Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update
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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update

KAMIAH, Idaho (October 13, 2020)

KAMIAH, Idaho (October 13, 2020) – Significant precipitation fell across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests this weekend, including snow at higher elevations. Widespread precipitation and strong, gusty winds are forecasted through Wednesday, with cooler temperatures continuing throughout the week. Fire managers continue to evaluate the weather’s impact to existing fires on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and are prepared to respond should drier conditions later this week cause an increase in fire activity.

Observations of the Bryan Mountain fire this afternoon showed very little smoke in the fire area after this weekend’s precipitation. Snow fell on the higher elevations of the fire this weekend, and rain continues to fall in the area today. The Bryan Mountain fire remains at between 900 and 1,000 acres with no growth over the weekend. Firefighting resources remain available should they be needed later this week for point protection or fire suppression as rain moves out of the area.

Fire managers are evaluating the existing closure on Trail #71 due to the Bryan Mountain fire and may re–open the trail soon due to decreased fire activity. Updates on this closure will be made available promptly on the Bryan Mountain fire InciWeb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7227/).

All other existing fire–related closures on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests remain in effect. Officials continue to assess these closure orders for possible rescission or revision based on current and projected fire behavior, area conditions, and the fires’ impacts to the closure areas. Closure updates can be found on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website, on the fire’s InciWeb page, or by contacting your local ranger station.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Updates will become less frequent as fire activity across the forest decreases. Relevant public information, including revisions or removal of forest closure orders, will continue to be released in a timely manner. Information can be found online at https://bit.ly/NPCFireInfo, on social media at www.facebook.com/NPClwNFs and www.twitter.com/NPClwNFs, on the forest’s official mobile app (search “Nez Perce Clearwater” in your app store), or by calling your local ranger station. Report all wildfires to the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center (208-983-6800) or call 911.

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