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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

North Idaho Wildfire Update for August 18


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: Today will be mostly sunny, with areas of smoke. High temperatures mid to upper 80s (valleys) and upper 70s to low 80s (mountains). North winds 2-7 mph. Relative humidity 17-27%. Tonight: Partly cloudy with areas of smoke. Low temperature upper 40s. Evening winds variable at 2-5 mph. Wednesday: mostly sunny with temperatures in the lower 90s (valleys) and upper 80s (mountains).

Incident Summary: Listing of active fires (attached).
  • Parker Ridge Fire 6,147 acres, zero% contained. 7/29 lightning start. NW of Bonners Ferry, Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) (Weeks). Evacuations in effect on the Westside road area and defensive lines are in place. Crews are prepping in the north in anticipation of forecasted winds on Thursday Road and trail closures are in place for Parker Ridge Trail #221, Fisher Peak Trail #14 and the Long Canyon Trail #16.  Information: 208-267-6773 Email: parkerridgefireinfo@gmail.com
  • Marble Creek Fire 1024 acres, zero % contained. 8/11 start. St. Joe RD Type 3 IMT (Almas) fire was fairly in-active yesterday with isolated group torching. Fire fighters worked on the SW flank building an anchor point, direct line and a fuel break using heavy equipment-excavators, skidders, backhoes, dozers.
  • Crater Fire 320 acres, 8/15 start. Fire is 10 miles S/SE of the Marble Creek Fire near the 301 road. Area closures issued for Bureau of Land Management and St. Joe Ranger District lands. 
  • Grizzly Complex: 920 acres Type 3 IMT (Day) includes the following fires: North Grizzly roughly 600 acres;  Lower Flat over 100 acres; and small fires all less than 10 acres: North Suburban, East Suburban, South Suburban, Upper Stoney, Lower Stoney, Downey, and Grizzly Ridge.
  • Not Creative Fire 135 acres 60% contained, 8/13 start, Type II Incident Management Team (Fry). IDL, four miles north of Rose Lake on the south side of I-90. Significant progress was made Monday constructing fire line and the entire perimeter has line and hose. Crews will continue to improve fire line in preparation for forecasted winds on Thursday. Crews will continue to work on hot spots within the fire perimeter and removing hazard trees from the line. Residents are encouraged to register with Kootenai County Sheriff. Fire Information 208-682-4611 or Facebook: Shoshone County Fire Prevention Coop:  http://tinyurl.com/ppx3uhd.
  • Clark Fork Complex includes Scotchman Peak & Whitetail fire (east of Lake Pend Oreille). A Type 3 IMT is monitoring the fires, a Type 2 IMT will take over the complex on Thursday  
    • Scotchman Peak Fire 2,700 acres including multiple spot fires. Started 8/13, northeast of Clark Fork. The Fire is north of Hwy 200 and NE of Clark Fork in the Sandpoint Ranger District. Fire activity was active yesterday continuing the fire spread to the northeast, burning on the east side of the peak in the Blue Creek drainage.  Firefighters are using the confine, contain, point protection strategy.  As of 9:00 am this morning there are no evacuations in the area. Closures include:Scotchman’s Peak Trail #65, Goat Mtn. #135, Regal #556, Morris #132, East Fork System #1184, #563, #1030, #212

  • Whitetail Fire (450 acres on Sunday) is south of Hwy 200 and south of Clark Fork in the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District.  Fire activity has been quiet, creeping with isolated single tree torching, burning on the SE flank of the Peak in the “Deer Creek” area. Closures include: Forest Roads #430, #332, #332A, #203 (Dry Creek), #203A, #203B, #203E, and #1533; Forest Trails #20 (Coeur d'Alene River NRT), 52 (Alden Creek), #448 (Deer Creek), #77, #122. There are also general area closures described and mapped at www.fs.usda.gov/IPNF.
  • Tower Fire 7,743 acres in Washington, 1% containment. Area Command has taken charge of all fires in the Colville National Forest (NF) including oversight for the Tower Fire. The Tower fire is being managed by the Colville NF with guidance from Idaho Panhandle NF fire management. Fire growth yesterday occurred mostly to the east and southeast. Crews and aircraft made progress in securing the west side of the fire. Today: reinforce holding lines along the S and W flanks to establish a solid anchor. The fire started in Colville NF and is visible from Priest Lake. Fire Information is 575-756-4406.      
  • Big Lost Fire 1280 acres, zero % containment, IMT 3 (Svancara) East of Potlatch near Hwy 6, 10 miles south of Emida. Road closure has been lifted. The Laird Park and White Pine Campgrounds (includes the Grizzly Boy Scout Camp) have been evacuated and are closed. Crews have established a dozer line around the fire perimeter, are starting direct attack and are locating and managing spot fires.
  • Snow Peak Complex: 126 acres ICT3 Juvan, include the following fires: Ruby Point 78 acres, Basin Creek 36 acres and small fires less than 10 acres: Trail 55, Caribou, Lightning Ridge, Chicadee, Game,  Pole Creek, My Ruby, and Salt Pork.

