Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Irv Leach Incident Commander
Daily Fact Sheet August 15, 9:00 p.m.
Fire Information: (208) 926-4164 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Web site: www.Inciweb.nwcg.gov
Approximate Size: 6,665 acres Indirect line construction is progressing well
Resources: Hand Crews: (7) Type I crews; (9) Type 2 crews Engines: 22 Air Support: (5) helicopters
Heavy Equipment: 3 dozers; 14 skidders/skidgines; 4 excavators; 7 feller/bunchers
Total personnel: 670 Injuries: None
Highway 12 is open to traffic in both directions. A stage 2 evacuation notice for residents along
Highway 12 from Syringa to 5 miles east of Lowell remains in place. The Selway River road is closed at
the intersection with Highway 12. Residents only of the Selway River corridor will be allowed entry to
their properties under a Level 2 evacuation notification. The order of closure of campgrounds and
Forest Roads remain in place until further notice.
Fire Update: The fires beyond the main fire perimeter that were ignited on Tuesday, one in Roar Creek and
the other northwest of Lowell, are in mop-up status with line constructed around them. The main fire continues
to back down the slope toward the Selway River. The East edge of the fire has reached the Selway River near
Johnson Bar and at a point downstream approximately 1 mile below the Swiftwater Bridge. If weather
conditions are favorable tomorrow, unburned areas between the fire and Selway River may be burned out to
reduce fuels and bring the fire down to established firm suppression lines. Fire line is being constructed on the
northwest corner along an old logging road parallel to Road 286 near Pine Knob and turning down a ridge to
the Clearwater River. This should be completed Sunday. Structure protection remains in place. A “spike” camp
is established at Johnson Bar Campground to keep firefighters closer to the fire lines.
It is expected that the majority of the main fire will continue to progress, with more intense burning in pockets of
unburned fuel. No structures have been lost or damaged in the Johnson bar fire.
Saturday’s weather will become warmer and dryer. There is a possibility of fog in the valleys during the
morning which could maintain the inversion and limit fire activity. Once the inversion lifts, the fire may become
more active as drying occurs. The warming and drying will continue through Tuesday when the weather pattern
will change with the possibility of another system with rain arriving.
• Johnson Bar, Wild Goose, and O’Hara campgrounds are closed.
• Road 470 (Swiftwater Road) is closed from Swiftwater Bridge to Road 286.
• Road 651 (O’Hara Road) is closed from O’Hara Bridge to Road 1129. Road 1129 is closed from Road
286 to Road 651.
• The Selway River is closed from O’Hara Bridge to the confluence with the Middle Fork Clearwater
• Selway River Road is closed at US Highway 12, except to residents.
More Information: Visit Inciweb at inciweb.nwcg.gov, select Johnson Bar fire. The incident command post can
be reached at (208) 926-4164 between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.