Wildfire Incident Information
Fire Status
Last Updated
2 days ago
Fire Start
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 12:00 AM PDT
Incident #
Dispatch Notes
Primary Fire Agency

National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 1 month ago

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation have begun prescribed burns on the North Fork Clearwater Ranger District to improve elk habitat. The North Fork Ponderosa Pine Restoration Project had to be carefully timed to find a period of time when the moisture level of fuels was low enough and temperatures were high enough to enable the carefully planned burn. The entirety of the project will treat 2,185 acres of mature ponderosa pine in 38 stands through a mixture of non-commercial thinning and prescribed burning. This project will ensure the long-term persistence of ponderosa pines by reducing the risk of loss due to wildfire by reducing fuels. It will also reduce overmatured brush and create desired vegetation conditions, providing more palatable, available, and nutritious browse for elk from the Lolo Herd in their primary winter habitat.This project was made possible under the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) which authorizes the Forest to utilize the unique capacities of local, state, and Tribal governments to achieve shared stewardship objectives. This authority allows partners to perform forest and watershed restoration work, fuels reduction, heritage and wildlife surveys on the Forest that directly benefit local communities and small businesses. Skowlund explained that “Good Neighbor Authority projects provide the Forests and its partners the opportunity to leverage their respective strengths to achieve shared stewardship priorities.”

Basic Incident Details

Last Updated
Mon, Apr 22, 2024 2:23 PM UTC
Incident Type
Prescribed Fire
Fire Discovered
Tue, Apr 23, 2024 7:00 AM UTC
Along National Forest Service Roads (NFSR) #247 and #250
Incident Commander
North Fork Ranger District Fire and Fuels staff
46.640825, -115.50263888889

Current Situation

Fuels Involved

Ponderosa Pine

Planned Outlook

Projected Incident Activity
The North Fork Ponderosa Pine Restoration Project will begin as early as Monday, April 22, 2024. Approximately 775 acres of ponderosa pine ground will be burned utilizing aerial ignitions. 
Impacts to the roads, including smoke, trees, and rocks, are expected. The public should be advised that there will be some fire traffic along NFSR #247 and #250 during operations.