FS assigns 42 firefighters to Center Ridge

The Center Ridge fire approximately three to four miles southwest of Slate Creek Ranger Station was reported at 12:23 p.m. Thursday afternoon and met by aerial attack from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The fire had grown to 10 acres by Thursday evening, and has since grown to 23 acres. The Forest Service has 42 people working the fire today.

The Green Ridge fire on the Moose Creek Ranger District is burning in heavy timber, and a total of 12 new fires were reported in the wake of Thursday's lightning storms. Of these, only the Center Ridge fire has grown to more than a tenth of an acre. The Forest Service is also checking 13 smoke reports, and Thursday's lightning may have caused others which have not yet been detected.

Fires burning in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, including the Rock Point Fire near the Montana state line, received rain. The Rock Point Fire has grown to 176 acres, but had little growth on account of three-tenths of an inch of rain in that area, which is more than 40 miles from the Idaho County communities of Elk City and Lowell.

A lightning-caused fire also destroyed a house on Battle Ridge Road above Stites.

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