(This article has been updated. See the updates below.)
The Tepee Springs Fire grew to the north yesterday, leading the management team there to post a notice that residents should start planning to evacuate a wide tract that includes Riggins, Pollock and surrounding areas.
From the Idaho County Sheriff's Office:
Level 1 evacuation had been declared for the Main Salmon and the Little Salmon corridor including Riggins and Pollock on both sides of the river. Payette Forest Level 1 evacuation means you should be making plans for evacuation. Consider packing medications and planning for those with medical difficulties, pets and livestock.
The Tepee Springs fire now encompasses nearly 19,000 acres in an area centered 20 miles south Riggins on the east side of U.S. Highway 95. It is listed as 30 percent contained and is being worked by 17 crews, four helicopters, 25 engines and three dozers. From the Tepee Springs Fire incident management team:
There will be a community meeting in Riggins and New Meadows at 6:00 at the High School
On Tuesday the fire driven by wind, hot temperatures and low humidity’s spread in a north westerly direction, which includes Big Hazard Lake, Warm Springs Saddle and is currently burning around Patrick Butte and the head waters of Partridge drainage. It is approximately 8 miles south of Ruby Rapids on the main Salmon River. There is a Notification in place, which means that residents should prepare their belongings in case of an evacuation. It includes Elk Creek Subdivision North, east and west of highway 95 to North of Riggins to the Time Zone Bridge, and along the Salmon River East to French Creek Road. Repeat this is a Notification not an Evacuation. Residents will be notified by the Sheriff if an evacuation is ordered.
The Payette National Forest in the vicinity of Tepee Springs Fire is closed to public use. Hazard Campground is closed, Grouse Campground is closed, and Last Chance Campground is closed. No public access is allowed past the junction of Brundage Reservoir and Goose Lake Road (Forest Road 257). Additionally all FS land west of Brundage Road to the Forest boundary in the Meadows Valley are closed. Last Chance Campground is included in this closure. The Bureau of Land Management has issued a closure order for Hard/Hazard Creek Road (Forest Road 287) to prevent access to the Tepee Springs fire area from the west. In addition they have issued an Area Closure.
Notifications and Evacuations:
The following areas are now in notification. (Definition of notification is as follows: Residents will be notified by the Sheriff’s office to prepare their personal items in case they are asked to evacuate).
West side of U.S. Highway 95 North of Smokey Boulder Road to Elk Lake Road; East side of U.S. Highway 95 South of Smokey Boulder Road to Circle C Road; East Side of U.S. Highway 95 from Hazard Creek Road to Elk Lake Road. Evacuations are in effect for the East side of U.S. Highway 95 from North of Smokey Boulder Road to South of Hazard Creek Road.
You can find additional information regarding the Tepee Fire at www.inciweb.nwcg.gov.
Due to the Slide Fire, the Idaho County Sheriff's Office and the Motorway Complex IMT have moved to evacuate the Selway River area east of Lowell downstream from the O'Hara Bridge to the historic Fenn Ranger Station. From the Idaho County Sheriff's Office
A Level 3 evacuation order is now in effect for areas downstream of the Slide Fire, from the O’Hara Bridge area downstream to and including the Fenn Ranger Station administrative site.
A Level 2 evacuation warning is now in effect for Lowell and the area northeast of Lowell along Highway 12, upriver along the Lochsa River, to Pete King Road.
From the Motorway Complex/Slide Fire IMT:
The Slide Fire is currently burning along the north side of the Selway River, approximately 1 1/2 miles east the historic Fenn Ranger Station. This and several other fires, including the Woodrat and several other fires make up the Motorway Complex.
