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Kootenai River Complex

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Unit Information

3232 West Nursery Road 
Coeur d'Alene, 
Idaho 
83815 
3232 West Nursery Road 
Coeur d'Alene, 
Idaho 
83815 

Incident Contacts

IPNF Fire Information Line
Phone: 208-557-8813
Kootenai River Complex Fire Information Line
Phone: 208-202-5021
Hours: Monday - Sunday 7am to 9pm
Bonners Ferry Ranger District - Closure Info
Phone: 208-267-5561
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Highlighted Activity

Updates on the Kootenai River Complex will be provided with less frequency or as operations change. Estimated Size: 25,402 acres          Completion: 87%          Personnel: 54 Highlights: The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place for air space over the Russell Mountain Fire (2-5373) is lifted as of Saturday, October 22, at 8:00 a.m. The Forest Service closure orders around the Complex… Read more
News - 2022-10-21
Kootenai River Complex Update Friday, October 28, 2022   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USFSIPNF Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Bonners Ferry Ranger District Phone: (208) 557-8813 **Additional updates will occur only if there is a change in conditions** Location: 7 miles NW of Bonners Ferry, ID, in Boundary County, ID     Size: 25,402 acres Personnel: 9       Completion: 100%       … Read more
News - 2022-10-28

As of 5 pm PDT, on September 2, 2022, the Eneas Peak, Katka, Russell Mountain, Scotch Creek, and Trout Fires were officially grouped into the Kootenai River Complex. 

The Eneas Peak Fire, confirmed on August 13th, was started by lightning and is visible from the Kootenai River Valley and most of the Bonners Ferry area.  The fire is located approximately 15 miles north-northwest of Bonners Ferry, on the south aspect below Eneas Peak and above Fisher Creek. The terrain is steep and inaccessible (60%-80% slopes), with numerous dead and downed trees. These conditions prevent the use of firefighter direct attack tactics where fireline is built directly next to the fire. Fire managers assessed the area by air and ground for potential confinement lines.

In the afternoon of August 21, 2022, the Trout Fire was detected during district fire patrol. The Trout Fire is located within the Selkirk Mountain Range on the Bonners Ferry Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. It is approximately 10 miles southwest of Copeland Idaho near Trout Creek and it was determined to be caused by lightning. Due to the fire being situated in an old burn scar, snags and heavy downed-fuels is the chief safety concern for firefighters working on the ground. .

The Russell Mountain Fire was reported early afternoon on August 24, 2022. It is located within the Selkirk Mountain Range on the Bonners Ferry Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. It is approximately 10 miles southwest of Copeland Idaho, near the Ball Creek drainage and burning on a southern aspect. There are currently no values at risk and its current strategy management is confine and contain.

The Scotch Fire was confirmed September 1, 2022. It is located in the Selkirk Mountain Range on the Bonner's Ferry District in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.  The fire is roughly 10 miles northwest of downtown Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

The Katka Fire was confirmed on September 1, 2022. It is located within the Cabinet Mountain Range on the Bonners Ferry Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. It is approximately 5 miles west from the Idaho/Montana border and 8 miles southeast of Bonner's Ferry burning in steep areas 1/2 mile from Katka Peak. 

Residents of Boundary County, ID, can visit https://www.nixle.com, text their home zip code to 888777 to sign up for emergency alerts, or call the Boundary County Emergency Line available at 208-696-2626.   

Basic Information
Current as of Fri, 10/28/2022 - 18:05
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin
Location 7 miles NW of Bonners Ferry, ID
Incident Commander Bonners Ferry Ranger District Type 4, Ed Ohweiler
Incident Description Complex
Coordinates 48° 47' 0'' Latitude
-116° 28'
0
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 19
Size 25,401 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 0%
Estimated Containment Date 2022-11-01 00:00:00
Fuels Involved

Timber fuels with a mix of sup-alpine fire, lodgepole, larch, and cedar. Mixed shrub understory with huckleberry. Heavy dead and down combined with standing dead trees and steep topography pose a hazard to firefighters.

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity, with some flanking, backing, creeping.

Outlook
Planned Actions

Continued Point Protection Strategy, repair hand and mechanical freelines along Westside Road. Remove existing hose lays where appropriate. Continue to update the trapline and communicate to the residence as structure protection is removed.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Mostly cloudy. A chance of valley rain and freezing valley rain in the evening. A chance of mountain snow through the night.

24 hours: Mostly cloudy. Valley rain and mountain snow.

48 hours: Mountain Snow. Lows 29 to 37, Highs 40 to 47 valleys 32 to 41 mountains. Southwest wind 5 to 15mph

72 hours: Mostly cloudy with valley rain and mountain snow likely. Lows 28 to 37. Highs 39 to 45 valleys... 32 to 39 mountains. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph

Anticipated after 72 hours: Snow and light freezing valley rain. Lows 27 to 36. Highs 40 to 47 valleys... 32 to 41 mountains. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Remarks

Block - 7 All fire costs within the Kootenai River Complex have been combined and represented by Russell Mountain fire.

9/08/2022 Scotch Creek merged with Russell Mountain. Scotch Creek acres frozen at 2844 and added to Russell Mtn.
9/10/2022 Eneas Peak merged with Trout. Eneas Peak acres frozen at 2298 and added to Trout.
9/11/2022 Trout merged with Russell Mountain. Trout acres frozen at 4785 and added to Russell Mtn.

Current Weather
Weather Concerns

Widespread wetting precipitation is expected over most of the area. The system will also deliver breezy west winds by late Monday morning into the afternoon. This system will exit the area Tuesday morning but several more are expected through the week resulting prolonged wet and cool period weather.