Nez Perce Clearwater Forests Fire Information Update
Grangeville Idaho August 18, 2014
· Effective August 15 2014, per the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, a Stage 2 evacuation for the Selway River Corridor is in place.
o Selway River residences are permitted to return to their homes. The river corridor will remain restricted to the general public. There will be a guard posted at the Clearwater River Bridge at the confluence of the Clearwater and the Selway Rivers to restrict non-residence from entering.
· Effective August 13 2014, per the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Stage 2 evacuation for US Highway 12 for five miles in each direction from the town of Lowell is in place.
o Stage 2 means that there is an increasing potential threat that the fire will move into the area and threatened lives and property. Residents in Stage 2 should prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. Residents requiring extraordinary care should make plans to leave immediately. People who may need to relocate livestock should consider making early preparations to round up the livestock and be ready to leave quickly.
· US Highway 12 is Open.
· Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center responded to three smoke chases yesterday across the geographic zone. Fire managers anticipate continuing to detect additional holdover fires from past lightning storms over the next several days.
· Today will be a little warmer and drier than yesterday. Little to no lightning has occurred in the geographic zone in the last 24 hours or is expected in the next 24 hours.
· Given the warmer drier weather, smoke generated from fires burning across the landscape will become more noticeable again. Week thermal inversions that cause poor air quality in the narrow valley bottoms are predicted to set up.
· Butte Fire - .1 acres. New start cause by lightning reported yesterday. Located at the headwaters of Fivemile Creek on Green Ridge. Two smokejumpers assigned from Grangeville Air Center.
· Johnson Bar fire - ~6936 ac. The cloud cover cleared last night allowing a clear infra-red image of the fire. Type2 Incident Management Team (Leach) is managing the fire, will be providing updates to the media, and on inciweb athttp://inciweb.nwcg.gov. A Public Meeting is scheduled fortomorrow evening (Tuesday Aug. 19) at 7pm at the same location as previous meetings; the baseball diamonds at Kooskia City Park.
o Effective August 12, 2014,the road closure for Forest road #223 from O’Hara Bridge to the river confluence of the Selway River and the Clearwater River and FS road #464 from Elk City to O’Hara Bridge remains in effect.
o Closure orders can be found on the forest website athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices
· Roar – 7 acres 1.5 mile north west of Fenn RD – Fire is being monitored with line constructed around it. Type2 Incident Management Team (Leach) is managing the fire.
· Copper Ridge Fire - .1 acres. New start cause by lightning reported yesterday. Located just below Indian Hill Lookout. Two smokejumpers assigned from Grangeville Air Center.
· Butte Fire - .1 acres. Located at the headwaters of Fivemile Creek on Green Ridge. Two smokejumpers assigned from Grangeville Air Center.
· Bill Fire – 39 acres. Located at the confluence of Bear Creek and the Selway River in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Structure protection in place for Bear Creek Pack Bridge and developing structure protection for Shearer Guard Station. Three smokejumpers assigned from Grangeville Air Center.
The District is currently managing twelve fires for resource objectives in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
Fire activity has wound down sufficiently that Jay Northcott’s Pecos Type 3 Incident Management Team will transition management of the Rain, Myers and Prospector Fires back to the district today, leaving one 20-person crew in place for structure protection, if needed. Acreage increases on those fires over the past several days have been negligible – Rain Fire, 3990 acres;Myers Fire, 2001 acres; and Prospector Fire, 71 acres. The area closure does remain in effect. Access the order and map athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.
Other fires on the district:
· Narrows Fire, 1.5 miles NW of Ox Bow Campground, still not found; four fire fighters assigned to find and suppress it
· Williams Fire, five miles south of Old Golden, out at .20 acre,
· Prong Fire, 3.5 miles north of Green Mountain, 150 to 200 acres with 4 fire fighters assigned to structure protection
· Elk Fire, 5 miles north of Green Mountain Lookout, burning inside the perimeter of the old East Fork Fire, out at .25 acre
· Wildhorse Fire and Rocky Fire(near Wildhorse Campground), .25 acre each; in patrol status.
· Slaughter Fire, in the Gospel Hump Wilderness four miles west of the Concord Mine, .10 acre; managed for natural resource objectives
· Steep Fire, 4 miles SE of Sheep Hill Lookout, last reported at 30 acres; managed for natural resource objectives
This will be the last daily update for fires on the Red River Ranger District unless or until activity increases significantly. We will continue to report appreciable changes or new starts.
· Saddle fire – This fire is located 3.5 miles north of Cold Spring Creek. It is smoking and is being monitored.
· Grizzly Creek fire - .5 acre in size - Located near Mush Saddle area. The fire is controlled and firefighters are continuing to mop-up. This fire is out.
· Bruin Fire: 156 ac. The fire continues to burn actively. It is located near Bruin Hill about eight miles northeast of the old Kelly Creek Ranger Station (the junction of roads 225 and 581) on the North Fork Ranger District. The fire is being managed for resource objectives.
· Windy Creek fire - .01 acres – Location is north west of the junction of Young and Windy Creek, it is a single tree lightning strike. It is being managed for resource objectives.
· `A trail closure of the Bruin Hill trail is in place. A full description and map can be found on the forest website athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices
· Antler fire - .1 acre – Located near Scott Saddle. The fire is smoking and being monitored.
· The District continues to manage six fires in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness for resource objectives.
· Windy Creek Fire - .1 acres. Located in the Windy Creek drainage approximately one mile west of Monroe Butte. No resources assigned. Will be monitored by air and managed for resource objectives.
· Macaroni Fire – 10 acres. Visible from mile marker 117 on Hwy 12 across the Lochsa River. Currently being monitored by air and ground with consideration for smoke effects to the Hwy 12 corridor.