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North Idaho Fire Update

By: Sandpoint.com Staff
8/21/2001
 

SANDPOINT - Fires continue to be reported as holdover lightning caused fires finally produce enough smoke to see by aerial fire spotters. Four new fires have been reported in the last 48 hours. Initial attack fire fighters immediately suppressed the fires. 

Status of active fires: 

  • The Lookout Mountain Fire is estimated to be just over 500 acres. The fire is located on very remote State of Idaho lands northeast of Priest Lake, Idaho. Suppression resources have made progress with the help of cooler and more humid weather. Fire line had been constructed around 10% of the fire but no estimate of total containment has been predicted at the time of this update. Five 20-person fire crews are on the fire line and are being aided by 5 helicopters. A total of 180 personnel from the Idaho Department of Lands, the U.S. Forest Service, The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Land Management are supporting the fire fighting effort. 

  • The Harrison Lake fire, located 20 miles northwest of Sandpoint, Idaho is estimated to be just over 20 acres and has 46 firefighters on scene aided by a helicopter making water drops. The fire is estimated to less than 10% contained. The area around Harrison Lake and the trails leading to it remained closed to public access for safety reasons. The closure will remain in effect until fire suppression activities are complete. 

  • The Pouch Creek fire located 1.5 miles east of Black Mountain near Bonners Ferry, Idaho is 95% contained. Fire officials hope to have total containment by this time tomorrow. 

Fire managers are expecting a significant change in weather by midweek. Much cooler temperatures and the promise of rain have fire fighters optimistic about total containment of the fires. However, a drying trend is expected as we start the upcoming weekend. The public needs to remain cautious with the use of campfires and burning debris. Remember that burning permits are still required. Wild lands are tinder dry and fire danger is very high. Only significant amounts of rain over an extended period will reduce the current fire danger. 

Unattended campfires continue to be a problem. Currently there are no restrictions of campfires or other forest activities, but fire officials are asking for voluntary compliance of good, common sense use of fire safety rules. 

To report a wildfire, please call 1-800-CDA-FIRE. For additional information on local wildfires, visit the Coeur d'Alene Interagency Dispatch Center website at www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/cdc/fire2001.html. For wildfire information on the national scale, visit the National Interagency Fire Center website at www.nifc.gov/index.html. For information on smoke particles and effects on health go to www.epa.gov/airnow/aqibroch/.

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Cooler temperatures and rain should help firefighters with area blazes.
Cooler temperatures and rain should help firefighters with area blazes.


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