Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
The West Branch Fire was discovered on the morning of 16 Sept, 2020. The fire is approximately 9 miles due west of Coolin, Idaho, near Forest Service Rd 1094, and a half mile west of the ID/WA state line. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Initial size-up at discovery was 20 acres, and a Type 3 Helicopter was used on 9/16 for bucketwork and continued to be utilized. Resources continue to staff the fire, but no meaningful increase in acreage is expected.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday September 16th, 2020 approx. 09:30 AM|
|Location||Off FSR 1094, west of the WA/ID state line.|
|Incident Commander||Jake Hirst IC4|
|Coordinates||48.474 latitude, -117.044 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Fire is burning on a north aspect with mixed conifer primarily cedar and hemlock. Primary fuel type is heavy dead and down. Numerous snags and hazard trees are present as well. Just to the north of the fire is the Upper West Branch which is a broader alder/grass riparian area.
Heavy rains and some snow have contained the fire. It is now 100% contained as of 10/14/2020.
High pressure this week observed with well above normal temps. Rain event predicted over the weekend and into next week with much cooler conditions. Up to 1"+ possible over fire area.