Three Sisters Fire
August 5, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
For Fire Information:
Approximate Size: 150 acres
Start Date: August 4, 2015
Resources*: 20-person crews: 4 Engines: 5 Dozers: 2 Helicopters: 2 Other air resources: 2
Total Personnel: 200
Cause: Under investigation.
Jurisdiction: Idaho Department of Lands, Pend Oreille Supervisory Office
Cooperating Agencies: Bonner County Sheriff’s Department, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Forest Service-Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Selkirk and Timberlake Fire Protection Districts
*Additional resources have been ordered and will arrive throughout the day and evening.
Incident Command: Today, an Idaho Department of Lands (“IDL”) Type 3 incident management team will take over incident operations. Incident Commander: Jason Svancara.
Fire Summary: The Three Sisters Fire is located approximately 3 miles northwest of the town of Bayview; one and a half miles north of the old Cape Horn Fire perimeter. This is a new fire that was reported at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4th. Currently the fire is estimated to be 150 acres and actively burning in heavy timber. Idaho Department of Lands engines responded within 15 minutes of the fire report and immediately ordered air resources to use water and retardant to slow fire growth. Fire crews and dozers worked throughout the night to establish a fireline on the south end of the fire.
Planned Actions: Today is the first full operational period and more fire resources are expected throughout the day. The weather will continue to be warm, dry and breezy. With prevailing winds from the south, fire growth is predicted to continue heading north. Incident objectives are to provide for firefighter and public safety; minimize acreage burned to protect timber resources and structures. Fire operations will consist of preventing fire spread across a north/south logging road and away from private land and the nearest structures.
Special Concerns: The nearest structures are approximately 1 mile away and are not considered threatened at this time. As a precaution, structure fire engines are staged at those locations. There are two road closures: 1) east end of County Road 22 and 2) Cherokee Road at Perimeter Road.
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Stage II fire restrictions within the region will remain in effect until further notice.