Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
08/31/2018 0700 am
Location: 16 miles northwest of Trout Creek, MT Size: 2,810 acres Personnel: 34
Incident Command: Sarah Jerome, 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 burned 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 used 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 minor growth this week, mainly on the southeast corner near Cabin Peak. 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: As cleanup of access routes successfully concludes, heavy equipment is on track for demobilization this weekend. Personnel will monitor management action points and continue work to improve access on the northern side of the fire. Temperatures are relatively cool for the forecasted period and the fire received approximately 1/2 inch of rain early in the week. Fire management officials will be watchful for changing conditions that may necessitate additional suppression actions.
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/. Both National Forests have rescinded fire restrictions as of today. While the cooler temperatures and precipitation no longer warrant extreme fire danger, the public is urged to continue to be careful with fire. 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.