17,600-acre Hanover Fire management turned over to type 3 team

Management of the Hanover Fire, burning east of Florence, having burned more than 17,600 acres, has transitioned from Dave Bales’ Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team to a local Type 3 incident management organization under the command of Kevin Barger.

Fire updates online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5459.

The Highline Fire, burning south of the Salmon River several miles southeast of Dixie, now exceeds 32,000 acres. The fire remains active on the far southeastern tip. Point protection is established at Root Ranch and firefighters are in place and monitoring the fire’s progression. A firing plan and hose lays are set up in the event the fire threatens the structures at the ranch. Fire updates online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5500.

Several other fires are burning within the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, and new fires were reported last week.

On the Lochsa/Powell ranger district, one new fire has been reported one mile east of Old Man Point.  The Old Man fire was one acre in size on Aug. 28, and will be managed for resource benefits as it performs its natural role on the landscape. Crews on the Lolo Peak fire conducted a successful burnout operation to reinforce existing fireline on the northeast side of the Powell Ranger Station, near Elk Meadows.

The Hidden fire (5,318 acres), at Hidden Lake in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, continued to grow on the north side of Big Flat Creek.  It is now approximately 2.0 miles from the Idaho/Montana boundary.  Trail closures remain in effect for the safety and protection of the public.  Smoke is expected to impact the local area as well as the Bitterroot and Missoula Valleys.

Contact the Locsha/Powell Ranger District at (208) 926-4274.

The Moose Creek Ranger District saw one new fire and several continue to burn. The Lonesome fire, 1.5 miles north-northeast of Wylies Peak, is being monitored and was less than one acre as of Aug. 28.

The Sparrow fire, one mile west of…

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