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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Craig Mountain Complex Fire Update

The Craig Mountain Complex includes the Corral Creek fire and the Powerline fire.  Both fires are burning in heavy grass and brush in steep, rough terrain.  The Corral fire is located in the Corral Creek drainage near China Garden Creek and the Powerline fire is located between Eagle Creek and Deer Creek at the headwaters of First Creek. Mike Almas’ Northern Rockies Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed command of the fire today, July 18, 2017, at 6:00 a.m..

Additional resources have arrived and will be conducting reconnaissance operations of both fires today.  Firefighter and public safety are the number one priority.  Firefighters will be assessing the fire perimeters and establishing locations for fire line that has the greatest probability of success while ensuring firefighter safety.  Locations for additional fire line will be determined and firefighters will work today to establish control lines. 
The Corral Creek fire saw limited growth yesterday.  The northern perimeter of the fire and drainages to the east and west have green, uncured fuels that are slowing fire growth.  Firefighters, supported by air resources and heavy equipment, worked to limit fire growth and establish fire line where possible and will continue to do so today.
The Powerline fire saw significant growth yesterday due to wind.  Crews and heavy equipment worked to stop growth to the east and dozer line is near completion along the eastern perimeter of the fire.  To the west, the fire crossed China Creek.  Today crews will work to reinforce control line on the eastern edge and determine locations for successful fire line to the west.
There are no evacuations at this time and no structures have been lost. 
Road Closures & Special Announcements: The 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.

Idaho Fish and Game has also closed the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area 30 miles south of Lewiston.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place.

For more info:  Information for the Craig Mountain Complex can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5376/ or by phone at (208) 502-1166.  Questions can also be emailed to craigmountaincomplex@gmail.com.


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