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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dewey Fire Update


(Kamiah) – Fire crews are currently battling a fire eight miles northeast of Grangeville that is threatening structures.

The Dewey Fire is about 25 acres and is directly across the South Fork of the Clearwater River from the community of Harpster. It is burning on steep slopes in timber and brush.

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is being assisted by the US Forest Service Locsha Ranger District and the Harpster Rural Fire Department.  Type 3 Incident Commander Keith Brink from the IDL is in charge of the fire. There are currently three engines plus rural resources on the fire. Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) were able to drop retardant before winds made it unsafe for aircraft to fly. A request has been made for additional resources, however, with the many fires burning in Idaho and surrounding states, it is unknown if those requests will be filled.

The fire is lightning caused and was spotted by a Harpster resident at 4:30 p.m. Strong winds have made the battling the blaze difficult.

The Maggie Creek and Craig Mountain Fire Protection Districts have battled more than a dozen fires in the past 24 hours. There have been 25 fires throughout the IDL Fire Protection Districts statewide.