Firefighters battle big fuels on the ground at Johnson Bar Fire

Firefighters battle big fuels on the ground at Johnson Bar Fire »Play Video
Highway 12 is open to traffic in both directions.
SYRINGA, ID - The Johnson Bar Fire burning near Syringa has now consumed nearly 7,000 acres.

The lightning caused fire is still zero-percent contained, however last nights rain did assist in knocking down the blaze. Crews are now busy constructing fire line however the steep and rugged terrain is proving difficult for firefighters on the ground.

"The inaccessibility, it's not something you you just go to and start to dig line around," said Pat Mckelvey. "It's extremely steep. Cedar, a lot of rott, grand fir, ponderosa pine. Big wood, a lot of down dead woody material. Big fuels on the ground and they're carrying the fire quite well."

A stage three evacuation order remains in effect for the Selway River corridor as well as a stage two evacuation for residents along Highway-12 from Syringa to five miles east of Lowell. The blaze is being attached by land and air.