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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Firefighters continue to find new lightning starts

Kamiah, Idaho (Thurs., Aug. 13, 2015 ) -- With resources already stretched, firefighters
picked up another 27 new wildfires yesterday on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
Lightning has sparked more than 150 fires on Forest lands since a series of storms began
rolling through the area on Monday afternoon.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been assigned to the 700-acre Fisher Fire, which
started yesterday seven miles north of Craigmont in the upper reaches of Big Canyon Creek.
The team will receive an inbriefing at 5 p.m. today in Craigmont and take command of the fire
tomorrow morning. An interagency task force, assembled last week to provide initial attack in
the area, worked on the Fisher Fire yesterday.

Hot, dry conditions with gusty winds from isolated thunderstorms will test firefighters again
today, although smoke will prevent temperatures from reaching record highs.

Tomorrow will be a critical fire day. The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather
Watch for tomorrow morning through tomorrow evening for gusty winds and low humidities.
Erratic winds from thunderstorms could reach 45 mph.

Two fires in the Syringa area were active yesterday. Woodrat, now 30 acres, is backing down
to the 5504 Road, and is threatening the Woodrat repeater station. The Big Hill Fire burned
actively on all flanks, and onto the 5515 Road. It has grown to 15 acres.

To help the firefighting effort, boaters and rafters are asked to leave areas where fire
helicopters are dipping from rivers. The helicopters require space to operate safely. Your
presence could be lengthening their turn-around times and hindering fire-suppression work.
Owners of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, are reminded that drones are not permitted
to fly in areas with Temporary Flight Restrictions in place, including around wildfires. The
Federal Aviation Administration lists current restrictions at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html.