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Coolwater Complex Update - September 13, 2017

Incident: Coolwater Complex Wildfire
Released: 9/13/2017

usfs Coolwater Complex

September 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Total Complex Fire Size: 2,969 acres, 4% containment

Events: A community meeting was held at the Fenn Ranger Station, with the Incident Management Team, local cooperators and Forest Service personnel. Fire information boards will be updated daily in the community of Lowell and surrounding areas.

Closures: For a complete listing of Forest closures, please visit the forest’s website at: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices

Advisories: Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect in the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area. The restrictions do not include wilderness areas. Information on fire restrictions across the state is located at www.idahofireinfo.com

For today’s air quality, visit the Idaho Department of Environmental Air Quality at www.deq.idaho.gov

The temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fires is in effect. This restriction applies to drones as well.

Weather: Temperatures starting today will be cooler in the mid-70s. Winds will be 5-15 mph with partly cloudy skies.

Fire Behavior: Increased fire activity expected today due to warmer and drier conditions.

121 Firefighters: One 20-person crew, 4 engines, 2 dozers, 3 water tenders, 3 skidders, 1 helicopter and various overhead personnel. Other aircraft may be used if available.

Location: Approximately 3 miles east of Lowell, Idaho on the north and south sides of Coolwater Ridge.

Started: Old Man Fire 8/27/17

Glover Fire 8/28/17

Andy’s Hump Fire 8/30/17

Coolwater Complex established on 9/7/17

Management: Eastern Area Incident Management Team

Cooperators: Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests (Moose Creek & Lochsa/Powell Ranger Districts), Idaho Department of Lands, Idaho County Sheriff, Idaho County Office of Emergency Management, town of Kooskia and various local fire departments.

Summary:

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 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.

Tuesday’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. Due to the fuel reduction and salvaging operations there will be an increased amount of heavy equipment on the roads around Lowell. Additional engines have arrived today to help with structural protection and preparation. The Lolo Hotshot crew will be finishing up their 14 day assignment today and return to their home unit.

Should any of the fires continue to grow, additional trail closures may be necessary

Andy’s Hump Fire:

The fire has had moderate fire activity for the last several days. The majority of the active burning occurred on the ridgetops with the fire slowly backing down, creeping and smoldering in the duff. 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 along the Selway River corridor.

Glover Fire:

From the operations flight, several smokes burning on the interior were observed. 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.

Old Man Fire:

This fire showed the most activity in the northeast and northwest parts, with mostly backing down ridgetops with short uphill runs. Sparse vegetation resulted in minimal smoke. This fire continues in monitor status.

Incident Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5597/

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Fire Information: coolwatercomplex@gmail.com or 208-926-4258

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Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests
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Kamiah, Idaho, ID 83536
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