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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update

Kamiah, Idaho (August 16, 2016) – August is known as the peak of fire season in our area, and although activity has been below normal, a number of lightning-caused starts have been detected across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

For the month of August the forest has reported 23 wildfires for a total of 61 acres.  Fire size has been kept to a minimum due to the quick response of the Nez Perce-Clearwater firefighting staff and favorable weather conditions.  Fire starts reported yesterday, August 14, 2016, remain staffed and all other starts, not being managed for resource benefits, have been controlled.

Currently, seven fires on the Lochsa/Powell, North Fork and Moose Creek Districts are located in Wilderness, very remote roadless areas, or scheduled for burning, and are being managed for resource benefits.  Fire activity in these areas is minimal and the fires are estimated to be 1/10 of an acre. There are no threats to life or property.

Current fire status for fires greater than 1 acre:

Cedar – July 17, 2016, lightning-caused fire, burning in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is 2,890 acres.  Activity in the interior of the fire was observed yesterday, as well as in the southwest side of the Cedar Creek drainage.  The fire is close to the intersection of FS road 358 and 360.  FS road 358 remains closed for public health and safety due to wildfire.  Other closures include  Forest Service trail #30 (in its entirety), trail #45 (from the trailhead at the junction of road #358 to the junction of trail #30) and Forest Service trail #6, Cedar Ridge. 

Fire and closure information will be posted on InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4874/, the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, Savage Pass, Elk Summit, the junction of the Forest Service road 358 and Forest Service road 360 and on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website. For more information, please call (208) 942-3113.

Lookout Creek – The fire was reported on August 12, and is located 5.5 miles southwest of Cayuse landing strip.  The fire is located in steep rocky terrain, estimated to be 5 acres, and is burning in Douglas Fir, grass and sedge with low brush.  Fire activity is minimal.