Hanover Fire Nearly Contained


The lightning-caused Hanover Fire has been burning since August 1.

On Tuesday it was listed as 88% contained.

The 23,333 acre fire is burning south of Grangeville and northeast of Riggins in the Gospel Hump Wilderness of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

Helicopters have been fighting the fire from above the steep mountain terrain and crews on the ground are monitoring the fire line and finishing rehabilitation.

Crews, including one all the way from Florida, cut branches into mulch, which reduces fire fuels and adds nutrients to the soil as it decomposes.

SW area team 4 operations section chief Buck Wickham says, "We're transitioning back to a local type 3 team. And a little update on the fire, all of our suppression rehab is pretty much completed on the fire."

Crews continue to monitor fire spread along Sheep Creek as increased temperatures and low humidity could allow the fire to grow even more.

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