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Copper Mountain 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 Station
Phone: 208-267-5561
Hours: M-S 8-5pm


Discovered on 8/2/18, the Copper Mountain Fire was started by lightning detected in the area on 7/28/18. The fire is located 4 miles East of Eastport, Idaho on the Canadian Border. It is burning in high elevation subalpine fir with a heavy component of brush in the understory. There is a type 3 Incident Management Team, a camp crew, several type 2 IA crews, and aviation support working on the fire. Due to hot temperatures and breezy conditions there has been spotting on the Canadian side. Canadian aviation efforts have been active with controlling the spotting.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginThursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 04:59 PM
Location4 miles east of Eastport, Idaho on Canadian border.
Incident CommanderRod Weeks IC
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates48.994 latitude, -116.099 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel111
Size182 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained25%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal Creeping, Backing.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue line construction on both flanks and hold existing line. Continue ongoing coordination with the British Columbia Wildfire Service as to suppression efforts.

Projected Incident Activity

The weather will remain at normal temperatures with a warming and drying trend.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A weather is going to return to normal seasonal temperatures.