Leland Complex Today will be a critical day for both fires as weather driven fire behavior will dominate. Low relative humidity and high temperatures will persist into the weekend ahead of potential monsoonal moisture patterns that could bring increased chances for showers and thunderstorms next week. Sand Mountain Fire Yesterday the fire was active along the uncontrolled southern edge. Heavy equipment and air resources supported ground forces as firefighters directly engaged the fire where safe to do so. Today is expected to be another active day on the fire as temperatures continue to climb into the mid to high 90’s. While area closures have been lifted, road and trail closures remain in effect. The public is reminded to adhere to all posted signs and barricades. Violation is not only illegal but also exposes firefighters and the public to avoidable risk. Johnson Creek Fire Fire crews continue to hold and improve handline on the southwestern edge of the fire. The north side of the fire continues to back toward Shite Creek. Crews expanded access into the Shite Creek drainage and continue to scout for opportunities to construct a mix of direct and indirect line to contain the north side of the fire. The public can expect to see heavy smoke at times as pockets of interior fuels ignite.
EXTREME fire conditions continue across the region. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect for North Idaho from the Payette River north to the Canadian border. Details can be found: Idaho Fire Restrictions
Closures: USDA Forest Service has modified the area closures associated with both fires in the Leland Complex. Closures have been reduced to road and trail closure only. Know BEFORE you Go! Please visit the Inciweb page for details and maps: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7644/ Please respect closures and barricades!
All PotlatchDeltic land and lease sites remain closed to the public- specific lease information & FAQs: PotlatchDeltic recreation information
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): There is a TFR in place for air space over the Leland Complex fires. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you Fly, We Can’t!
Cooperating Agencies: Idaho Dept. of Lands, Maine Forest Service, Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA), USDA Forest Service, Latah County Sheriff’s Office, Deary VFD, Moscow VFD, PotlatchDeltic.