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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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Two new fires were detected on the Salmon-Challis National Forest today. Both fires are on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The lightning caused Honeymoon Fire is estimated at five (5) acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire is located approximately 2½ miles northwest of Sulphur Creek Ranch in steep, inaccessible terrain, west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

The lightning caused Remington Fire is estimated at five (5) acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire is located approximately five miles southwest of Big Baldy Lookout, three miles east-southeast of Chinook Mountain between Remington and Twenty-two creeks in steep, inaccessible terrain, west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The fire is burning in the footprint of the 2001 Snowshoe Fire. The fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety.

Weather for both fires is continued warmer and drier conditions today under strong high pressure. Gradual increase in thunderstorms Monday into Wednesday as moist, unstable air moves into the area. Updates and information will be provided as significant changes occur. The Honeymoon and Remington Fires can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5543/

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The lightning caused Ibex Fire is located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, eleven miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir and lodgepole pine on the Middle Fork Ranger District. There are 54 personnel and one helicopter assigned to the fire. Monitoring continues by area lookouts and air patrols. Fire size is approximately 8,800 acres.

The forecast is for continued warmer and drier conditions today under strong high pressure. A gradual increase in thunderstorms Monday into Wednesday is forecasted as moist, unstable air moves into the area. Fire activity increased yesterday. The fire is burning in McKee, Rush, Cottonwood, Ibex, and Trapper Creeks.

The fire was most active in Trapper Creek with some growth on the northwest portion of the fire into the heads of Wickiup and Cat Creeks. The fire has moved east and is now burning outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Fire managers anticipate smoke will continue to filter into Challis. There will be a Community Meeting in Challis at 7PM on Tuesday, August 29th. Location will be announced tomorrow, Monday, August 28th.

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