Wildfire grows to 2,500 acres east of Elk City

The Running Fire has been swallowed up by the East Fork Fire, which grew to an estimated 2,500 acres on the Nez Perce National Forest by Tuesday afternoon, increasing primarily to the east with long-range spotting to the northeast.

Winds over the fire died down substantially yesterday, although potential for further growth of this fire remains high.

The blaze is burning in the east fork of Meadow Creek on the Red River Ranger District, about 20 miles east of Elk City.

A Type 3 incident management team has taken over responsibility for the fire. The 29-person organization will be closely monitoring the fire, and specific geographical points have been identified which, if reached, will trigger a more active, direct attack approach.

An area closure is in effect covering the Green Mountain Road #285, Running Creek Road #357, and area trails #529 (in part), #530, 531, 533, 534 and 562. The Magruder Road Corridor remains fully open.

The Bargamin Fire in the Frank Church-River of No Return-Wilderness has increased slightly with low to moderate fire behavior. It is now estimated at two acres.

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