Area Fire Information

IT IS CRITICAL THAT EVERYONE STAYS OUT OF UNAUTHORIZED ARES THE NEXT 48 HOURS! THIS INCLUDES THE UPPER BASIN ROAD AND OTHER MARKED AREAS

July 25 Johnson Creek Fire map

  • 7/16/21 ROAD CLOSURES: 382 Road from Elk River to top end of Upper Basin. 1969 Road from Morris Creek down to 382 Road. Captain’s Cabin to Elk Butte and Isabella. Just past USFS Elk Creek Campground to 4th of July Campground. Also Partridge Creek and the USFS Elk Creek Campground are closed for camping.
  • For those wanting to donate to the Wildland Firefighters the Incident Management Team is asking that donations be made to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. This is a preferred medium to accept donations. http://www.wffoundation.org
  • July 19, 2021: City of Elk River update:

               FIRE SITUATION UPDATE & IMMEDIATE PLANS

This letter is to give you an update and inform you, not ALARM you. We are not in a worse position than we were 48 hours ago, but we are now receiving a lot of attention and a fantastic amount of support resources. 

We will be receiving up to 300 firefighters and support equipment beginning immediately. I just met with the Liaison Chief with the Eastern Area National Incident Management Team to determine how we can best partner with them to handle this amount of support.  Everything from food, water, tent areas, showers, porta pots, etc. They will be parking equipment on Landing Road and the snowmobile parking area. Please avoid hindering their operations in these areas.

Important: The air strip has been closed to all aviation until further notice.

They will use it strictly for their emergency needs. The air space has been closed as well. Do Not Fly Drones or any use of any aviation devise. Any encounter with a drone would ground the entire fleet of aircraft at a critical time. 

Also, The Elk Creek Reservoir is being used as a water source for firefighting aircraft which pick up water when hovering or flying across the water surface.  When aircraft approach at low altitudes please clear the area and stay away.

Our local businesses have done a great job of taking care of up to 50 firefighters. They thank you, I thank you. Now we need to step it up big time. They couldn’t be in a better location for small town support!

I promise to keep you updated, so please don’t slow this team down with questions, stopping them with visits or phone calls, etc. You can call Christina at City Hall and are welcome to call me anytime. We will share what we know.  Christina is sharing all updates on the City’s Facebook page and City website, www.cityelkriver.org

Mayor Dave

  • BURN BAN IN PLACE FOR THE CITY OF ELK RIVER UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE ~ Due to very hot temperatures and extremely dry conditions, the City of Elk River is following the lead of the U.S. Forest Service, Potlatch-Delta and other agencies in prohibiting burning until conditions improve effective Friday, July 16, 2021. This ban includes burn barrels, fireworks and recreational fires such as campfires. Propane campfires and BBQ’s are allowed at this time. Your cooperation is appreciated! ~ Mayor Dave
  • U.S. Forest Service – Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests (Copied press release on U.S. Forest Service – Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Facebook page)   Fire danger prompts land management agencies to implement Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in north-central Idaho  With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly in northern Idaho, local land management agencies will implement STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS on all lands within the Grangeville Fire Restriction Area beginning at 00:01 a.m. (one minute after midnight) PDT on FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2021. Fire restrictions are intended to decrease the chance of preventable, human–caused fires in the designated areas.

Stage 2 fire restrictions will be in effect, until further notice, in the Grangeville Fire Restriction Area – Northern Uplands, Southern Uplands, and Riverbreaks. The zone includes state, federal, and private forestland and rangeland in Lewis, Nez Perce, Idaho, Clearwater, and Latah counties. These restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing or providing wildland fire protection in the area, including the Bureau of Land Management, Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Department of Lands, U.S. Forest Service, and Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association.

 Under the Stage II Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on state and federally managed or protected lands, roads, and trails:-Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.-Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.-Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails in accordance with existing travel management plans.-The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. A patrol is required for 1 hour (3 hours for anyone engaged in a Forest Operation requiring a Certificate of Compliance) following cessation of all work as described in a, b, and c below.—a. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building and woodcutting during industrial operations or firewood gathering.—b. Blasting, welding, or other activities that generate flame or flammable material.—c. Using an explosive

 The following are exemptions to the Stage II Fire Restrictions:-Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.-Persons using a fire or stove fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. Such devises, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.-Persons using stove fires with a chimney of at least five (5) feet in length and employing a spark arrester with a maximum mesh screen opening of ¼ inch on federal lands designated as the Frank Church River of No Return, Gospel Hump, or Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Areas.-Persons using metal fire pans* (see definition) within ¼ mile of:—a. The Salmon River from the Corn Creek launch site to Vinegar Creek.—b. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River.—c. The Selway River from the Paradise boat launch to Race Creek.—d. The Snake River from Hells Canyon Dam to the City of Lewiston.—e. The Salmon River from Vinegar Creek to its mouth at the Snake River below the mean high water mark.—*A metal fire pan with sides at least three inches high with a metal grate on top. Pack-out of ashes is required.-Persons using a generator with an approved spark arrester on areas that are cleared of all flammable materials within three feet of the generator.-Log loading and hauling only from landings and existing roads.-Private landowners using charcoal (disposed of properly) or propane barbecues on their own lands.-Crop lands.-Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions in Stage II Exemptions for Public Utilities and Railroads, Appendix 10.-Any federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force, in the performance of an official duty.-Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.-All land within a city boundary.An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.With the extreme temperatures the region is experiencing, fire managers are asking the public to be extra cautious when spending time in the outdoors. As a reminder, fireworks are prohibited on state and private forestland and rangeland, and on public lands, roads, and trails in Idaho during closed fire season (May 10 through October 20). Possession and/or use of fireworks is always prohibited on federal public lands.Please visit https://www.idl.idaho.gov/fire…/fire-restrictions-finder/ for a detailed map and current information regarding fire restrictions, or contact your local land management office. Road Closures Due To Fires 7/11/21,  From Clearwater County Sheriff Chris Goetz:  Due to the ongoing fires in the Cougar Rock Complex there will be two road closures in Clearwater County. The closures will start at 0600 on Monday July 12. The roads will remain open for Fire and Industrial traffic. The first closure will be at Grandad Bridge on Dworshak. The second will be at Captains Cabin near the City of Elk River. The closures are for public and firefighter safety. There are additional road closures into the area on the Shoshone County side of the fires.  The Upper Basin Road is also closed.

  • PotlatchDeltic Places Recreational Vehicle Restrictions on Idaho Properties,  July 11, 2021 ~ Due to severe fire danger in the region, effective immediately, the PotlatchDeltic Corporation has announced all motorized recreational vehicle use on its property in the State of Idaho is restricted to open, ungated roads ONLY. No motorized recreational vehicles, including ATVs and motorcycles, are allowed behind gates.  Additional changes due to the fire risk include the temporary curtailment of ORV and 14-day camping permit sales. Campfires and open burning are currently BANNED.  PotlatchDeltic has over 629,000 acres of forest lands in Idaho available for public access for recreation purposes.  PotlatchDeltic urges all visitors to Idaho’s forests to exercise extreme caution in regards to fire while recreating this summer.