Nez Perce-Clearwater Lightnings
18.6 mi
SSE of Orofino, ID
2 weeksago
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
37 mins, 52 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Sunday, July 4, 2021 5:00 PM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 4 hours, 53 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Nez Perce-Clearwater Lightnings Fire

In early July, a thunderstorm system moved through the north-central Idaho bringing lots of lightning and very little precipitation. These thunderstorms resulted in numerous wildfire starts on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and the surrounding areas. The U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Department of Lands, Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association, Nez Perce Tribe, the Incident Management Teams and the Bureau of Land Management, are working together to prioritize resources between wildfires based on immediate threats to life and property. 

The area is experiencing extreme fire conditions.  Prolonged drought (dry conditions), high temperatures, low relative humidity and dropping live fuel moisture have created conditions conducive for an unusually high number of lightning-caused wildfires and large fire growth after starts. Several new fires have started since the thunderstorms in early July.

As of July 23, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest has 37 wildfire incidents. Of these, six are considered contained, 20 in extended attack, nine are being monitored and two under initial attack.

Across the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Zone, which includes the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, there are 84 wildfire incidents and six large priority fires. Twenty of the incidents are considered contained, four in control status, 48 in extended attack, ten are being evaluated for further action and two initial attacks.   

The large priority fires are:

  • Snow Creek - 560 acres (Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests)
  • Dixie/Jumbo - 28,684 acres (Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests)
  • Storm Creek - 1,809 acres (Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests)
  • Snake River Complex - 103,907 acres (Craig Mountain Idaho Department of Lands)
  • Leland Complex - 1,976 acres (Ponderosa Idaho Department of Lands)
  • Cougar River Complex - 4,368 acres (Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association)

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Monday, July 5, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
46.245, -116.033

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Nez Perce Clearwater Public Information Officer
Email: NCFFireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 208-494-1661
Hours: 7 days a week, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536