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Character 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: 406-426-9130
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm

Highlighted Activity

08/02/2021 Daily Fire Update - August 2, 2021
Acreage: 7,260Containment: 30%Personnel:  306 The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the Character Complex as of August 2, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. The Character Complex...
News - 08/02/2021
Deceitful Fire growth in the head of Cedar Creek.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3, Mike Almas, Incident Commander, assumed command of the fires on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

The Character Complex is 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. On the afternoon of July 10th, the Cinnabar Creek Fire was engulfed by the Deceitful Fire which is located three miles north of Kellogg, Idaho and one mile south of the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River. The Prichard Fire is near Prichard Peak, approximately one mile away from Eagle, Idaho.
Extreme fire conditions are a result of recent record-breaking temperatures and an exceptionally dry winter and spring. 

Fire Information Public Phone: (406) 426-9130
Shoshone County Evacuation Levels – Ready, Set, Go!
Idaho Panhandle National Forests - Stage 2 Fire Restrictions 

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 south of the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River. Prichard: Within the Eagle Creek drainage.
Incident CommanderDoug Turman
Coordinates47.645 latitude, -116.019 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel291
Size7,260 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Heavy dead and down material is the primary carrier of the fires. On the south and southwest facing slopes, brush and timber grass fuel models are the most common fuel on the lower third of slopes.

Significant Events

Fire behavior moderated today due to higher relative humidities. today. Creeping and smoldering was observed in areas that received precipitation. More activity occurred along fire edges that dry out rapidly and under dense canopies where less moisture reaches the ground.

On the Prichard Fire, fuels continue to burn out within the control lines.

Dry and warm conditions over the next few days will allow for an increase in fire behavior.


Planned Actions

Prichard Fire: Continue mop-up, holding, and line improvement.

Deceitful Fire: Hold handline in the east fork of Graham Creek. Secure line from burnout progressing east/west of White Peak (between DP60 and DP70). Activate sprinklers as fire backs down towards Avista powerline.

Projected Incident Activity

Cooler temps and higher relative humidity will keep fire behavior reduced to primarily backing and flanking with isolated single and small group tree torching if precipitations does not occur over the incidents today.

Fire will back down to the right-of-way corridor between Graham and Cinnabar Creeks. Fire in the southeast corner will continue to flank and back toward the 933 road system. Fire on the southwest will check against control lines.

Prichard will reduce in fire activity as the last of the heavy dead and down fuels finish burning out.


The Shoshone County Sheriff has authorized a Stage 2 (SET) warning for the Beaver Creek-Dobson Pass population zone and for residents and campers from Coal Creek to Prichard Creek, effective July 19.

The Sheriff has also authorized a road closure on both the Coeur d'Alene River Road and Old River Road from Steamboat (about mile marker 11) to Babin's Junction (about mile marker 22), effective July 26.

The closure allows campers and residents in the Coeur d'Alene River and Beaver Creek zones to leave the potential fire area.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Expecting a warming and drying trend through mid-week. Another dramatic change in the weather is expected Thursday with a strong cold front bringing thunderstorms and much cooler temperatures to the region.