Location: 24 miles south of Lewiston, ID
Jurisdiction: Craig Mountain Fire Protection District
Cooperating Agencies: Other cooperating entities include theUnited States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Nez Perce Tribe, The Nature Conservancy, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Nez Perce County
Incident Commander: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT)
Current Size: Approximately 19,000 acres
Strategy: Full Suppression
Structures Threatened: 160
Structures Lost: 0
Structure Protection: As Needed
Yesterday’s Activities: The Big Cougar Fire is burning in rough terrain west of Wapshilla Ridge and east of the Snake River. Crews continued assessing the fire’s spread to the north where the fireburned across China Garden Creek and is moving towards CorralCreek. Fuels are primarily grass with limited timber.
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the incident is103. Resources assigned include two crews, three helicopters, fiveengines, one water tender, one dozer and support personnel.
Planned Actions: Efforts to stop the fire spread will focus on the northern flank of the fire which has the greatest potential for firegrowth. Crews will continue to reinforce fireline on Wapshilla Ridge and conduct burnout operations on the eastern flank and secure isolated areas where the fire crossed the ridge. Firefighters will continue looking for opportunities for line construction where possible to tie in Wapshilla Ridge to the Snake River. Crews will also work on reinforcing defensible space around structures along the Snake River ahead of the fire spread. Helicopters will continue dipping out of the Snake River, and air tankers will be used as needed to assist suppression efforts. As conditions allow, heavy equipment will create additional firelines. Fire activity and smoke are likely to increase this afternoon due to high temperatures andlow humidity along with localized winds.
Special Messages/Closures: Benton Meadows road closure has gone into effect at 8:45 AM on Tuesday August 5th. Stage 2 evacuation notice is in place from China Garden to Captain John creek. Residents and recreationists living in and/or visiting the area are encouraged to stay informed of the changing conditions. Floaters need to be aware of the dipping activities and use caution when in the area. We appreciate the public’s help in assisting with our efforts by reducing their speed when traveling roads in the affected area(s).