Hidden Fire

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Hidden Fire

INCIDENT UPDATED 9/16/2017

Approximate Location

46.381 latitude, -114.509 longitude

Incident Overview

No infrared mapping flight was possible Wednesday (9/13) due to weather. The Hidden fire remains estimated at 12,261 acres. Fire activity has been minimal. With potential snowfall over the weekend, the fire is expected to quiet further. The spot on the Bitterroot side is holding at 10 acres in the high elevation portion of upper Fred Burr creek. Getting helicopter support in the Fred Burr drainage remains the highest priority for this fire. Closures remain in effect for the safety and protection of the public.

The Hidden fire is near Hidden Lake northeast of the Elk Summit Guard Station and in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, and is being managed as a long-term incident for resource benefit.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater and Bitterroot National Forests are working together in the long-term management and strategy for this fire. Smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula Valleys.

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
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginMonday July 10th, 2017 approx. 04:15 PM
LocationHidden Ridge, 7 mi. NE of Elk Summit Guard Station
Incident CommanderKelvin Thompson, Type 3 IC

Current Situation

Total Personnel2
Size12,261 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 21st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Brush and Timber

Significant Events

Minimal smoldering, creeping

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue monitoring of the Hidden incident with aerial and ground resources. Perform a reconnaissance of Hidden fire and utilize rotorwing support to check fire spread on the Bitterroot NF portion of this incident.

Projected Incident Activity

24 - 72 Hrs. Growth is expected on the NW portion of the fire, within the Big Flat drainage and in the upper Fred Burr Creek drainage.

Remarks

Fire will continue to be monitored by Aerial and ground resources.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Idaho: The transition to a much colder and wetter pattern has begun

today as a storm system settles into the area. Wetting rains will be

common in the eastern Clearwater and Nez Perce N.F. with snow above 6000

feet on Friday. A brief dry period is anticipated Saturday into Sunday,

along with warmer daytime temperatures. An even more significant weather

system is possible early next week with a better chance of wetting

rains and cold temperatures.

Montana: The transition to a much colder and wetter pattern has begun

today as a storm system settles into the area. Wetting rains of 0.50

inch in the valleys with 1-2 inches of moisture in the mountains will be

common across most of the area with the exception of northwest Montana

which will receive considerably less moisture. Above 6000 feet, expect

several inches of snow with 6+ inches above 7000 feet, especially

tonight and Friday along the Divide. A brief dry period is anticipated

later Saturday into Sunday, along with warmer daytime temperatures. An

even more significant weather system is possible early next week with a

good chance of wetting rains even for northwest Montana.

Unit Information

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