Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536
BEAVER AND MARION FIRE UPDATESaturday, September 19, 2020 Fire E-mail: 2020.Beaver@firenet.gov Facebook: Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Twitter: @NPClwNFs Start date: Marion Fire detected August 19, 2020 Beaver Fire detected on August 21, 2020Location: 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, 2,992 acres Marion Fire, 1,520 acres Containment: 0% Personnel: 93
ALERT: Air quality forecast 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 expected to remain in the UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS category. For more air quality information:
Montanawildfiresmoke.org www.todaysair.mt.gov airquality.deq.idaho.gov
Current: Beaver Fire – Fire is following fuels and terrain. Active surface fire with group tree torching and short-range spotting. Primary carrier is dead, down woody material. However, thick smoke will moderate fire behavior at lower elevations. Wetting rain forecast throughout the weekend. Marion Fire – Heavy dead and down material will maintain active surface fire. Scattered standing dead trees contribute to group tree torching and snag hazards. Continued perimeter growth in all directions. Wetting rains forecasted for Saturday will decrease fire behavior. Dense smoke is reducing visibility and moderating fire intensity by limiting solar radiation. Planned Actions: Beaver Fire – Create and improve containment lines to keep fire south and east of private property and Round Top RAWS. Steep difficult terrain and fire behavior makes building direct suppression difficult. Resource numbers are being reduced in anticipation of wetting rains.
Marion Fire – Difficult access to fire area increases risk to fire personnel. Continue fire movement will threaten USFS bridges and Colt Creek pack bridges. Firefighters will continue to protect bridges with sprinklers. Resource numbers are being reduced in anticipation of wetting rains.
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