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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cedar Fire Detected in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

Kamiah, Idaho (July 19, 2016) – The Cedar Fire, a lightning caused fire, was reported on July 17, 2016.  The fire is located 2 miles northwest of Elk Summit and is burning in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District.

Recent storms, producing greater than 2 inches of rain in the last seven days, kept fire activity to a minimum.  Yesterday afternoon, as the area experienced warmer temperatures, Grangeville Air Patrol reported the fire to be active and approximately 1/3 acre in size.  The fire, currently estimated to be 5 acres, is burning in mixed conifers in steep terrain.  Smoke from the fire is visible from the Elk Summit road.

Due to its relative remote location and its close proximity to previous years fires, long-term management of the fire is planned.  The fire will continue to be closely monitored and actions taken, as necessary, to protect identified values at risk.  Potential values at risk include the Elk Summit Guard Station, Kooskooskia trailhead, Graves Peak Lookout, Hoodoo Creek bridge and Bridge Creek bridge.  

Information will be posted at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, Elk Summit, Kooskooskia trailhead, the junction of the wilderness boundary and Forest Service road 360 and on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website.

Know before you go.  Visitors planning recreation activities in the area are encouraged to contact the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District at (208) 942-3113, to get the most up to date fire information.