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Cougar Rock Complex

Unit Information

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

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 All road closures in and around the Cougar Rock Complex have been lifted.

There is still active fire burning within the interior of all incidents, but crews are making progress. Current tactics include direct hand line construction followed by hose lay and mop up. Diligent gridding of the green areas is necessary to identify and suppress spot fire that arise. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginWednesday July 07th, 2021 approx. 07:45 AM
Location15 miles northeast of Elk River, Idaho; 15 miles southeast of Clarkia; north and south of Dworshak Reservoir.
Incident CommanderClearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA)
Incident Description10 wildfires in complex, four of which are considered large.
Coordinates46.893 latitude, -115.846 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel37
Size8,178 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained63%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday September 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Light logging slash; Timber (litter and understory)

Mixed conifer forest dominated by Douglas fir, western larch, grand fir and red western cedar with a mixture of ages and size classes. Some fires are reaching areas of high elevation and sub-alpine fir fuel models. Light to moderate amounts of dead fine fuels and logging/thinning slash will contribute to surface fire spread.

Significant Events

Moderate

Creeping

Outlook

Planned Actions

Scott Fire (Div A/C): Continue to hold and improve existing containment lines. Eliminate remaining threats to the

line.

Goat Creek Fire (Div F/H): Continue construction of direct fire line on east and west flanks. Continue to hold

and improve containment line

along the south and

southeast portions

of the fire.

Benton Ridge Fire: Hold and improve containment line along southern flank. Pay special attention to the areas between Benton Ridge Fire and Butte Fire.

Along the north flank monitor fire progression towards

Dworshak Reservoir.

Butte Fire: Hold and improve containment line along southern flank. Pay special attention to the areas between Benton Ridge Fire and Butte Fire. Along the north flank monitor fire progression towards

Dworshak Reservoir.

Projected Incident Activity

Clearing skies with unsettled weather starting Friday.

24 hours: Moisture will move into the region by Friday evening. Goat Creek fire is expected to moderate.

48 hours: Widespread precipitation will begin on Saturday and winds will shift back to the west. Goat

Creek fire is expected to remain moderate.

72 hours: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Increased RH expected.

Anticipated after 72 hours:Warmer temperatures and clear skies will return by the middle of next week.

Remarks

72.7% of complex will be fully contained, 27.1% is being monitored, .2% is point protection (two

cabins).

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Lower temperatures and higher humidity will help improve

firefighting and containment for all fires within the complex.