Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536
BEAVER AND MARION FIRE UPDATE
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Fire E-mail: 2020.Beaver@firenet.gov
Facebook: Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
Start date: Marion Fire detected August 19, 2020, Beaver Fire detected on August 21, 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, lightning
Current Size: Beaver Fire, 1,677 acres, Marion Fire, 536 acres
ALERT: Air quality forecasts indicates continued smoke from wildfires burning in Idaho, Oregon, and California. A high pressure ridge will keep smoke in our area today.
For more air quality information: Montanawildfiresmoke.org www.todaysair.mt.gov airquality.deq.idaho.gov
Current: A continued warming and drying trend will be conducive to active fire behavior, however smoke over the fires may moderate fire activity.
Beaver Fire – Fire has spotted across road #368 and has become established along the road. Firefighters pulled 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 firefighters.
Marion Fire – Active surface fire in down woody material continues. Fire will continue to move to the SW and E, SE with group tree torching, short-rang spotting, and surface spread uphill.
Planned Actions: Beaver Fire – Firefighters will continue to improve the fuel break from the Round Top RAWS to FSFS Rd #368 and tie into the road systems and existing fuel breaks. A helicopter will be available for water drops if needed. 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.
Marion Fire – Firefighters will extinguish any new spots to keep the fire west of Sneak foot Meadows and North of Savage Pass Trail. Sprinkler systems are in place to protect bridges and the SNOTEL site along the 360 road.
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 #50 and #79 are closed due to wildfire activity.