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Smith Creek Fire

Unit Information

Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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Incident Contact

Bonners Ferry Ranger District
Phone: 208-267-5561
Hours: M-S 8-5pm

Information on the Smith Creek fire will be updated weekly.


The Smith Creek Fire was reported on 7/28/2018 and determined to be caused by lightning. The fire is located 19 miles W of Bonners Ferry, ID and 7 miles NE of Priest Lake, ID at the head of Smith Creek, north of Lions Head Ridge. It is burning in subalpine fir with a shrub component in the understory. Fire managers are developing opportunities to safely engage. There are no road, trail or area closures in effect at this time.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginSaturday July 28th, 2018 approx. 09:14 PM
Location19 miles west of Bonners Ferry, Idaho and 7 miles north east of Priest Lake, Idaho
Incident CommanderRyan Wagner ICT4
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates48.805 latitude, -116.699 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size835 Acres
Estimated Containment DateWednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber litter and understory, 2 foot brush

Significant Events

Moderate isolated torching, flanking, backing. Fire is backing downhill with individual tree torching.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to improve sprinkler systems.

Projected Incident Activity

The fire will continue to back with isolated torching possible. Cooler temperatures and moderate relative humidity will likely lead to minimal growth. Lingering winds from the cold front will likely cause some torching, but significant growth is not expected.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A fire weather warning is in effect until tonight at 8pm, followed by a cold front passage on Friday and Saturday with increasing wind speeds.