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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Incident management team to direct Fisher Fire

A Type 2 Incident Management Team was assigned today to a new start burning seven miles north of Craigmont in the upper reaches of Big Canyon Creek. The Fisher Fire has grown to about 700 acres since being confirmed early this morning.

The team will be in place tomorrow and assume command of the fire early Friday morning.

Eleven new starts, most of them small, were confirmed on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests today. Firefighters worked tirelessly to contain fires, then moved onto others. Only two of the new starts remained unstaffed.

An inter-agency task force, assembled last week to provide initial attack in the area, worked all day on the Fisher Fire, concentrating on corralling spot fires.

Two other incident management teams had earlier been assigned to the Lawyer Complex near Kamiah. A bigger Type 1 team will also be in place tomorrow, helping to manage fires in the Kamiah area. The new team is being in-briefed in Orofino this evening.

Another new fire, Old Greer, is burning in steep, heavily forested terrain about a mile west of Greer on the Old Greer Grade. The Craig Hotshots from northwestern Colorado staffed the fire on their own today. It has now about 30 acres.

The Big Hill Fire, near Syringa, burned actively on all flanks, and onto the 5515 Road. Firefighters placed hose on the 5515 Spur Road to bring water to the fire.

Woodrat, also near Syringa, is backing down toward the 5504 Road. It is now 30 acres. The fire is threatening the Woodrat repeater station.


The Silver China Fire, confirmed last night, torched and spotted and is now about a quarter of an acre. It is located a mile southwest of China Point.