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Surprise Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Coeur d Alene River Ranger District
Phone: 208-664-2318
Hours: M-F 730am-4pm

Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Phone: 208-557-8813
Hours: M-S 8am-5pm

Highlighted Activity

09/13/2018 Closures rescinded for Surprise Creek Fire area
Closures rescinded for Surprise Creek Fire area Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (September 13, 2018) – The Idaho Panhandle National Forests has rescinded the roads, trails and area closure for the...
Announcement - 09/13/2018
9/7/18 updated closure mapImage options: [ Full Size ]

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginFriday July 27th, 2018 approx. 07:00 PM
LocationSouth of Faset Peak in the Independence drainage
Incident CommanderPaul Ratcliff, ICT4
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates47.924 latitude, -116.325 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel17
Size3,185 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained78%
Fuels Involved

Timber with grass and understory

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity with smoldering, backing, and creeping.

Outlook

Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather was unseasonably warm yesterday and it will be mostly sunny and mild yet again on Friday and Saturday.

Recent Articles

9/7/19 updated closure area News - 9/7/2018
Sept 4 Fire Update News - 9/4/2018
Sept 3 Fire Update News - 9/3/2018