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Snow Peak 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

Kary Maddox
Phone: 208-557-8813
Hours: M-F 0800-1700

8/17/2019 Looking east from Rd 205Image options: [ Full Size ]

Snow Peak Resource Benefit Fire – Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (August 23, 2019)– The Snow Peak Fire was first detected on August 15, is currently estimated at 110 acres, and was determined to be caused by lightning from a previous storm. Fire managers considered the ignition source, location, management area, fuels and forest stand type, and seasonal fire danger into the decision to manage this fire for resource benefits. This decision was based on management direction set forth in the Forest Plan, which allows wildfire to fulfill its ecological role in diversifying forest structure and wildlife habitat. The Snow Peak Fire is in a roadless, backcountry management area, where prescribed and naturally ignited fire is the primary management tool for increasing stand diversity and big game forage, while decreasing hazardous fuels and diseased stands.
This fire will be monitored and managed in a manner that adapts to changing conditions. Management actions may be taken in the future to ensure public safety or protect values at risk. Up-to-date information will be available via InciWeb or the Idaho Panhandle National Forests Fire Information line: 208-557-8813. Updates will occur weekly unless conditions warrant a more frequent interval.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
LocationNorth Snow Peak in the North Creek Drainage
Incident CommanderJason Scott
Coordinates47.958 latitude, -116.286 longitude

Current Situation

Size110 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber litter and understory, and brush

Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

Cool weather and fall rains have substantially moderated fire behavior. The fire will continue creeping and smoldering until a season ending weather event occurs.