The fire continues to spread both up and down canyon, but northward progression seems to be slowed by different fuels (high elevation, moist shrub communities) and rocky slopes. On 8/22, the Slide Fire moved past some constructed line, requiring firefighters to utilize other tactics, including the potential for burnout operations. Today, the fire progressed down canyon almost to the O'Hara bridge crossing, and fire observers also noted a spot fire on the south side of the Selway River. Consequently, the Idaho County Sheriff's Office elevated the evacuation level of the Historic Fenn Ranger Station administrative site and upstream to the fire perimeter (just upstream of the O'Hara bridge) to a Level 3 evacuation order.
Update (8:30 a.m. Wednesday): The eastern flank of the Jay Point Fire in the Powell area grew yesterday and that fire again doubled in size, from 1,700 acres Monday to 3,000 acres last night. From Clearwater Complex command:
Weather: Winds will remain calm, 4 – 7 mph in valleys and 6 – 15 mph along the ridgetops. The smoke is expected to stay in the area. The temperatures will be in the mid-80s and low 90s, with relative humidity between 14 and 22 percent. After 2 p.m., the warm and dry conditions will favor dry lightning thunderstorms.
Yesterday’s Actions: On the Clearwater Complex, firefighters had a productive day and continued securing control lines around the perimeter of the fire. They worked on hot spots on Tupper Road, south to Incendiary Creek and secured control lines near Beaver Slide Road and the Kidder Ridge Road. On the Jay Point Fire near Powell, the smoke lifted and caused active burning on the eastern flank. The fire nearly doubled in size and is estimated to be 3000 acres.
Today’s Plans: For the Clearwater Complex, firefighters will continue to hold and secure the firelines. They will work to mop up within 100’ of all control lines. Crews are also prepared to switch from mop up to initial attack if fire activity increases. If the smoke lifts, air operations are prepared to conduct bucket drops on hot spots. On the Jay Point Fire, crews will conduct firing operations along the ridge and continue protecting structures in Powell.
Smoke Concerns: Air quality continues to be unhealthy. For more information on mitigating smoke related health hazards, visit http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/ .
Evacuations: A Level 2 evacuation remains in effect for Lolo Creek Road - Hidden Valley Lane. Three Mile Road and Four Mile Road are still at Level 1. The areas east and north of the Clearwater River in Idaho County remain at level 1.
Update (9:30 a.m. Wednesday): The Payette National Forest now lists the following fires:
New Meadows Ranger District:
Tepee Springs: (18,689 acres) Located in the area of Tepee Springs and Hazard Creek area, 20 miles south of Riggins on the east side of Highway 95, 22 miles northwest of McCall and north of Goose Lake. Evacuations, pre-evacuation notifications, and Forest Closures are in effect. This fire is being managed by a Regional Incident Management Team (DeMasters Type 2 Team).
McCall Ranger District:
Rapid: (4,083 acres) Located south of Rapid Peak and east of the Rapid Creek Drainage. Forest Closure Order in effect. This fire is being managed by a Regional Incident Management Team (Dunfords Type 2 Team).
Loon Creek: (1 ac) Located south of Loon Mountain, fire is burning in light fuels with a low potential to spread. Fire is being monitored.
Porphyry: (.10 ac) Located west of Porphyry Creek in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. No smoke showing at this time. Fire is being monitored.
Krassel Ranger District:
Campbells Fire: (5,000 acres) Burning in Trout Creek, Moore Creek, Ruff Creek, and Fall Creek in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness near Campbell’s Ferry on the Salmon River. Forest Closure Order in effect. This fire is being managed by a Local Fire Management Team (Cline Type 3 Team).
Crescent Fire: (This fire was previously listed as Vines Fire) (10 ac) Located 6 miles east/northeast of Cabin Creek Guard Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Fire is being monitored.
Mosquito: (.25 to 0.50 ac) Located on the east side of Mosquito Ridge in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. No smoke showing at this time. Fire is being monitored.
Trout: (.10 ac) Fire has been absorbed by the Campbells Fire. It is administratively being called out. This will be the last time it appears in our update as a separate fire.
