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UPDATE: Gun Club fire exceeds 750 acres; Type 2 IMT on the way

As of Thursday evening, Aug. 18, the Gun Club Fire was burning south of Lightning Creek, in Goat Creek and Egbert Gulch, and progressing southeast. This photo of firefighting activity was captured at approximately 7 p.m. that night by Sheena Grush of Riggins.

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As of Thursday evening, Aug. 18, the Gun Club Fire was burning south of Lightning Creek, in Goat Creek and Egbert Gulch, and progressing southeast. This photo of firefighting activity was captured at approximately 7 p.m. that night by Sheena Grush of Riggins.



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Riggins resident Ray Payton shared this view of the Gun Club Fire from his home shortly after 10 p.m. on Aug. 17.

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Riggins resident Ray Payton provided this photo of the Gun Club Fire area from his home the morning of Aug. 18.

— A fire sparked up north of Time Zone Bridge before 10 p.m. MT Wednesday night, Aug. 17, and consumed a few hundred acres overnight, but details were scarce early Thursday morning. As soon as official information is available, this post will be updated.

(This post has been updated. Find updates for Friday, Aug. 19, here.)

UPDATE (8:30 a.m.): Two crews, a dozer and multiple aircraft are on station. From the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests:

The Gun Club Fire, cause unknown, was reported on the Salmon River Ranger District on August 17, 2016. The fire is located at Lightning Creek near the Time Zone Bridge outside of Riggins, Idaho. The fire, currently estimated to be between 300-500 acres, is burning in grass in steep terrain.

A Type 3 Incident Team (Wendall Houser, Incident Commander) will assume management of the fire today. Resources on the fire are 2 crews, 1 dozer, and multiple aircraft (fixed wing and retardant). Fire staff are advising travelers in the area to slow down and use caution as there are rolling rocks and debris.

There are currently no evacuation notices.

Information will be posted on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater.

Know before you go. Visitors planning recreation activities in the area are encouraged to contact Laura Smith, at (208) 983-5143 to get the most up-to-date fire information.

UPDATE (9 a.m.): A pair of photos taken from the same location last night and this morning show the hillside above the Gun Club has been scorched.

UPDATE (9:30 a.m.): According to the Forest Service, the fire is presently zero percent contained. The National Weather Service forecast for the Riggins area today calls for today to be "sunny, with a high near 93," with "light and variable wind becoming northwest 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon."

UPDATE (10 a.m.): View reader photos here. To contribute a photo, message us on facebook.com/idahocountyfreepress or email aottoson@idahocountyfreepress.com.

UPDATE (noon): Additional resources are arriving to fight the fire. "Many of those are aerial resources," public affairs specialist Jeannette Dreadfulwater noted in e-mail. "The fire is burning in steep ground and I do not think we will have any containment estimates this early in the incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation."

UPDATE (3 p.m.): Information regarding the Gun Club Fire is now available through the incident command information network Inciweb, here. Per Inciweb, the Gun Club Fire is now estimated at 750 acres. More:

The Gun Club Fire was reported August 17, 2016. The fire is located in Lightning Creek, near the Time Zone Bridge, outside of Riggins, Idaho.

The fire, currently estimated to be 750 acres, is burning in grass in steep terrain.

The fire is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team (Wendall Houser, Incident Commander). Resources on the fire are 2 crews, 1 dozer, and multiple aircraft.

Fire staff are requesting travelers in the area to proceed slowly and use caution as there is a potential for rolling rocks and debris.

There are currently no evacuation notices.

Information will also be posted on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater.

UPDATE (7:15 p.m.): A Type 2 incident management team will take command of the Gun Club Fire response on Saturday, according to the Forest Service. More:

The Gun Club fire is located 1 mile west of the Time Zone Bridge. It is burning in very steep grassy terrain and includes locations that are not safe or accessible to firefighters. Firefighter and public safety are the agencies top priority in wildland fire management. Agency administrators and incident managers make choices to minimize risk and focus on areas where firefighters can be the most effective.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and are expected to assume management of the fire on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Salmon River Rural fire department, firefighters from the Salmon River Ranger District, and the Grangeville Interagency Task Force initially responded. Additional resources were ordered and crews worked through the night.

Today crews worked to construct fireline on the north flank of the fire. Aerial resources were used to drop water and retardant to slow the fires progress and to aid firefighting efforts to keep the fire to the south of Lightning Creek and progressively south toward Salmon Point.

A temporary flight restriction is in effect. Unmanned Aircraft Systems or drones are prohibited. Unauthorized UAS flights over or near a wildfire could cause serious injury or death to firefighters in the air and/or firefighters and members of the public on the ground. The bottom line is that “If you fly, we can’t.” Unauthorized UAS flights could lead fire managers to suspend aerial wildfire suppression operations – such as airtankers dropping fire retardant and helicopters dropping water - until the UAS has left the airspace and they are confident it won’t return.

There are no closures at this time. Fire behavior can change rapidly and visitors are encouraged to contact the Salmon River Ranger District at 208-839-2211 for current fire information. Current Fire and closure information will also be posted on InciWeb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ and on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater.

UPDATE (7:30 p.m.): A map of the fire area is not yet available, and the Forest Service is "working on getting a map out," public affairs specialist Jeannette Dreadfulwater noted in e-mail. "The fire is south of Lightning Creek. It is burning in Goat Creek and Egbert Gulch. It is progressing southeast toward Salmon Point and Dugout Creek. It is west of FS Road 263, the road that leads to Lightning Creek Saddle."

(This post has been updated. Find updates for Friday, Aug. 19, here.)



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