Update: Johnson Bar Fire burnouts to continue Friday and Saturday

— About 150 firefighters with a local Type 3 organization are in place for burnout operations on the Johnson Bar Fire, which has consumed more than 11,000 acres so far. The burnouts will continue Friday and Saturday until the fire is tied into the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River. The Incident Command Post is located at the Fenn Ranger Station, and the fire camp is located at Johnson Bar Campground. Continued warm, dry weather this week will increase fire activity and smoke. The fire received a trace of rain today and the inversion lifted, increasing visibility and aerial attack.

The burnout operations are focusing on keeping the fire from spreading toward Syringa. Today crews are burning along the 653 road and will continue to bring fire around Lodge Point to Lodge Creek. Hose lays and sprinklers are in place along control lines. The operation is supported by three hotshot crews, as well as local resources including a Type 2 crew and Type 1 helicopters. Helicopters did bucket work today on the portion of the fire in Goddard Creek. Smoke produced by the burnout could lead to delays or closures on U.S. Highway 12 between Syringa and Lowell although closures are not expected.

The public is advised of the potential for falling snags along roads and river corridors (Selway & Clearwater) that have been affected by the fire, as well as the potential for helicopters to be dipping water from the Selway and Clearwater Rivers. The Selway River Road (Road #223) is OPEN. Johnson Bar Campground remains CLOSED. All campgrounds upriver from O’Hara Campground are OPEN to the public.

Current Closures:

• Johnson Bar Campground is closed.

• O’Hara Campground is closed temporarily during the burnout operation.

• Swiftwater Road #470 is closed from the Swiftwater Bridge to Road #286, except to local residents who access their residence via this road.

• O’Hara Road #651 is closed from the O’Hara Bridge to Road #1129. Road #1129 is closed from Road #286 to Road #651.

• Roads #1119, #1119A, #9723, #9723A, #9701 and Trails #706, #712 and #716 are closed as part of a larger area closure around the fire for firefighter and public safety.

• Road 653 is closed from the junction of the 286 and the 653 west to the junction of the 653 and the 470. The fire is currently burning along this section of the 653.

Details and updates are online here.

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