LUCILE, Idaho -- Fire crews worked Monday to protect logging equipment and livestock seven miles north of Riggins as a wildfire moved through the area.
Authorities said the Sheep Fire sparked near Lucile, Idaho on Thursday. The fire had grown to over 15,000 acres by Monday afternoon.
Officials say the fire spread rapidly on Sunday due to high winds and dry conditions. Multiple air tankers, a single engine aircraft, and helicopters helped crews handle the blaze as it spread toward Hwy. 95.
Due to the fire, the John Day Creek drainage area is currently under evacuation orders. The Slate Creek drainage and Florence basin have also been given preliminary evacuation notifications. So far, one commercial mining building has been lost in the fire.
The Salmon River from the Lucile boat ramp downriver to Twin Bridges was closed on Monday to all boating traffic. Officials say helicopters will be working along that particular stretch of the river dipping water at numerous locations.
There are several road closures through the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. Drivers are urged to use caution and resist stopping at pull-outs.
Fire officials are working with logging personnel to protect their equipment. Plans are also underway to help ranchers with livestock in the area.
For complete closure information, see the Sheep Fire InciWeb homepage.