New fires minimal across forests despite storm activity

Fire danger 'very high' across Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

Sites for General Fire Info

For general fire information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov

For information specific to the Moose Creek 1 fire, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5405

Know before you go - Fire and closure information will be posted on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website at www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater.

The current Fire Danger level across the forest is Very High.

Even with last week’s lightning activity across much of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, new fires were minimal, with several being attacked and suppressed without significant growth. However, some fires remain from earlier storms.

Current fire status by district:

Lochsa/Powell Ranger District

The Hidden fire in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness is being managed as a long-term incident for resource benefit. Estimated at 15 acres, the Hidden fire is burning in the footprint of the 2007 42,000-acre Bridge fire. It is primarily burning in dead and downed material, with minimal fire activity.

For information on fire activity or area closures on the Locsha/Powell Ranger District, (208) 942-3113.

Moose Creek Ranger District

Three new fires have been detected in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The Fry Pan 1 (.75 acre) and Fry Pan 2 (.1 acre) fires are in the Fry Pan Creek drainage, and Moe (.75 acre) fire is near Moe Peak. All are being monitored daily by air.

The Moose Creek 1 fire, immediately southeast of the historic Moose Creek Ranger Station, has grown to 2,850 acres, with most of the significant growth being in the Hell Creek drainage. Although some new heat was observed to the north along Moose Creek, no heat was found west of Moose Creek or Selway River. Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area of Moose Creek Ranger Station. Two Wildland Fire Use modules are on site implementing a point protection strategy to protect buildings and bridges at and near the ranger station. In addition to wrapping structures and installing sprinklers around facilities, some small burnout operations may be conducted to protect structures.

The Mink Peak fire on Mink Peak is 108 acres, with the increase in acreage primarily to the south and southwest. The Lone Pine fire .25 miles west of Lone Pine Point in Marten Creek and 1.5 miles south of the Three Links bridges has grown to 1,715 acres with the most intense heat north of the fire, downslope to the Selway River and to the south end of the Lone Pine Creek drainage

Several trail closures, listed below, are in place for public health and safety.

  • Trail 4: From the Moose Creek Ranger Station to the junction of the 516 trail.
  • Trail 430: From the Moose Creek Ranger Station to the junction of the 435 Trail.
  • Trail 421: From Moose Creek Ranger Station north to the junction of the 620 Trail.
  • Trail 427: To the trail Junction at Freeman Peak (Junction of 427 and 430 trails).
  • Trail 438: From the Bridge on the Selway River to the junction with Trail 602.
  • Trail 436: Trail 436 to the junction of Trail 562.
  • Trail 626: Trail 626 to the junction of Trail 601.
  • Trail 555: Trail 555 to the junction of Trail 437.

For information on fire activity or area closures on the Moose Creek Ranger District, (208) 926-4258.

Red River Ranger District

The Rattlesnake Point fire in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the north side of the Salmon River between Rattlesnake Creek and Deer Creek is estimated at roughly 1500 acres. Fire activity has been minimal over the past several days. Sheep Hill Lookout has been wrapped to protect it from the fire.

Both the Ladder (2 acres) and Bleak (64 ac.) fires, also in the Frank Church Wilderness and in the vicinity of Sheep Hill, have been quiet, with no significant growth.

Main Salmon River open for boat traffic along closure area

The Main Salmon River is open to the public for boat traffic along the closure area. River right and river left are open to all boat traffic and camping. River users should expect to see smoke and may encounter smoky conditions while on the river

All three fires are being managed for resource benefits using a point protection strategy. Visitors recreating on the Magruder Road and the Salmon River should expect to see smoke and fire in the area of Bargamin Creek drainage.

An area closure is in effect for public health and safety due to activity on the Rattlesnake Point fire. The area closure is described as follows:

Commencing at the intersection Trail 502 and Main Salmon River at Bargamin Bar traveling northeast along Trail 502 to junction of Trail 501, traveling southeast on Trail 501 to Main Salmon River, traveling west along Main Salmon River including Trail 96 back to the intersection at Bargamin Bar. Trail 576 and Trail 577 are within the Area Closure. Travel on these trails as well as the area bound by them, is prohibited.

For information on fire activity or area closures on the Red River Ranger District, (208) 842-2245.

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