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Minimal Fire Activity Over the Weekend on Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

KAMIAH, Idaho: August 29, 2022—As August begins to wind down, local firefighters continue to engage in initial attack operations on holdover fires from previous lightning storms. A “holdover fire”, is a fire that remains dormant for a considerable time. These fires, also called “sleeper fires”, can slowly burn and smolder for days, or even weeks, before becoming visible to fire lookouts or detection aircraft.

“We have been fortunate to receive some significant, measurable precipitation with our recent thunderstorm activity,” stated Jim Wimer, Fire Information Specialist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. While this can help firefighters with initial attack efforts, it can also make some of these fires difficult to detect until they find the right combination of dry fuels to bring them back to life,” says Wimer.

To date, there have been 162 lightning-caused fires in the Grangeville Dispatch Zone this Summer, burning just under 1700 acres on state, private, and national forest lands. There have also been 30 human-caused fires, burning roughly 2700 acres on just state and private lands.

Current Fires on the Nez Perce-Clearwater NF as of reporting time:

Full Suppression Strategy Defined: This strategy implies that a fire will be “put out” as efficiently and effectively as possible while providing for both firefighter and public safety.

Point Protection Strategy Defined:  A wildfire response strategy which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire and may also utilize features such as past wildfires or prescribed fires, roads, rivers, etc. to ultimately prevent the fire from impacting more distant values.

Salmon River Ranger District

Fires with a full Suppression Strategy

The West ForkSurveyorAlder, Sly Ridge, and Cow Creek Fires have all been suppressed and declared out.

The Rapid Creek Fire is located about 15 miles North of Riggins, ID. Current fire size is about 100 acres.

Fires with a Point Protection Strategy

The Twin Lakes Fire is located about 23 miles Southwest of Elk City, ID. Current fire size is about 1/10 acre with minimal growth or activity.

The Ace Fire is located about 28 miles Southwest of Elk City, ID. Current fire size is about 1/10 acre with minimal growth or activity.


Moose Creek Ranger District

Fires Under a Full Suppression Strategy

The Solo Fire and Horse Creek Fire have been suppressed and declared out.

The Upper Swiftwater Fire is located about six miles Southeast of Syringa, ID. Fire size is currently about 1.5 acres and is now in patrol status.

The Falls Fire is located about 18 miles Southeast of Syringa, ID. This fire is approximately 3/4 acre, and also in patrol status.

Fires with a Point Protection Strategy

The Glover Fire is located about 12 miles East of Lowell, ID and five miles East of Coolwater Lookout. Fire size is roughly about 40 acres.

The Little Copper Fire is located about 24 miles Southeast of Lowell, ID and six miles to the Southeast of Indian Hill Lookout. Fire size is roughly about 200 acres.

The Meeker Fire is located seven miles Northwest of Moose Creek Air Strip. Fire size is about 1/10 acre. Local fire managers are hoping to get an aerial reconnaissance of the fire later this week.

The Rhoda Fire is located approximately five miles south of Fish Like Air Strip. This fire is 1/10 acre with very minimal fire activity. Local fire managers are hoping to get an aerial reconnaissance of the fire later this week.

The Battle Creek Fire is located within ten miles South of Elk Summit on the Powell RD. Fire size is roughly 1/10 acres with minimal fire activity. Local fire managers are hoping to get an aerial reconnaissance of the fire later this week.

The Brave Fire is located about seven miles East of Moose Creek Landing Strip. The fire size is about two acres.

The Meadow Creek Fire is located about three miles South of Selway Falls. Fire size is about 1/4 acre and is expected to be out within a few days.


North Fork Ranger District:

Fires with a Point Protection Strategy

The Lower Twin Fire is located about 20 miles Northeast of Headquarters, ID in brush and timber. This fire is approximately five acres in size. Fire activity has been moderate. Currently, Trail #268 is closed.

The Wallow Fire is located about 25 miles Northeast of Headquarters, ID. This fire is approximately 315 acres in size and burning in brush and timber. There are currently 30 personnel prepping the trail system and FSR #710. The lookout tower is secured on all sides except the North one where there is a 400-foot drop-off.

There is a closure order currently in place for Forest Service Trail #101 from its junction with Forest Service Road #710 to its junctions with FSR #5371. There is also a closure order in place for Forest Service Trail #268 from its junctions with FSR #247 to the trail’s end.

The Bruin Hill Fire is located about 20 miles Northwest of Powell, ID within about 3.5 miles of the Idaho/Montana border. Fire size is about three acres. This fire is in close proximity to areas burnt by previous wildfires. Fire activity is minimal. There are no closures associated with this fire.

The Deep Creek Fire is located about 14 miles Northeast of Headquarters, ID. Fire size is about four acres and showing moderate fire activity. Currently there is moderate potential for large growth. There may be future trail closures.

