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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Lightning-Caused Fire Reported on the North Fork Ranger District

Kamiah, Idaho (August 1, 2018) – The Graves Peak fire was reported on the North Fork Ranger District on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests on July 30 at 1:07 p.m.  A reconnaissance flight estimated the fire to be approximately 28 acres, burning in a remote location with very rugged terrain. The fire was not immediately staffed due to time of day, its remote location, and hazardous terrain and fuels. 

The fire is located a ½ mile southwest of the St. Joe Lake near the borders of the Idaho Panhandle and Lolo National Forests.  Fire managers from all three forests’ are coordinating and determining strategies that take into account firefighter safety, ecological and structural values that may be at risk, the remote location, terrain, fuels, and current and predicted weather. 

After wind conditions stopped an earlier attempt by Smokejumpers, a successful jump late yesterday afternoon put resources on the fire.  Additional resources arrived from the North Fork Ranger District and the Musselshell Helitack and all resources are working to stop the forward progression of the fire and keeping it from crossing into the Lolo National Forest where historical structures have been identified as values at risk.

Today, the fire is estimated to be 35 acres.  Resources staffing the fire yesterday are still in place and are implementing direct and indirect fire line construction.  They are being supported by aviation resources, completing water drops as needed.

There are no closures associated with the Graves Peak fire. Information on the Graves Peak fire will be updated if significant fire activity occurs.