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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Idaho Dept. of Lands Fire Update

Hundreds of lightning strikes, high winds, and hot temperatures have resulted in multiple large fires throughout Idaho.

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) has ordered Type 2 Incident Management Teams (IMT) and a Type 1 Incident Management Team for several fires and a complex of fires in its fire protection areas. Here is a quick overview.

Lawyer Complex - This complex is made up of 21 fires and is approximately 2,000 acres between Kamiah and Orofino. It started Monday (8/10) at about 5:30 p.m.  Bob Fry’s Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team started this morning and is concentrating on the main section of the Complex. Greg Poncin’s Type 1Incident Management Team out of Northwest Montana will arrive tonight to assist with the portion of the complex on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. There are currently 300 personnel working on the fire complex. Updates on the fire, any possible evacuations and road closures can be found here http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4477/

Fisher – This fire is approximately 700 acres, and is burning in heavy timber on a steep area of Big Canyon approximately six miles north of Craigmont. It was reported 6:30 a.m. this morning (8/12). There are 80 personnel currently working the fire with a Type 2 IMT ordered and expected to arrive tomorrow (8/13).  IDL crews are being assisted by the Camas Prairie Task Force and the Winchester Rural Fire Department.

West Scriver – This fire is approximately 300 acres, and is 13 miles north of Crouch. Half the land is Idaho Endowment Land the other half if Payette National Forest.  It is within the South Idaho Timber Protection Agency jurisdiction.  It was reported Monday (8/10) evening.  Fire crews made progress today but continue to face the challenges of poor access, heavy timber, and hot temperatures. A Type 3 IMT is on scene and a Type 2 IMT has been ordered and should arrive tomorrow afternoon (8/13.)  There are approximately 150 personnel working the fire.   More information can be found here http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4470/