Firefighters at Pine Creek Fire on steep and rugged terrain near Leland managed to contain the blaze on the west side of Pine Creek and east of Heimgartner Road on Friday.
The blaze, located south of Kendrick, is estimated at 400 acres without containment and area residents have been allowed to return home.
About 30 structures are at risk and there are limited evacuations in place. The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office has contacted property owners and will continue to monitor the situation if additional evacuations become necessary.
Several more fires were burning in north-central Idaho and southeast Washington on Friday. Some details :
The Sand Mountain Fire, located 2.5 miles east of Laird Park in Latah County, burns approximately 35 acres of heavy timber. Laird Park Campground in the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Ranger District will be closed for public safety reasons due to the fire. Several trails in the area have also been closed. Trail closure orders are available online at bit.ly/3r1o8Ex.
People living in the Zaza, Redbird, Waha and Stagecoach areas of Nez Perce County were asked to evacuate immediately on Friday afternoon due to the wildfires.
The area was threatened by what is now known as the Snake River Complex, which is made up of the Shovel Creek, Captain John and Hoover Ridge fires. The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office was in charge of the evacuation.
Before the evacuation was ordered, Nez Perce County Commissioners issued a declaration of disaster on Friday afternoon due to looming threats the fires pose to property, utilities, infrastructure, lines and lines. communication, private property and the lives of local stakeholders and private citizens.
In their statement, the commissioners asked people living in areas affected by forest fires to prepare for a possible evacuation based on the behavior of the fires. Commissioners called on the public to avoid unnecessary trips or visits to these areas and reminded people not to fly unmanned aerial systems, such as drones, while wildfires burn.
Smokejumpers, three bulldozers, and numerous pieces of heavy equipment battle the Snake River complex, burning about 20,000 acres about 30 miles south of Lewiston. Road closures are in place on Zaza Road in Deer Creek. A Type 2 Incident Management Team from Team 4 Northern Rockies will take command of the complex today.
Progress is being made along fire lines to protect many structures.
Vehicle traffic is restricted to people traveling to and from their homes in this area and all recreational and off-road or four-wheeler traffic has been restricted.
The Lewiston Police Department is also asking boaters to stay away from the area west of the Red Wolf Bridge over the Snake River, to leave room for firefighting helicopters and planes to collect l water they will drop on forest fires. Drones are also not allowed in this area or around the fires.
In southeast Washington, the Asotin County commission issued an emergency declaration Friday afternoon in response to wildfires that continued to escalate after being triggered by lightning on Wednesday.
The Dry Gulch fire spans 5,000 acres per day and is moving southwest, said Eric Johnson, fire behavior analyst for Northwest 7’s Type 2 Incident Management Team during ‘a public meeting Friday night at the Asotin County Fire Station.
Northwestern Team 7 operations chief Chris Orr said the blaze burned “actively” until Thursday evening near Harlow Ridge and firefighters reduced it to 43 Road. The fire is moving west towards 42 Road.
The fire has spread over 24,730 acres and is 5% contained, according to a press release from Northwest Team 7, led by Jason Loomis, who resumed the Dry Gulch fire at 6 a.m. on Friday. The statement also indicates that 380 people are affected by the fire.
The blaze absorbed the Lick Creek blaze, according to the team’s press release. The fire spread to the south and west of its area of ââorigin; current and forecast weather conditions are expected to make its spread even worse.
The Silcott Fire, which started near Silcott Grade Road, west of Clarkston, spanned 8,633 acres and is 80% contained, said Tom Hatley, team chief of operations. Southeast Washington Type 3 Incident Management 2.
The fire did not damage any structures, but 150 are at risk, according to a press release from the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team.
The incident management team is preparing to hand the blaze over to local fire districts, said Southeast 2 Team Incident Commander. Leonard Johnson.
Evacuation levels have changed, said Shawn Christianson, Team Northwest 7 liaison officer. Peola and Clarkston Heights are level 1, Cloverland is level 2 and Asotin Creek is level 3.
Residents of Level 1 no longer need to have a packed bag, said Grace DeBusschere, public information manager for the Southeast Washington Incident Management Team. Those in level 2 should be ready to go, and level 3 is the evacuation stage.
The Scott Road Fire, under the direction of the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association, is estimated at 500 acres and is located approximately 8 miles north of Boehls Camp in Clearwater County.
The Butte Creek Fire in Clearwater County is estimated at 600 acres and spread east into the Thompson Creek drainage. As soon as the smoke clears enough to ensure aviation safety, a Type 3 helicopter will begin bucket work on site. No structure is currently threatened.
The Benton Rock Pit fire and the Benton Ridge fire lie northwest of the siege and each occupy approximately 50 acres. They are expected to burn together.
The Northern Rockies Team 6 Type 2 Incident Management Team took control of the Butte Creek, Scott Road, Hobbit 1, Benton and other fires.
Sweet Ridge Fire firewood east of Waha is estimated at 30 acres and is approximately 25 percent contained. No structure is threatened for the moment.
The Too Kush 2 fire, led by the Maggie Creek Forest Protection District, reappeared Thursday night in a 100-acre wildfire. This fire is now a priority. Teams are working on bulldozer lines and indirect handlines to try to lock it in and prevent it from spreading. There are currently 30 people working on the fire, including a helicopter and other heavy equipment. The fire is located on the lands of the Nez Perce tribe and the Idaho Lands Department upstream of Kooskia.
The Big Horse Fire currently stands at around 40 acres and burns at the upper end of Big Horse Canyon near Kooskia on steep wooden land at the edge of farmland. No evacuation was ordered.
The Ridgewood Fire, located about 3 miles south and east of Kamiah, spans 40 to 47 acres, burning over rugged terrain of woods, brush and grass, making it difficult for the workers to work. firefighters. A helicopter with a dumpster works the fire as well as 70 people and heavy equipment.
The Dixie Fire, 40 miles southeast of Grangeville and 15 miles south of Elk City, remains at about 11,000 acres and continues to burn and spread in all directions. Firefighters hold the west line on Forest Service Route 222 and Air and Ground Resources are working to protect the structure and improve roads and fuel cuts. Residents of the area were asked to evacuate on Tuesday and the recommendation remains in effect.
The Jumbo Fire located to the west of the Dixie Fire burns approximately 1,387 acres and stains to the east. Fire managers monitor fire activity and seek resources and personnel who will focus on structural protection and mitigation of fuels.
Hot, dry and windy conditions will continue throughout the weekend and are expected to peak on Sunday, which could critically affect the behavior of the fires. Firefighting resources are scarce and at least 34 new fires were detected in Idaho on Thursday.
Air quality currently ranges from “good” to “unhealthy” air quality index categories and an air quality advisory on the Nez PercÃ© reservation remains in effect until further notice. due to smoke from forest fires. Smoke can enter and exit the area depending on fire and wind activity and some areas may be more affected than others. No burning permit will be approved. Conditions will be reassessed on Monday.