Johnson Creek Fire (Elk River) Update
U.S Forest Service
The Johnson Creek Fire is burning on the Palouse Ranger District 4.5 miles north of Elk River, Idaho in the Upper Basin. On Sunday, the fire was estimated at 60 acres and is burning in heavy dead and down timber, limiting the safe access for resources. Heavy equipment is being utilized to clear and improved roads into the area to support suppression activities.
Firefighters are implementing structure protection at Elk Butte Lookout if the fire should progress in that direction. Elk Butte is not impacted at this time.
Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA) has suppression responsibility on the National Forest lands where the Johnson Creek fire is burning.
Several road closures are in place both for the Johnson Creek fire and the Cougar Rock Complex on the North Fork Ranger District; Forest Service Road 4702 is closed at Captain’s Cabin; Forest Service Road 3220 is closed at the junction with 4702 (Elk Butte Road), and Grandad Bridge at Dworshak Reservoir is closed on the east side.