Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536
BEAVER AND MARION FIRE UPDATE
Thursday, September 17, 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, 1,955 acres. Marion Fire, 913 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. Air Quality is in the UNHEALTHY to VERY UNHEALTHY category and is forecasted to remain in this category for Thursday.For more air quality information: Montanawildfiresmoke.org www.todaysair.mt.gov airquality.deq.idaho.gov
Current: Beaver Fire – Fire continues to utilize steep terrain to spread and spot across USFS Road #368 and has become established. Thick smoke at lower elevations will moderate fire behavior. Drier and warmer conditions are expected today with poor relative humidity (RH) overnight recoveries. Significant fire growth in fire perimeter is expected. The fire will exhibit active surface fire behavior with short uphill runs, group tree torching and short-range spotting. Winds from the SW will drive the fire to the ENE today.
Marion Fire – Active surface fire in down woody material continues. Winds from the S, SW will continue to move the fire to the E, SE with short runs and active surface fire spread burning in predominantly Sub-Alpine Fir stands. RH values will be higher on the Marion Fire than the Beaver Fire resulting in less fire spread than the Beaver Fire.
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. Medium aircraft is working to provide bucket drops on the W end of Beaver Fire. Steep terrain makes building suppression lines difficult. Logs are being removed via the 368 road and are being processed.
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. A remote-start sprinkler system is installed near Colt Creek Trailhead.
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.