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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Craig Mountain Complex Fire Update - July 27


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Fire  Update
Craig Mountain Complex




Thursday, July 27, 2017, 9:30a.m.                                                         For Immediate Release
                                                                                                                                    (208) 502-1166


Facts at a Glance

Size:  Corral Creek:  1,826 Acres
          Powerline:     48,569
Date Started:  07/15/2017

Percent Containment: Corral Creek:100%
                                         Powerline:    95%                              
Personnel: 112 which includes 1 Type 1 (Hot Shot) crew, 2 Type 2 hand crews and support personnel
Equipment: 4 engines, 4 water tenders, 1 dozer, 1 skidgen
Cause:  Lightning
Aircraft Assigned:  If needed, aircraft are available from Grangeville, Coeur d’ Alene and Missoula
Cooperating Agencies:  Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Fish and Game, US Forest Service, Nez Perce Tribe, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, Nature Conservancy
The Craig Mountain Complex consists of the Corral Creek fire and the Powerline fire. Both fires started on July 15, 2017, from lightning the evening before.  The two fires have now merged due to successful burnout operations. The fire is bordered by Deer Creek and the Salmon River to the east and Corral Creek and the Snake River to the west, south and southwest of Winchester, Idaho. Jason Svancara’s Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed command of the fire on July 26 from Mike Almas’ Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team. 

The fire perimeter has seen no growth for several days.  Fire activity is limited to minimal smoldering inside of established containment lines or natural rock barriers.  Several crews remain on the fire and have spent the last several days patrolling and monitoring the fire’s perimeter and mopping up any smokes that can safely be reached  from the edge of the fire.  As this fire nears complete containment, some crews and equipment are being released and made available to work on other fires as needed.

Today, crews will continue to patrol, hold and mop up the fire perimeter and continue rehabilitation work on contingency dozer lines that were constructed around the northeast side of the fire. This will improve drainage and prevent erosion. 

Residences and cabins which were previously threatened have been successfully protected and no structures have been lost.  While there are currently no evacuations in place, residents are cautioned to be aware that there may still be fire traffic operating in the area and to use caution.  Firefighter, aviation, and public safety is the number one priority. 

With little to no rain for the past 45 days in the area, Extreme to Very High fire conditions prevail. Currently there are no fire restrictions but residents need to use caution with any outdoor activity that may cause a spark. Never leave campfires unattended. Pour water and add dirt to your campfire until your campfire is cold.

Road Closures & Special Announcements:   Road Closures & Special AnnouncementsThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cottonwood Field Office has issued a temporary emergency closure order for the Eagle Creek Road, from the intersection of Zaza Road to the Salmon River due to fire suppression activities and to ensure public health and safety.  Recreationists floating the Salmon River will not be able to exit at Eagle Creek. The next take out location is at Heller Bar.

The following roads remain closed for public safety due to wildfire in the area:   Hoover Point and Swamp Creek roads.
Idaho Fish and Game has also closed the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area, 30 miles south of Lewiston.
For more information:  Information for the Craig Mountain Complex can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5376/, by phone at (208) 502-1166, or on Facebook at Craig Mountain Complex fire.  Questions can be emailed to craigmountaincomplex@gmail.com