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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Northern Idaho Wildfire Update September 10, 2015

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 return and persist through the weekend. Friday and Saturday will likely be the warmest days with afternoon temperatures in the mid 80s to low 90s. The arrival of warm, dry, and moderately unstable conditions may act to increase fire activity. 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. For the latest air quality rating: http://www.deq.idaho.gov

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.

Areas remaining in Stage II restrictions are described below:
o   Idaho Department of Fish and Game lands across the Clearwater Region
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is maintaining Stage II fire restrictions on IDFG lands across the Clearwater Region.  This includes all Wildlife Management Areas, Lakes and Reservoirs, and fishing access areas owned or managed by IDFG across Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, and Idaho counties.
CLOSURES:
Federal land managers, in conjunction with the State of Idaho, modified temporary emergency wildfire closures in order to significantly reduce the size of the closure areas effective yesterday. Cooler temperatures and recent precipitation have tempered fire activity across the forest and have allowed fire managers to reduce the size of many closure areas. Some of the most significant emergency closure area reductions are for the Coeur d’Alene River and St. Joe Ranger Districts.
For information on the modified closure areas, including maps and closure orders, please visit the Idaho Panhandle National Forests homepage located at: www.fs.usda.gov/IPNF  
For information regarding fire activity and closures on the Kootenai National Forest in Montana, please see the Forest homepage located at: www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai
FIRE INFORMATION:
 •                  Clark Fork Complex: total acreage 15,744 acres. 78% completed. ICT4. 8/14 start. Located in N. Idaho and NW Montana. Fire personnel: 164. Complex includes the following fires with most recent acreage updates: Scotchman Peak *(2,057 acres), Whitetail* (1,870 acres), Sawtooth (2,465 acres), Marten Creek* (6 acres), Napolean (8,957 acres), and Government (399 acres). Fire activity remained light. Rehabilitation work is being performed where appropriate. The Clark Fork Complex Fire area has a reduced fire closure area in place. Please check  www.fs.usda.gov/IPNF  for maps of the closure area in Idaho. (*denotes fires in Idaho). Please check http://www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai/  for maps of closure areas on the Kootenai National Forest in Montana. Tommorrow’s update will not include information regarding the fires in Montana.  Fire information:  208-765-7383.
                   Avery Fire Complex: total acreage 4,673 acres, 40% containment. Type 2 IMT (Rosenthal) is in place; 8/11 lightning starts, located in the southeastern portion of the St. Joe Ranger District, approx. 7 miles SW of Avery, ID.. Complex now includes four fires: Pretty (273 acres), Marble Creek (2,805 acres), Crater (399 acres), and Breezy (1,196 acres). There is smoldering, creeping and single tree or group tree torching fire behavior. Crews are continuing establish direct fire line as long as it is safe to do so. Pretty and Crater fires remain unstaffed. The Avery Complex area has a reduced fire closure area in place. Please check  www.fs.usda.gov/IPNF  for maps of the closure area. Fire information: 877-632-6017 (satellite phone – please speak slowly!). averycomplex2015@gmail.com
 •                  Tower Fire: 24,296 acres, 58% containment. (Part of Kaniksu Complex which includes fires in Washington and Idaho ) Kaniksu Complex total acreage 26,175, 70% completed. Alaska IMT (Kurth); 8/11 lightning start, located 17 mi. north of Newport, WA and 6 mi. west of Priest Lake, ID. Fire personnel: 708. Baldy (515 acres, 100% containment), Onata (546 acres, 100% containment), Hall Mountain (39 acres), Grease Creek (628 acres, 17% containment), Slate Creek (1 acre), and South Fork Slate Creek Trail (167 acres). The Colville NF is managing the fire with guidance from Idaho Panhandle NF fire management. Most of the work yesterday on the Kaniksu Complex focused on repairs to containment lines and construction of some indirect line on the Tower fire. Helicopters dropped water on the west side of the Tower fire. Crews are continuing work on mopping up hot spots, and reinforcing control lines in other areas. Most of the repair work to containment lines has been completed on the Baldy Fire. The Kaniksu Complex area has a reduced fire closure area in place in Idaho. Please check  www.fs.usda.gov/IPNF  for maps of the closure area in Idaho. Please check with local Colville National Forest ranger districts for closure and restriction information regarding fires in this complex which are in Washington or the Colville National Forest website. http://www.fs.usda.gov/colville Fire information:  907-750-1639 or 208-443-6835 or towerfireinfo@gmail.com
 •                  Grizzly Complex: 18,648 acres, 14% completed. Type 3 IMT (Day) 8/10 lightning starts (16 fires); located between Enaville and Murray Idaho, in the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River drainage near Grizzly Peak. All of the initial fire starts have since been contained or grown together; complex now consists of 3 larger fires and 3 medium fires: Lower Flat Fire (6,764 acres), South Bobtail (6,262 acres), North Grizzly (3,709 acres), Grassy Mountain (835 acres), White Rock Creek (752 acres), Steep Creek (295 acres), and other small fires combined (31 acres). Fire activity is minimal; crews are felling hazard trees and performing fire suppression rehabilitation where it is safe to do so. The Grizzly Complex area has a reduced fire closure area in place. Please check   www.fs.usda.gov/IPNF  for maps of the closure area. Fire information:  208-765-7383.
                   Snow Peak Complex: Total acreage for complex: 6,750 acres, 0% completed. Local Type 3 IC (Juvan). The Snow Peak Complex is comprised of 11 separate fires within the southeastern portion of the St. Joe Ranger District including the Snow Peak Wildlife Management Area, upper portion of the Mallard Larkins Pioneer Area, and the Ruby Point to Yankee Peak area south of the St. Joe River. (Ruby Point, Basin Creek, Trail 55, Caribou, Lightning Ridge, Chicadee, Game, Pole Creek, and My Ruby fires.) A major portion of this complex consists of the Chicadee Fire (5,393 acres). Due to terrain, limited resources, and no immediate threats to life and structures, the Snow Peak Complex does not have firefighters on the ground. The Snow Peak Complex area has a reduced fire closure area in place. Please check  www.fs.usda.gov/IPNF  for maps of the closure area.  Due to limited staffing and resources on this fire, acreage and containment updates will only be reported weekly (Thursdays).
 •                  Last Inch: 689 acres, 95% containment. Type 2 IMT (Schenk); 8/21 lightning start; located 12 miles east of Clarkia in Glover Creek/Woesner Ridge and into west Floodwater Creek drainage. Fire personnel: 51. Fire activity is minimal, crews are cooling hot spots and beginning rehabilitation on fire lines. Fire information:508-400-3891 lastinchfireinfo@gmail.com   This will be the last update for the Last Inch Fire.


