Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536
BEAVER AND MARION FIRE UPDATESaturday, September 12, 2020
Fire E-mail: 2020.Beaver@firenet.gov
Facebook: Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Start date: Beaver Fire 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, cause unknown
Current Size: Beaver Fire, 1147 acres, Marion Fire, 308 acres
ALERT: Expect hazy skies from fires burning in Idaho. The general haze is likely to turn into thick smoke late Saturday night into Sunday as smoke from fires burning on the west coast makes its way to Idaho and Western Montana. For more information: Montanawildfiresmoke.org www.todaysair.mt.gov airquality.deq.idaho.gov
Beaver Fire – Fire has spotted across road #368 and has become established along the road. Active fire behavior along USFR #368 is slowing the removal of fuel decks from fuel break. Fire fighters had to pull back from the area yesterday due to heat from the flames. 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 fighters
Marion Fire – Active surface fire in down woody material continues. Fire will continue to move to the SW and E, SE with tree torching and surface spread uphill.
Beaver Fire – Firefighters will create and improve containment lines 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 the 368 road. Steep terrain makes building suppression lines difficult. Nighttime operations are in place using log trucks and loaders to remove log decks which could provide fuel for fire spread. A Helicopter for water drops is available if needed.
Marion Fire – Firefighters will extinguish any new spots to keep the fire west of Sneak foot Meadows and North of Savage Pass Trail.
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, for public safety due to active wildfire in the area. Trail #79 is closed from Savage pass to Walton Lakes.