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Sunday, September 13, 2015

North Idaho Fire Information Update

FIRE DANGER: HIGH
Wildfires are likely. Fires in heavy, continuous fuel such as mature grassland, weed fields, and forest litter, will be difficult to control under windy conditions. Control through direct attack may be difficult but possible and mop-up will be required. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours. Much of the burned area will have hazards long after the fire is out. Please stay alert to changing conditions including flooding and mud slides, burned trees falling over unexpectedly and falling debris blocking roadways.

WEATHER:
Warmer than average temperatures will persist through the weekend. The combination of gusty winds and low humidity has resulted in the issuance of red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.

Today’s afternoon temperatures will range from the mid 80s to low 90s. Sunday is expected to be breezy ahead of a strong cold front which will bring wind, cooler temperatures, and a chance of showers for Monday and Tuesday. A system may bring widespread wetting rains for Wednesday.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS:
Due to widespread rainfall throughout many parts of northern and central Idaho, most land management agencies in Northern Idaho have lifted Fire Restrictions.

CLOSURES:
There are several emergency area closures across north Idaho due to this summer’s wildfires. For information on these closures, including maps, please visit the Idaho Panhandle National Forests website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf/

FIRE INFORMATION:
Due to improved weather conditions and reduced fire activity, as of September 11, 2015 the North Idaho Fire Information center will be closed. For updates on current wildfires, please visit our fire information website known as Inciweb. That web address is http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

For additional information, please contact your local Forest Service office: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/ipnf/about-forest/contactus/?cid=fsm9_019003&width=full


Incident Summary:

Incident Name
Location of Fire
and InciWeb link for additional fire information
Current Size

Person-nel
Containment/
Completed
Clark Fork Complex
Located in N. Idaho and NW Montana

3,921 acres
(Idaho acres)
164
83%
Completed
Avery Fire Complex
Southeastern portion of the St. Joe Ranger District, approx. 7 miles SW of Avery, ID

4,673 acres
446
46%
Contained
Tower Fire
Part of Kaniksu Complex which includes fires in Washington and Idaho

24,301 acres
673 on all of the
Kaniksu Complex fires
84% Contained
Grizzly Complex
Located between Enaville and Murray Idaho, in the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River drainage near Grizzly Peak

18,648 acres
94
14%
Completed
Snow Peak Complex
Southeastern portion of the St. Joe Ranger District
6,750 acres
9
0% Completed