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Prichard Fire

Unit Information

Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3232 West Nursery Road
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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7/11/2021 Update- Character Complex

Prichard Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 7/11/2021

  Incident:  Multiple Wildland Fires caused by lightning and detected on July 7th, 2021

Location:  Kellogg, Prichard, and Eagle, Idaho Jurisdiction:  Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District, Idaho Panhandle National Forests Incident Management:  Jerrod Scheffelmaier (t) and John Heyn, North Idaho Type III Incident Management Team (IMT)   

   Current Size: Deceitful ~1044  Prichard~ 183           

Activity Update: The Deceitful & Cinnabar Creek Fires merged in the late afternoon of 7/10/2021 due to high winds and ran east. The Prichard Fire also grew during this same timeframe. These three fires have now been grouped together as the Character Complex. The North Idaho Type 3 Incident Management Team has command of this Complex. Weather and fuel conditions along with strained resource availability will continue to hamper fire management operations.   Current Resources: There are approximately 130 personnel assigned to the Complex. These resources include a heavy equipment task force, 2 dozers, 1 excavator, 1 water tender, and 3 hand crews.   Planned Actions: Concern for firefighter and public safety is guiding management actions and will continue to be the number one priority. A Type 2 Management team has been ordered and will be in briefed tomorrow and take command by Wednesday morning.
Deceitful Fire: Equipment is being use for improving road access for water tenders and engines to be utilized for an indirect attack. Managers are also keeping a close eye on the proximity of the fire near BPA and Avista powerlines.   Pritchard Fire: Crews, Engines, and equipment are being use for both direct and indirect attack. Ground resources with the help of aviation resources are being utilized for the progression of containment lines. A structure protection plan is being assessed for the West Fork of Eagle Creek. Special Messages: Please avoid unnecessary travel near the 978, 978B, 979, 343, 620 roads for firefighter access, heavy equipment, and suppression efforts. Those considering recreation should be aware of the high fire danger, air quality, and should stay informed of changing conditions. For more information regarding the current status of fire restrictions visit: Daily information updates about smoke conditions for the area can be found at: