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West Branch

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: Mon-Sun 8am-5pm

Highlighted Activity

09/21/2020 21 Sept West Branch Fire Update
West Branch Fire Update Priest Lake, Idaho, September 21, 2020 – The West Branch Fire was discovered on the morning of Sept 16, 2020 and is under investigation.  The fire is approximately 9 miles.
News - 09/21/2020
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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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday September 16th, 2020 approx. 09:30 AM
LocationOff FSR 1094, west of the WA/ID state line.
Incident CommanderJake Hirst IC4
Coordinates48.474 latitude, -117.044 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1
Size120 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

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.

Significant Events

Heavy rains and some snow have contained the fire. It is now 100% contained as of 10/14/2020.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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.