Dillinger: (2,800 acres) Located 3 miles east of Dillinger Meadows in the Frank Church of No Return Wilderness. This fire has seen significant growth in the past couple of days.
Update (9:30 a.m. Wednesday): From Municipal Complex command:
Hose lays remain in place on the Fisher Fire in the Big Canyon area as crews work to wrap it up. As the operation winds down fire personnel will be relocating to the Municipal fire camp and returning daily to the Fisher Fire to continue securing the fireline 200 feet from the perimeter.
Crews assigned to the Old Greer Fire continued gridding the fire which is a slow process where firefighters comb through areas sifting through the ash and dirt feeling for hot spots.
The Municipal Complex initial attack crews remain ready to respond to new fires.
Municipal Fire: 1,770 acres; 85%; Temporary Flight Restriction lifted at midnight August 25, 2015
Fisher Fire: 18,889 acres; 85%
Old Greer: 73 acres; 95%
Municipal Complex Totals; 20,732 acres; 88%
Update (11 a.m. Wednesday): The 35 Motorway Complex fires now exceed 30,000 acres. From Motorway Complex command:
The mile-deep layer of smoke over the Motorway Complex and surrounding area has been reducing fire behavior for the last three days. However, smoke started to disperse over some fires late yesterday. Cooler temperatures, and even showers, could move into the area this weekend with the arrival of a storm system from the Gulf of Alaska.
Poor visibility grounded air operations for the third consecutive day. Smoke kept temperatures unseasonably cool. Fenn recorded a maximum temperature of just 67 degrees. Without the smoke layer blocking the sun, temperatures could easily have been 20 degrees warmer and the fires more active. Firefighters took advantage of slower fire growth to build line and burn out areas of fuel between the fire edge and indirect lines. “It’s a good time to be putting in line, and getting some of our burnouts done,” said Fire Behavior Analyst Bill Wilkinson.
More than 35 fires burning on the Lochsa-Powell, Moose Creek and North Fork Ranger Districts form the Motorway Complex, currently the top-priority incident in the Northern Rockies geographical area. The fires include Woodrat, Slide, Big Hill and several fires near the Lolo Motorway.
Rick Kusicko’s North Idaho Incident Management Team assumed command of the complex on August 20. The Incident Command Post is at the Kooskia airstrip.
Woodrat Fire – Firefighters performed firing operations on the southwest end of the fire yesterday to remove unburned fuel between indirect lines and the fire edge. Today they plan to continue improving lines along the 07 Ridge and prepping the 5505 Road for future burnout operations. Burnout operations along the fire’s southeastern perimeter on Smith Creek Road also continued to be successful—enough so that the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office did lower Syringa’s evacuation status from a Level 3 order to a Level 2 warning. Burnout operations will likely continue for several days off of the Smith Creek Road, and crews will continue to remove hazard trees and debris in that area.
Slide Fire – Crews will likely begin firing operations today as the Slide Fire continues to spread downstream. Structure protection efforts along the Selway River Road progressed well yesterday and will continue today. Yesterday, firefighters were unable to ignite burnouts because of unfavorable fuel conditions. “Sometimes you need to use patience and this is a time to use patience,” said Operations Section Chief Randy McKenzie. Through the smoke, firefighters identified smoke from a spotfire, burning south of the river upstream and uphill from the O’Hara Bridge. As the Slide Fire progresses downstream, phased evacuations will be implemented along the Selway River Road as necessary. Yesterday, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office issued Stage III evacuation orders for the Fenn Ranger Station administrative site upstream to the O’Hara Bridge area (approximately the westerly edge of the fire), as well as a Level II warning for Lowell and northeast of Lowell along Highway 12, upriver along the Lochsa River to Pete King Road.
Motorway Fires – Open line remains on the Musselshell and 535 Fires, but handcrews are needed to connect steep slopes and drainages. As higher-priority fires are contained, hand crews will become available to complete the line. Dozer and feller-buncher operators have built more than five miles of indirect line around the two fires, about two-thirds of the perimeter. Fire managers do not expect the fires to move under current conditions.
