Craig Mountain Fire Protection
For Immediate Release Fire Information Line: 208-924-5009 w/answering machine
August 13, 2014 8:30 pm
Office hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Incident: Wildland fire, lightning-caused, reported on August 2, 2014
Location: 24 miles south of Lewiston, ID
Jurisdiction: Craig Mountain Fire Protection District, Idaho Department of Lands
Cooperating Agencies: United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish and
Game, Nez Perce Tribe, The Nature Conservancy, and Nez Perce County
Incident Commander: Shawn Pearson, Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team (IMT)
Current Size: Approximately 65,200 acres Containment: 80%
Strategy: Full Suppression Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Lost: 9
Today’s Activities: For the second day in the row, there was no growth on the fire. Fortunately, the thunderstorms
expected over the fire did not materialize. Crews continued to mop up and secure fireline on the northeast edge of
the fire. The majority of the fire remains in patrol status. This evening the Incident Command Post hosted an open
house at the Highland School. Guests were given a tour of the fire campand even got to explore the fire engines and
Current Resources: The number of firefighters on the
incident is 398. Resources assigned include 7 crews, 1
helicopters, 9 engines, 3 dozers, 2 watertenders and support
Planned Actions: Crews will continue mop up and secure
containment lines from Frye Point to China Basin and in the
Eagle Creek drainage. All other areas of the fire will
continue to be patrolled and monitored. Engines will be
staged at the Incident Command Post in Craigmont to assist
with intial attack for any new fire starts. Excess fire resources
will continue to be demobed and transferred to other high
priority fire incidents.
All areas surrounding the Big Cougar Fire are in a Stage 1 level of Evacuation. Stage 1 means that residents need to
stay alert to changing conditions, but there is no need to leave the area.
Zaza Rd (#540) remains closed south of the Deer Creek intersection.
Boaters on the Salmon River need to be aware of helicopter activities within the area.
For further information on the fire, visit: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov; Select “Big Cougar”