Johnson Bar Fire Information 8/15 am
Approximate Size: 6,665 acres Indirect line construction is progressing well
Resources: Hand Crews: (7) Type I crews; (9) Type 2 crews Engines: 13 Air Support: (4) helicopters
Heavy Equipment: 4 dozers; 10 skidders/skidgines; 4 excavators; 4 feller/bunchers
Total personnel: 623 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.
Effective this morning Residents only of the Selway River corridor will be allowed entry to their properties under a Level 2 evacuation notification. The Level 3 evacuation is lifted. The order of closure of campgrounds and Forest Roads remain in place until further notice.
A community meeting will be heldFriday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Kooskia city park.
Fire Update: The fires beyond the main fire perimeter that were ignited on Tuesday of this week, 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. When weather conditions are favorable, 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. The indirect line constructed in the Goddard Peak area is completed and resources have been shifted to help with line location on the north in Lodge Creek down to the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River. Structure protection remains in place. A “spike” camp is established at Johnson Bar Campground to keep firefighters closer to the fire lines.
About 0.4” of rain fell at fire camp in Kooskia Thursday evening. Rain amounts over the fire area varied, but generally were less than 0.2”. Syringa recorded 0.15”; Lookout Butte 0.17”; Lowell 0.04”; and Fenn 0.09”.
It is expected that the majority of the main fire will continue to progress, with more intense burning in pockets of unburned fuel. Weather today will be cool and relatively moist with scattered showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. An inversion is expected to remain over the fire in the morning. The long-term prediction is for warmer and dryer conditions. No structures have been lost or damaged in the Johnson bar fire.
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.