Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3232 West Nursery Road
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Highlights: Recent precipitation and cooler weather have allowed firefighters to make good progress over the last several days. Crews continue to work on constructing and improving lines with caution as warming and drying trends will create an increase in fire activity over the next several days.
Tumbledown Fire: Fire suppression activities continue to focus on the west side of the fire along Highway 50 east of Avery where most of the spread is occurring. Hand crews and heavy equipment are being used to construct containment lines and scouting access to Bluff Creek and looking for possible spot fires near Thor Mountain and the forest boundary. The structure protection group is scouting access, identifying holding features and values at risk along Highway 50 into Avery. A heavy equipment taskforce is being used to construct direct fireline in Tumbledown Creek and the 1223 road system.
Dolly Creek Fire: The fire received significant precipitation yesterday. One crew is assigned to secure the northeast perimeter to prevent any spread towards the Montana boarder. Two additional crews have been ordered to help complete containment lines within the next few days.
Weather and Smoke: The fires in this area received significant precipitation over the past few days. Yesterday the relative humidity was above 80 percent through the afternoon. Hotter, drier weather will be in place Tuesday and Wednesday and temperatures will be ten degrees above normal, predicting an increase in fire behavior over the next several days. An inversion will remain in place from mid-morning to early afternoon creating smoky conditions for the forecast area during the morning hours and into early afternoon. As the inversion breaks, expect conditions to improve slightly with heavier smoke returning late evening through the night.
Today we will likely see 'Moderate' to 'Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups' around Superior, St Regis and Plains. Avery and Calder will likely see some 'Very Unhealthy' periods. A smoke monitor will be going up in Avery today. For more information on smoke conditions, visit: https://fire.airnow.gov/
Evacuations & Closures: On Tuesday, July 27, Shoshone County Sherriff’s Office issued a closure expansion for Forest Highway 50 (St. Joe River Road) from the east fork of Gold Creek down to Eagle Creek Forest Road 1214 to the Stateline on Gold Pass into Montana. Several other emergency closures remain in effect due to increased fire activity on the Stateline Complex. For more information on county issued closures and evacuations call the Shoshone County Sheriff’s office at (208) 556-1114.
National Forest access to Diamond and Cliff Lakes remains closed as well as the following roads and trails. For more information on the USFS Idaho Panhandle National Forest closures go to the Stateline Complex Inciweb site at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7627/.
Primary and Cooperating Agencies: USDA USFS, Idaho Department of Lands, Shoshone County, and Shoshone County Sheriff.
Drive slowly; turn on your lights. Avoid closures. No flying or drones over the fire area; Temporary Flight Restriction in place. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect for all of northern Idaho.