With warmer and drier conditions this week, the #GraniteGulchFire will continue to be active, and smoke will periodically be visible from surrounding communities.
On its west side, the fire is expected to move into sparse fuels as it continues to climb the ridgeline south of Cheval Lake. At lower elevations along its southern perimeter, the fire remains north of the Minam River. In the east, the fire is burning within the lower portion of the Wild Sheep Creek drainage. Active fire spread, along with a highly visible smoke column, is expected today or tomorrow as the fire moves further northeast into the Wild Sheep Creek drainage.
The size and effects of the Granite Gulch Fire continue to meet its management objectives. The fire is playing a natural role in the ecosystem and burning in a mosaic pattern at low-to-high intensities. A mix of burn intensities is desired across the fire area. Specifically, in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine stands, we hope to see low-to-moderate intensity fire, while in subalpine fir stands, we hope to see more high intensity fire opening up stand structure and allowing for whitebark pine growth. The total area within the fire perimeter is estimated to be in excess of 2,700 acres, which includes both burned and unburned vegetation.
Please visit InciWeb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6498/) for updated information about the Granite Gulch Fire.