Kamiah, Idaho (August 11, 2015) – Numerous fires detected in the Maggie Creek Protection Agency have been named the Lawyer Complex. The complex is comprised of 21 fires actively burning in the area and the combined size is estimated to be 2,000 acres. Currently 100 personnel are assigned to the Complex.
Firefighter and public safety are being assessed and fires are being prioritized for suppression. Reducing risk to firefighters and the public is the first priority in every fire management activity. Please do not try to access an area that has active fire or attempt to access a closed area. Fire is unpredictable and should be treated as very dangerous. Firefighting resources accessing the area should also be given room to work.
Level II evacuations are being implemented on the north side of Highway 64 from mile marker 20 to mile marker 30.5, along Highway 12 from mile marker 61 to mile marker 64, and from Hog's Back south to the Blue North Mill west of the Woodland Grade Road.
Level II evacuations indicate that residents need to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
For information regarding evacuations along Highway 64 and Highway 12, please contact Lewis County Sheriff's Office at (208) 937-2447. Questions regarding evacuations in the Woodland area should be directed to the Idaho County Sheriff's Office at (208) 983-1100.
Lawyer Creek Road to the Flying B Ranch is closed to the public. It may only be accessed by residents and fire personnel.
A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the area.
Bob Fry’s Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team has been ordered and will assume command of the Complex at 6:00 a.m. on August 12, 2015. Full suppression efforts are being applied. Initial Attack crews are being replaced with resources arriving and assigned to the Complex.
As high temperatures, low relative humidity and additional thunderstorms are predicted for the next few days, fire officials anticipate additional fires to be reported and will be assigned personnel as they are available.
Fire information, including closures, evacuations, size, and resources are available on InciWeb and can be accessed at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.