Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536
BEAVER AND MARION FIRE UPDATE
Sunday, September 20, 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, 2,992 acres Marion Fire, 1,520 acres
Current: Beaver Fire – The fire is following fuels and terrain. Expect creeping and smoldering with limited surface fire activity and isolated torching tree torching. There is little to no spotting potential today. Primary carrier is dead, down woody material with creeping and smoldering fire activity. The perimeter of the fire has shown little to no growth due wetting rain over the fire on Saturday.
Marion Fire – The fire is following fuels and terrain with creeping, smoldering, some isolated tree torching. There is little to no spotting potential today. Heavy dead and down dead woody material with creeping and smoldering active surface fire activity. The perimeter of the fire has shown little to no growth due wetting rain over the fire on Saturday.
Planned Actions: Beaver Fire – Crews will scout and establish containment lines west of the fire to prevent fire from impacting private property and the Round Top RAWS to the west and north of the fire. Steep difficult terrain and fire behavior makes building direct suppression difficult.
Marion Fire –Crews will monitor fire for and extinguish any new spotting east of Sneak Foot Meadows and North of Savage Pass Trail. Firefighters will remain available for initial attach and will maintain point protection of values at risk. Sprinkler kits are in place to protect bridges, the SNOTEL site, and Colt Creek Camp. Difficult access to fire areas increases risk to fire personnel.
Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team 6, will transfer command and management of the Beaver and Marion Fires to a Type 4 organization on Monday.
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.