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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Blackerby Fire Remains at 20 Acres

This will be the Final Update for the Blackerby Fire unless significant fire activity occurs

Kamiah, Idaho (July 18, 2018) – Quick response by firefighting resources from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and Idaho Department of Lands on the morning of July 17, 2018, stopped the forward progression of the Blackerby fire.  Fire size remains at 20 acres, unchanged from yesterday, and is 80% contained.

Firefighting resources from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests continue to construct and reinforce fire line and continue mop-up activities around the fire’s perimeter.  Smoke from fuels burning within the interior of the fire may be visible for the next several days.

There are no road or trail closures associated with the Blackerby fire.

Hazy and smoky conditions in the local area are due to fires currently burning to the west and not a result of the Blackerby fire.

Although the forest received amply amounts of spring and early summer precipitation, the recent drying trend has caused the grass, timber and other fuels across the forest to cure.  The current lack of moisture and high temperatures has also prompted fire managers to raise the forests’ Fire Danger Rating in most locations to High or Very High. 

Fire managers would like to remind visitors and recreationists to be extremely careful while visiting the forest.  Pay attention to those items that may cause a spark, such as chains on a trailer.  Ensure that all campfires are dead out by adding water and stirring dirt into hot coals until cold.  If your campfire is still hot then it is too hot to leave.