures remain in effect: FR 252, FR 720 at Fly Hill, FR 705, Lost Ridge Trail 283 from the junction of FR 252 to the junction of Trail 233, Forest Trail 285, and Isabella Creek Trail 95 from the junction of FR 705 to the junction of Trail 399. If you are in the area of these fires, be prepared for the Management Teams preventing you from unrestricted area access.
Moose Creek Ranger District –
Total acreage is estimated at 47,786.
There are area, road and trail closures in effect for the fire areas. Please follow wildfire fighting personnel directions when you are in the area.
Wesley Fire, Payette National Forest
The Wesley Fire is backing with single tree torching. The current acreage is 15, 289 and it is 71% contained. This fire is burning 12 miles north-northwest of New Meadows, ID.
Information about the Wesley Fire and area, road and trail closures is available by calling Wesley Fire Information at (208) 347-3799.
A summary of Stage 1 Fire Restrictions and current closures for the Clear/Nez Fire Zone can be found under Public Notices at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperce/alerts-notices.