August 15, 2015 – 8:30 a.m.
Information Phone: (406) 309-0371
Location: Kamiah, Id – Maggie Creek Protection Agency Agency
Jurisdiction: Idaho Department of Lands Cooperating Agencies: Idaho and Lewis County Sheriff’s and Rural Fire Departments, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Idaho Department of Corrections, and Yukon Territory.
Incident Command: Western Montana Type II Interagency Incident Management Team (IMT)
Current Size: 16,281 acres
EVACUATIONS AND CLOSURES: Mandatory evacuations are still in place and it is not yet safe to return to these areas. Firefighters need to determine the exact location of the fire this morning due to active burning throughout the night. As a result of yesterday’s weather event, there is also a potential for new spot fires to be identified as the day progresses. The fire activity is expected to remain high today, even with lower temperatures, due to extremely dry fuel. Road closures in the mandatory evacuation areas will remain in effect as firefighters work along roadways within the fire perimeter to identify and clear hazards such as downed power lines and snags. Evacuation maps will be updated as situations change. This could include new areas of evacuation as the fire progresses today. Structure protection will remain a high priority throughout the fire area. We know that structures on private property were lost or damaged yesterday but we do not yet know exactly where or how many. Firefighters and county sheriff deputies are currently working within the fire area to identify and assess the condition of these structures. Additionally, the county sheriff’s offices will notify landowners directly if any homes have been lost or damaged. This information is not available through the Lawyer Complex fire information phone number. Thank you for your patience in this matter. The Governor of Idaho has declared a state of emergency for Idaho due to wildfire impacts to communities and resources.
UPDATE: The fire made a significant run yesterday afternoon on the east side of the U.S. Highway 12 and the Clearwater River. The areas affected included residences along the Woodland Ridge and Frasure Ridge roads east to Caribel and south to Nikesa Creek in Church Canyon. By 10:30 p.m. the fire had burned down to the water’s edge directly across the Clearwater River from downtown Kamiah. Firefighters were able to hold onto spot fires on the south side of the river directly south of Hearthstone Lodge just north of the city limits.