A lightning caused fire near Harpster threatened multiple structures last week. The Dewey Fire burned about 48 acres directly across the South Fork of the Clearwater River from the community of Harpster. It burned on steep slopes in timber and brush.
Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) was assisted by the U.S. Forest Service Lochsa Ranger District and the Harpster Rural Fire Department.
There were six engines, three water tenders, two hand crews, plus rural resources on the fire. Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) were able to drop retardant before winds made it unsafe for aircraft to fly.
The fire was spotted by a Harpster resident at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 30.
With the aid of partners from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and the Harpster Rural Fire Department, crews from IDL, Lolo Hotshots and Red Hots were able to hold the perimeter. Mop up operations occurred on Saturday. Helicopter and SEAT water drops during the day helped slow the fire’s progress allowing for safe direct attack by fire crews on the ground.