Air Quality Advisory (AQA): Due to continued wildfires in the Nez Perce N.F. and Salmon - Challis N.F., the AQA and Stage 1 Burn Ban will remain in effect for portions of Idaho County. The AQA includes areas south of the Hwy 12 corridor and east of the Camas Prairie and the Nez Perce Reservation line (near Clearwater, ID) and the area south of the White Bird grade between the Oregon and Montana border. For more information please contact the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Lewiston Regional Office at (208) 799-4370 or visit http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/burning/current-wildfire-smoke-info.aspx. Smoke impacts and complaints can be reported to our Smoke Information Hotline at 800-345-1007.
Additional information on fire closure areas will be posted in Grangeville at the junction of Hwy 13 & FR 221.
Attention Hunters – for one stop shopping on current fire closure perimeters/hunting units, please see the new link at Idaho Fish & Game’s WWW at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/article/do-fire-closures-leave-you-hunting-spot-hunt
Salmon River Ranger District –
The Sheep Fire, located seven miles north of Riggins, ID, is currently 48,000 acres with 41% containment. Yesterday, fire activity picked up somewhat due to passage of a dry cold front. Today fire behavior is likely to be creeping and smoldering due to cooler temperatures.
There will be a community meeting at 6:00 p.m. today in White Bird at the IOOF Hall.
Sheep Fire Information line at (877) 599-7716 is open 7 am until 9 pm. Current information regarding fire activity, area closures, road and trail closures is available at this telephone number. A large area closure remains in place for the fire. Current information on the Sheep Fire is also available at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3240/
Red River Ranger District –
The McGuire Complex Fire is approximately 43,040 acres with 25% containment. Yesterday afternoon there was some fire activity within the established firelines. The southeast part of the fire saw the most activity. Today there will be less wind than the past few days, and air temperatures will continue to be cool. The change in weather, along with shorter daylight hours, should result in overall lower fire behavior, and spread should be relatively low.
Evacuation Orders remain in place: Stage 3 Evacuation Order by Idaho County Sheriff for Dixie, Comstock and Concord residents. Stage 2 evacuation warning for Mallard Creek Ranch, Cook Ranch Orogrande and Red River area. Stage 1 evacuation alert for the Elk City area.
Road Closures: The Crooked River Road (Road 233), at the junction with Highway 14, remains closed to nonresidents. Dixie residents can travel on Dixie Road to and from their property any time of day. Forest Road 1190 from Trapper Creek to Dixie Summit is closed to all access, including residents. Forest Road 1190 from Trapper Creek and Forest Road 421 from Red Mail Box to the Whitewater area are closed to all nonresidents. Forest Road 421 to Mallard and Whitewater Ranches is now open to residents only. The Crooked River Road, at the junction with Highway 14, is closed to everyone except residents.
For information on community meetings, McGuire Complex and Porcupine Complex Fires please contact McGuire Complex Fire Information at (208) 842-2725 from 8 am until 10 pm. Inciweb posts a fact sheet at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3219/
The Porcupine Fire Complex is 33,872 acres and 0% contained. Today will be chilly and sunny. Fire activity will be low, but weakened trees will continue to be a hazard. Crews will contain the fire east of Forest Road 285, monitor fire activity, and patrol for spot fires.
The Magruder Road (FR 468) is closed from the junction of Green Mt. Road (FR 285) to Observation Point for public safety during active wildfire conditions. All questions regarding road closures, trail closures and evacuation alerts should be directed to McGuire Fire Information, (208) 842-2725.
Powell Ranger District –
Powell SBW Complex is approximately 62,900 acres. The complex consists of three main and numerous small fires situated in an arc running southeast to southwest of the town of Powell, Idaho, straddling the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundary. The three main fires are named from east to west as: Fern, Cedar and Freeze Out/Queen. Smoldering and creeping ground fire was observed with individual and group tree torching, short range spotting, and short crown runs in the timber. The most intense activity was observed on the Fern Fire near FS Road 368 (Beaver Ridge). The fire has burned up to FS Road 368 (Beaver Ridge) and is now closed from the junction of the Elk Summit Road to the 369 road. The Lunde Creek-Rock Garden Trail #534 is now closed from the junction of 581 road to rock garden.
The Weasel Complex reported approximately 1100 acres with minimal fire growth. There are area, road and trail closures in effect for the fire areas. Check www.inciweb.org for a full description and map of closure orders. Please follow wildfire fighting personnel directions when you are in the area. Be prepared for heavy smoke in the area of Highway 12 near Powell, ID. Drive with your headlights on for your safety.
North Fork Ranger District –
Isabella Complex consists of 3 fires; Jugg Fire is 1,700 acres, Crimper Creek Fire is 84 acres, and the Wash Creek Fire is 389 acres. Other active fires on the district are the Skull Fire at 921 acres, and the Elizabeth Fire at 1,800 acres. Elizabeth is the most active and is burning in an old fire scar. The 710 Road is now open. All other road and trail closures remain in effect: FR 252, FR 720 at Fly Hill, FR 705, Lost Ridge Trail 283 from the junction of FR 252 to the junction of Trail 233, Forest Trail 285, and Isabella Creek Trail 95 from the junction of FR 705 to the junction of Trail 399. If you are in the area of these fires, be prepared for the Management Teams preventing you from unrestricted area access.
Moose Creek Ranger District –
Total acreage is estimated at 50,000.
There are area, road and trail closures in effect for the fire areas. Please follow wildfire fighting personnel directions when you are in the area.
Wesley Fire, Payette National Forest
The Wesley Fire is creeping with isolated torching. The current acreage is 15, 533 and it is 71% contained. This fire is burning 12 miles north-northwest of New Meadows, ID.