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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Service Roads and Trails Closed Due to Wildfire Activity

KAMIAH – The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Service has issued a list of road and trail closures in effect due to wildfire activity in the surrounding area.

Salmon River Ranger District

Fires with a Full Suppression Strategy

The West Fork Fire is located approximately ten miles Southeast of Harpster, ID. Fire size is roughly .5 acres. There are currently four smokejumpers on the incident and have contained the fire.

The Surveyor Fire is about 13 miles West of Elk City, ID. The size of the fire is about .25 acres. There are four personnel currently working the fire and have it contained.

The Alder Fire is located about 13 miles East of Grangeville, ID. Current fire size is about .10 acres with smokejumpers working the incident.

The Twin Lakes Fire is located about 23 miles Southwest of Elk City, ID. Current fire size is about .10 acres.

The Ace Fire is located about 28 miles Southwest of Elk City, ID. Current fire size is about .10 acres.

The Sly Ridge Fire is located about 20 miles North of Riggins, ID. Current fire size is about .25 acres.

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

The Cow Creek Fire is located about nine miles North of Riggins, ID. Fire size is approximately 1.2 acres.

Salmon River RD resources also provided engine crews, certified timber fallers, and various overhead positions for multiple fires in the Salmon River Canyon under Idaho Department of Lands protection.

Moose Creek Ranger District

Fires Under a Full Suppression Strategy

The Upper Swiftwater Fire is located about six miles Southeast of Syringa, ID. Fire size is currently about one acre with low to moderate fire behavior. Currently, there are 12 helitack personnel engaged in suppression operations. Both engines and helicopters are being utilized on this fire, as there is good access to nearby water sources.

The Falls Fire is located about 18 miles Southeast of Syringa, ID. This fire is approximately 0.75 acres with moderate fire behavior. Eight personnel are currently on the fire. The fire is near the 2015 Wash Fire burned area, so snags are a prominent hazard to firefighting resources.

The Solo Fire is located about 10 miles West of Fenn Ranger Station. The current fire size is around .10 acres.

The Horse Creek Fire is located about 13 miles Northwest of Elk City, ID. Current fire size is approximately .10 acres.

Fires with a Point Protection Strategy

The Glover Fire is located about 12 miles East of Lowell, ID and 5 miles East of Coolwater Lookout. Recent infrared mapping puts the current size at about 31 acres with minimal fire behavior. Local fire managers still do not expect any immediate impacts or closures to roads/trails/access.

The Little Copper Fire is located about 24 miles Southeast of Lowell, ID and six miles to the Southeast of Indian Hill Lookout. Recent infrared mapping puts this fire at about 190 acres in size. Fire activity has been minimal, as the fire area has seen some precipitation. There are no road or trail closures currently.

The Meeker Fire is located seven miles Northwest of Moose Creek Air Strip. Fire size is about .10 acre.

The Rhoda Fire is located approximately five miles south of Fish Like Air Strip. This fire is .10 acre with very minimal fire activity.

The Battle Creek Fire is located within ten miles South of Elk Summit on the Powell RD. Fire size is roughly .10 acres with minimal fire activity.

The Brave Fire is located about seven miles East of Moose Creek Landing Strip. The fire size is about .10 acres.

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 two acres in size. 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.

CLOSURES: There is now a closure order 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 two acres. This fire is in close proximity to areas burnt by previous wildfires. Fire activity ranges between minimal and moderate, only showing light smoke over the past few days. 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 two 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 moderate fire activity. The fire is within an old burn scar and has low potential for large growth.

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

Lochsa-Powell Ranger District

Fires with a Full Suppression Strategy

The RockyHuckleberry, and Dewy Fires have all been suppressed and declared out.

The Russian Fire is about 2.5 acres and located approximately five miles Northeast of Powell, ID. This fire currently has ten personnel from the San Juan Interagency Hotshot Crew assigned to suppression operations.

The Spruce Fire is about nine miles Northwest of Lolo Pass Work Center. The fire is about .2 acres in size.

The May Fire is located about 15 miles North of Syringa, ID. Fire size is about .5 acres. Two engines are currently engaged in suppression operations on the incident.

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 at 141 acres and continues to show low to moderate activity as it backs down the slope to the Northeast.

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 moderate 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 .10 acres and showing minimal fire activity.

Red River Ranger District

Fires with a Full Suppression Strategy

Over the past week, three fires have been suppressed and declared out: Mountain Meadows FireDroogs Creek Fire, and the Sam Creek Fire. Each of these fires were only about .10 acres in size.

The Big Creek Fire is located about five miles Southwest of Dixie, ID. The fire is approximately .10 acres. Rappelers are on the incident.

The 443 Fire is located approximately ten miles North of Elk City, ID. Fire size is roughly .10 acres and is expected to be out within the next few days.

The Pilot Creek Fire is located about 13 miles Northwest of Elk City, ID. Fire size is approximately .5 acres. Fire behavior is moderate with moderate spread rates. This fire should be contained in a few days.

The Anderson Fire is located about six miles Northeast of Elk City, ID. Current fire size is about .10 acres. This fire is expected to be out within a few days.

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 growth.

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 .10 acres, 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 .10 acres with no smoke showing at this time.

The Rainey Fire is located approximately 18 miles Southeast of Elk City, ID. Fire size is about five acres with a few small spots.

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.