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Johnson Bar Fire update Print E-mail

Selway fire nearly put to bed

     The Selway Road is once again open to the public as firefighters have gained the upper hand on the Johnson Bar Fire.

     The blaze has burned 8,498 acres since its start on Aug. 3. Thunderstorms last week provided some much needed moisture that has helped squelch the blaze. Up to 1.37 inches of rain fell in the area.

     "This moisture is coming from a hurricane in the Pacific Ocean named 'Lowell'...being carried to a fire in Lowell, Idaho," according to a Forest Service press release.

     Although the area received considerable rain it also responded to about 35 new lightning caused fires, all of which were caught by initial attack forces.

     Some other interesting tidbits include four fire managers from South Africa visited the fire to shadow the Incident Management Team. The group spent about two weeks in the United States observing various Incident Management teams and different types of fire incidents, and how the Incident Management System uses those in different situations.

     A group of firefighters from Norway also arrived at camp to observe American methods of firefighting and managing major complexes using the incident command system.

     Management of the fire was turned over to the Moose Creek Ranger District on Aug. 25. Residents and visitors can expect to see smoke and single tree torching for some time to come.

     Resources used on the fire included 78 water pumps and 15 water holding tanks as large as 6,000 gallons.

     Approximately 35 miles of hoseline and an estimated 200 sprinkler sets used for structure protection were deployed and had to be recovered and returned to the supply cache. All that hose has to be rerolled.

    Clearing of snags and other hazard trees will continue along roads to mitigate dangers. The potential for burning snags to fall across suppression lines and start new fire exists, so existing lines near the fire's edge will be monitored for this possibility.

     Campgrounds upriver from O'Hara Campground are open to the public. O'Hara and Johnson Bar campgrounds remain closed. Forest roads in the fire area under closure orders will remain closed until further notice.

     The Selway River itself from O'Hara Bridge down to the confluence with the Middle Fork Clearwater River will remain closed a bit longer because of potential for snags and burned out trees falling. People are asked to be especially careful as they drive the Selway River Road where there are firefighters and their equipment.

     The Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team expresses its thanks to the affected communities and the many partners who aided in suppression efforts on the Johnson Bar fire.

     "As the fire threatened residences in the Selway River and Middle Fork Clearwater River corridors, the public calmly cooperated with the Team and Idaho County Sheriff's Department to evacuate the area, helping to provide for firefighter safety," stated Public Information Officer Pat McKelvey. "State and county agencies also collaborated with this safe evacuation.  Efforts to contain the fire were also aided by numerous organizations and agencies from the area. It is this type of community support that leads to successes, such as being seen with the Johnson Bar Fire. Our thanks to all of you and wish you the best in the recovery efforts."

Wanted Kamiah man surrenders Print E-mail

Warden surrenders to police

     A Kamiah man wanted by law enforcement officials for failing to appear at his sentencing hearing turned himself in Friday evening.

     Robert Warden, 50, surrendered to Nez Perce Tribal Police around 7 p.m. Aug. 22, according to Nez Perce Tribal Police Chief Dave Rogers. Warden didn't want to be "hunted down" or taken into custody by any other authorities, Rogers said, so he asked his family to arrange his surrender to the Nez Perce Tribal Police.

     "He was just afraid of being taken in by anybody else, so they just arranged that for him," Rogers told the Lewiston Tribune.

     The Nez Perce Tribal Police arrested him on the federal warrant issued by U.S. District Court for failing to appear in a sentencing hearing on five counts of assaulting police officers. Warden could face up to six months in prison for failing to appear at his sentencing hearing in Coeur d'Alene for his May felony assault convictions.

     According to Rogers, Warden will now be sentenced on those convictions.

     Following his surrender, Warden was served a warrant for his arrest from Idaho County for failing to appear at an Aug. 13 DUI trial in Grangeville.

Lewis County Fair right around the corner Print E-mail

Lewis County Fair work day scheduled, parade entries sought

     It is that time of year again and the Lewis County Fair is just around the corner, beginning Thursday, Sept. 25 thru Sunday, Sept. 28.

     The Lewis County Fair Board will be holding a work day on Saturday, Sept. 13. All 4-H and FFA members, leaders, and family are encouraged to attend. The work day will start at 9 a.m. at the Lewis County Extension office at 510 Oak Street in Nezperce.

     For more information call 937-9227.

     The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Anyone wishing to enter the parade needs to fill out a parade entry form. Forms are available at the Lewis County Extension office at 510 Oak Street in Nezperce. Entry forms can also be mailed to you by contacting Shannon at the Fair Board office by calling 937-9227.

     Entry forms must be turned in to the Fair Board office no later than noon on Friday, Sept.  26. Any entry form received after this deadline will not be eligible for judging.

     Parade categories include, but are not limited to, antique vehicles, commercial, community, royalty, floats, equestrian/equestrian groups, bands, churches, novelty, political, combine demolition derby, and other miscellaneous categories. This year's Fair theme is "Cowboy Boots & Country Roots" and the colors are pink, teal, and brown.

Barbecue Days Program Print E-mail


Click here to view the 2014 Barbecue Days Program.

Obituaries, Death Notices in the August 28, 2014 issue Print E-mail

* Ella Dugger, 82

* Eric Neal Jackson, 54

Read these obituaries in the August 28, 2014 issue of The Clearwater Progress. Click here to register.

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