(By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent)
The North Forks Hughes Fire has caused the U.S. Forest Service to close the Shedroof Divide Trail in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness for safety concerns.
A lightning strike on June 28 likely sparked the fire which was first located by firefighters on July 4. Smokejumpers were sent to surpress the fire but they had to leave three days later due to safety concerns
The fire is on steep, rugged terrain and presents many safety concerns for firefighters and is at approximately 45 acres in size. It’s located near the Washington-Idaho border in the upper Hughes Creek drainage.
The Idaho Panhandle and Colville National Forests have closed the following trails: Trails 312 (Hughes Fork Trail) and 512 (Shedroof Divide Trail) in Pend Oreille County. This is because they are located in close proximately to the fire.
Information on the North Fork Hughes Fires is updated on InciWeb at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5343/. More