Additional Information:
  • Residents in most counties throughout north Idaho can receive evacuation notices by text message by registering with a service called “Nixle.” To register, text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts. This is a free citizen voice and text alert notification service used to contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending voice, text or email messages to your: Home and Work Land Line Phones including VOIP, Personal Cell Phones, Pagers, or Smartphones and/or any Email Accounts.
  • Closures: For details go to the  Idaho Panhandle National Forest (IPNF) webpage:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ipnf/learning/safety-ethics/?cid=stelprd3850265
The public is prohibited to go into or be upon these roads and trails.
    • Bonners Ferry Ranger District (RD), IPNF due to Parker Ridge Fire: Parker Creek Trail #14, Long Canyon Trail #16 and Parker Ridge Trail #221 and the Fisher Peak Trail.
    • Sandpoint RD, IPNF - Scotchman Peak Fire: Trails on & around Scotchman Peak.
    • Coeur d’Alene River RD - Bennett Peak Fire: Little Guard Rd #602 and Shoshone Ridge #81.
    • Coeur d’Alene River RD - Grizzly Mountain Fire: Forest Roads # 260, #959, #993, #994, #1568 and Forest Trails #807 (Indian Creek) and 807A (Indian Creek).
    • Coeur d’Alene District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Crater Fire: Crater Lake and Widow Mountain Areas, BLM lands in T43N, R4 E.
    • St. Joe RD– Crater Fire - Areas in T42N- R4E, T43N-R4E, T43N-R3E, T44N–R3E.
    • Priest Lake RD - Tower Fire and Upper Priest Fire: Road 1013 (Upper Priest), Road 310 (Gleason Mtn), Road 333 (Goose Cr & Blonc Cr); Closed at State line, Road 659 (Squaw Valley), Road 305 (Kings Road) Road 1142 (Butch Creek Rd)
    • St. Joe RD - Marble Creek Fire Closure Area  Jct of 396 (Boulder Creek) Rd and 321 (Marble Creek) Rd, then SE on 396 Rd to its jct with 396A Rd, then S on 396A Rd to end point, the boundary follows S to jct of 216 (Homestead) Rd and 1936 (Daveggio Creek) Rd, then on 216 (Homestead) Rd to its intersection with 321 (Marble Creek) Road, then N on 321(Marble Creek Road) to its jct with 396 (Boulder Creek) Road, the point of beginning.

Incident Name
Location
Current Size Acre
Protection Agency
Status
Salt Pork
SZ-St. Joe
0.1 acre
IPNF
Snow Peak Complex
My Ruby
SZ-St. Joe
0.5
IPNF
Snow Peak Complex
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:contained/staffed
Pole Creek
SZ – St. Joe
0.1 acre
IPNF
Start 8/14: Snow Peak Complex
Game
SZ – St. Joe
2 acres
IPNF
Start 8/14: Snow Peak Complex
Basin Creek
SZ – St. Joe
36 acres
IPNF
Start 8/14: Snow Peak Complex
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, IC Type 4 (Feltmann) fire is lined
Upper Priest
NZ – Priest Lake
54 acres
IPNF
Start 8/14: area closures, monitored (S. Clemenson) received some precip over weekend
Whitetail Peak
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
450 acres
IPNF
Start 8/14: trail closures at Jordan Camp. Clark Fork Complex
Scotchman Peak
NZ-Sandpoint
2700 acres

Start 8/13: closure of trail systems Type 3 IMT (Svenson) Clark Fork Complex
Not Creative

CZ-State-Cataldo
135 acres

Start 8/13: Type 2 IMT  (Verlanic) Active w/isolated torching, mostly ground fire. 60% containment
Benewah Creek

SZ-State-West St. Joe
34 acre
IDL
Start 8/13:ICT 4, (Schiermeister) contained, mopping up
My Creek

SZ- St. Joe
10 acres
IPNF
Start 8/13: patrol
Big Lost

SZ-State-Ponderosa
1280acres
IDL
Start 8/13: Type 3 IMT (Svancara) in place
Chicadee

SZ- St. Joe
1.5 acres
IPNF