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Stateline Complex

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Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3232 West Nursery Road
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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Phone: 406-818-5200
Hours: 8am-8pm MDT Daily

Highlighted Activity

08/04/2021 Stateline Complex Fire Update 8-4-21
Highlights: To provide for public and firefighter safety in the vicinity of the Stateline Complex, the Idaho Panhandle National Forest issued an expanded fire closure order yesterday for the St. Joe.
News - 08/04/2021
Stateline Public Information Map 8-4-21Image options: [ Full Size ]

On August 2, 2021, the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Stateline Complex, in conjunction with the Character Complex. The Stateline Fire Complex is located Southwest of St. Regis, Montana. The lightning caused fires began July, 7, 2021 and burning in mixed conifer forest. Currently, the complex consists of 12 individual fires: Berge Peak, Broadax, Deception,  Dolly Creek, Fly, Fly Creek, Simmons-Leg, Simmons Ridge, Simmons Ridge, Swimming Bear, Tumbledown, and Wampus Creek. Tumbledown and Dolly Creek Fires are currently the two largest included in the complex.

Know Before You Go: The Stateline Complex and incidents to the west and across the region are anticipated to persist into the coming weeks, resulting in area closures, visible smoke, decreased air quality, and impacts to travel and recreational activities. Local community members and visitors to the towns and recreation areas within and around the Idaho Panhandle National Forests are encouraged to stay informed of the fire activity within and around the Stateline Complex.


 
 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginWednesday July 07th, 2021 approx. 08:42 AM
LocationSW of St. Regis, MT
Incident CommanderDoug Turman, Northern Rockies IMT2
Coordinates47.17 latitude, -115.442 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel235
Size11,350 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Light Logging Slash

Vegetation types consists of sub-alpine fir in higher elevations with a transition down to pine, mixed conifer, and brush in lower elevations. Fuels consist of thick, continuous canopy cover with brush and heavy dead and down component. Previous fire footprints have heavy dead and down fuels. ERCs and 1000 FM are in 97th percentile.

Significant Events

Moderate

Isolated Torching

Backing

Creeping

Smokey skies and higher humidity values caused a reduction in fire behavior.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Divisions U: Monitor fire activity, prep and construct direct and indirect fire line in area with the highest probability of success. Locate, access, and prep infrastructure within the division. Work from Rd 3337 in Luff Cr to Bear Creek Rd along northern flank of fire to reduce further movement to the north with equipment.

Division X: Monitor Dolly fire activity. Crews are needed to finish containment on east flank of Dolly Creek fire. Equipment continues to do structure prep near Red Ives Guard Station and improve access and egress to support Legacy Trout Unlimited Restoration Projects.

Division R & N: Continue to work 10 acre spot fire with IHC and engines to reduce fire movement to the south on Commercial Timber Lands. Locate and assess infrastructure within the divisions.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Poor humidity recovery is expected overnight, accelerating the drying of fuels, and potentially increasing fire behavior.

24 hours: Fire behavior is likely to increase on all fires due to warm and dry conditions. Fire spread in heavy dead/down fuels will continue to support growth.

48 hours: Fire behavior is likely increase on all fires due to warm and dry conditions. Fire spread in heavy dead/down fuels will continue to support growth.

72 Hours: A cool and moist system could improve conditions later in the week, but the available moisture has been trending down in recent forecasts. If winds develop without precipitation, increased fire behavior is like to lead to fire growth.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Another cool and moist system could improve conditions later over the weekend, but the available moisture has been trending down in recent forecasts. If winds develop without precipitation, increased fire behavior is like to lead to fire growth.

Remarks

Growth on the Tumbledown fire reported on this 209 was collected by GPS during a daytime aerial reconnaissance mission. The IR order was not filled last night.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot temperatures (10 degrees above normal) with lowering humidity through Thursday, but then a chance of showers and thunderstorms late Thursday through Friday. Initial showers and thunderstorms could produce wind gusts in excess of 25mph.