Johnson Bar Fire Information
Web site: www.Inciweb.nwcg.gov
Approximate Size: 6,666 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 is 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 recent weather has greatly slowed fire activity and growth. This has allowed firefighters to build indirect fire lines around much of the fire’s perimeter. Most of today’s activity will be on the northwest and east side of the fires as crews and equipment complete fire line construction and improve the strength of those already completed. Progress on the line being built down the Lodge Creek ridge toward the Clearwater River is going well. Fire line has been 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. The two fires outside the main perimeter in Roar Creek and northwest of Lowell are in mop-up status with line completed around them. If weather conditions are favorable today or tomorrow, unburned areas between the fire and Selway River may be burned to reduce fuels and bring the fire down to established firm suppression lines. That will be done to check any further uncontrolled fire spread toward the residential areas east of the fire. During any burning operations, the public should stay clear of the area and keep in mind the safety of themselves and the firefighters working in the area. Structure protection remains in place in the Selway corridor.
It is expected that the the main fire will slowly expand downslope, mainly above the Selway River, with more active burning in pockets of unburned fuel as the afternoon warms and light winds increase.
Saturday’s weather will be warmer and dryer. There is fog in the valleys this 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.
No structures have been lost or damaged in the Johnson bar fire. A medivac helicopter landed near fire camp last night. This situation did not involve the fire incident or any fire personnel.
Johnson Bar, Wild Goose, 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, except to residents.