Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536
Warm temperatures and increased winds today and tomorrow have the potential to increase activity on the Bryan Mountain fire, located approximately six miles southwest of Pollock between the main and west forks of the Rapid River. The fire was mapped at approximately 600 acres this afternoon, but fire activity has increased this evening, and fire managers expect the fire to continue to grow overnight and tomorrow.
Firefighting resources remain in place to engage the fire in locations where it is safe to do so and where values may be at risk from fire growth. Smoke from the fire will continue to be visible from Riggins and other nearby communities, including the McCall and Donnelly areas to the south, especially as fire activity increases over the next few days. Smoke forecasts and current air quality information is available online at https://www.airnow.gov/. Significant rainfall is still in the forecast beginning Saturday, which could lessen activity on the Bryan Mountain fire depending on how much precipitation falls in the fire area.
Most recently, the fire has grown to the north and northeast with some growth to the south and southeast. Fire crews worked yesterday to conduct point protection on outfitter camp structures and bridges along portions of Trail #177. Personnel inspected other structures along the trail as well to determine future needs for point protection. Today, this work continued and was assisted by aircraft which delivered water pumps, hoses, and sprinkler kits to further assist in point protection actions. Firefighters on the ground will remain in place at least through the weekend.
Fire managers are proposing a closure of Trail #71 from the West Fork of the Rapid River to the Main Fork of the Rapid River for public safety due to current and potential fire spread into this area and related impacts to the trial. Official forest closure orders will be made available on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website and on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7227/, as applicable.