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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Incident management teams assigned to Lawyer Complex

Kamiah, Idaho (August 11, 2015, 8 p.m.) -- A Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team has been assigned to the Lawyer Complex near Kamiah. A Type 2 team from western Montana received an in-brieng this afternoon and will take command of the complex at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

Greg Poncinºs Type 1 team is slated to arrive tomorrow and will be in-briefed in Orofino at 6 p.m.
Command will pass from Bob Fryºs Type 2 team to Poncinºs team the following day. Lightning from thunderstorms that passed through northcentral Idaho yesterday sparked more than 100 new fires on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and nearby state and private lands.

Firefighters continue to detect new fires from yesterday's storm, and more new starts are expected after lightning again hit the area today. The highest-priority res are concentrated in four main areas: Kamiah, Pilot Knob, Syringa and Lolo Creek. At least 25 fires are burning in the Kamiah area and another 25 have been identified around Pilot Knob. Firefighters are also evaluating a cluster of 10 fires at Mex Mountain.

The Lawyer Complex consists of 21 res, all started yesterday by lightning, The res total about 800
acres, and are burning in steep canyons on the north side of Highway 64, which runs between Kamiah
and Nez Perce.

With hot, dry conditions and more thunderstorms predicted for the next few days, fire managers
anticipate that the number of fires will grow.

Level II evacuations are in place for the Lawyer Complex on the north side of Highway 64 between
Mile markers 20 and 30.5 and on Highway 12 from Milevmarkers 61 to 64. Under Level II evacuations, residents should be prepared to leave at a momentºs notice. For more information on evacuations, please call the Lewis County Sheriff's of  at 208-937-2447. Highway 64 from Nez Perce to Kamiah has been closed because of fire activity.