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Nez Perce-Clearwater Lightning Fires

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Nez Perce Clearwater Public Information Officer
Phone: 208-494-1661
Hours: 7 days a week, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

08/04/2021 Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update - August 4, 2021
Firefighters Improve Containment on Existing Fires, Brace for New StartsMedia Contact: 208-494-1661 · KAMIAH, Idaho: August 4, 2021— Fire growth on existing fires was...
News - 08/04/2021
Map showing current fires across the Grangeville Dispatch Zone and Forest closure orders on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests August 4, 2021Image options: [ Full Size ]

In early July, a thunderstorm system moved through north-central Idaho bringing lots of lightning and very little precipitation. These thunderstorms resulted in numerous wildfire starts on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and the surrounding areas. The U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Department of Lands, Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association, Nez Perce Tribe, the Incident Management Teams and the Bureau of Land Management, are working together to prioritize resources between wildfires based on immediate threats to life and property. 

The area is experiencing extreme fire conditions. Prolonged drought (dry conditions), high temperatures, low relative humidity and dropping live fuel moisture have created conditions conducive for an unusually high number of lightning-caused wildfires and large fire growth after starts. 

Daily updates for large fires being managed by Incident Management Teams can be found posted to the incident-specific inciweb page (see "Related Links" at bottom of page). Updates on the smaller fires on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests can be found here under "News". Maps of the current fires and closure areas can be found under "Maps".

Note: Not all fires will appear on the daily update. If fire activity is minimal, and there is no new information, then the fire may not be listed. All fires will remain on the Current Fire map regardless of fire activity.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 05th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Coordinates46.245 latitude, -116.033 longitude