Contact: Interagency Fire Information Line: (208) 765-7383
National fire information website: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov
Closure details: www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf
Restriction information: http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com/ or http://firerestrictions.us/
Hunting and fishing information: (208)334-2592 https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/fire
Northern Rockies Fire Information (Montana): (406)829-7316
Fire Danger Rating: EXTREME National Wildfire Preparedness is at the Highest Level (PL 5) Fires will start easily, spread rapidly, quickly increase in intensity and can be very difficult to control.
Despite the recent rainfall in some areas, fires will start easily, spread rapidly, quickly increase in intensity and can be very difficult to control. Today will be partly sunny with patchy fog in the morning. Scattered rain showers in the morning will become more isolated in the afternoon. Maximum temperatures will be 66 to 72 degrees in the valleys and 59 to 69 degrees in the mountains. Humidity will range from 35 to 50 percent in the valleys and 59 to 69 percent in the mountains. Transport winds will be out of the southwest at 10-15 mph, and valley and upslope winds will be out of the south from 5-9 mph with gusts to about 20 mph in the afternoon. Haines index = 2 (very low potential for large or erratic fire development). Tonight, expect mostly cloudy weather with a slight chance of rain showers. Minimum temperatures will be 44 to 49. Transport winds will be southwest at 10-15 mph, while valley and upslope winds will be 5 to 6 mph. Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a slight chance of rain showers. Area smoke is expected. Maximum temperatures are anticipated to increase slightly to 70 to 75 degrees in the valleys and 62 to 72 degrees in the mountains. Winds are anticipated to be 5 to 8 mph in the valleys with gusts up to 20 mph. The 3-5 day forecast is expecting some daily rain showers, with the biggest chance of measureable precipitation on Wednesday. The long term forecast is for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.
· Stage II Fire Restrictions in effect within Grangeville & Coeur d’Alene Dispatch Restriction Areas*
· For the latest air quality rating, see:. http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/monitoring/daily-reports-and-forecasts.aspx
Summary: Rainfall over the past 24 hours across the fires ranged from .5 to 1.4 inches. While recent precipitation was certainly welcomed and helpful to firefighters, much higher amounts of moisture over a long period will be needed to create conditions that are safe enough for Forest managers to reduce closures. The following is a listing of active fires (table attached). For additional details and maps visit: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov
· Parker Ridge Fire- 6,259 acres, 27% containment. Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT Weeks) 7/29 lightning start. Location is approximately 20 miles NW of Bonners Ferry and 7 miles SW of Porthill, ID. Fire personnel: 82. The weather gauge near the fire registered ¾ of an inch of rain over the past 24 hours. Fire crews continued to make progress building more hand line and mopping up. The peat bog in a drainage ditch near the Westside road continues to smolder, but heavy equipment and fire engines have been working daily on it. Due to the rain, there was not enough visibility to assess fire growth. Conditions created by yesterday’s moisture will allow crews to continue to construct hand line and put out hot spots near Long Canyon and Parker Creek. Today, engines patrolled for hot spots and assisted on the hot spot that continues to smolder in the drainage ditch. Air and ground resources continued to scout the area and identify opportunities to engage the fire while felling operations continued removing hazard trees. A Stage I Alert is in effect for residents in the Kootenai River Valley from Trout Creek to the north on the Westside Road, and from Copeland to Porthill on the Farm to Market Road and west of Highway 1. The Westside Road north of Copeland Road is open to local traffic only, as a significant number of hazard trees have fallen across the road. Drivers are urged to reduce speed on public roads around Highways 1 and 95, and throughout the fire area. Fire information contact : 208-267-6773 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Clark Fork Complex- total acreage on the complex: 14,965. Control line around the Clark Fork Complex is 35% complete. Type 2 IMT (Hutton). This complex of fires is located in northern Idaho, near Clark Fork, includes Scotchman Peak (1,920 acres), Whitetail (1,859 acres), Marten Fire (5 acres); east of Lake Pend Oreille plus six fires in the Kootenai NF in Montana. The most currently active fire, Whitetail Peak Fire (1,859 acres) is 0% contained. Started 8/14 located south of Hwy 200 and 9 miles south of Clark Fork, eight miles SW of Heron, Montana (part of Clark Fork Complex). Yesterday, the heat on the Whitetail Fire was seriously diminished and hot-shot crews identified opportunities to build direct fire-lines adjacent to the black along the east and west flanks, south of the 332 Road. Signs were posted on the boundaries of the closure area around the Scotchman Peak Fire. Crews are taking advantage of the break in the weather to make gains against the fire. Fire behavior today was limited to creeping and smoldering. The majority of active burning on the Whitetail Fire is confined to the interior. Crews worked on building line down the west flank with an objective of reaching a Safety Zone about halfway down that side. Other firefighters worked on fire-line south from the Blacktail Creek drainage along the east flank. None of the fires on the complex have progressed toward the Ross Creek Cedar Grove. An emergency Forest closure remains in effect for the area around the Scotchman Peak Fire. There has been a large amount of recreation traffic below the fire front and the public is urged to stay out of this area. Fire personnel: 374. Fire information: 406-847-9974 or 406-827- 0731. email@example.com Public meeting tonight – 7pm at Camp Elohim in Troy.
· Avery Fire Complex - total acreage: 5,148, (includes Marble, Breezy and Crater Fires). Type 3 IMT (Mandel) will transition to a Type 2 IMT tomorrow. Complex includes three 8/11 lightning starts located within the southeastern portion of the St. Joe Ranger District. Marble is 3,234 acres,10 % contained. Breezy is 1,322 acres, 0% contained. Crater is 592 acres, 0% contained. The Avery Complex Fires continued to burn yesterday with no measureable spread. Cooler temperatures and showers in the afternoon slowed fire activity. The fires are mostly burning in steep, rugged terrain on private industrial, State (Idaho Department of Lands), and Federal lands (US Forest Service, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, St. Joe Ranger District). No homes or businesses are threatened at this time and no evacuations are in place. Marble Creek could spread to the north and east with predicted winds. Since Breezy Fire has been checked on all sides but north, potential for spread would be in that direction. Potential spread of the Crater Fire will depend on wind direction. Emergency Forest closures include most of the St. Joe Ranger District south of Highway 50 and the St. Joe River, east of Marble Creek Road and west of Forest Road 218 (Red Ives Rd.) down to the southern boundary of the district near St. Joe Lake. Highway 50 and the St. Joe River Road and campgrounds along the river remain open. Highway 50 into Montana is closed over Gold Pass beyond the Forest Road 218 junction. Fire personnel on the complex: 197. Fire information contact: 208-262-3910.
· Tower Fire (Part of Kaniksu Complex includes areas in Washington and Idaho. Includes Baldy, Grease Creek, Onata Creek and Tower fires). ICT (Kurth) Area Command is in place for fires in the Colville NF. The Colville NF is managing the fire with guidance from Idaho Panhandle NF fire management. Fire personnel: 789 on complex. The Tower Fire, along with six smaller fires, is all part of the Kaniksu Complex. The total acreage of all fires in the complex is 25,444 acres, 22 % contained. Up to 0.6 inches of rain fell across parts of the Kaniksu Complex on Sunday, bringing more moderate fire behavior with smoldering and minimal acreage gain. A welcome relief from last week’s hot, dry, and windy weather, the rain also brought slippery conditions for firefighters as well as minor damage to roads needed to access the fires. Poor visibility and cloud cover continued to hamper efforts to map current fire perimeters followingSaturday’s wind event. Tower Fire is 24,021, 17% containment. The fire started on the Colville NF and is visible from Priest Lake. On the Tower Fire, Saturday’s winds caused minor spot fires and slop-overs at several locations on the southern, eastern, and western sides of the fire, but firelines generally held. Firefighters’ success in catching the spot fires and slop-overs, in addition to the reduced fire behavior from the rain, led fire managers to lower the Evacuation Alert Level for the Big Meadows/Squaw Valley area from Level 2 to Level 1. All evacuation areas are now at Level 1. In coming days firefighters plan on utilizing the expected cooler temperatures and higher humidity to continue securing and extending firelines, working directly against the fire’s edge where terrain, fuels, and weather conditions permit. EMERGENCY FOREST CLOSURES INCREASED TODAY IN THE FIRE AREA. Fire personnel: 789. Fire Information is 907-750-1639 or 208-443-6835, firstname.lastname@example.org
· Grizzly Complex: 16,446 acres (increased with the addition of the Steep Fire to the complex), zero % containment across complex, Type 2 IMT (Fry) Started Aug 10 with 16 lightning-caused fires located between Enaville and Murray Idaho; north of I-90; north and east of the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River drainage. Several fires have burned together and are being tracked as Lower Flat Fire (6,378 acres) encompassing Upper Stoney, Lower Stoney, North Suburban, South Suburban and East Suburban; North Grizzly Fire (3,240 acres) encompasses Grizzly Ridge; and South Bobtail (5,340 acres) encompasses Bobtail Fire. Grassy Mountain (745 acres). Three lightning starts were added on August 21, 2015. The Steep Creek Fire (approximately 214 acres) located between Bumblebee Peak and Cougar Peak; and Stoney Creek Fire (approximately 25 acres) located northeast of Fourth of July Summit.
Other lightning starts on 8/21, included: Jack Waite (1 acre), White Rock Creek (500 acres), and miscellaneous fires (29 acres). Yesterday, widespread rain fell over the fire area. The rain slowed fire growth yet did not make it through the forest canopy in many places therefore the fires remain active, yet subdued. Crews will take advantage of the cooler weather to continue to work on structure protection efforts and identifying indirect fire line options. Acreage of the entire complex increased with the addition of the Steep Creek Fire. The emergency Forest closure was expanded yesterday over the northern portion of the Coeur D’Alene Ranger District. Fire personnel: 195. A Stage 1 evacuation notice continues to be in effect in Shoshone County ID for the Hope Valley Road residents near Trout Creek, MT. Fire information contact: 208-784-0219. The nearby Monument Fire (310 acres) 8/21 lightning start is located southeast of Monument Mountain and 15 miles north of Rose Lake and about a quarter mile from the Monument Repeater. Today the fire is showed minimal activity.
· Snow Peak Complex: Total acreage for complex: 6,850 acres, 0% contained. ICT3 (Juvan). The Snow Peak Complex is comprised of 11 separate fires within the southeastern portion of the St. Joe Ranger District including the Snow Peak Wildlife Management Area, upper portion of the Mallard Larkins Pioneer Area, and the Ruby Point to Yankee Peak area south of the St. Joe River. (Pretty, Ruby Point, Basin Creek, Trail 55, Caribou, Lightning Ridge, Chicadee, Game, Pole Creek, and My Ruby fires.) A major portion of this complex consists of the Chicadee Fire (5,393 acres). Due to terrain, limited resources, and no immediate threats to life and structures, the Snow Peak Complex does not have firefighters on the ground. The Snow Peak Complex area is currently closed to all public access.
· Last Inch: 712 acres, 56% contained. 8/21 lightning. IMT Type 2 (Shenk) Located 12 miles east of Clarkia. Today crews reinforced existing dozer line and dug handline, continuing work toward 100' extinguishment in from fire boundaries west of Woesner Ridge. Planning continued for suppression actions southeast areas of the fire and operations to improve safe access and mitigate hazards. Crew also worked to control areas where the fire escaped containment lines on the northeast side of the fire during the Saturday wind event. Fire personnel: 99 Phone: 508-400-3891 email@example.com
· Lone Mountain Fire: 135 acres, ignited by downed power line 8/29. Located approximately 15 miles north of Coeur d’ Alene. This fire spread rapidly due to high winds last Saturday, triggering a temporary evacuation of the area. Fire crews quickly responded and constructed a dozer line around the fire. Today, the fire is in mop-up and monitor status.
· Not Creative Fire: 150 acres, 100% contained, 8/13 lightning, Type IV IMT on the local Ranger District is managing the fire which is on patrol status. Location: four miles north of Rose Lake, ID, on the south side of I-90.
· Big Lost Fire 940 acres, 100 % containment, 8/13 lightning start. Located east of Potlatch near Hwy 6, ten miles south of Emida; 3 miles N/NE of Harvard, Latah County. The Ponderosa District of the Idaho Department of Lands is managing and patrolling the fire.
· 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.
