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Hanover 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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Smoke rises up from the Hanover Fire near Halls Gulch drainageImage options: [ Full Size ]

(This incident will only be updated in the event of significant change in fire behavior or acreage.)

The area closure associated with the Hanover Fire has been rescinded; however, Forest Road 444 (to Square Mountain Lookout) is closed in its entirety.

The Hanover Fire was caused by a lightning strike on August 1, 2017. Located south of Grangeville and northeast of Riggins, the fire is currently burning in the Gospel Hump Wilderness on the Salmon River Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The fire is burning in heavy timber and grass in steep terrain. The fire has grown outside the wilderness boundary to the south and west toward East Fork Meadow Creek.

The Salmon River remains open to all activities, including river camps and boat traffic. The Salmon River Road (County Road 1614) and the North Fork Slate Creek Campground also remain open. An area and road closure is in effect for those lands located within the boundaries of the Hanover Fire Area. For information regarding the Forest closure, visit or contact the Salmon River Ranger District at (208) 839-2211.

Stage I Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area, Riverbreaks, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and Uplands. These restrictions do not include wilderness lands. For more information, please visit

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 01st, 2017 approx. 12:30 PM
LocationSouth of Grangeville, ID and northeast of Riggins, ID
Incident CommanderKevin Barger, Type 3 IC
Coordinates45.548 latitude, -115.967 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel38
Size26,500 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained88%
Fuels Involved

Timber and Grass

Significant Events

Minimal, backing, single-tree torching, creeping


Planned Actions

Monitor fire spread along Sheep Creek and Sheep Creek Ridge.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire spread will be limited by low temperatures, very high overnight humidity, light northwest winds, and a chance of wetting rain.


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

An overall pattern change began Thursday as colder air masses move into the area. Humidity remains moderate to high due to partly to mostly cloudy skies and possible rain showers. Winds remain mostly light and significant decrease in temperatures are forecast through Tuesday. Evening temperatures are cold at the higher elevations. Fire is likely to be limited as a result.