Johnson Bar Fire Information
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Approximate Size: 6,665 acresContainment: 0%
Hand Crews: (5) Type I crews; (9) Type 2 crews Engines: 13 Air Support: (5) helicopters
Heavy Equipment: 4 dozers; 10 skidders/skidgines; 4 excavators; 4 feller/bunchers Total personnel: 571
Highway 12 is open to traffic in both directions. There is a stage 2 evacuation notice on portions of the highway near the fire.
Fire Update: Rain occurred last night over the fire, but amounts varied. The area around Lowell received about ¼ inch. The inversion that has been holding in the valley is expected to be weaker today. Showers will continue this morning and clear in the early afternoon. This may allow for additional storm buildup, but they are not expected to be strong. Solar heating will of course, increase fire activity. Existing spot fires that occurred during the storm activity Tuesday, may become active and burn together. Fire growth toward the Selway River is predicted to continue. The majority of the main fire will continue smoldering, with more intense burning in pockets of unburned fuel.
Crews made excellent progress with line construction around the fire located Northeast of the Selway River at mouth of Roar Creek. Three hotshot crews, two engines, and helicopters will continue containment efforts on the fire on the north side of Middle Fork of the Clearwater River above Lowell, ID. Suppression lines on the west and south side of the main fire were brought together and will continue to be improved. Firefighters will scout the North-Northwest side of the fire to identify opportunity locations for extended containment line. Structure protection work will continue around Swiftwater Creek. Structures further north in the Selway corridor are being assessed for protection needs. No structures have been lost or damaged in the Johnson bar fire.
A stage 3 evacuation order remains in effect for the Selway River corridor as well as a stage 2 evacuation notification for residents along Highway 12 from Syringa to 5 miles east of Lowell. Residents of the Selway corridor are being permitted to access their homes today from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The evacuation is still in effect, so they will need to leave the closed area by10:00 a.m.
Area closure for Moose Creek Ranger District has been lifted.
Johnson Bar and O’Hara campgrounds are closed.
Road 470 (Swiftwater Road) is closed from Swiftwater Bridge to Road 286.
The Selway River is closed from O’Hara Bridge to the confluence with the Middle Fork Clearwater River.
Selway River Road is closed at US Highway 12.