Management of the Big Elk fire has been returned to the Red River Ranger District under a type 4 incident commander. No further updates will occur unless there is a significant change in fire behavior or increase in acreage.
The Big Elk fire started by lightning on September 8, 2017 just northeast of the Elk City township in the Big Elk Creek area on the Red River Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The fire quickly grew to 75 acres and fire crews immediately responded with all available resources including engines, smokejumpers, bulldozers, and a hotshot crew. It is currently estimated at 80 acres. Firefighters and aircraft will continue attacking the fire directly to prevent spread.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday September 08th, 2017 approx. 01:00 PM|
|Location||Big Elk Creek|
|Incident Commander||Chris Young, Type 3 IC|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)
Moderate, creeping, backing, isolated interior torching
Use type 1 crew and all available aircraft to help stop the spread to the structures and to Elk City.
|Projected Incident Activity|
The fire is established in pine, with spots in lighter fuel to the south and heating up in pocket.
Starting on Thursday, the overall
weather pattern will be changing. A significant cold airmass will settle
over the region by Friday, but the best chance for a wetting rain will
be limited to the higher terrain along the Montana/Idaho border. A
transitory ridge moves over the area this weekend causing some warming
and drying. Then another substantial system will impact the region by
the middle part of next week. This system appears to have a better
chance for a widespread precipitation event.