Evacuations: Because of the potential for spread of the Slide Fire, a Level III evacuation order was issued Tuesday along the Selway River from the O’Hara Bridge downstream to the Fenn Ranger Station. A Level II evacuation order is in effect for Lowell and northeast of Lowell along Highway12, upriver along the Lochsa Road to Pete King Road.
Because of progress made on the Woodrat Fire, the Level III evacuation order for Syringa and Smith Creek Road was downgraded yesterday to a Level II warning. Additionally, the Level II warning that starts 1½ miles upriver from Syringa and extends to the western boundary of Lowell was lowered to a Level I alert. The Level II evacuation warning remains in place for Suttler Creek Road.
Full descriptions of evacuation alerts, warnings and orders are available on the Inciweb sites for the Woodrat and Slide Fires.
Closures: Significant Forest area and Selway River closures are in effect because of wildfire activity. Closures are listed at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices. Closures can change, so check back regularly.
Announcements: A public meeting will be held TOMORROW, Thursday, August 27, at the Three Rivers Resort & Motel, 7:00 p.m. Fire managers will provide updates specific to the Slide and Woodrat fires.
Fire Information Line: 208-926-4170
Fire information and updates are available at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov, where you can opt to follow specific fire updates via Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
Update (11:15 a.m. Wednesday): An update on the Baldy and Wash Fires:
The Wash and Baldy fires were caused by lightning strikes on Aug. 10 in the Red River Ranger District of the Nez Perce National Forest near Elk City, Idaho. With dry conditions, gusty winds, steep terrain and a shortage of firefighting resources due to multiple fire starts and existing fires, the fires quickly grew. The Baldy Fire threatened homes in the Newsome area of Elk City and the northern edge of the Wash Fire imminently threatened historic Meadow Creek cabins. The Wash Fire is about nine miles northeast of Elk City.
The area is in a prolonged drought, which is expected to continue. Fires are expected to be active until a significant, season-ending weather event occurs, which may not occur until mid/late October.
Baldy: Firefighters assessed fire activity and found in addition to a 50-acre slopover on the west side, a 20-acre slopover that was well-established. The fire was also active on the northern flank. Firefighters did not engage the fire in these areas and started indirect line improvement on the 424 Road and other roads and trails away from the fire’s edge. Structure protection in Newsome continued.
Wash: Firefighters began opening old fire contingency lines on Green and Horse ridges and along the Anderson Butte Trail.
A public meeting about the fires in Elk City was attended by about 85 local residents.
Baldy Fire: Firefighters will continue to construct indirect fireline along the 424 Road and other existing roads around the Baldy Fire. Structure protection in the Newsome area will continue and structures in Golden will be assessed for protection.
Wash Fire: Firefighters will continue opening old fire contingency lines on Green and Horse ridges and along the Anderson Butte Trail. If helicopters are able to fly, firefighters will wrap the historic Meadow Creek cabins and a lookout. Materials for this work must be dropped in by air.
Restrictions and Closures
Several areas are closed due to the Baldy, Wash and other fires in the area. Visit the Nez-Perce-Clearwater National Forest web site for more information (www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices).
A Level I Evacuation Alert has been issued for the Elk City area, including Newsome, due to potential high winds and the potential for growth on both the Baldy and Wash Fires. A Level I alert means wildfire is a threat and it would be wise to consider planning and/or packing in the event an evacuation becomes necessary.
Hot and dry with highs near 80 and humidity around 25 percent. West winds 6 to 8 miles per hour. A strong inversion is expected.
Update (11:15 a.m. Wednesday): An update on fires burning across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests:
A smoke inversion once again limited the spread of most fires and also presented challenges for fire personnel working to managing numerous fires burning on lands administered by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.
