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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Northern Idaho Wildfire Update August 11, 2015

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

Fire Information:  inciweb.nwcg.gov                      

Fire Danger Rating:  VERY HIGH  
Fires will start easily, spread rapidly and have a quick increase in intensity immediately after ignition.  These fires can be very difficult to control. Stage II Fire Restrictions in effect within Grangeville and Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Restriction Areas! 

Weather: There is a Hazardous Weather Outlook for today, sunny and hot, with a high near 96 and a low tonight around 67. East wind are predicted between 3 to 7 mph. Isolated thunderstorms are expected, mainly over the mountains with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11pm. Any lightning from these storms could result in new wild fires. The extended forecast calls for more of the same, a chance for thunderstorms Wednesday through Friday, with temperatures warming into the upper 90s through Thursday.

Incident Summary: 
  • The 3 Sisters Fire managed by a Type 3 team (Svancara) is now 100% contained at 209 acres. 
  • The Parker Ridge Fire continues to be managed with aviation resources. Transfer of command from the Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) (Barrett) to the Northern Idaho Type 3 IMT (Weeks) occurred yesterday evening. The fire is currently at 591 acres.
  • Refer to listing of active fires (attached).

Additional Information:  
  • A closure is in place for 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. 
STAGE II Fire Restrictions:  The following acts are prohibited until further notice: 
1.      Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. 
2.      Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated smoking site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
3.      Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails in accordance with existing travel management plans for non-commercial purposes including ATVs, UTVs, and pickups.  
4.      The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.  A patrol is required for one hour following cessation of all work as described in a, b, and cbelow:  
a.       Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building, woodcutting or any other off-road activity during industrial operations.
b.      Blasting, welding, or other activities that generate flame or flammable material.
c.       Using an explosive
*Private landowners within city boundaries should consult their local Fire Department for current restrictions in their community. 

Incident Name
Location
Current Size
Jurisdiction
Protection Agency
Status
Klette
CZ-Cataldo
2 acres
IDL
IDL
Start 8/10, Type 4 IC (Boyle)
Slaughter House
SZ-West St. Joe
60 acres
IDL
IDL
Start 8/10,  Type 3 IC (Grasham)
River Flat                                    
CZ-Coeur d’Alene River
5.5 acres
IPNF
IPNF
Start 8/9, (Mann)
499
CZ-Coeur d’Alene River
.1 acre
IPNF
IPNF
Start 8/8, Patrol status
Gold
SZ-West St. Joe
.5 acre
IDL
IDL
Start 8/8, Patrol status
K Street
SZ-Coeur d’Alene Tribe
.6 acre
CDT
CDT
Start 8/7; Resources on scene
Strawberry
NZ-Sandpoint
.8 acre
IPNF
IPNF
Start 8/5; Contained; Patrol status
3 Sisters
NZ-Pend Oreille
228 acres
IDL
IDL
Start 8/4; IMT 3(Svancara)
Parker Ridge
NZ – Bonners Ferry
591 acres
IPNF
IPNF
Start 7/29; Type 3 (Weeks)
Hobo Creek
SZ- St. Joe
55 acres
IPNF
IPNF
Start 7/23: Contained/ monitoring
Elevator
SZ- St. Joe
25 acres
IPNF
IPNF
Start 7/22; Contained/monitoring
Abandon 
NZ-             Priest Lake State
30 acres
IDL
IDL
Start 7/20; Contained 
Cape Horn
NZ – Pend Oreille 
1,326 acres
Multi
IDL
Start 7/5;Contained; cause under investigation
Granite
NZ – Priest Lake
207 acres
IPNF
IPNF
Start 7/1; Contained; staffed 
Due to last night’s thunderstorms there have been several new fire starts throughout the area. Fire fighters will continue to search out new fires for initial attack.