Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street Kamiah Idaho 83536
Kamiah, ID 83536
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team
Irv Leach Incident Commander
Daily Fact Sheet August 13, 2017 8:00 a.m. (208) 839-9974
Size: 7,333 acres Cause: Lightning Location: 5 miles southwest Square Mountain Lookout
Containment: 20% Total personnel: 316 Injuries: 2
Resources: 2 Type 1 crews; 5 Type 2 crews; 9 Engines, 3 Helicopters
Heavy Equipment: 2 dozers; 4 feller bunchers; 5 skidders; 1 skidgine; 4 log loaders; 1 processor, chipper, and masticator
Stage I Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Riverlands Zone of the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area. For a description of location and restriction details, please visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html
A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 8pm Sunday due to low humidity and increasing winds from the west.
The firing operation on the southwest flank was halted Friday due to rain showers and resumed Saturday once fuels dried and humidity lowered. A crew worked through the night to successfully bring the fire downslope to the Salmon River to secure the line and keep the fire from moving west down the Salmon River. Irv Leach, IC, stated “This accomplished one of the most critical processes of the operation.”
The fuelbreak along FS road 394 is almost complete along with similar work along FS roads 221, 643, and 9307. Work began today on a fuelbreak at the junction of FS roads 221 and 444. Over 20 miles of fireline/fuelbreaks have been constructed on the fire to date. The Salmon River Structure group continued patrolling the Salmon River in support of the firing operation. Improved visibility allowed helicopters to resume operations for firefighter support and reconnaissance.
On Sunday, crews will hold and mopup the line from Saturday’s burning operation to secure the line from moving west down the Salmon River. Fuelbreak construction will continue on the western and northern flanks. The southeast flank of the fire will be staffed to monitor the fire’s downslope movement to the Salmon River. The Salmon Structure Group will continue to patrol while structure protection efforts continue in Florence. Infrared was not flown Saturday night because of weather conditions, so acres reported are not current.
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 the Inciweb Closure Tab 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.
Weather: Temperatures will be slightly cooler on Sunday with humidity rising slightly. This brief pattern is not expected to last long as hot and dry weather will resume later in the week. Winds will be westerly at 12-17 mph with gusts to 25 in the morning.
Special Concerns: The fire continues to move down slope to the Salmon River. Drivers on the Salmon River Road east of Riggins should use caution due to increased firefighter equipment and activity. As the fire gets closer to the Salmon River, helicopters may start dipping from the river. Rafters and recreationists should stay alert to avoid helicopter activity.
More Information: Fire behavior can change rapidly and visitors are encouraged to visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459/ for updated information. A Gmail account has been established for the fire: Hanoverfireinfo@gmail.com. A fire information phone line for the Hanover fire is (208) 839-9974.
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