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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hanover Fire Daily Update - August 20th FINAL

Firefighters emphasize protection of valued resources
August 20, 2017 Daily Update

Acres: 15,103
Start Date: August 1, 2017
Cause: Lightning
Location: S of Grangeville and NE of Riggins, ID
Containment: 44%
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total personnel: 311

The lightning-caused Hanover Fire is burning in the Gospel Hump Wilderness along the Salmon River Corridor. Dave Bales’ Southwest Area Incident Management Team continues with point source protection of valuable infrastructure within the fire area. As the fire moves further east upriver, crews are shifting their efforts to focus on the areas of most active fire behavior.

Yesterday, firefighters monitored the southern edge of the fire where burnout operations took place the previous day. These operations helped mitigate threats to private inholdings and limit potential fire spread west of the firelines.
Smoke was visible from the Salmon River Road as a result of these strategic ignitions. Helicopter crews were brought into the area of McMeekin Ranch to complete fuel mitigation work around the property to protect from the encroaching fire. Crews continued chipping brush along Road 221 where firelines were prepped in the area northwest of the fire.
Firefighters were transported by jet boat further east up the Salmon River to begin placing fire hose and sprinklers for protection of existing infrastructure. Additional crews were ordered to relieve those crews that have been working the Hanover Fire for the past 14 days.

Today, more helicopter crews will be inserted near McMeekin Ranch to continue structure protection efforts. Depending on fire movement, helicopters may also begin dropping water buckets around the Black Butte Lookout. Crews are continually assessing values at risk identified by local resources advisors and determining the most effective means of protection for these values. To the north, crews are monitoring fire spread and strengthening firelines on Road 444 between Road 221 and the junction with Road 444A.

The active portion of the Hanover Fire has moved past the end of the Salmon River Road at Vinegar Creek. The Salmon River remains open to all activities, including river camps and boat traffic. The Salmon River Road and the North Fork Slate Creek Campground also remain open. Recreation users should stay alert for rolling rocks, falling trees and debris hazards in blackened areas where the fire has moved across the landscape. Rafters and other river recreationists are encouraged to stay on river left and remain in the main current when passing the wildfire area. Visitors should drive carefully and anticipate increased fire traffic on the takeout road.

A fire area closure remains in effect for the Hanover Fire. For more details on this closure, please visit the Nez Perce- Clearwater National Forests webpage at, or contact the Salmon River Ranger District at (208) 839-2211. Stage I Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area, Riverbreaks, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and Uplands. For more information, please visit

Fire Information: (208) 839-9974 (8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.) Email: