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Hanover Fire Update August 16
Hanover Fire Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team Irv Leach Incident Commander Daily Fact Sheet August 16, 2017 8:00 a.m. (208) 839-9974 Size: 9,508 acres Cause: Lightning... more


Approximate Location

45.548 latitude, -115.967 longitude

Incident Overview

Hanover Fire 2017 photo by Jonathan Moor

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August 16, 2017

Size: 9,508 acres Cause: Lightning Location: 5 miles southwest Square Mountain Lookout

Completed: 35% Total personnel: 320 Injuries: 4

Resources: 3 Type 1 crews; 3 Type 2 crews; 8 Engines; 3 Helicopters

Heavy Equipment: 2 feller bunchers; 4 skidders; 2 brushers; 4 log loaders; 2 processors; 2 masticators

Stage I Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Riverbreaks and Uplands Zones of the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area. For a description of location and restriction details, please visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

Fire Update:

The fire was relatively quiet with some burning of larger fuels and isolated torching of single trees. It did become more active later in the day on the southwestern flank as unburned fuels remaining from Saturday’s burnout started to burn inside the fireline. Fuel mitigation work is complete on most of the western flank with minor amounts of brushing and chipping occurring. The fuel reduction work along FS road 444 continued on both sides of the road. Opportunities for control lines on the southeastern side, are being evaluated. The Salmon River Structure group continued patrolling the Salmon River for any advance of the fire downslope.

Fuel mitigation and cleanup on the northern flanks will continue on Wednesday. Crews will continue to hold and improve the line that was burnt out on the southwestern flank. Mopup along the line in the burned area will continue as needed. This side will be monitored for rollouts and uphill spread of the fire. Aerial resources will be utilized if the fire becomes too active. The southeastern flank will continue to be scouted for potential locations for line construction to limit fire spread upriver and to the east.

An area and road closure (Order No. 01-17-01-17-014) is in effect around the fire. It includes the closure of FS RD 221 (Grangeville-Salmon Road) between FS RD 309 and FS RD 263. FS RD 441 is closed eastbound at the Forest boundary and FS RD 354 is closed eastbound at North Fork Slate Creek Campground. See https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5459/ for a detailed description and map of the area closure.

  • FS RD 354 will remain open to the North Fork Slate Creek Campground which will also remain open.

  • River Camps and boat traffic along Main Salmon River are open to the public adjacent to closure area.

  • Salmon River is open to all activities.

  • County Road 1614 (Salmon River road) is open.

  • FS RD 221 is open from County Road 1614 to FSRD 221/263.

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 CommanderIrv Leach, Northern Rockies Type 2 IMT

Current Situation

Total Personnel255
Size9,924 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained35%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber and Grass

Significant Events

Moderate, Uphill Runs, Long-range Spotting


Planned Actions

DIV A/Z. Monitor and hold burn out operation in DIV A. DIV Z will recon the area looking for potential lines to create an eastern boundary if necessary. DIV D/G/J/M will continue to build and improve fireline along Roads 394, 221, 643, 9307 in preparation of potential burn out operations. DIV G will also scout line towards Marten Hill. Structure protection groups will continue to evaluate structures and expand their area of coverage as needed including the Adam's Creek area.

Projected Incident Activity

With the fire outside of the Gospel Hump Wilderness, the values at risk within historic Florence area and the adjacent active timber sales become a concern as the hotter and drier air reestablishes over the fire area. In addition to the fire becoming established in the flashy fuels,the diurnal canyon winds will have a greater influence on fire spread. Continued increase in temperatures and lowering RH will make the fuels receptive to ignitions and fire spread.

Inversions to lift out by 0900 will have little effect on air support.


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Sunny and dry today with hot temperatures and low relative humidity. The weather will remain largely unchanged through the end of the week with only slightly warmer and drier conditions and wind speeds near or below 10 mph. The hot and dry weather will continue this weekend, but wind speeds should increase slightly.

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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