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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Firefighting personnel continue to manage through difficult conditions

Kamiah, Idaho , August 26, 2015 – Numerous fires continue to burn across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, many of which are being grouped together and managed as complexes.  Suppression action is being taken on priority fires as firefighting resources become available.    

During the fire season of 2015, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have detected 282 fires, 180 of them since an August 10 lightning storm.  To date they have burned across more than 65,000 acres of land administered by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.  It is likely more fires will be detected when the thick smoke inversion lifts later this week.

The following is a summary of the major complexes and fires burning across the Nez Perce National Forests which are not assigned to incident management teams.

North Zone (Palouse and North Fork Ranger Districts)
Name:  Larkin Complex                           Location:  Roughly 30 airline miles NE of Pierce
Started:  August 17, 2015                         Cause:  Lightning
Total Acreage:  3000+ acres                     Containment:  0% Contained
Fires originally within the Complex (include Wolf Pack Fires):  14
Active Fires within the Complex:  Snow Creek Fire 1500 acres, Wolf Pack Fire 770 acres, and Heather Fire 600 acres.
Major Events:  Little change reported from Tuesday.

Name:  Scurvy Mountain            Fire                  Location: 28 miles ENE of Pierce, Idaho
Started:  August 21, 2015                         Cause:  Lightning
Total Acreage:  90 acres                           Containment:  0% contained
Major Events:  Fire is advancing toward the Scurvy Mountain Lookout which has been wrapped.

Central Zone (Lochsa-Powell and Moose Creek Ranger Districts)
Name:  Lochsa South Complex  
Location:  South of Lochsa River from Warm Springs Creek to the Selway River
Started:  August 15, 2015                         Cause:  Lightning
Total Acreage:  1000+ acres                     Containment:  0% Contained
Fires originally within Lochsa South Complex:  12




Active Fires within the Complex:  Sponge Fire 1500 acres, Grit Fire 500 acres, Lone Knob Fire 200 acres, Fire Lake 500 acres, Airstrip Fire 50 acres.
Major Events:  The Lone Knob Fire is approximately one mile from the Wilderness Gateway Campground and outfitter area.  Fire personnel are monitoring fires and protecting the campground and other structures.

Name:  Wilderness Complex      
Location:  Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (much of the Moose Creek Ranger District)
Started:  August 4, 2015                           Cause:  Lightning
Total Acreage:  8500 acres                       Containment:  0% Contained
Fires originally within the Wilderness Complex:  8
Active Fires within the Complex:  Army Mule Fire 2000 acres, Sponge Fire 1500 acres, Baily Fire 1100 acres, and Meeker Fire 1000 acres.

Name:  Boulder Fire                                 Location:  5 miles west of Lolo Pass
Started:  August 14, 2015                         Cause:  Lightning
Total Acreage:  1600 acres                       Containment:  0% contained
Major Events:  Fire managers have been monitoring the Boulder Fire since it was detected August 15.  On Monday of this week it was estimated to be 500 acres.  The fire became active yesterday afternoon, and has now been mapped at 1600 acres.  A local incident commander and team is monitoring and sizing up this fire.  As a public safety precaution, Crooked Fork Contour Road 595 has been closed from Granite Pass to the end of the road

The Jay Point Fire near Powell is now being managed by the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team.

South Zone (Salmon River and Red River Ranger Districts)
Name:  Red River Complex        
Location:  South of Elk City, Idaho
Started:  August 17, 2015                         Cause:  Lightning
Total Acreage:  3600 acres                       Containment:  5% Contained
Fires originally within Red River Complex:  6 fires
Active fires within the complex:  Lone Park Fire 100 acres, Rattlesnake Fire 1250 acres, Crown Fire 1500 acres, Little Green Fire 300 acres.
Major Events:  A local incident commander is managing the Red River Complex.  Structure protection continues at Crowfoot Ranch Whitewater Ranch, and Little Green Mountain Lookout.

Many roads and trails have been closed due to fire activity.  These closures and fire information is posted at:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/home.  Click on the “Fire Information” icon at the top of the page.
Information for the Clearwater, Motorway, Selway, and Municipal Fire Complexes is available at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov.