Fire Information: 541-523-1246 or 541-519-4623
Forest Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman
Members of the public interested in receiving fire information updates are asked to send an Email request toWallowaWhitman1@gmail.com.
Date Started: 09/05/14
Estimated Acreage: 1,500+ acres
Location: Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Hells Canyon Wilderness in Idaho, on Freezeout Ridge, approximately ½ mile west of Horse Heaven Cabin.
Management Strategy: Monitor/Contain
Terrain: Steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain, burning in timber and grass
Fire Activity: Very Active
Resources Assigned: Type 4 Incident Commander with five fighters on the ground and one Type 1 helicopter. In addition, coordinating fire suppression efforts with the Nez Perce/Clearwater and Payette National Forests.
Closures: The following Trail Closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety (see attached map):
· Trail #113: Closed from Junction with Trail #625 southwest to Junction with Trail #192/#191
· Trail #101 (#101A): Closed from Junction with Trail #625 south to Junction with Trail #214 and #124
· Trail #192: Closed from Junction with Trail #189 north to Junction with Trail #194/191/113.
· Trail #194 (#113): Closed from Junction with Trail #214 east to Junction with Trail #191 (#113)
· Trail #191: Closed from HCNRA Wilderness Boundary by Holbrook Saddle to Junction with Trail #113/192.
· Trail #214: Closed from Junction with Trails #124/#114/#101 south to Junction with Trail #189 at Stevens Saddle.
Area Closures may be necessary, as well, so please continue to check Inciweb for current information at:http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4102/. No public use restrictions apply in the Idaho side of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
Resources/Structures Threatened: Horse Heaven Historical Cabin and Jackley Lookout.
Current Status: Yesterday fire spotted to the west into the upper reaches of Two Creek northwest of Horse Heaven Cabin. Fire also continued to burn in heavy fuels in the Horse Heaven Lake area. Suppression efforts with helicopters, aimed at preventing the fire from spreading through old burn scars further to the north of Horse Heaven Lake and east, and south of Mill Creek were successful and will be a focus again today. The fire did continue to back down canyon along Anchor Creek toward Granite Creek, where helicopters were also used to slow fire spread. Fire suppression efforts are focused on keeping the fire primarily within the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area. Fire managers have identified evaluation lines where, if crossed by the fire, more aggressive fire suppression efforts may be warranted, especially outside of the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area.