Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update
Marisa Lloyd

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

KAMIAH -- Recent widespread rains over the last 48 hours have been very welcoming across the Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests. As the Fall weather continues to slowly settle in the overall fire effort now begins to evolve into more suppression repair and Burned Area Emergency Recovery (BAER) work. 

This typically includes the continued removal of combustible debris and repairing any potential soils damage incurred during suppression efforts. These issues are often byproducts of the suppression effort when fuel breaks and firelines are created, especially on large, long-duration fires. By addressing these things now, before the real rains and moisture set in for the winter, much potential erosion and run-off problems can be avoided.

As the fire weather conditions evolve for the better, some ranger districts will begin preparations for some fall prescribed burning to aid in reforestation efforts. As conditions allow, approximately 600-700 acres of prescribed burning will be implemented to clear the needed areas in anticipation of spring tree planting across the forest. A separate press release will be issued to cover more prescribed fire details when they become available. 

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ fire information hotline (208-494-1661) will still be monitored from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This number and voice service will remain active year round; however, it may not be fully staffed during periods of minimal or reduced fire activity.

For the latest forest closure information, please visit the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater) or contact your local ranger station.

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