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Cougar Rock Complex

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

Geoff Liesik
Phone: 208-274-9690
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daily

Highlighted Activity

08/03/2021 Cougar Rock Complex Update - 08/03/21
The Cougar Rock Complex is 8,079 acres, 63 percent contained and 415 people are assigned to the incident. The 10 fires in the complex are burning about 30 miles northeast of Orofino,...
News - 08/03/2021
Map of the fires in the Cougar Rock Complex.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Cougar Rock Complex is made up of several wildfires that were discovered on July 7, 2021. The fires, which were all started by lightning, are burning primarily in steep terrain and are about 30 miles north of Orofino, Idaho.

On July 28, Great Basin Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of the complex from Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 6. Both teams are Type 2 organizations.
Cooperators on this incident include Potlatch Deltic; Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protection Association; Idaho Department of Lands; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Clearwater County; USDA Forest Service; and the Nez Perce Tribe.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
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 CommanderRon Bollier, ICT2, Great Basin Team 3
Incident Description10 Wildfires In Complex
Coordinates46.893 latitude, -115.846 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel377
Size8,079 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained63%
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 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

Goat Creek Fire is currently active, burning in sub-alpine fir with some single and group tree torching. On the other incidents in the complex, minimal to low fire behavior in the form of limited surface burning with backing, creeping and occasional single-tree torching due to approximately .50 inches of rain in the past 36 hours. Fire is burning in mixed conifer forest with litter understory and some light slash.


Planned Actions

Scott Fire: Continue to hold and improve existing containment lines, while looking for opportunities to make lines on the north, east and south flanks more direct.

Goat Creek: Construct containment line on the west flank of the fire, using Timber Creek Road tying in to Highway 301, limiting the fire's movement to the west. Continue to hold and improve containment line to the south and southeast. Maintain improved road system and hoselays on the eastern flank.

Benton Ridge: Hold and improve containment line down to Dworshak Reservoir. Hold completed line into Butte Creek along Butte Creek Road. Improve containment line along the southern portion of the fire.

On Butte Creek: Use Thompson Creek as containment line in order to prevent fire's spread to the east and ensure containment at Thompson Creek. Construct line along western flank to the Butte Creek Road.

Monitor fire progression towards Dworshak Reservoir on both the Benton Fire and Butte Creek Fire.

The Benton Face, Benton South, Lovell Knob, Trapper Saddle, West Cedar and North Fork Benton fires are all fully contained.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal to low fire behavior will continue into Tuesday night under cooler temperatures, higher humidity, possible thunderstorms and the persistent effects of the rain received. Fire spread is not anticipated.

24 hours: Fire is expected to have minimal to low activity although warmer, drier conditions and continued smoke occur in the fire area. Vegetation is still partially dry despite the rain and will support limited surface burning within existing fire perimeters. No fire spread is anticipated.


72.7% of the complex will be fully contained; 27.1% is being monitored; 0.2% around the two cabins will follow a point protection strategy.

The Benton Ridge Fire consumed the Benton Nob and Benton Rock Pit fires.

The Hobbit 1 Fire consumed the Hobbit 2 Fire. The Goat Creek Fire consumed Hobbit 1.

The Scott Fire consumed the Merry Mix 1 Fire.

The Benton Face Fire is also part of the complex but is not available in the 209 system to add to the fire list. It is 0.2 acres in size and 100 percent contained.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Expect a warming and drying trend through Wednesday. A significant change in weather will occur Thursday with a cold front bringing a good chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will be much cooler late in the week through the weekend.