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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

UPDATE Clearwater-Municipal-Motorway North Tuesday, September 2, 2015

Size:  83,243 total acres     Date Started:  08/10/2015        Percent Containment:  75%     Personnel Assigned: 466     Equipment:  34 engines                              
 Cause: 
Lightning                  Aircraft Assigned: 1 helicopters            
 
The majority of fire suppression work was performed on the northern portion of the Motorway Complex yesterday. Two helicopters were used to support crews by making water drops in the drainages of several of the Motorway North fires, including the Lost Hat fire. Heavy fuels smoldering in these locations have remained inaccessible to crews and difficult to mop-up. Hose lays assisted in mopping up a small spot across Orofino Creek.
Due to low relative humidity, some individual hotspots began smoking on portions of the Clearwater Fire yesterday. The northern portion of the Clearwater Complex contains unburned fuels near the edge of the fire. Firefighters have been mopping up along the firelines.
Suppression repair work on firelines has been completed on the Greer Fire and will be finished on the Municipal fire today. Crews will finish on the Fisher Fire in a few days. Personnel will then concentrate their stabilization efforts on the Clearwater Fire. The Municipal, Fisher and Greer fires are now in patrol and monitor status. Overnight, a dead tree fell onto Highway 12 near milepost 63 near Kamiah and had to be removed. The public is reminded that although fire activity is lessening, hazards still exist and they should remain alert.
Less than one tenth of an inch of rain is expected for late afternoon or early evening today. A slow moving weather system is expected over the weekend with additional rain and cooler temperatures
Specially trained personnel have begun examining areas within the fire perimeters to determine stabilization needs. Personnel on the team will determine needs for stabilizing soil and controlling water, sediment and debris movement. Any mechanical control lines constructed during fires will be restored to prior conditions if possible. Soil will be pushed back onto firelines and water and erosion control structures built to divert water from firelines and trails into the forest. Slash will be scattered to restore areas to natural condition. Disturbed soil will be broadcast with a natural seed mix at the appropriate time. Road graders will continue to improve the condition of gravel roads where impacted by firefighting activities.
The public is reminded that all National Forest System lands, trails, trailheads, roads and campgrounds in The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest have been closed, except for the Palouse Ranger District. The closures are listed athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.
Information on the upcoming hunting seasons and areas with limited access may be found on the Idaho Fish and Game site: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/fire. The phone number is 208-344-3700.
School has started in Central Idaho. With the increased traffic associated with the fires, drivers should use caution, especially when visibility is limited by smoke.
The Southern Area Blue Team continues to manage the Clearwater-Municipal-Motorway North Complex. Fire information updates will be issued under this name. Visit www.facebook.com/centralidahofires for information on Central Idaho fires or http://inciweb.nwcg.gov.