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Coolwater Complex Update - September 18, 2017

Coolwater Complex Wildfire
News – 9/18/2017

THIS WILL BE THE LAST DAILY UPDATE. Additional updates will be posted as conditions warrant.


The three fires in the Coolwater Complex received light precipitation on Friday. Fire activity remained docile due to the increased humidity and cooler temperatures. Warmer and drier weather is forecast for today.

Firefighting crews worked to fortify structure protection lines around Lowell and along the Selway River corridor. Fuels reduction and salvaging operations continue with timber being removed from the fire line and hauled to a staging site.

Be advised there will be an increased amount of heavy equipment on the roads around Lowell today.

Andy’s Hump Fire:

The fire has had only mild activity for the last few days due to increased humidity and light rain. The majority of the active burning is currently on the ground. 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 fire lines. Additional work is being done to strategize for structure protection along the Selway River corridor to include USFS properties.

Glover Fire:

Minimal fire activity and growth occurred thanks to the mild weather and light precipitation. This fire continues to be in monitor status.

Old Man Fire:

This fire received some moisture which helped slow growth. It continues to be most active in the northeast and northwest parts, with mostly backing down ridgetops with short uphill runs. This fire continues in monitor status.

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 EA IMT is in the process of returning management of these fires to the Forest Service.

The main objectives remain: safety of 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 as well as the consideration of key resources in the area including cultural, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Inventoried Roadless and Wilderness and high value fisheries.