Air Quality Advisory (AQA): Due to continued wildfires in the Nez Perce N.F. and Salmon - Challis N.F, the AQA and Stage 1 Burn Ban will remain in effect for portions of Idaho County. The AQA includes areas east of the Camas Prairie/Hwy 12 and the Nez Perce Reservation line (near Clearwater, ID) and the area south of the White Bird grade between the Oregon and Montana border. For more information please contact the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Lewiston Regional Office at (208) 799-4370 or visit http://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 currently 48,000 acres with 41% containment. Yesterday, fire moved slowly on the northeast corner and east side of the fire, resulting in a good understory burn, and was held in check with the assistance of helicopter bucket drops. There was minimal activity along the west and south of the fire.
There will be a community meeting at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, in White Bird at the IOOF
Hall. 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 43,040 acres with 25% containment. Yesterday afternoon there was increased fire activity within the established firelines. The southeast part of the fire saw the most activity, where 522 acres burned, but still well away from the existing fireline. Today there will be winds, but not as high as yesterday, and air temperatures will be much lower than the past several days. The change in weather, along with shorter daylight hours, should result in overall lower fire behavior, and spread should be relatively low.
Evacuation Orders remain in place: Stage 3 Evacuation Order by Idaho County Sheriff for Dixie, Comstock and Concord residents. Stage 2 evacuation warning for Mallard Creek Ranch, Cook Ranch Orogrande and Red River area. 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. Dixie residents can travel on Dixie Road to and from their property any time of day. 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. Forest Road 421 to Mallard and Whitewater Ranches is now open to residents only. 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 33,872 acres and 0% contained. Yesterday a smoldering and creeping fire was observed with individual and group tree torching and short range spotting due to the increased winds. 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 61,700 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. Over the past couple days, the smoke inversion has lifted out of the river corridor and valley bottoms, this along with warmer temperatures, lower relative humidity, and higher wind speeds, has increased fire activity. Group torching and small crown runs were observed, the most intense activity was witnessed on the Fern Fire in the Strom Creek area. The fire has burned up to FS Road 368 (Beaver Ridge) and is now CLOSED in its entirety.
The Weasel Complex reported approximately 1100 acres with minimal fire growth. 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 consists of 3 fires; Jugg Fire is 1,500 acres, Crimper Creek Fire is 219 acres, and the Wash Creek Fire is 230 acres. Other active fires on the district are the Skull Fire at 851 acres, and the Elizabeth Fire at 1,554acres. Elizabeth is the most active and is burning in an old fire scar. 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 50,000.
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, 317 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.