Nez Perce-Clearwater Fire managers continued to monitor fires and protect structures including lookouts, cabins and trail bridges within the Forests’ boundary. Resources to fight more remote fires are limited because firefighters and equipment are concentrated in areas where homes and private property are threatened.
Incident management teams are assigned to two complexes burning primarily on national forest system lands. These complexes are of concern for many reasons, including their proximity to private property and residences.
The Motorway Complex, originally more than 50 individual fires, is located roughly in the vicinity of the Lolo Motorway north of Syringa and east of Pierce. Fires associated with that complex have spread across more than 29,000 acres. Fire information is available by calling 208-926-4170.
The Selway Complex, including the Baldy (1350 acres) and Wash (24,000 acres) Fires, are burning roughly nine miles northeast of Elk City. They are being managed by the Southern Area Incident Management Team, based at Red River. Information regarding those fires is available by calling 208-842-2215.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest is currently managing four geographically distinct complexes of fires.
On the Forests’ North Zone (Palouse and North Fork Districts), the Larkin Complex consists of 15 fires burning in an area roughly 30 miles northeast of Pierce. In total, those fires have spread across more than 3000 acres. While most fires remain small, three fires account for the majority of the acreage: the 1500-acre Snow Creek Fire, the 770-acre Wolf Pack Fire, and the 600-acre Heather Fire.
Also on the North Zone, the 90-acre Scurvy Mountain Fire, located roughly six airline miles southeast of the Kelly Forks Work Center, is being managed as an separate fire. It is threatening the Scurvy Mountain Lookout. Firefighters have wrapped the lookout as a fire protection measure. (See photo on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ Facebook page.)
Due to fire activity, Scurvy Mountain Trail has been closed from its junction with Road 581 to Scurvy Mountain Lookout.
The North Zone’s Palouse Ranger District re-opened the Laird Park and White Pine Campgrounds which had been closed due to the proximity of the Big Lost Fire.
On the Central Zone (Lochsa-Powell and Moose Creek Districts), the Forests are managing two complexes: The Lochsa South and Wilderness Complexes.
The Lochsa South Complex consists of 11 fires located on the south side of the Lochsa River from Warm Springs Creek on the east to the Selway River on the west. These fires have burned across an estimated 1000 acres. The largest fire in the complex is the Grit Fire at 500 acres. The 200-acre Lone Knob Fire is up the drainage approximately one mile from Wilderness Gateway Campground and outfitter and guide area. Fire personnel are monitoring these fires and implementing protection actions for the Wilderness Gateway area. The Fire Lake and Grit Fires have each burned roughly 500 acres.
The Wilderness Complex consists of eight fires which have burned roughly 6000 acres. These fires are located within the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The largest fire within the complex is the Army Mule Fire which is estimated to be 1950 acres. It is located approximately nine miles northwest of Elk Summit. The Baily Fire is 1100 acres, with Meeker at 1000 acres.
Structure protection is being set up at many sites including Shissler Lookout, Selway Lodge, and Selway Falls and Meadow Creek Cabins.
Also within the Central Zone is the Jay Point Fire located roughly 1.5 miles west of Powell. It now covers an estimated 800 acres. One hundred twenty firefighting personnel are now assigned to this fire. They have constructed a saw line from the Lochsa up to the ridge line above Powell at Tom Beal Road 362. Structure protection continues for the greater Powell area.
As the fire continues to spread, it has the potential to impact the Powell area and U.S. Highway 12. All Powell area campgrounds remain closed, and a level 1 evacuation alert remains in effect for the greater Powell area.
An area closure remains in effect for a large area south of Powell in the vicinity of the Jay Point Fire area. It closes access to such destinations as Walton Lakes, Wind Lakes and Tom Beal Park.
Management of the Jay Point Fire has transitioned to the Incident Management Team managing the Clearwater Complex (406)309-0371.
