Air Quality Alert (AQA): The AQA remains in effect, off reservation boundaries, for Latah, Nez Perce, Idaho, Clearwater and Lewis counties due to the continued wildfire activity in Nez Perce NF, Clearwater NF, and Salmon-Challis NF. Stage 1 Air Quality Advisory – Mandatory Burn Ban for the above counties.
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/airquality/burning/ current-wildfire-smoke-info.aspx. Smoke impacts and complaints can be reported to our Smoke Information Hotline at 800-345-1007.
Additional information on McGuire, and Sheep Fire closure areas will be posted in Grangeville at the junction of Mt. Idaho Grade & 221 road, and Blackerby Picnic Area at the junction of Hwy 14 & Mt. Idaho Grade.
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 48,526 acres with 65% containment. Yesterday, fire was active between Patrol Point and North Fork of Slate Creek, with single and group tree torching. Fire spread was held in check with the assistance of four helicopters dropping water throughout the day. Along the east flank, and in deep draws, fire continued to creep and smolder. The Northern Rockies North Idaho Zone Incident Management team transferred management of the Sheep Fire to the Salmon River Ranger District of the Nez Perce National Forest effective 6:00 a.m. Thursday, October 11.
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 43,540 acres with 50% containment. The Nez Perce National Forest resumed management of the fire with Lance Carbone as the Incident Commander. The McGuire Complex is winding down. The few remaining pumps and hoses will be pulled from the fire today, while crews continue to tighten lines and mop up heat along the perimeter. 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: Airstrips that are now open include Dixie, Dixie Guard Station and Orogrande. The Temporary Flight Restrictions remain in place.
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. Fire remains along the Magruder Road (#468) and is expected to impact the Green Mountain Road (#285) sometime in the next few days. Fire fighters are working to clean up snags which continue to fall on roadways. The Green Mountain Road is open to travel, subject to potential delays. The closure area has been rescinded.
For information on McGuire and Porcupine Complex Fires please contact Vickie Guthrie at the Elk City 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 approximately 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.
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. 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.
Moose Creek Ranger District –
Total acreage is estimated at 50,913. 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 with isolated torching. The current acreage is 15, 324 and it is 62% contained. This fire is burning 12 miles north-northwest of New Meadows, ID.
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.