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Lightning fire starts staffed, managed

Several lightning-caused starts, detected July 14-16, on the Lochsa/Powell, Moose Creek, and Red River Ranger Districts, are currently staffed, in mop-up status, or are being managed for resource benefits.

The current Fire Danger level across the forest is very high. There were no fire restrictions as of press time on July 18, but recreationists are reminded to use caution with any outdoor activity that may cause a spark.

Fire status as of July 18:

Lochsa/Powell fires currently staffed under suppression on the Lochsa/Powell District include the Cherokee – four acres, located approximately five miles south of Lolo Pass and Brushy – 11 acres, located north of Brushy Fork about four miles south of Lolo Pass.

Fires staffed and in the mop-up stage include: the Parachute fire approximately four miles northeast of Powell; the Storm fire, the Twin No. 322 fire and the Round Top 1 fire are each less than one acre and located approximately five miles south of Lolo Pass; the Checkerboard fire, 1.5 acres located near the Idaho/Montana border approximately five miles east of Lolo Pass; the Pappoose fire, 6.5 acres located approximately four miles northwest of Powell; the Granite fire, less than one acre two miles west of Granite Pass; and the Crab fire, less than one acre seven miles east of Powell.

The above are located in the “checkerboard” where private ownership alternates with public ownership every other square mile.

The Hidden (approximately 1 acre) and Maud (less than one acre) fires are located in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, currently unstaffed and are being managed for resource benefits. Both received rain on the afternoon of July 15.

Contact the Lochsa/Powell district at (208) 942-3113.

Moose Creek: Seven fires are currently burning in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the Moose Creek Ranger District and are being managed for resource benefits.

Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area of Moose Creek Ranger Station. Several trail closures are in place for public health and safety, including parts of trails 430, 421, 427, 438, 436, 626 and 555.

Contact the Moose Creek district at (208) 926-4258.

Red River fires currently being managed for resource benefits on the Red River Ranger District are located approximately 14 miles east of Red River Ranger Station. The Ladder fire is approximately two acres, the Rattlesnake Point fire is approximately six acres, and the Bleak fire, approximately 15 acres, is located located 3.5 miles southwest of Dry Saddle near the Magruder Road.

The Little Mallard fire, located two miles northeast of Dixie is one acre and firefighters are currently completing mop-up of the fire.

Contact the Red River Ranger District at (208) 842-2245.

Know before you go: Fire and closure information will be posted on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website at


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