August 19, 2015
Contact: Interagency Fire Information Line (208) 765-7383
Fire Information: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov
Restriction Information: http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/ or http://firerestrictions.us/
Fire Danger Rating: EXTREME National Wildfire Preparedness Moves to Highest Level (PL 5) Fires will start easily, spread rapidly, have a quick increase in intensity and can be very difficult to control. Stage II Fire Restrictions in effect within Grangeville & Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Restriction Areas
Weather: Critical Fire Weather Conditions forecasted to return Wednesday - Friday.
Today will be sunny and possibly smoky with high temperatures 85-90 in the valleys and 77-87 in the mountains. Southwest winds between 3-7 mph. Minimum humidity between 13 and 23%. A red flag warning is in effect from 11:00 am Thursday through 5:00 pm Friday. A combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures will create extreme fire growth potential. Thursday, warm and dry conditions will continue and, due to an approaching cold front, winds are expected to increase: 8-12 mph from the southwest with gusts around 20mph. No precipitation is forecast for Wednesday or Thursday.
Incident Summary: Listing of active fires (attached).
· Parker Ridge Fire 6,139 acres, zero% contained. 7/29 lightning start. NW of Bonners Ferry, Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) (Weeks). Evacuations in effect on the Westside road area and structure protection continues. Today, residents plan to burn stubble fields with fire protection support from fire fighters. Day and night operations will continue as crews shore up the north and south flanks of the fire in anticipation of forecasted winds. There are 117 personnel on the fire. Closures are in effect. Information: 208-267-6773 Email: email@example.com
· Big Lost Fire 1280 acres, zero % containment, IMT 3 (Svancara) East of Potlatch near Hwy 6, 10 miles south of Emida. Yesterday was an active fire day with internal torching and visible smoke. While there were some spot fires due to 10 mph winds, crews were able to hold the perimeter. Crews are enforcing dozer lines and mopping up perimeter in prep for Thursday’s predicted winds. Addition crews are on their way. Road closure has been lifted. The Laird Park and White Pine Campgrounds (includes the Grizzly Boy Scout Camp) have been evacuated and are closed. Crews have established a dozer line around the fire perimeter, are starting direct attack and are locating and managing spot fires
· Not Creative Fire 135 acres 80% contained, 8/13 start, Type II Incident Management Team (Fry). IDL, four miles north of Rose Lake on the south side of I-90. Yesterday was another good day of progress; the entire perimeter now has line and hose around it. Crews worked to remove snags and hazard trees along the perimeter and will continue to work on hot spots and to improve fire line in preparation for forecasted winds. There are 136 personnel on the fire. No structures are threatened and no evacuations are in place. Residents are encouraged to register with Kootenai County Sheriff. Fire Information 208-682-4611 or Facebook: Shoshone County Fire Prevention Coop: http://tinyurl.com/ppx3uhd.
· Clark Fork Complex includes Scotchman Peak & Whitetail fire (east of Lake Pend Oreille on the west side of the Bull River drainage). Public meeting Thursday 6:00pm at the Clark Fork School. Type 3 IMT is managing the fires; a Type 2 IMT will take over the complex on Thursday. There are closures, but no evacuation orders. No structures are threatened and there are no evacuations.
§ Scotchman Peak Fire 2,143 acres (including multiple spot fires). Started 8/13, northeast of Clark Fork. The Fire is north of Hwy 200 and four miles NE of Clark Fork in the Sandpoint Ranger District. It is burning on the east side of Scotchman Peak in the Blue Creek drainage; fire activity in the headwaters of Blue Creek has moderated. The SW flank of the fire has reached the southern ridge of the Peak. The fire is expected to slowly back down the hill to the southwest. Firefighters are using the confine, contain, point protection strategy.
§ Whitetail Fire 576 acres is south of Hwy 200 and nine miles south of Clark Fork and eight miles SW of Heron, Montana in the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District. The fire is burning on the southeast flank of Whitetail Peak in the “Deer Creek” area. Fire behavior increased on Tuesday, and a heavy helicopter dropped water to cool the northern edge of the fire. Heavy equipment will build and improve holding lines and landings on the ridge above the 332 Road today and engines will patrol for spots north of the 332 Road.
· Marble Creek Fire 1024 acres, zero % contained. 8/11 start. St. Joe RD Type 3 IMT (Mandel) transitioned in this morning to manage the fire. Yesterday there was minimum fire spread to the north and east with isolated torching. Fire fighters are prepping for the forecasted winds expectedtomorrow and continue work on the SW flank building an anchor point, direct line and a fuel break using heavy equipment-excavators, skidders, backhoes, dozers.
