Hells Canyon, Raft and newer fires will affect Labor Day plans for recreationists
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With Labor Day weekend approaching, recreationists who want to spend time in the Payette National Forest are encouraged to check potential area closures and make alternative plans as necessary.
The Hells Canyon 1 Fire is estimated at 3,000 acres, while the Raft Fire is estimated at 1,500 acres. The fires are burning within the Snake River corridor along Brownlee Reservoir, 15 miles northwest of Weiser.
Firefighters continue to battle wildfires caused by a thunderstorm that passed over the west side of the forest Thursday morning. The Hells Canyon 1 and the Raft Fires actively burned through the night and jumped dozer containment lines.
Structure protection for the Hells Canyon 1 fire is taking place at the Mountain Man Lodge and the Mineral Mine site that is located on Bennett Creek. The fire has reached McCord Butte.
The Raft fire has pushed into Sturgill Creek and has spotted over the Rock Creek Road, north of Bear Saddle. Structures are threatened in Sturgill Creek.
The two fires will be combined into the Weiser Complex and managed by a Type 2 Incident Management Team. The Incident Command Post will be located at Sage Rock Ranch just outside of Weiser and the helibase is located in Midvale.
Two addition fire starts occurred in the forest:
The Grouse Fire was reported on Thursday evening in the New Meadows Ranger District. It is estimated at 5 acres and currently 10% contained. Four engines are currently assigned, and two hand crews are on order. The fire is 2 miles southwest of Lost Valley Reservoir.
The Dick Ross Fire was reported in the Council Ranger District at .25 of an acre and is located 11 miles northwest of Council.
Both fires are expected to be contained Friday.
If you are planning on travelling to any of the areas above, contact the Weiser Ranger District for an update on recreation limitations at (208) 549-4200 or follow the fires on Inciweb at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3712/ and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3711/.
Members of the public interested in receiving fire information updates are asked to send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates can also be received by following the Payette National Forest on Twitter at @PayetteForest.