Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536
BEAVER AND MARION FIRE UPDATE
Friday, September 18, 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, 2,053 acres. Marion Fire, 1,013 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. Dry, warm, and gusty conditions, coupled with very poor overnight relative humidity recovery, will continue to be conducive to active fire behavior. However, thick smoke will moderate fire behavior at lower elevations. Rain showers will begin late Friday evening and persist throughout the day on Saturday slowing down fire spread.
Marion Fire – Heavy dead and down material will maintain active surface fire. Scattered standing dead trees contribute to group tree torching and snag hazards. Higher temps and lower RH will allow for continued fire growth. Dense smoke is reducing visibility and moderating fire intensity by limiting solar radiation. Forecast is showing high chances of rain starting Friday night and persisting through the day on Saturday.
Planned Actions: Beaver Fire – Reinforce fuel breaks from the Round Top RAWS to FSFS Rd #368 to direct fire away from private lands. Bucket drops will continue the W end of Beaver Fire. Log removal and processing on the 368 road will terminate today. Logs were being removed to create a fuel break.
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. Heavy snag components creates hazards for direct suppression activities
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.
For the current closure and map visit InciWeb.nwcg.gov