ACRONYMS:
IPNF: Idaho Panhandle National Forests

IPNF NZ: Idaho Panhandle National Forests North Zone (U.S. Forest Service) IPNF CZ: Idaho Panhandle National Forests Central Zone (U.S. Forest Service)

IPNF SZ: Idaho Panhandle National Forests South Zone (U.S. Forest Service) IDL: Idaho Department of Lands (State)

ICT: Incident Command Type

IMT: Incident Management Team

NF: National Forest
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 SUMMARY TABLE: ACTIVE WILDFIRES IN NORTHERN IDAHO – SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
(This table will not be included in tomorrow’s update)





Incident Name
Location
Current Size (acres)
Protection Agency
Status
Birthday
SZ – St. Joe
158
IPNF
Start 8/27; Snow Peak Complex
Breezy
 SZ - St. Joe
1196
IPNF
Start 8/25: IMT 2 (Rosenthal) Avery Complex
Grassy Mountain
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
835
IPNF
Start 8/22: IMT3 (Day) Grizzly Complex
White Rock Creek
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
752
IPNF
Start 8/22:  IMT3 (Day)  Grizzly Complex
Jack Waite
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
1
IPNF
Start 8/22:  IMT3 (Day) Grizzly Complex
Steep Creek
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
295
IPNF
Start 8/22:  IMT3 (Day) Grizzly Complex
Pretty
SZ – St. Joe
273
IPNF
Start 8/21: IMT 2 (Rosenthal); Avery Complex
Marten Creek
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
5
IPNF
Start 8/19: IMT Type 2 (Hutton) Clark Fork Complex
Salt Pork
SZ-St. Joe
188
IPNF
Start 8/17: Snow Peak Complex
Crater
SZ –St. Joe: BLM land
399
IPNF
Start 8/15:Avery Complex
Lightning Ridge
SZ – St. Joe
25
IPNF
Start 8/14; Snow Peak Complex
Pole Creek
SZ – St. Joe
1
IPNF
Start 8/14: Snow Peak Complex
Game
SZ – St. Joe
34.7
IPNF
Start 8/14: Snow Peak Complex
Basin Creek
SZ – St. Joe
425
IPNF
Start 8/14: Snow Peak Complex
Upper Priest
NZ – Priest Lake
108
IPNF
Start 8/14: working on section above road
Whitetail Peak
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
1,859
IPNF
Start 8/14: Type 2 (Hutton)  35% contained, Clark Fork Complex
Scotchman Peak
NZ-Sandpoint
2,057
IPNF
Start 8/13: Type 2 IMT (Hutton) Clark Fork Complex
South Bobtail
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
6,262
IPNF
Start 8/13:  IMT3 (Day)  Grizzly Complex
Chicadee
SZ- St. Joe
5,393
IPNF
Start 8/13: Snow Peak Complex
Caribou Creek
SZ – St. Joe
212
IPNF
Start 8/12: Snow Peak Complex
North Grizzly
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
3,709
IPNF
Start 8/12:  IMT3 (Day)  Grizzly Complex
Lower Flat
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
6,764
IPNF
Start 8/12:  IMT3 (Day)  Grizzly Complex
Trail 55
SZ - St. Joe
15
IPNF
Start 8/12: Snow Peak Complex,
Tower
Colville NF
24,296
CNF
Start 8/11: Kaniksu complex, 22% contained
Last Inch
NZ Idaho Panhandle
737
IPNF
Start 8/21: IMT 2 (Schenk)  90% contained
Ruby Point
SZ – St. Joe
301
IPNF
Start 8/11: Snow Peak Complex
Marble Creek
 SZ - St. Joe
2,805
IPNF
Start 8/11: IMT 2 (Rosenthal) Avery Complex
Murray Peak
CZ – Coeur d’Alene River
5
IPNF
Start 8/11:  IMT3 (Day) Grizzly Complex
Slaughter House
SZ – State West St. Joe
47
IDL
Start 8/10: contained, patrolled