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Sunday, August 16, 2015

North Idaho Fire Update for Sunday, August 16th

Contact:         Interagency Fire Information Line (208) 765-7383
Fire Information:  www.inciweb.nwcg.gov                       
Restriction Information:  http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/  or http://firerestrictions.us/  

Fire Danger Rating:  EXTREME   National Wildfire Preparedness Moves to Highest Level (PL 5)
Fires will start easily, spread rapidly, have a quick increase in intensity and can be very difficult to control.
 Stage II Fire Restrictions in effect within Grangeville & Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Restriction Areas

Weather: Areas of smoke throughout the day. Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers through the day, and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon. High temperatures in the low 80s (valleys) and mid to upper 70s (mountains). NW winds 2 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%. Tonight: Partly cloudy with patchy smoke and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Low temperature around 47. Evening winds west at 2-5 mph. Monday mostly sunny with a high near 86 (valleys) and 80 (mountains). NW wind 3 to 7 mph.

Incident Summary: Listing of active fires (attached).
    Parker Ridge Fire 6,139 acres, zero% contained. 7/29 start. NW of Bonners Ferry, Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) (Weeks). Fire grew significantly Friday, however yesterday fire behavior settled down.  The fire made no movement to the north. Evacuations in effect on the Westside road area and defensive lines are in place. No homes have been lost. Road and trail closures are in place.
  • Marble Creek Fire 620 acres, zero % contained. 8/11 start. St. Joe RD  Type 3 IMT (Almas )
  • Crater Fire 320 acres, 8/15 start. Fire is 10 miles S/SE of the Marble Creek Fire near the 301 road.
  • North Grizzly Fire 400 acres, 8/12 start, Type 3 IMT (Day) fire making significant runs to the E/NE
  • Not Creative Fire 100 acres 25% contained, 8/13 start, ICT 3, crews working to line fire on the steep western flank, holding established fire lines on the north (I-90), east and southern flanks, on the ridge four miles north of Rose Lake. Residents encouraged to register with Kootenai County Sheriff.
  • Scotchman Peak Fire 2000 acres, 8/13 start, east of Clark Fork, IPNF, closure of trail systems
  • Tower Fire 5,761 acres in Idaho, 1% containment. Crews will continue to build dozer line on the south and west flanks of the fire. Bucket work occurred in the NE flank on a spot fire. The fire is growing to the north and yesterday moved 6 ½ miles. The fire started in Colville National Forest, is visible from Priest Lake and came east of South Baldy Mountain. IMT Type 3.
  • Big Lost Fire 1280 acres, E of Potlatch near Hwy 6. IMT 3. Road closure has been lifted.

Additional Information:  New Closure: Crater Lake and Widow Mountain Areas
  • Closures: Under these orders the public is prohibited to go into or be upon these roads and trails.
    • Bonners Ferry Ranger District due to Parker Ridge Fire: Parker Creek Trail #14, Long Canyon Trail #16 and Parker Ridge Trail #221 (Sections 7 and 8 of T64N, R1W and sections 12, 13, 14, 15, 2, and 27 of R2W) and the Fisher Peak Trail. Under this closure order, the public is prohibited to go into or be upon this trail.
    • Sandpoint Ranger District due to Scotchman Peak Fire: Trails on and around Scotchman Peak are closed.
    • Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District due to the Bennett Peak Fire Closure: Forest Road #602 (Little Guard Road) and Forest Trail #81 (Shoshone Ridge).
    • Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District due to the Grizzly Mountain Fire: Forest Roads # 260, #959, #993, #994, #1568 and Forest Trails #807 (Indian Creek) and 807A (Indian Creek).
Incident Name
Location
Current Size Acre
Protection Agency
Status
Trailer
NZ – State - Priest Lake
0.1 acre
IDL
Start 8/15: contained
Get Lost
NZ – State -Priest Lake

IDL
Start 8/15: contained
Crater
SZ – St. Joe
320 acres
IPNF
Start 8/15:
Stub Toe
SZ – St. Joe
0.1 acre
IPNF
Start 8/14:
Pole Creek
SZ – St. Joe
0.1 acre
IPNF
Start 8/14:
Game
SZ – St. Joe
2 acres
IPNF
Start 8/14:
Basin Creek
SZ – St. Joe
5 acres
IPNF
Start 8/14:
Gozzer
CZ – State-Mica
2 acres
IDL
Start 8/14: Contained
Getaway
SZ – St. Joe
0.1 acre
IPNF
Start 8/14:Contained
Solitare Creek
CZ- Coeur d’Alene River
14.5 acre
IPNF
Start 8/14:blocked trail 1525, making progress, staffed
Upper Priest
NZ – Priest Lake
54 acres
IPNF
Start 8/14:active fire behavior, area closures, monitored, received some precip overnight
Whitetail Peak
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
425 acres
IPNF
Start 8/14: trail closures at Jordan Camp
Cougar Creek

CZ-Coeur d’Alene River


Start 8/13:
McQuade Gulch

NZ- State – Pend Oreille


Start 8/13:
Tamarak Ridge

CZ-State-Cataldo
0.25 acre
IDL
Start 8/13:just off I-90 W side Tamarack Ridge, ICT5
Scotchman Peak
NZ-Sandpoint
2000 acres

Start 8/13: closure of trail systems
Not Creative

CZ-State-Cataldo
100 acres

Start 8/13: ICT 3 (Verlanic) Active w/isolated torching, mostly ground fire
Benewah Creek

SZ-State-West St. Joe
34 acre
IDL
Start 8/13:ICT 4, (Schiermeister) 50% contained
Sawtooth Peak
SZ – St. Joe


Start 8/13:good column, light precipitation near Black Mountain
DeSmet Pond

SZ-Coeur d’Alene Tribe
0.2 acre
IDL
Start 8/13: ICT5
My Creek