ELK CITY, ID - A lighting caused fire that has been burning since August 17 near Elk City has nearly doubled in size over the last week. According to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, the Shissler Fire is now estimated to be over 6,000 acres in size. On September 7, the fire was listed at 2,800 acres. Fire managers say the fire is now 21% contained.
Much of the fire's growth has taken place since heavy smoke from other fires moved into the region on Saturday. Due to the smoke's impact on visibility, aircraft have not been able to fly reconnaissance or conduct water bucket drops.
The Forest Service says fire managers are sending additional resources to the area in response to the increased fire activity and growth. Fire weather is going to continue to be hot, dry and windy through the week, with forecasts showing a possibility of precipitation on Saturday. Until then, the Forest Service says fuels continue to dry, adding to fire behavior and growth. Green Mountain Road #285 has been closed to the public except for by Forest Service escort, and structure protection measures have been implemented on Green Ridge, on the east flank of the fire.
Active fire weather has also resulted in some new road closures near the Marion Fire and Beaver Fire, both near Powell. Those closures are listed below. The Beaver Fire is now estimated to have grown to 1,677 acres. The Marion Fire is estimated 536 acres in size.
Forest Trail #50 – Colt Killed Cr. Trail - From the junction with the FS 368 road in T. 37 N., R. 14 E., Section 35 NWNW, to the trail crossing over Crab Creek in T. 36 N., R. 15 E., Section 10 NENW.