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    August 13, 2019

    Firefighters from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests responded to numerous wildland fires over the past week, the bulk of which were lightning caused. Current fire activity includes continued responses to smoke reports and the ongoing securing of currently staffed fires. Both the Crab and the Barren Hill fires experienced minimal fire activity and growth over the past week. The forest has received a significant amount of rain, which has moderated conditions across the forest. The forecast calls for hotter and dryer conditions through the next week. Our resources remain prepared to respond to new fires.


    New fires this week: 27 fires for 62 acres were fully suppressed, including the 60 acre Race Creek Fire near Riggins that was quickly contained on August 8. Currently, there are 6 small fires in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness that are being monitored. Fire spread is expected to be minimal until conditions dry out.


    Large Fire Information

    Crab Fire – Lochsa-Powell Ranger District / Full-suppression strategy using indirect suppression tactics

    • Lightning caused fire started on July 26
    • Located 6 miles east of the Powell Ranger Station near the junction of Crab Creek and Colt Killed Creek
    • Road and trail closures are in effect, including Forest Roads #368 and # 369 to Beaver Ridge Lookout
    • 64 firefighters with Nez Perce-Clearwater Type 3 Incident Management Team. A new team, with Incident Commander Stoney Nelson, assumed command of the fire 6:00am on August 12. Heavy equipment remains working on line construction and a new Type 2 hand crew has been ordered
    • Size is 189 acres from infrared mapping
    • Crab Fire information can be found on Inciweb:


    Barren Hill Fire – Moose Creek Ranger District / Monitoring to restore natural processes to the landscape

    • Lightning caused fire started on June 30
    • Located 17 miles SW of the Powell Ranger Station in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
    • There has been minimal fire spread over this past week
    • Current actions include periodic fixed wing and helicopter flights along with lookout monitoring
    • Trail closures are in effect for five trails near Barren Hill. Please see Inciweb for more information
    • The 554 acre size from the August 1 infrared flight is estimated to have had only minimal increase
    • Barren Hill Fire information can be found on Inciweb: