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Coolwater Complex

Unit Information

Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
U.S. Forest Service
903 3rd Street Kamiah Idaho 83536
Kamiah, ID 83536

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On September 9 the Andy's Hump, Old Man and Glover fires were all combined into the Coolwater Complex under Steve Goldman's Eastern Area Incident Management Team.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/ Natural
Date of OriginThursday September 07th, 2017 approx. 02:30 PM
LocationNear Andy's Lake and Coolwater Mountain
Incident CommanderSteve Goldman, Eastern Area IMT
Coordinates46.19 latitude, -115.391 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel114
Size3,264 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained4%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Short Grass


Planned Actions

Fuel break is expected to be completed, however removal of hazard fuels created will need to be removed. Use of equipment to salvage valuable commercial timber. Continuing of structure preparation, and coordination efforts of the evacuation procedures in the event of a management action point is reached. Continue to monitor fire movement towards M.A.P.s. Provide resources to support local IA as requested by local units.

Projected Incident Activity

Andy's Hump Fire has burned on ridge tops and is now slowly backing down the upper slopes of the ridges, as well as progressing further along the ridges. There are continuous heavy fuels from the fire perimeter to values at risk in Lowell and the Selway River corridor downhill of the fire. The fuels are timber litter with a heavy down/dead component. There are patches and stringers of deciduous brush on the ridge and upper slopes that are slowing the fires spread.

Glover Fire has had a few hot spots in it but has shown no movement recently.

Old Man Fire has burned on a steep south slope with brush and timber stringers. The brush has been carrying fire as well as the timber fuels. The fire has been slowly side-sloping and then making an uphill run as it gets below unburned fuels. It has not burned across the ridge top on the north side but has the potential to do so and spread to a Management Action Point. Old Man Creek has held the fire to the south but could spot to the other side, which would continue fire progression toward Hwy 12.


Complex consists of Andy's Hump Fire, Old Man Fire and Glover fires.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler conditions will persist in the fire areas, fuel moisture is expected to remain critically low.