Nethker Fire

The Smith River Hotshots, from the U.S. Forest Service - Six Rivers National Forest in California, working in the Ruby Meadows area on Monday, building line around hot spots in an effort to stop the Nethker Fire from spreading.  Photo: USFS

MCCALL, ID - Containment on the Nethker Fire now stands at 56 as crews continue to attack the blaze on the ground and in the air. The progress has allowed fire managers to begin to open roads that were closed due to fire danger.

Cool, wet weather over the weekend has given way to warmer, drier conditions. Temperatures are expected to near 80 degrees today in the region with lower humidity and winds up to 15 mph. Officials expect the fire behavior will become more active as the weather pattern starts to dry out fuels.

Fire crews worked along the roads yesterday to remove hazardous trees and secure the fire’s edge. They will continue this work today to ensure the safety of residents and visitors in the area as traffic increases. Properties in the community of Secesh are being evaluated to update pre-existing structure defense plans to help lower the susceptibility to wildfire.

Hotshot crews will also continue to build line along the northwest side of the fire where it has burned into an old fire scar. The Nethker Fire’s movement into the scar is expected to moderate the fire’s behavior due to a change in fuel types.