The Eastern Area Incident Management Team (EA IMT) took over the Coolwater Complex Fires on September 9th at 6 pm. The Complex includes Andy’s Hump, Glover and the Old Man fires. The delegation carries the full responsibility for management of resources, costs and rehabilitation of fire suppression actions in that area. The team is also supporting other fires on the Nez Perce- Clearwater as requested.
The main objectives include: safety of the firefighters and public, protection of private property, the historic Fenn Ranger Station and other identified values at risk, maintaining positive relationships with the public and cooperators and lastly the consideration of key resources in the area including cultural, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Inventoried Roadless and Wilderness and high value fisheries.
Sunday’s moderate weather provided for minimal fire growth for the majority of the day. Operations personnel were able to conduct a helicopter flight over all three fires to assess current fire behavior, growth and terrain; given the limited resources available, this is beneficial for planning and tactical operations in the coming days. Today’s operations will be similar to yesterday.
Andy’s Hump Fire:
The fire did not appear to be very active yesterday. The majority of the active burning occurred on the ridgetops with the fire slowly backing down. One small spot fire to the southeast from the previous day was assessed and is cold. Crews continued to improve fire line around the community of Lowell by installing hose lays and using heavy equipment to cut and remove heavy slash and timber to enhance pre-established fuel breaks. Additional work was done to strategize for structure protection.
Old Man Fire:
This fire showed the most activity in the northern part, mostly backing down ridgetops with short uphill runs. Sparse vegetation resulted in minimal smoke. This fire continues in monitor status.
From the operations flight, three smokes burning on the interior could be seen. Minimal fire activity and growth occurred. The west side of the fire is burning into a previously burned area. This fire continues to be in monitor status.