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Snake River Complex

Unit Information

Idaho Department of Lands
300 N. 6th Street
Boise, ID 83702

Incident Contact

Snake River Complex Fire Information
Phone: 208-925-0656
Hours: 8 AM to 8 PM Daily

Crews Mopping Up on the Snake River Complex FireImage options: [ Full Size ]

The Snake River Complex comprises of three wildfires that merged together. The Shovel Creek, Captain John Creek, and Hoover Ridge fires all started by lightning and were discovered the morning of July 7, 2021, on the Idaho Department of Lands Craig Mountain Forest Protective District. These fires are in steep terrain and approximately 20-miles south of Lewiston, Idaho just past the Waha area in the Craig Mountains.

On July 10th at 6 a.m. the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, led by Incident Commander Rick Connell, took command of the three fires combining them into the Snake River Complex. After several days of downsizing personnel due to successful firefighting, on July 23rd, the incident was transferred to an Idaho Department of Lands Type 3 team, led by Incident Commander Jeremiah Miller. To continue effective operations, on July 28th, command transferred again to a Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry Type 3 Team led by Incident Commander Shawn Turner.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday July 07th, 2021 approx. 06:45 AM
Location20 miles south of Lewiston, ID
Incident CommanderShawn Turner, Type 3 Incident Commander, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates46.012 latitude, -116.911 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel89
Size109,444 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateSunday August 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Active areas of the fire are mainly burning in compact timber litter and timber understory. 100 and 1,000 hour fuels are extremely dry leading to a high resistance to control. However, live herbaceous and woody fuels in the timber are 1/2 cured and beginning to burn readily.

Significant Events

Fire is generally creeping and smoldering in interior pockets


Planned Actions

Crews will focus on removing excess equipment from the fire line, while continuing to mop up and secure control lines. Firefighters will also continue providing structure protection should the fire escape established control lines and provide initial attack support as needed.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Interior pockets will continue to smolder and creep overnight The fire not expected to grow outside of containment lines.

24 hours: Warming trend beginning with no precipitation. The fire is not expected to grow outside of containment lines.

48 hours: Warming and drying trend continues. Fire activity expected to increase to moderate. The fire is not expected to grow outside of containment lines.

72 hours: Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Fire activity expected to decline. The fire is not expected to grow outside of containment lines.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Chance of showers and thunderstorms, lower temperature and higher humidity. The fire is not expected to grow outside of containment lines.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Chance of thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds. The fire is not expected to grow outside of containment lines.