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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Firefighting Resources Respond to Early Morning Blackerby Fire


KaFirefighting resources from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and Idaho Department of Lands quickly responded to the Blackerby Fire, located across the South Fork of the Clearwater River at the base of the Mt. Idaho grade.  The fire was reported by a private citizen to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 3:15 am this morning. 

Quick response by firefighting resources which includes 15 Grangeville Smokejumpers, four engines, one Type 3 helicopter, and two Initial Attack Modules has kept the fire to approximately 20 acres and the fire is currently 50% contained.  Resources are continuing line construction and beginning mop-up activities along the fires perimeter.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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.