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Moose Creek 1 Fire

Unit Information

Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street Kamiah Idaho 83536
Kamiah, ID 83536

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The lightning-caused Moose Creek 1 fire started in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, immediately southeast of the historic Moose Creek Ranger Station. Originally three fires (Moose Creek 1, Moose Creek 2, and Moose Creek 3), they were merged together on July 20 as the Moose Creek 1 fire. The fire has also consumed the former Freeman fire. Structure protection measures are in place for various identified values at risk.

Fire continues to fulfill its historical and natural role across the landscape. This includes reducing overstocked vegetation, improving wildlife habitat, reintroducing nutrients to the soil, and reducing competitive vegetation and vegetation that could pose a risk of higher intensity fires in the future. At the same time, fire activity is carefully monitored for degree of intensity, potential and direction of spread, and threats to natural and human values. Burn out operations have helped to direct its movement and protect values at risk.

The area and trail closures relating to the Moose Creek 1 Fire and others have been rescinded.

Visitors recreating on the Selway River should expect to see smoke and fire.

Firefighter and public safety is the number one priority in wildland fire management and emergency response. Forest and Fire Management Staff considered the long-term effects of smoke in their decision to manage fires in the wilderness and roadless areas. Fire managers are working with air quality specialists to monitor smoke and potential impacts to communities. In addition to smoke impacts, values at risk, availability of resources, and location were considered in determining suppression actions of fires not threatening communities.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday July 14th, 2017 approx. 04:03 PM
LocationSoutheast of the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station
Incident CommanderDecker, Type 4 IC
Coordinates46.122 latitude, -114.913 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel12
Size17,395 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Tall Grass (2.5 feet)

Significant Events

Active, backing, torching, isolated torching


Planned Actions

Monitor fire. Continue structure protection measures

Projected Incident Activity

Moderate growth with hot and dry temperatures.


Managed for Resource Benefits - Point Protection

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A moderately moist and unstable atmosphere will develop over the

southern Clearwaters tonight. A stronger westerly flow will support an

increase in winds and moderately low RH Wednesday. A very cool and moist

air mass is expected to develop Thursday into Friday.