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Chute Creek 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 Chute Creek firewasdetected August 13 in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness 8 miles southeast of Elk Summit Guard Station and 2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake. The Nez Perce-Clearwater and Bitterroot National Forests are working together in the long-term management and strategy of the fire.

All closures related to the Chute Creek Fire have been rescinded.

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 OriginSunday August 13th, 2017 approx. 09:00 AM
Location2.5 miles west of Blodgett Lake, 16.7 miles west of Hamilton, Montana
Incident Commander Type 4 IC
Coordinates46.246 latitude, -114.547 longitude

Current Situation

Size5,107 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and understory

Short Grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

Moderate, creeping


Planned Actions


Projected Incident Activity

Continued movement, east and north

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and dry

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