Grangeville Idaho August 15, 2014
· Effective this morning, per the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, the Stage 3 evacuation for the Selway River Corridor has been reduced to a Stage 2.
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.
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.
· 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.
· Effective August 14, 2014 Nez Perce Clearwater National Forests area closure order # 14-D6-NP-11 has been rescinded.
o Closure orders can be found on the forest website athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices
· Firefighters welcome the widespread wetting rainfall higher humidities and cooler temperatures. Fuel moistures have been affected by the weather causing moderate or reduced fire behavior. Scattered storms bringing wetting rain are expected this afternoon and evening. Fire managers anticipate detecting additional holdover fires from past lightning storms over the next several days.
· The West Fork Ranger District on the Bitterroot National Forest has announced that a section of the Magruder Corridor Road in Idaho is closed due to multiple washouts from high water. The washouts occurred yesterday as strong thunderstorms with heavy rains passed over the area. Magruder Corridor Road provides access to the Selway River headwaters.
· Fires burning across the landscape continue to put smoke up into the atmosphere. The wet weather has washed out of 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.
· Johnson Bar fire: 6665 ac. The cloud cover last night prohibited an Infra-Red detection flight from mapping the fire’s acreage. Type2 Incident Management Team (Leach) is managing the fire, will be providing updates to the media, and on inciweb athttp://inciweb.nwcg.gov The Level evacuation along the Selway River corridor has been lifted to a Stage 2 allowing residences to return to their homes. A guard will be posted at the Clearwater River Bridge prohibiting general public from entering the corridor. A public meeting is scheduled for thisevening 8/15 at 7pm in the Kooskia City Park at the Baseball diamonds.
· Selway Falls fire – ½ acre – declared out. Located half mile east of the Selway Falls Cabin.
· Roar – 7 acres 1.5 mile north west of Fenn RD – in the initial attack area has been going well. 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. Three smokejumpers assigned from Grangeville Air Center.
The District is currently managing twelve fires for resource management objectives in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness.
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 athttp://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.
· Saddle fire – smoke chase from yesterday was never found.
· Pot Mountain fire - 01 acres - new yesterday – received some precipitation on it last night; there are still several areas of heat on it. Fire fighters will continue to work on it.
· Grizzly Creek fire - .5 acre in size - Located near Mush Saddle area. Fire fighters arrived to the incident yesterday afternoon. 1/3 of the fire has been lined and a safety escape route is being constructed.
· 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 athttp://www.fs.fed.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater
· North Butte fire - 1 acre - two miles north of Black Butte Lookout. This fire is out.
· Rock Creek Point fire - 01 acres -Reported in the Gospel Hump Wilderness 1 mile north west of Rock Creek Point The fire is contained.
· Kentucky fire – .01 acres - 4 miles north east of Square Mountain in the Gospel Hump Wilderness, this fire is out.
· Nelson Fire – .01 acres - located 1 mile north of Castle Creek Campground, the fire is staffed.
· Buckhorn Fire – located 2.5 miles south of Wickiup Butte single tree, the fire is out.
· Lone Fir Fire - .01 acres - located2.25 mile southeast of Fish Creek Campground. The fire is contained.
· Post Office Fire – .1 acres. Located 2.5 miles up Post Office Creek from Hwy 12. reported as a spot and is currently being staffed with four firefighters from the Powell Ranger District. This fire is contained.
· The District continues to manage six fires in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness to meet resource objectives.
· Sherman Fire – ½ acre. Located half mile north of Lochsa Historic Ranger Station. Staffed by four heli-rappelers.
· 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.
· The District also responded to a smoke report at Rocky Ridge Lake.