· Temporary Wildfire Emergency Forest Closures: For details: Idaho Panhandle National Forest’s (IPNF) web: www.fs.usda.gov/IPNF.
*Definitions: Level 1 Alert (Get Ready) Residents should be ready, made aware of the increased risk and are asked to monitor emergency services. Residents should prepare and if needed, take early precautionary movement to relocate, especially those with special needs, pets, livestock or those needing transportation assistance.
Level 2 Voluntary Evacuation (Get Set) Residents should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. Residents should monitor emergency services. A significant danger exists. It is suggested that you voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends. Be ready to evacuate immediately, especially those with special needs, pets, livestock or those needing transportation assistance.
TEMPORARY WILDFIRE EMERGENCY CLOSURES ON IDAHO PANHANDLE NF
Emergency closures are in effect due to fire activity. See the Idaho Panhandle National Forest website for the full text and map of each closure. THE PUBLIC IS PROHIBITED TO GO INTO OR BE UPON THESE AREAS, ROADS AND TRAILS:
§ Priest Lake Ranger District (RD)
- Due to the Upper Priest Fire: Road 1013 north of Lime Creek. Trail #308 and Trail #28. (Road Closure and Trail Closure)
- Due to Tower Fire THE CLOSURE WAS EXPANDED 8/31/15. Please see the Closure Order and Map on the Forest website for specific boundaries
§ Bonners Ferry RD - Due to Parker Ridge Fire: Parker Creek Trail #14, Long Canyon Trail #16 and Parker Ridge Trail #221. Previously closed trails remain closed. They include Parker Ridge Trail #221 (Sections 7 and 8 of T64N, R1W and sections 12, 13, 14, 15, 2, and 27 of R2W) and the Fisher Peak Trail.
§ Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene River RD - Due to Clark Fork Complex (Scotchman Peak and Whitetail Fires): The Scotchman Peak wildfire emergency closure was expanded significantly 8/31/15. Please see the Closure Order and Map on the Forest website for specific boundaries, roads and trails
§ Coeur d’Alene River RD
–Due to the Grizzly fire and anticipated increased fire activity in the area and concern for public safety, THE TEMPORARY EMERGENCY WILDFIRE CLOSURE WAS EXPANDED 8/30/15. Please see the Closure Order and Map on the Forest website for specific boundaries
- Due to Solitare Fire: All lands, trails and forest roads within T52N - R1W sections 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and T53N - R1W sections 32, 33, 34. Forest Trails 1525 (Solitaire Creek 4WD) and 6728 (Sob Creek 4WD).
Due to Whitetail Fire: Forest Roads #430, #332, #332A, #203, #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 described in the closure order and map. (
§ St. Joe RD– Avery Complex (Crater, Marble Creek, and Chicadee Fires) and Snow Peak Complex
-Due to Marble Creek Fire and Crater Fire: This closure area encompasses a large portion of the St. Joe Ranger District and nearby BLM and industrial timber lands. The closure area generally encompasses the areas surrounding Marble Creek, the Hobo Cedar Grove, Grandfather Mountain, Last Inch Camp, Crater Peak, Outlaw Point, Flemming Peak, and all lands in between. For specific closure areas please see the Closure Order and Map.
-Due to Snow Peak Complex: This closure area encompasses a large portion of the St. Joe Ranger District bordering the Nez Perce Clearwater NF. The closure includes the Snow Peak area, Granite Peak area, Ruby Point area and the Yankee Peak area. Please see map for specific closure boundaries.
- Due to Breezy Chicadee -This closure area ties together the Marble Creek and Snow Peak emergency wildfire closures areas. For specific closure boundaries, please see the Closure Order and Map on the website.
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 3 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.
For information regarding fire activity and closures on the Kootenai National Forest in Montana, please see the Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/kootenai
§ IPNF: Idaho Panhandle National Forests
§ IPNF NZ: Idaho Panhandle National Forests North Zone (U.S. Forest Service) IPNF CZ: Idaho Panhandle National Forests Central Zone (U.S. Forest Service)
§ IPNF SZ: Idaho Panhandle National Forests South Zone (U.S. Forest Service) IDL: Idaho Department of Lands (State)
§ ICT: Incident Command Type
§ IMT: Incident Management Team
§ NF: National Forest