Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536
BEAVER AND MARION FIRE UPDATE
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Fire E-mail: 2020.Beaver@firenet.gov
Facebook: Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Start date: Beaver Fire was detected August 21, 2020 and Marion Fire detected August 19, 2020
Location: 5 miles East of Lochsa Powell Ranger District, adjacent to the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness boundary and within the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Idaho County
Cause: Beaver Fire, lightning; Marion Fire, lightening
Current Size: Beaver Fire, 1,923 acres Marion Fire, 913 acres
ALERT: Expect continued thick wildfire smoke from fires burning on the west coast. Air quality is forecast to be UNHEALTHY for much of the region.
For more information: Montanawildfiresmoke.org www.todaysair.mt.gov airquality.deq.idaho.gov
Current: Beaver Fire – Fire continues to utilize terrain to spread and spot across road #368 and has become established along the road. Active surface fire with group tree torching and short-range spotting is occurring. Smoke impacts may moderate fire behavior, particularly within lower elevations where smoke is thicker and reduces solar radiation. Crews are consolidating and removing fuel decks. The fire will continue to move uphill and to the NE threatening to spot and cross Rd 5683 below Roundtop Lookout. Snags and steep rugged terrain present hazards to firefighters. Bucket water drops were utilized on the west side of the fire to cool and reduce fire spread.
Marion Fire – Sprinkler systems are in place to protect bridges on Forest Road #360 and the SNOTEL weather station as active surface fire in down woody material continues. Active surface fire with group tree torching and short-range spotting continue with backing and flanking. The fire will continue to move east and northwest following fuels and terrain.
Planned Actions: Beaver Fire – Firefighters will continue to improve containment lines and consolidate and haul log decks to reduce available fuels. Crews will work to keep the fire south and east of private property and Round Top Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) site to the West and South to tie into Forest Road #368. Steep terrain makes building suppression lines difficult. A helicopter for water drops is available if needed.
Marion Fire – Firefighters will extinguish any new spots to keep the fire west of Sneakfoot Meadows and North of Savage Pass Trail. Crews are setting up additional sprinkler systems for point protection at the Colt Creek Camp on Forest Road #359.
Closures: An emergency closure is in place for National Forest System lands on the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District, within the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The closure includes portions of Forest Service Road #368 (Beaver Ridge Road), FSR #369, and FSR #360 for public safety due to active wildfire in the area. Trail #79 is closed from Savage pass to Walton Lakes and Trail #50 is closed from the junction with FSE 368 to the trail crossing over Crab Creek.