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Character Complex

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Public Information
Phone: 208-557-8813
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm

Public Information
Phone: 208-557-8813
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm

Public Information
Phone: 208-557-8813
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm

Public Information
Phone: 208-557-8813
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm

Highlighted Activity

09/29/2021 Closures lifted for Character Complex Fire
Smelterville, Idaho (September 28, 2021) – All closures associated with the Character Complex Fire on the Coeur d’Alene River have been lifted.  Although work continues in and around the fire...
News - 09/29/2021
Suppression Repair on the 620 RoadImage options: [ Full Size ]

The Character Complex was originally comprised of two fires: The Deceitful and Prichard fires. The Complex is located on the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The fires were originally detected on July 7th, 2021 due to a thunderstorm that ignited multiple fires throughout the Idaho Panhandle. The Prichard Fire was turned back over to the CDA River Ranger District on 08/14/21 and is no longer reflected in the latest information. The most current incident information below reflects only the statistics for the Deceitful Fire as it is the only uncontained fire within the Character Complex. 

Know Before You Go: The Character 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
Date of OriginSaturday July 10th, 2021 approx. 04:30 PM
LocationDeceitful Fire: 3 miles north of Kellogg and within the Eagle Creek Drainage.
Incident CommanderCoeur d'Alene River Ranger District
Incident Descriptionlightning fires
Coordinates47.645 latitude, -116.019 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel12
Size12,367 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateMonday November 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Fuel Models 2, 5, and 10: Fuel Model 10 is the dominant fuel type representing the majority of the fuel 'models occurring on both of the fires. Heavy dead and down material is the primary carrier of the fires.

On south and southwest facing slopes brush and timber grass fuel models are the most common on the lower 1/3 of slopes.

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity with smoldering.


Planned Actions

Suppression repair work began on all divisions of the fire. Most of the remaining work consist of road repair. Transition from ICT3 to a local ICT4 occurred on 10/04/21

Projected Incident Activity


4 pieces of equipment will remain on the incident to complete road repairs under the supervision of the local district, all other resources have been released. This will be the final 209 update.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

No weather concerns at this time.