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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Green Fire on the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District showing active growth

Kamiah, Idaho (August 1, 2015) – Friday afternoon, the Green Fire on the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District started showing active growth by putting up a column of smoke that could be seen from Grangeville. The Green Fire, located at Green Saddle on the Lolo Motorway Road #500, is about 3 miles east of Rocky Ridge Lake.  The fire is primarily on the south side of the road.  

Fire staff flew the Green Fire Friday evening and it is 80 acres.  It was detected about a week ago and was a holdover from prior lightning.   This fire has a lot of room to roam and we expect to see it active until the weather changes.  The fire is being managed under a point protection strategy.   An engine crew is currently monitoring the fire and patrolling the Lolo Motorway Road #500.   
 
Following is an update on some of our significant fires that we are managing for resource objectives:

Moose Creek Ranger District (Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness):
·       Meeker Fire is approximately 745 acres, not much growth the last week.
·       Bailey Fire is approximately 870 acres, and not growing much either.
·       Rock Point Fire is approximately 180 acres and not growing, it seems to be hung up in the rocks.

Red River Ranger District:
·       The Crown Fire is holding at 50 acres and is mostly surrounded by a recent fire that was named the Rain Fire.

Roger Staats, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Staff said, “We have a handful of other fires that may come back to life that we would manage as resource objective fires.  With the hot and drier weather I expect that we will see some growth on most fires, and pick up a few more.”