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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests morning update

Kamiah, Idaho, September 1, 2015 -

Showers cleared the skies above most fires Sunday, allowing fire managers to get a better look at fires burning throughout the Forests.  Today’s forecast is for warmer and drier conditions.  A dry cold front is predicted to move through the area tomorrow, bringing cooler and breezier conditions Wednesday.

An area closure remains in effect for lands managed by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, with the exception of the Palouse Ranger District.  Forest managers are evaluating current and projected fire behavior along with weather predictions on a daily basis to determine which areas can be safely re-opened for public access. 

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

South Zone (Salmon River and Red River Ranger Districts)
Most fires burning in the South Zone are being managed by a Southern Area National Incident Management Team.  Information about the Selway Complex and large fires in the Elk City and Red River vicinity is posted on www.inciweb.org.  Information can also be obtained by calling 877-367-9503 or sending an email to selwaycomplex@gmail.com.

The Tepee Springs Fire crossed the Salmon River Saturday and has spread across an estimated 12,000 acres of land managed by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.  Updates regarding this fire are posted on www.inciweb.org.  Information can be obtained by calling 877-683-5560 or sending an email to payettefireinformation@gmail.com.

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:  5535 acres                      Containment:  0% Contained
Fires Originally within Lochsa South Complex:  12
Active Fires within the Complex:  Sponge Fire 3000 acres, Grit Fire 400 acres, Lone Knob Fire 400 acres, Fire Creek 400 acres, Airstrip Fire 980 acres.
Major Events:  Fires received light, spotty precipitation Sunday.  Structure protection continues for Wilderness Gateway Campground and outfitter area, the Fish Lake Airstrip and Cabin, and Gold Meadows Cabin. 

Name:  Wilderness Complex      
Location:  Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (much of the Moose Creek Ranger District)
Started:  August 4, 2015                          Cause:  Lightning
Total Acreage:  18,115 acres                  
Fires Originally within the Wilderness Complex:  8
Active Fires within the Complex:  Roll Creek 7800 acres, Rock Point 250 acres, Meeker 2400 acres, Baily 1500 acres, Army Mule Fire 5400 acres, Wahoo 650 acres, Wahoo Fire 650 acres.
Major Events:  These fires are burning within the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and are being monitored as they play their natural role in shaping the Wilderness landscape.  Actions are being taken to protect infrastructure within the Wilderness (pack bridges, lookouts and cabins).  Burnout operations have been conducted to protect the East Moose Pack Bridge.  Materials have been secured to wrap the Meadow Creek Cabin.

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:  7330 acres                      Containment:  0% Contained
Fires Originally within the Complex (including Wolf Pack Fires):  14

Active Fires within the Complex:  Snow Creek Fire 3270 acres, Wolf Pack Fire 1370 acres, and Heather Fire 2085 acres, Minnesaka 450, and Roaring 100.
Major Events:  Fire managers were able to fly over fires yesterday for more accurate mapping and revised acreage figures.  Minimal fire activity was reported.

NameScurvy Mountain            Fire                  Location: 28 miles ENE of Pierce, Idaho
Started:  August 21, 2015                        Cause:  Lightning
Total Acreage:  520 acres                                    Containment:  0% contained
Major Events:  Fire managers were able to fly over fires yesterday for more accurate mapping and revised acreage figures.  Minimal fire activity was reported.  The Scurvy Lookout has been wrapped.

Three North Fork fires have been contained (Rock, Pot Lake and Little Wash).  Work continues to contain a new fire, Siwash, which is located near Elk Mountain.


Nez Perce-Clearwater closure 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.