Payette National Forest fires contained, Area Closure remains in effect
Hells Canyon Fire in the foreground with the Raft Fire in the distancePhoto: Image by USFS, on inciweb.org
Two major fires that started at the end of August in the Payette National Forest are nearing an end.
The Hells Canyon Fire is 100 percent contained. Rehabilitation of the remaining dozer lines will continue throughout today.
The Raft Fire is 95% contained. Crews continue mop up and grid for hot spots within the southeastern portion of the fire. The weather will be warm and dry throughout the day on Tuesday and Wednesday which will increase the amount of hotspots within the interior of the fire.
A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Raft Fire and will remain in effect to protect the fire’s airspace. Three remaining helicopters assigned to the fire will continue to fly missions to support crews.
Spring Creek, Kawanis, Justrite and Paradise Campgrounds are open. Reservations at the Spring Creek Campground will be made on a first come, first serve basis for the remainder of the season.
An Area Closure of the Payette National Forest remains in effect. A copy of the revised closure order and closure map along with other fire information can be found online on Inciweb at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3718/.