Grangeville, ID—Warm and dry conditions will remain in place through early Sunday. Thunderstorm potential will increase throughout Sunday afternoon and evening for Central Idaho. Erratic gusty winds and isolated lightning strikes are anticipated near thunderstorms. Fire managers are bracing for active burn days both Sunday and Monday.
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
Salmon River Ranger District –
The Sheep Fire, located in Sheep Gulch across from the town of Lucille, Idaho is 1000 acres with a high potential for growth. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is burning in timber and moving up towards John Day.
Stan Benes’ Type 2 Team assumed management of the Sheep Fire today. Base camp is located at the White Bird rodeo grounds. The team plans to share the first Sheep Fire Fact Sheet Sunday morning.
A public meeting is planned at the IOOF Hall in White Bird at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Red River Ranger District –
The Porcupine Fire Complex remains moderately active and is 17,000 acres. Roughly six miles of Magruder Road #468 is impacted by fire, including about one-half mile near Sabe Saddle. Travel continues to be restricted along the road; however, firefighters are attempting to have the road open for travel between 10:00 a.m. and noon each day. Management of the Porcupine Complex is transitioning to a Type 3 team today.
The McGuire Fire Complex is 18,002 acres and is being managed by Shawn Pearson’s Northern Rockies Type II Incident management Team. For current information on this complex of fires please see the fact sheet at http://www.inciweb.org/.
Powell Ranger District –
The Powell SBW Fire Complex is 38,975 acres and is being managed by Diane Hutton’s Wildland Fire Management Team. For current information on this complex of fires please see the fact sheet at http://www.inciweb.org.
Moose Creek Ranger District –
Active fires on Moose Creek Ranger District total 37,762 acres. For additional info on the Ditch, Vista and Pettibone fires, see the Inciweb site http://inciweb.org/.
· Ditch/Goat -- main heat appears to be on the southern portion of the fire with a little spread to west in various locations. Increase is 870 Ac. The Ditch fire moved up Parachute Ridge on the north end and is working its way back down Running Creek to the Ranch. Structure protection is in place.
· Square Rock -- 3470 acres (grew to north and along southeast flank) Increased 110 Ac
· Moose Ridge -- 722 acres (most heat appears to be on east flank, spot or either new fire to northeast is 102 acres and spreading north) Increased by 38 Ac
· Vista -- 5600 acres (spreading primarily on the western flank) Increased by 202 Ac. Trout Peak -- 99 acres (spreading north and east and west with little growth to the southeast) Increased by 33 Ac. Fire behavior is moderating. Crews are clearing the Selway trail as well as secondary trails. The Selway trail remains closed in the vicinity of the Vista fire.
· Pettibone -- 8789 acres (most intense heat along western flank in Bear Creek, there was spread towards Cub Creek and spread to the northeast as well) Increased by 858 Ac. The Pettibone fire is geographically positioned to make a run at Gardiner lookout, Bear Creek and Pettibone bridges and eventually North Star Ranch. Structure protection is in place at all of the above mentioned. The lookout has been wrapped and personnel removed.
· Ballinger – 26 acres (grew 2 acres)
· Three Links – 1780 acres (grew by 163 acres)
· Blacktail – 670 acres (grew by 7 acres)
· Shasta Lake – 54 acres (grew by 9 acres)