KOOSKIA – With Labor Day weekend coming up, one U.S. Highway 12 corridor campground remains closed. As of last Saturday, Aug. 23 – the last update from the incident command team that handled most of the Johnson Bar Fire containment effort – about 8,500 acres burned near the confluence of the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers, in the vicinity of Lowell and Syringa. As of Tuesday morning, Aug. 26, 90 personnel remained assigned to the fire.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests on Monday noted that while the Johnson Bar campground remains closed due to the fire, campgrounds farther up the Selway River are open. Roads 651 and 470 remain closed to all vehicles, but Falls Point Road (443) and Indian Hill Road (290) are open to vehicles up to 50 inches wide.
The O’Hara Bar Campground closure order was cancelled last Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Before it bugged out, Johnson Bar command noted Nez Perce-Clearwater initial attackers answered 35 lightning-caused fires last Saturday.
A fire closure area remains in effect for much of the area south of the Magruder Road (468) but the Red River Ranger District hopes to reopen this area before Labor Day.
No other fires have been updated statewide since Aug. 17, per the incident command website, http://inciweb.nwcg.gov.
While fire danger remains high, no campfire restrictions are in effect beyond Smokey Bear’s order to use common sense.
Most Forest Service roads and campgrounds are open for Labor Day; there is a detour for culvert work on Red River Road.
Updates are online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/news/nezperceclearwater/news-events