Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way Coeur d'Alene Idaho 83815
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
Coeur d Alene River Ranger District
Hours: M-F 730am-4pm
Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Hours: M-S 8am-5pm
The Surprise Creek Fire, located south of Faset Peak in the Independence Creek drainage, started on July 27, 2018. Fire activity was increased during high temperatures and winds on August 10th. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests assumed command of this incident on Wednesday, September 5 at 6 am as a Type 4 Incident.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 27th, 2018 approx. 07:00 PM|
|Location||South of Faset Peak in the Independence drainage|
|Incident Commander||Paul Ratcliff, ICT4|
|Coordinates||47.924 latitude, -116.325 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||78%|
Timber with grass and understory
Minimal fire activity with smoldering, backing, and creeping.
Monitor fire progression towards Road 332. Use resources as necessary to slow fire advancement if it threatens to cross containment lines. Maintain road and area closures.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Fire activity will be minimal with some backing, creeping, and smoldering fire behavior, as fuels continue to dry out from the precipitation event a week ago. The active perimeter and areas of intense heat will continue to burn, consuming large woody fuels. Spotting and rollout is a potential.
Weather was unseasonably warm yesterday and it will be mostly sunny and mild yet again on Friday and Saturday.