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Andy's Hump Update - September 9, 2017

Coolwater Complex Wildfire
News – 9/9/2017

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

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Kamiah, Idaho 83536


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Fire Information

Date: September 9, 2017

Andy’s Hump Fire Fact Sheet

Date of Origin: August 30, 2017

Location: The Andy’s Hump Fire is burning on the, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, on the Moose Creek and Lochsa/Powell Ranger Districts, roughly five miles east of Lowell on the north and south sides of Coolwater Ridge.

Cause: Lightning

Current Size: 1535 acres

Current Situation: Yesterday’s smoke helped keep the fire relatively quiet but with westerly winds in the forecast, increased fire behavior is expected today. Due to the potential for fire to spread toward private residences in the Lowell area, fire managers have focused efforts on building a fire line to protect the community, as well as working with residents to make properties more defensible.

Percent Containment: 0%

Fire Management Strategy: The Forest’s objective is suppression of this fire, with firefighter and public safety as top priorities. Given the limited availability of firefighting resources, suppression work is focused in the Lowell/Selway area.

Firefighting Resources: Nationally, fire resources are in high demand as fires throughout the western United States threaten many communities. A Type 2 Incident Management Team will take over management of the fire tonight.

Values at Risk: Coolwater Lookout, Fenn Ranger Station, private residences in the vicinity of Lowell, Idaho

Fuels and Terrain: The area of concern, Lowell, is heavily timbered. The fire is burning in timber and grass in steep, rugged terrain.

Additional Information:

Closures: For a complete listing of Forest closures, please visit the forest’s website at

Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect in the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area, river breaks, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and uplands. The restrictions do not include wilderness areas. Information about fire restrictions throughout the state is located at