KAMIAH, Idaho -- The Pardee Fire in the Idaho Department of Lands Maggie Creek Forest Protective District reached 80% containment Wednesday afternoon. However, between 3:00 and 4:00 the fire escaped and burned an additional ten acres toward the northeast and downriver.
Crews said firefighters were just starting to "mop up" the fire when the flames escaped. Fire managers said the escaped fire in a location that is accessible to dozers and likely will be caught today.
The fire has burned 270 acres between Greer and Kamiah on the east side of the Clearwater River.
About 100 crew members have been working on the fire throughout Tuesday by clearing fuel from the path of the flames and dropping water on hot spots.
The fire is between Greer and Kamiah on the east side of the Clearwater River, about eight miles northwest of Kamiah in Idaho County. The IDL said structures are still safe.
The Carrot Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, the U.S. Forest Service, the Nez Perce Tribe, and an inmate crew from Orofino have assisted the IDL in fighting the wildfire.
The IDL said Dennis Long of Clarkston died on Monday while operating a dozer at the Pardee Fire. They said it was from an apparent heart attack or other natural causes. He was in his 50s. There will be a session in Kamiah on Wednesday for those affected by Long’s death.