This is the final Clear/Nez Fire Zone Update for the 2012 fire season. Management of the Sheep Fire, McGuire Complex, and Powell SBW Complex has transferred to the ranger districts – contact numbers are listed below. Fire managers are lifting some closure orders and will continue to do so as soon as the zone receives a wetting rain. Any additional fire information will be distributed in a Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests news release.
For more information on Air Quality Alerts, please contact the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Lewiston Regional Office at (208) 799-4370 or visit http://www.deq.idaho.gov/airquality/burning/ current-wildfire-smoke-info.aspx. Smoke impacts and complaints can be reported to our Smoke Information Hotline at 800-345-1007.
Salmon River Ranger District –
The Sheep Fire, located seven miles north of Riggins, ID, is currently 48,626 acres with 68% containment.
For Sheep Fire Information please call Public Information Officers; Timothy Evans or Kristen Allison at (208) 839-2129. Current information regarding fire activity, area closures, and road and trail closures is available at this 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 43,557 acres with 50% containment. Rehabilitation work to repair suppression damage is underway, with a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team assigned to perform those operations. The closure area has been reduced and roads opened.
EVACUATIONS: All communities in the vicinity of the fire are now at Stage 1 evacuation alert. They include: Comstock, Concord, Cook Ranch, Dixie, Elk City, Mallard Creek Ranch, Orogrande, Red River and Red River Hot Springs. This is the lowest level of evacuation notice. If evacuation levels are increased again, due to increased fire activity, every attempt will be made to notify residents and businesses in the affected communities.
FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS: The Temporary Flight Restrictions have been lifted.
The Porcupine Fire Complex is 37,000 acres and 0% contained. Although the Porcupine fire continues to burn, cool temperatures and much shorter burning periods have resulted in minimal fire activity, with occasional torching. The Magruder Road (#468) is open. The closure area has been rescinded.
For information on McGuire and Porcupine Complex Fires please contact Vickie Guthrie at the Red River Ranger District at (208) 842-2142. Inciweb posts a fact sheet at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3219/
Powell Ranger District –
Powell SBW Complex is holding at 66,000 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.
The Weasel Complex is approximately 1100 acres with minimal fire growth. There are area, road and trail closures in effect for the fire areas. Check www.inciweb.org for a full description and map of closure orders.
For information on the Powell SBW Complex and Weasel Complex, please contact the Powell Ranger District at 208-942-0303.
North Fork Ranger District –
Isabella Complex consists of 3 fires; The Jugg Fire, Crimper Creek Fire, and the Wash Creek Fire with a total of 2,668 acres. Other active fires on the district are the Skull Fire at 961 acres, and the Elizabeth Fire at 2,094 acres. The 710 Road is now open. Fire managers are opening the Smith Ridge Trail 240, Snow Creek Trail #285, Skull Creek Road #252, and Pot Mountain Trail #169 today. All other road and trail closures remain in effect.
Moose Creek Ranger District –
Total acreage is estimated at 50,913. There are area, road and trail closures in effect for the fire areas.
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.