Due to decreased fire activity across the forest, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests' Fire Update is now being issued each Wednesday.
September 22, 2021 - A continued shift in the overall weather pattern continues to slowly take place as the calendar enters the Fall season. Once again, the precipitation that our area received was not as widespread or heavy as forecasted, but every little bit continues to help change the course of this long and drawn-out 2021 fire season.
The forecast for this coming weekend shows a warming and drying trend, possibly lasting until the middle of next week when another low-pressure disturbance is expected to move through the area, possibly bringing more rains.
Fire managers representing all local agencies will be working together this week to rescind the current Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Riverbreaks Zone. An official Interagency Press Release will be distributed to reflect this decision and change as soon as it occurs.
Even though closures are being reduced and fire restrictions are being lifted, fires in or near light, flashy fuels such as grass and dry/dead/cured leaf littler and brush can still move quickly and be adversely affected by simple daily winds in our area. Please continue to use caution and all best practices when utilizing a warming or cooking fire.
Fire managers continue their efforts to further reduce current road and area closures as weather, heavy traffic, and fire behavior allows.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ fire information hotline (208-494-1661) will still be monitored 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This number will remain active year around; however, it may not be fully staffed during periods of minimal fire activity.
For the latest forest closure information, please visit the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater) or contact your local ranger station.
Hours, locations, and contact information for Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests local offices is available online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/about-forest/offices.
For the most up-to-date information, please continue to visit the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Information Webpage: https://bit.ly/NPCFireInfo.
One new fire was detected since last report. The Simmons Fire, located near Spur Ridge on the Red River Ranger District was detected on the afternoon of 9/16, was fully suppressed, and is now out.
The Sheep Creek Fire is now approximately 8,145 acres and located in the Sheep Creek Drainage in the Gospel Hump Wildness area. Moderate activity has been observed since last report with the fire moving north near Long Meadow Ridge. The fire is mainly burning in the 2007 Rattlesnake Fire burn scar and is surrounded by steep, rugged terrain. Trail closures remain in place.
Local resources are currently assigned to structure protection in the Concord and Humptown areas.
Fires in this area can move quickly day or night, and extreme caution should be used whenever in the vicinity especially near adjacent drainages and ridges.
The Lynx Fire has been active since last report and is now estimated at 11,694 acres. This fire is located 23 miles east of Elk City, Idaho. Most of the new growth was near Parachute Ridge and Eagle Point. Firefighters are periodically patrolling the area and structure protection remains in place and effective at Warm Springs Bar outfitter camp.
The Dixie-Jumbo Fires total acreage is estimated at 46,500 acres. The Dixie fire and Jumbo fires are located 15 miles south of Elk City, Idaho. The Dixie Fire is still showing some smoke and fire activity in the Comstock Drainage and along Blowout Ridge, also minor activity interior between Vista Point and Mallard Creek. The Jumbo Fire has been a little more active with some movement to the northeast in recent days. Suppression repair and Burned Area Emergency Recovery work is continuing to take place. An area closure will remain in place for now between Forest Service Road #222 on the West and Forest Service Road #421 on the East; however, the district has submitted a closure amendment to the Office of General Council to open Forest Service Road #222 from Dixie Guard Station to Mackay Bar. Updates will be posted as they become available.
The John Day Fire was detected on 9/16 and is located approximately 3 miles up John Day Creek. This fire was contained at 15 acres and is in mop-up/patrol status. This will be the last report on this fire unless significant activity occurs.
A road closure still currently remains in place for small portions of Forest Service Roads #500 (Lolo Motorway) and #107 (Saddle Camp), but officials are working on a closure amendment to allow "loop" access to the Lolo Motorway/Landmark Corridor North and West of Forest Service Road #107. This will re-establish access between Forest Service Road #500 and U.S. Highway 12. The small segment of FSR #500 to the east that will remain closed was impacted by fire and rain events. A high chance of fire weakened hazard trees falling into the road still exists, and portions of the road have washed out or are significantly narrowed. Updates will be posted as soon as they become available.
Official forest closure orders are still in effect for multiple fires. Please refer to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ website for the Stage I Fire Restrictions in the Riverbreaks Zone and official closure orders: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/home/?cid=fsm91_055753
Please continue to check for updated wildfire information on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website (https://bit.ly/NPCFireInfo), on social media at www.facebook.com/NPClwNFs and www.twitter.com/NPClwNFs, on the forest’s official mobile app (search “Nez Perce Clearwater” in your app store), or by calling your local ranger station. Report all wildfires to the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center (208-983-6800) or call 9-1-1.