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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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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. The heavy fuel type limited establishment of a hand line. With the fuel type and terrain, safety concerns preclude the use of Type 2 crews. This fire is being managed by the local unit. Canadian crews have been active with establishing and reinforcing fire line.

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 CommanderRyan Winebark, Type 4 IC
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates48.994 latitude, -116.099 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel2
Size473 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained23%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity with creeping and smoldering. Significant rain occurred on the fire (0.4") between Aug 26th and 27th. Unseasonably low temps and high

Rh have also contributed to a very significant drop in fire behavior.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to monitor fire and asses further needs.

Projected Incident Activity

Continued passage of the cold front today and chance of rain showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The region will be in a post-frontal air mass today with cooler temperatures and breezy winds. Temperatures will then remain below normal through the weekend with occasionally breezy conditions. The next cold front passage will arrive on Monday. This front also appears it will be dry with breezy westerly winds in the

afternoon turning northerly out of the Okanogan Valley Monday night. Typical early September temperatures expected through next week.

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