The western area of the Motorway Complex received a tenth of an inch of rain yesterday, Aug. 29. Far to the east, the Powell-area Jay Point and Boulder fire areas received hundredth of an inch of rain. Much of Idaho County received similar amounts, according to the National Weather Service, which estimates an 80 percent chance of more rain today across much of the region.
Yesterday, fire managers and the Idaho County Sheriff's Office escorted 70 rafters by pilot car from French Creek down the Salmon River Road to Riggins. The rafters had been stranded by closures due to the Tepee Springs Fire, which has grown to nearly 49,000 acres and has burned northward from its origin southeast of Pollock all the way to the Salmon River east of Riggins, primarily on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land. "Boulders and other debris falling onto the road have hampered additional efforts to transport recreationists and the roadway is currently blocked," the BLM reported Saturday morning. "Transportation efforts to move rafters to Riggins will resume once the roadway is cleared and deemed safe for travel. The Tepee Fire continues to threaten Forest road 246 at French Creek, a road that was initially utilized to escort rafters down to McCall."
An area closure is related to the rapid spread of the Tepee Springs Fire will shut users of the combined Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests out of an south of Grangeville for safety reasons. From the southern border, the Salmon River, from the forest boundary east to French Creek, the closure area extends north for approximately ten miles. This closes the southern segment of the Grangeville-Salmon River Road 221.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have detected 282 fires, of which roughly two-thirds have popped up since the Aug. 10 lightning storm. More than 65,000 acres have been burned so far this fire season.
The Tepee Springs Fire grew to the north yesterday, leading the management team there to post a notice that residents should start packing important belongings across a wide tract that includes Riggins, Pollock and surrounding areas.
While the Municipal Complex fires near Orofino, Greer and Reubens are said to be 85 percent contained, and while Clearwater Complex command has made definite progress against the fires in the Kamiah area, Motorway Complex command reported 28 of the 29 blazes in its charge remain uncontained at last check and Selway Complex command was still setting up its shop in Elk City.
A look at the history of Idaho County
Don Curry looked at a mound of rocks, dirt and weeds at the far end of Prairie Junior Senior High School and had a vision. At the beginning of summer, that vision became a reality.
School started Monday, Aug. 24, for Riggins Elementary School and Salmon River High School for students, teachers and staff.
Are we ever going to be rid of this smoke? I don’t remember any time that it was this bad. Let’s all pray for rain to put out the fires.
Elk City News
Sure want to say a big “thank you” to all the firefighters who are working so hard to put fires out and risking their lives.
Kooskia, Kamiah News
To say not much is happening in Kooskia or Kamiah is a gross understatement!
Katrina Frei of Grangeville was crowned the 2016 queen...
Your experience and insight is critical to the service of your community. And we’re asking you to challenge yourself, step up and serve on your city council.
Students all over Idaho are returning to classrooms with high expectations for the new school year. Our job as educators, parents, policymakers and citizens is to ensure they have high-quality opportunities to pursue and support to succeed.
Letter: Dick Artley, Grangeville
On March 6, 2015, Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik created a new corporation, the Western Landmark Foundation, dedicated to transferring federal public lands to the state of Idaho.
Letter: Jim Chmelik, Idaho County Comissioner
Thank you Idaho Rivers United and organizations like yours for protecting our environment and our way of life. Thank you all for suing the Forest Service and the BLM and creating the conditions on our national forest and rangelands that allow for catastrophic wildfires.
Sales, animal numbers down from 2014
Numbers were down for both total animals and gross proceeds from Saturday’s Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale.
ECP provides cost-share for installing eligible permanent measures
A lack of moisture, over an extended period of time, has caused farm producers in Idaho County to suffer from the effects of severe drought conditions. Farms and ranches experiencing severe drought conditions may be eligible for cost-share assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).