On the Southern Zone comprised of the Red River and Salmon River Districts, a small cluster of fires within the Red River Complex remain active.
That complex is located south of Elk City. Originally six fires, two have been declared out. To date, they have spread across nearly 3100 acres.
Fires of note include:
· Lone Park Fire – Located roughly three miles east of the Cook Ranch, this fire is 50 acres. Structure protection is in place at Cook Ranch.
· Rattlesnake Fire – This 1250-acre-fire is burning northeast from Crofoot Ranch toward Sheep Hill Lookout and south to the Salmon River. It has moved westward down river from Rattlesnake Bar toward the mouth of Bargamin Creek.
· Crown Fire – Located near Crown Point, this fire is roughly 1500 acres and continues to burn north-northeastward toward Trail 580.
· Little Green Fire – This 300-acre-fire is near the Green Mountain Lookout. Structure protection is in place.
The large number of area, road and trail closures makes much country inaccessible for Forest visitors. Prospective visitors are encouraged to visit the Forests’ website to view a summary, comprehensive map, and actual orders which provide details about the restrictions and closures. These closures and fire information is posted at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/home . Click on the “Fire Information” icon at the top of the page.
Information for the Clearwater, Motorway, and Municipal Complexes and many other fires is available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov. Information regarding the Selway Complex and the four Forest-managed complexes will be posted soon.
New wildfires can be reported to the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center at 208-983-6800, or to the Idaho County Sheriff’s office at 208-983-1100 or Clearwater County Sheriff’s office 208-476-4521.
Update (noon Wednesday): Fire restrictions have been issued on Fish and Game managed lands. From Idaho Department of Fish and Game:
Because of the current fire risk condition in Northern Idaho, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is imposing enhanced Stage II fire restrictions on IDFG managed lands across the Clearwater Region, effective immediately.
Until further notice, the following restrictions apply on all Wildlife Management Areas, Lakes and Reservoirs, and fishing access areas owned or managed by IDFG across Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, and Idaho.
- No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
- No use of cook stoves or other similar appliances except those fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuel (propane or butane) and within an enclosed camper or tent.
- No use of chainsaws or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building and woodcutting during industrial or fire wood gathering.
- No blasting, welding, or other activities that generate a flame or flammable material.
- No target shooting.
- No smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
- No driving off road.
Note: All use of power tools such as chainsaws, welders, etc. is prohibited.
Exemption: Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
Violation of the prohibited acts is punishable by fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment up to 6 months (Idaho Code 36.105; IDAPA 13.01.03.100.01).
Update (12:15 p.m. Wednesday): The Woodrat Fire has jumped the line at the southwest boundary and is currently progressing along Ought Seven Ridge toward Suttler Creek. From the Idaho County Sheriff's Office: Level 3 evacuations for Suttler Creek and U.S. Highway 12 from Suttler Creek to Syringa.
Update (3:15 p.m. Wednesday): From the Idaho County Sheriff's Office: Main Salmon River area residents and recreationists in the French Creek to Riggins area need to evacuate immediately.
At 1:42 p.m., ICSO announced the Woodrat Fire in the Syringa area has forced Level 3 fire evacuations now including the community of Syringa as well as the structures approximately 1½ miles upriver of Syringa.
Update (4:15 p.m. Wednesday): An Idaho Transportation Department public hearing planned in Kamiah tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 27) to gather comments on applications allowing trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on sections of U.S. 12, Idaho 13 and Idaho 162 has been canceled because of fires in the area. Click here for details.
Update (5 p.m. Wednesday): A summary of fire restrictions and closures, from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests:
General Forest: Stage I Fire Restrictions remain in effect for the majority of Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest lands. These provisions limit campfires or stoves to designated recreation sites, limit smoking to enclosed vehicles, and require spark arrestors on internal or external combustion engines used on national forest system lands.
Additional restrictions pertain to the Selway-Bitterroot, Frank Church-River of No Return and Gospel-Hump Wilderness areas, and non-forest system lands west of the Forest boundary. Contact your local Forest Service office for specific information.
