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Clark Fork Complex fire in Idaho, Montana at 13,762 aces

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Smoke from one of the fires burning in the Clark Fork Complex. Photo: Bill Rosch Smoke from one of the fires burning in the Clark Fork Complex. Photo: Bill Rosch
CLARK FORK, Idaho -

UPDATE: August 27, 3:30 p.m.:

The Clark Fork Complex Fire is burning 6 miles northeast and 9 miles south of Clark Fork, Idaho.

There hasn't been a lot of fire movement Thursday because there's so much smoke in the area. The infrared photography is working now, so they realized the fire has grown to 13,762 acres. Firefighters repositioned a lot of resources when they figured out where the hot spots were based on the infrared pictures.

2 hot shot crews are now reinforcing fire lines to prepare for winds expected this weekend

Community Meeting tonight (Thursday, August 27th) at Camp Elohim, 12395 Bull Lake Road in Troy. (approximately 12 miles south of the Highway 2 & 56 Intersection and 22 miles north of the Highway 200 & 56 Intersection) at 6:00pm Montana time (5:00pm Idaho/Washington time.) 

Previous Coverage: 

The Clark Fork Complex fire, made up of three fires burning south of Clark Fork, Idaho, and five miles north of Noxon, Mont. is currently 12,010 acres in size as of Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters say feel pretty good because smoke in the area is giving them a chance to catch up since it's slowing down the fire growth. The fire is still zero percent contained. Smoke can be a two-edged sword to firefighters, on the positive side; the thick air limits the oxygen available to the fire and keeps sunlight from heating up fuels. Negatively, the reduced visibility restricts the ability of helicopters and other aerial resources to assist with firefighting efforts.

Level 3 evacuations are in place in Montana along Highway 56 from milepost 2.7 to milepost 14.

Currently 277 firefighters are fighting the blaze. While structures are threatened in the area, no homes or structures have been burned.

A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night at Clark Fork High School at 6 p.m.

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