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Eneas Peak Fire

Unit Information

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

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Eneas Peak Recon Flight Aug 28 2022Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Eneas Peak Fire, confirmed on August 13th, was started by lightning and is visible from the Kootenai River Valley and most of the Bonners Ferry area.  The fire is located approximately 15 miles north-northwest of Bonners Ferry, on the south aspect below Eneas Peak and above Fisher Creek. The terrain is steep and inaccessible (60%-80% slopes), with numerous dead and downed trees. These conditions prevent the use of firefighter direct attack tactics where fireline is built directly next to the fire. Fire managers are assessing the area by air and ground for potential confinement lines.

Currently, no evacuations are in place and structures are not threatened. However, when living in fire prone areas it is recommended that all area residents have an evacuation plan in place including having all important documents, pictures, prescriptions, and pets gathered up and easily transportable.  Residents of Boundary County, ID can visit https://www.nixle.com or text home zip code to 888777 to sign up for emergency alerts. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginSaturday August 13th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location6 miles west of Copeland, ID
Incident CommanderBonners Ferry Ranger District
Coordinates48.878 latitude, -116.489 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel4
Size1,408 Acres
Fuels Involved

Closed timber litter, 2' brush

Burning in subalpine fir, lodgepole, and Douglas fir with a brush understory and pockets of heavy dead and down.

Significant Events

Moderate

Flanking

Backing

Isolated Torching

Flanking and backing in heavy dead and down fuels with isolated torching in subalpine fire.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Conduct reconnaissance by air. Assess needs for prepping private lands at mouth of Fisher Creek Canyon. Look for opportunities to take effective actions prior to fire reaching private lands. Continue to monitor and establish MAPs and gather information for a long term plan.

Projected Incident Activity

24 hours: Moderated fire behavior, though some backing, flanking, and isolated torching still expected, especially on the steeper slopes (>60%). Fire is partially in Recommended wilderness and will likely continue to growth there and to the west.

48 hours: Cloud cover and lower temps in the mid-70s should continue to expected to be west primarily through flanking and backing.

72 hours: Spread rates should increase, with increased isolated torching possible as conditions clear with slightly increased temps. Continue growth expected to be west primarily through flanking and backing.

Remarks

Will submit weekly 209 unless conditions change.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Current moisture and good RH recoveries has moderated fire growth, especially to the east in the direction of values. This trend is expected over the next 24-48 hours. Drying will return after 48 hours, however temperatures will be cooler through 72 hours before a return to warmer temperatures in the 80s with an expectation of increased fire behavior after that.