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“Hang on!” I yelled as I punched the hole in Allison Ranch Rapid at 28,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) in late June, knowing very well my boat was about to go over.

I’d boated thousands of river miles, from Canada to Colombia and across the Western United States. I’d been in boats that had flipped, but before now, I had never unintentionally flipped one of my own...

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Idaho's largest wildfire is burning entirely within a rugged central Idaho wilderness area and being allowed to play its natural role.

Officials on Wednesday say the 110-square-mile wildfire in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is burning grass and brush in lower areas and ponderosa pine and Douglas fir at higher elevations.

Officials say they have plans in place to protect bridges, a ranch, a guard station and other high-value sites that could be threatened.

The backcountry Chamberlain Airstrip remains closed due to the lightning-caused fire.

Partnerships dedicated to addressing invasive weeds demonstrated a renewed commitment to the cause this summer through various projects in Wilderness areas across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

Weeds such as spotted knapweed and rush skeletonweed find their way into the forest and flourish without any of their natural predators. In doing so, they out–compete native plant species for resources, interrupting the natural balance of the ecosystem. This is especially troubling in wilderness areas, which are valued for their pristine wild character.

In 2015, a consortium of groups formed including the Nez Perce Tribe, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho County, private landowners, and the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. This summer, the groups worked at biological control in the Selway–Bitterroot Wilderness, Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, and Gospel Hump Wilderness.

In the Selway–Bitterroot Wilderness, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game coordinated with the Nez Perce Bio-Control Center to pack thousands of weevils into the backcountry for biological control releases in the Selway and Lochsa drainages. The agency also provides funding to the Nez Perce Tribe Bio-Control Center to raise and harvest the weevils that are later distributed on the landscape.

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The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office has issued an evacuation order for the West Fork area south of Darby because of dangers posed by the new Nelson fire.

Sheriff Steve Holton said the order includes residents of Nez Perce Road west of West Fork Road. The order also includes people living in Bear Hollow Court, Fox Lane, West Fox Lane, Lapwai Lane and West Lapwai Lane. The Nelson fire, which was discovered Monday, grew to about 50 acres Monday night and was about a mile from the nearest structure.

Tod McKay, Forest Service public information officer, said firefighters were in full suppression mode. The fire was burning mainly on private property.

 

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HAMILTON - Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton is ordering mandatory evacuations for residents near the Nelson Creek fire that's burning between Darby and Sula.

All residents of Nez Perce Road are under a mandatory evacuation order. Approximately 65 homes are evacuated, to include Lapwai Lane, West Lapwai Lane, Fox Lane, West Fox Lane, and Bear Hollow Court. 

A road block has been set up at Nez Perce Road only fire traffic will be allowed on Nez Perce Road. Sheriff Holton is asking that residents leave the area and evacuate immediately.

The Nelson Creek fire had burned between 75 and 100 acres as of midday on Tuesday.

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