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Friday, August 14, 2015

North Idaho Fire Update for Thursday, August 14th

Contact:         IPNF & BLM Headquarters               Coeur d’Alene Interagency Dispatch
208-765-7223                                                  208-772-3283

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: There is a Red Flag Warning until 8:00 pm tonight
Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms today with the cold front. A second round of storms tonight with the incoming parent low, these will be accompanied by the potential for abundant lighting and may produce damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures today -highs in the mid to upper 80s with lows in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Southwest wind today 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon and to 35 mph tonight. Chance of precipitation 50 % today and 30 % tonight, with rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch...except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. The front will usher in cooler temperatures and eventually better humidity recoveries. Additional shower and thunderstorm chances will come in through next week.

Incident Summary: Listing of active fires (attached).
  • Parker Ridge Fire 1,200 acres, zero% containment. 7/29 start. NW of Bonners Ferry, Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) (Weeks). Firefighters on structure protection and line construction with aviation water drops to slow fires progress.  
  • Marble Creek Fire 90 acres, zero% containment. 8/11 start. St. Joe RD  Type 3 IMT (Almas )
  • Slaughter House Fire 47 acres, 75% containment. 8/10 start, under Idaho Dept. of Lands-West St. Joe  Type 3 Incident Commander (IC) (Verlancik)      
  • North Grizzly            Fire 100 acres, 8/12 start, under Type 3 IMT (Day) fire activity on all flanks of fire
  • Not Creative Fire 15 acres 8/13 start, ICT 3, under Idaho Dept. of Lands- Cataldo near Rose Lake
  • Tower Fire 150 acres in Idaho, fire started in Colville National Forest, is visible from Priest Lake. Fire came east of South Baldy Mountain. Burning in heavy timber and downfall. Type 4 IC.

Additional Information: 
  • Closures: 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). The Bennett Peak Fire Closure: Forest Road #602 (Little Guard Road) and Forest Trail #81 (Shoshone Ridge). Under this closure order, the public is prohibited to go into or be upon these roads and trails.
  • Closures: Bonners Ferry Ranger District due to the Parker Ridge Fire: 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. 
  • Lightning storms continue to create new fires across north Idaho with the majority located on the St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene River Ranger Districts. Most are less than a tenth of an acre. Due to the fires being lightning caused, most are located on ridge tops and do not pose imminent threat to structures.

Incident Name
Location
Current Size Acre
Jurisdiction
Protection Agency
Status
Cougar Creek

CZ-Coeur d’Alene River



Start 8/13:
POS McQuade Gulch

NZ- State – Pend Oreille



Start 8/13:responding
Tamarak Ridge

CZ-State-Cataldo
0.25 acre

IDL
Start 8/13:just off I-90 W side Tamarack Ridge, ICT5
D6 Scotchman Peak
NZ-Sandpoint



Start 8/13:reports of flames
Not Creative

CZ-State-Cataldo
15 acres


Start 8/13: ICT 3
Benewah Creek

SZ-State-West St. Joe
1 acre

IDL
Start 8/13:ICT 4, firefighters worked through the night
Echo Springs

SZ-State-West St. Joe



Start 8/13:smoke check*
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

SZ- St. Joe
10 acres

IPNF
Start 8/13: patrol
Mozier

SZ – St. Joe


IPNF
Start 8/13:single tree will staff 8/14
Cedar


0.8 acre

IPNF
Start 8/13: ICT5 est contained 8/14
Big Lost


10 acres

IDL
Start 8/13:contained
Kyle


0.1 acre

IPNF
Start 8/13:ICT5 est contained 8/14
West Fork Eagle

CZ-Coeur d’Alene River
0.1 acre


Start 8/13:dropped buckets
Puffin Berry

NZ-State Pend Oreille
0.1 acre

IDL
Start 8/13:ICT5 lined
Chicadee

SZ- St. Joe


IPNF
Start 8/13:smoke check*
East Suburban


0.3 acre

IPNF
Start 8/13:contained
Black Mountain

0.2 acre

IPNF
Start 8/13:ICT5
Bennett Peak
USFS CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
3

IPNF
Start 8/12: ICT 5 saw line around most; fire is calm
Caribou Creek
SZ – St. Joe


IPNF
Start 8/12:patrol, unstaffed,
proposed wilderness
Halm Creek
SZ – St. Joe


IPNF
Start 8/12:patrol,unstaffed
North Grizzly
CZ – Coeru d’Alene River
100

IPNF
Start 8/12:ICT3 (Day), all flanks active,
4,000 foot column
Downey
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
0.5

IPNF
Start 8/12:ICT5 (Babin) Main fire is lined, working on lining spots, est. containment 8/14
Lower Flat
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
8

IPNF
Start 8/12: ICT4, zero% containment, fairly calm, backing downhill
Lightning Ridge
SZ – St. Joe
2

IPNF
Start 8/12: unstaffed
Hoyt
SZ – St. Joe
1.4

IPNF
Start 8/12: (Patton) intense mop up needed
Lower Stoney
CZ – Coeur d’Alene  River
0.8
IPNF
IPNF
Start 8/11 ICT5 (Cotter), Mod 33
Upper Stoney
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
1.3

IPNF
Start 8/11:ICT5 (Jerome) contained
Snow Peak Trail
SZ -  St. Joe
.

IPNF
Start 8/11:seen 8/12, patrol-unstaffed
Rutledge Creek
SZ – St. Joe
.

IPNF
Start 8/11: seen 8/12, patrol-unstaffed
Granite Pony