The Wolf Fire is located 28 miles Northeast of Headquarters, ID. Fire size is about 15 acres with minimal fire activity. The fire is within an old burn scar.

The Cold Springs Fire is 25 miles northeast of Headquarters, ID. Fire size is about two acres with minimal fire activity.

The Isabella Point Fire is approximately six miles North of Canyon Work Center. Fire size is about 1/2 acre with minimal fire activity.

The Heart Peak Fire is approximately six miles North of Canyon Work Center. Fire size is also about 1/2 acre with minimal fire activity.


Lochsa-Powell Ranger District

Fires with a Full Suppression Strategy

The May, Gunshot, Russian, and Rabbit Creek Fires have all been suppressed and declared out.

The Spruce Fire is about nine miles Northwest of Lolo Pass Work Center. The fire is about 1/4 acre in size.

The Double Beaver Fire is located about nine miles East of Powell, ID. The fire is approximately three acres in size and had multiple crews and aviation resources fully engaged in suppression operations over the weekend. Local fire managers expect to continue suppression operations this week, as the weather forecast calls for a return to hot and dry conditions.

Fires with a Point Protection Strategy

The Castle Fire is located about 28 miles Northeast of Lowell, ID. The current size is approximately 377 acres with minimal fire activity or growth over the last couple of days. Castle Butte Lookout and radio repeater site remain safe and operational.

The Van Camp Fire is located about 15 miles Northeast of Syringa, ID. This fire is now 455 acres and continues to impact several roads and trails. Closures are in place for the following:

·       NFST #705 Upper Deadman Trail, closed from junction with NFSR #483 to junction with NFST #192

·       NFST #16 Van Camp Trail, closed from junction with U.S. Highway 12 to end of trail.

·       NFSR #481 Van Camp Rd, closed from junction with NFSR #483 to end of road.

·       NFSR #481-S, closed from junction with NFSR #481 to end of road.

The Fire Creek Fire is located within the Coolwater Rx prescribed fire project boundary. This fire is currently estimated to be about 150 acres and continues to show low to moderate activity, as it backs down the slope.

The Post Office Fire is located about 14 miles Northwest of Powell, ID. This fire is currently approximately 50 acres in size. Closures are now in place for the following:

  • NFST #919, Closed from junctions with U.S. Highway 12 to end of trail.
  • NFSR #500 Lolo Motorway, Closed from Saddle Camp to Cayuse Junction.
  • NFSR #566 Doe Creek Road, Closed from junctions with NFSR #108 to end of road.

The Howard Creek Fire is located about 18 miles West of Powell, ID. This fire is approximately seven acres in size. Fire activity is moderate with creeping and smoldering.

The South Fork Fire is about 18 miles East of Powell Ranger Station. Fire size is about 15 acres with minimal growth and fire behavior.

The Savage Ridge Fire is located about five miles Southeast of Powell Ranger Station. Fire size is currently about one acre with minimal fire activity.

The Coolwater Fire is located about seven miles Northwest of Lowell, ID. Fire size is 1/10 acre and showing minimal fire activity.


Red River Ranger District

Fires with a Full Suppression Strategy

The Big Creek443, Pilot Creek, and Anderson Fires have all been suppressed and declared out.

Fires with a Point Protection Strategy

The Lynx Meadows Fire is located about 20 miles East of Elk City, ID. Current size is estimated to be about two acres with minimal activity or growth over the weekend.

The Bleak Fire is located roughly 20 miles Northeast of Dixie, ID and 22 miles Southeast of Elk City, ID. The fire is less than 1/10 acre with no smoke showing as of now.

The Rhett Fire is located about five miles Southeast of Dixie, ID, within the old Dixie Fire burn scar. Fire size is about 1/10 acre with no smoke showing at this time.

The Rainey Fire is located approximately 18 miles Southeast of Elk City, ID. Fire size is about *1/2 acre with a few small spots. *This is a corrected size report, previous report listed this fire at five acres which was incorrect.

Every fire receives a strategic, risk-based response that is commensurate with the threats and opportunities, and uses the full spectrum of management actions, that consider fire and fuel conditions, weather, values at risk, and resources available and that is in alignment with the applicable Land and Resource Management Plan.

Wilderness policy:  The objectives of fire management in wilderness are to permit lightning caused fires to play, as nearly as possible, their natural ecological role within wilderness, and, to reduce to an acceptable level the risks and consequences of wildfire within wilderness or escaping from wilderness.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests fire information is available online at https://bit.ly/NPCFireInfo, on social media at www.facebook.com/NPClwNFs and www.twitter.com/NPClwNFs, on the forest’s official mobile app (search “Nez Perce Clearwater” in your app store), or by calling your local ranger station. Report all wildfires to the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center (208-983-6800) or call 911.