North Zone: North Fork Ranger District: Road Closures: Due to fire activity, segments of the following roads are closed: Skull Creek Road 252 and South Skull Creek Road 710. Trail Closures: A segment of Snow Creek Trail 285 has also been closed to ensure public safety.
Scurvy Mountain Trail 524 has been closed from the junction with Road 581 to the lookout.
Central Zone: Moose Creek Ranger District: Area Closure: Due to fire activity, a large area closure has been enacted on the Moose Creek and Red River Districts. It includes national forest system lands south of Coolwater Road 317 including the Selway Corridor from Lowell east to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness boundary. The Wilderness boundary forms most of the closure’s eastern and southern borders. Road Closures: The following roads and trails have been closed for public safety due to fire activity:
Selway Road 223 from O’Hara Bridge to the junction of Falls Point Road 443. Trail Closures: Trails: Rackliff 702, East Boyd 703, Glover 704, West Glover 705, 23 Mile 707, Gedney 708, Gedney-Glover 709, West Boyd 710, Canteen 725, and CCC 734 are closed in their entireties. Additionally, segments of the following trails are closed: Selway 4, 405, Swan Creek 421, Battle Ridge 432, Goat Mountain 444, Halfway Creek 447, Saddle Ridge 455, Meeker Ridge 458, Gateway Peak 491, Bear Creek 516, Sixty-two 606, Cupboard Creek 607, and Big Rock 693. Campground Closures: Due to an area closure, the following campgrounds are closed: Boyd, CCC, Glover, Johnson Bar, O’Hara, Race Creek, Rackliff, Selway Falls, Slide Creek, Slims Camp, Twenty-five Mile Bar, Twenty-mile Bar.
Lochsa-Powell Ranger Districts: Area Closure: Due to public safety concerns, an area closure has been enacted north of Highway 12 from the Forest boundary east to Wilderness Gateway Campground. A second area closure closes an area south of U.S. Highway 12 from the Warm Springs pack bridge east to the White Sand Campground. The Selway -Bitterroot Wilderness serves as the southernmost boundary. Access to Tom Beal Park and Walton Lakes is restricted. Road Closures: NEW – Crooked Fork Contour Road 595 is closed at Granite Pass to the end of the road. The Lolo Trail Road 500 is closed from the junction of Weitas Butte Road 557 to the junction of the Liz Butte Road 560. Trail Closures: The following trails have been closed: Rock Creek 221, Greenside Butte 222, Army Mule 60, Saturday Ridge 89, Saturday Creek 82, Pouliot 30, Wind Lakes 24, Tom Beal Creek 7, Friday Pass 45, and Pedro Ridge 917 in their entirety. Segments of Lochsa Peak 220, Boulder Creek 211, Lone Knob 198 ,and Nee-Me-Poo 40 Trails are closed. Warm Springs Trail 49 is closed from the junction with Wind Lakes Trail 24 to Saturday Ridge Trail 89. Note: Jerry Johnson hot springs is still accessible. Campground Closures: Wilderness Gateway, Whitehouse, Wendover, Powell, and White Sands Campgrounds are closed.
South Zone: Red River Ranger District: Baldy Fire Area Closure: To ensure public safety, an area closure has been enacted for an area surrounding the Baldy Fire which is located roughly nine miles west of Elk City. The closure applies to Roads 284, 649, and 1866; and Nellie Mountain Trail 425, Reed Mountain Trail 477, and Silver Ridge Trail 424 within the closure area.
Red River Complex Trail Closures: Segments of the following trails are closed for public safety due to fire activity: Rainey Creek 583, Bargamin Creek 502, Cache Creek 501, Crofoot 576, and Rattlesnake Ridge 577.
Restrictions and closures are constantly changing. Additional information and new restrictions will be posted at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices.