Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
08/24/2018 1100 am
Location: 16 miles northwest of Trout Creek, MT Size: 2,750 acres Personnel: 45
Incident Command: Shawn Pearson, Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Type 3 Incident Management
Current Status: The Rampike Fire was detected on 7/31/2018 on the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Caused by a lightning strike, the Rampike Fire is burning 1.5 miles east of Shoshone Creek and on a ridge between Clinton Creek and Cabin Creek. On Tuesday, August 14, the Rampike Fire crossed the state line at Bottle Point and is now burning on approximately 100 acres of the Kootenai National Forest, Cabinet Ranger District. Crews on the Kootenai National Forest have wrapped two structures, the Gem Peak Lookout and the Gem saddle warming hut, and have initiated the use of heavy equipment to open access roads and create fuel breaks. Dozer line has been completed from Ulm Peak to Rd 412 on Shoshone Creek. The fire has seen moderate growth this week, with the southeast corner being most active. Fire has moved into the head of the Cabin Creek drainage. Air quality has been a challenge for aviation resources, but when able to fly, helicopters have conducted water bucket drops on spot fires. Although fire activity is minimal at this time, the Rampike Fire is being managed under a full suppression management objective with a confine and contain strategy. Updates will be published as activity warrants.
Planned Actions: Aviation support will continue to be used as practicable and available. On the Idaho side, a feller-buncher is finishing cleanup of the heavy snag load along dozer line. On the Montana side, heavy equipment is being used to prep roads and create fuel breaks to check fire spread to the Elk Creek drainage. Breezy winds continue Friday into the weekend but are accompanied with cooler temperatures and higher humidity. A few mountain showers will be possible over the northern portions of the Idaho Panhandle on Friday and Saturday as the region continues to track a potentially wetter system Sunday into Monday.
Evacuations: There are NO evacuations currently in place. 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. Visit Sanders County’s website at http://co.sanders.mt.us/for information about evacuations.
Forest Area Closure and Fire Restrictions: The Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests have placed an Area Closure on roads and trails in the Rampike Fire area. The latest Closure Orders and Maps can be found on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6126/ The Kootenai National Forest has also implemented Stage II Fire Restrictions and the Idaho Panhandle National Forests have Stage I Fire Restrictions in place. Contact your local Ranger District for more information.
Cooperating Agencies: US Forest Service (Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests), MT Department of Natural Resources, Trout Creek Rural Fire Department, Noxon Rural Fire Department, Heron Rural Fire Department, Sanders County Emergency Management Services, MT Department of Transportation.