Grangeville Idaho August 16, 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, a 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 eleven 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.
· The moist weather systems that are moving through the area continue to provide firefighters with the upper hand to make progress toward containing existing fires and putting out new ones. As the wet weather persists resources are being released from fires across the Northwest providing needed rest for firefighters and filling outstanding order for those who still have needs. Fuel moistures have been positively affected by the weather causing moderate or reduced fire behavior. Temperatures are forecasted to be cooler and relative humidities to be higher.
· Fires burning across the landscape continue to put smoke up into the atmosphere. The wet weather has washed out the air, which will improve the air quality from what we had experienced. The thermal inversions that cause poor air quality in the narrow valley bottoms are predicted to continue to set up although not as strongly as last week.
· No new fires reported yesterday.
· Johnson Bar fire - ~7000 ac. The cloud cover for the last two nights prohibited an Infra-Red detection flight from mapping the fire’s heat intensity locations and acreage. Type2 Incident Management Team (Leach) is managing the fire, will be providing updates to the media, and on inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov. The public meeting held lest evening in the Kooskia City Park was attended by about 30 citizens. The Team presented current activities associated with fire behavior and management plans. Topics of property fire mitigation and smoke management were also discussed. The meeting ended with a question and answer session. The meeting lasted over an hour.
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 at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices
· Roar – 7 acres 1.5 mile north west of Fenn RD – Fire is in mop-up status with line constructed around it. Type2 Incident Management Team (Leach) is managing the fire.
· 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.
The Rain Complex has information posted on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4084/
The following is dated Aug. 15, 2014
Wide spread rain across the district has helped fire fighters put out all of the fires on the district except those reported below.
Fires under management of Pacos Type 3 Incident Management Team:
· Rain Fire, 3,961 acres
· Myers Fires, 1,992 acres
· Prospector Fire, 71 acres
Structure protection is in place, and the Stage One Evacuation Order remains in effect for Mallard Creek Ranch, Cook Ranch, Allison Ranch, Whitewater Ranch and Yellowpine Bar.
The area closure remains in effect as well. A copy of the closure order and map can be accessed online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.
Suppression fires remaining:
· Prong Fire, 3.5 miles north of Green Mountain, 150 to 200 acres with 4 fire fighters assigned to structure protection for Green Mountain Lookout and trailheads and campsites in the vicinity.
· Wildhorse Fire and Rocky Fire (near Wildhorse Campground), .25 acre each; in patrol status.
Fires managed for natural resource objectives:
· Slaughter Fire, in the Gospel Hump Wilderness four miles west of the Concord Mine, .10 acre
· Steep Fire, 4 miles SE of Sheep Hill Lookout, last reported at 30 acres
· Slaughter Fire, spot fire in the Gospel Hump Wilderness 4 miles west of Concord Mine
The district has 39 fire fighters available for initial attack, four type 6 engines, and air support as weather and visibility allow.
· No new fires reported yesterday.
· Grizzly Creek fire - .5 acre in size - Located near Mush Saddle area. Fire fighters are on scene continuing to line the fire and mop-up. A few smokes are visible.
· Bruin Fire: 150+ 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.
· `A trail closure of the Bruin Hill trail is in place. A full description and map can be found on the forest website at http://www.fs.fed.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater
· Antler fire - .1 acre – Located near Scott Saddle. Firefighters are on scene working in heavy fuels, mopping up stump holes and expect to begin cold trailing today. The fire is lined.
· Long Gulch fire - .1 to .25 acres – Located northeast of Nut Basin Lake. The fire is contained and controlled, there are no visible smokes and no heat.
· Rock Creek Point fire - 01 acres -Reported in the Gospel Hump Wilderness 1 mile north west of Rock Creek Point The fire is out.
· Nelson Fire – .01 acres - located 1 mile north of Castle Creek Campground, the fire is staffed.
· Lone Fir Fire - .01 acres - located2.25 mile southeast of Fish Creek Campground. The fire is out.
· Post Office Fire – .1 acres – declared out. Located 2.5 miles up Post Office Creek from Hwy 12.
· The District responded to two smoke reports yesterday, one near Packbox Pass and one near Bear Mountain; both in the Wilderness.
· The District continues to manage six fires in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness for resource objectives.
· No new fires reported yesterday.
· Sherman Fire – ½ acre. Located half mile north of Lochsa Historic Ranger Station. Staffed by four heli-rappelers. Will likely be fully contained by end of shift today.
· 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.