· Tower Fire (Kaniksu Complex) 7,743 acres in Washington, 1% containment. Tonight at 7:00 pm Community Meeting at the Priest Lake Elementary School Area Command has taken charge of all fires in the Colville National Forest (NF). The Tower fire is being managed by the Colville NF with guidance from IPNF fire management. Yesterday the fire was active; fire fighters did much progress on the west flank of the fire constructing line. The fire is putting up a lot of smoke. The fire started in Colville NF and is visible from Priest Lake. Fire Information is 907-750-1639. firstname.lastname@example.org
· Grizzly Complex: 920 acres Type 3 IMT (Day) includes the following fires: North Grizzly roughly 600 acres; Lower Flat over 100 acres; and small fires all less than 10 acres: North Suburban, East Suburban, South Suburban, Upper Stoney, Lower Stoney, Downey, and Grizzly Ridge. Fires were active yesterday, Structure protection is occurring in South Suburban.
· South Bobcat Fire: 60 acres Active fire yesterday with a S, SW spread as fire came to the West Fork road at the north end, and near Settlers Cedar Grove. Point protection is in place for the ancient cedars and crews are assessing nearby residents for structure protection needs.
· Snow Peak Complex: 126 acres ICT3 Juvan, include the following fires: Ruby Point 78 acres, Basin Creek 36 acres and small fires less than 10 acres: Trail 55, Caribou, Lightning Ridge, Chicadee, Game, Pole Creek, My Ruby, and Salt Pork.
· Residents in most counties throughout north Idaho can receive evacuation notices by text message by registering with a service called “Nixle.” To register, text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts. This is a free citizen voice and text alert notification service used to contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending voice, text or email messages to your: Home and Work Land Line Phones including VOIP, Personal Cell Phones, Pagers, or Smartphones and/or any Email Accounts.
· Closures: For details see Idaho Panhandle National Forest’s (IPNF) webpage: www.fs.usda.gov/IPNF.
The public is prohibited to go into or be upon these roads and trails.
§ Priest Lake RD - Tower Fire and Upper Priest Fire: Road 1013 (Upper Priest), Road 310 (Gleason Mtn), Road 333 (Goose Cr & Blonc Cr); Closed at State line, Road 659 (Squaw Valley), Road 305 (Kings Road) Road 1142 (Butch Creek Rd)
§ Bonners Ferry Ranger District (RD), IPNF due to Parker Ridge Fire: Parker Creek Trail #14, Long Canyon Trail #16 and Parker Ridge Trail #221 and the Fisher Peak Trail.
§ Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene River RDs, IPNF - Clark Fork Complex (Scotchman Peak and Whitetail Fires): Trails in the Scotchman Peak area. Portions of T56N-R3E and T57N-R3E: Scotchman Peak Trail #65, Goat Mountain #135, Regal #556, Morris #132, East Fork System #1184, 563, 1030, or 212. And in the Whitetail area: Forest Roads #430, #332, #332A, #203 (Dry Creek), #203A, #203B, #203E, and #1533; Forest Trails #20 (Coeur d'Alene River NRT), 52 (Alden Creek), #448 (Deer Creek), #77, #122. There are also large area closures
§ Coeur d’Alene River RD - Bennett Peak Fire: Little Guard Rd #602 and Shoshone Ridge #81. Grizzly Mountain Fire: Forest Roads # 260, #959, #993, #994, #1568 and Forest Trails #807 (Indian Creek) and 807A (Indian Creek). Solitare Creek Fire: T52N, R1W, S.3,4,5,8,9,10 and T53N, R1W S. 32,33,34. Trails 1525 Solitare Creek 4WD and Sob Creek 4WD
§ Coeur d’Alene District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Crater Fire: Crater Lake and Widow Mountain Areas, BLM lands in T43N, R4 E.
§ St. Joe RD– Crater Fire - Areas in T42N- R4E, T43N-R4E, T43N-R3E, T44N–R3E. Marble Creek Fire Closure Area Jct of 396 (Boulder Creek) Rd and 321 (Marble Creek) Rd, then SE on 396 Rd to its jct with 396A Rd, then S on 396A Rd to end point, the boundary follows S to jct of 216 (Homestead) Rd and 1936 (Daveggio Creek) Rd, then on 216 (Homestead) Rd to its intersection with 321 (Marble Creek) Road, then N on 321(Marble Creek Road) to its jct with 396 (Boulder Creek) Road, the point of beginning.
STAGE II Fire Restrictions: The following acts are prohibited until further notice:
1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a designated smoking site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
3. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails in accordance with existing travel management plans for non-commercial purposes including ATVs, UTVs, and pickups.
4. The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. A patrol is required for one hour following cessation of all work as described in a, b, and c below:
a. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building, woodcutting or any other off-road activity during industrial operations.
b. Blasting, welding, or other activities that generate flame or flammable material.
c. Using an explosive
*Private landowners within city boundaries should consult their local Fire Department for current restrictions in their community.