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Leland Complex

Unit Information

Idaho Department of Lands
300 N. 6th Street
Boise, ID 83702

Leland Complex Update 7/31/21

Leland Complex Wildfire
News – 7/31/2021

Leland Complex                 Yesterday both fires held through a critical weather day. Helicopter water drops aided ground resources as lines were constructed and improved. Low relative humidity and high temperatures and winds will persist today. Thunderstorms with the potential for cloud to ground lightning are predicted for Sunday. Fire resources remain limited as new starts continue to stretch crews across a broad geographic area. Sand Mountain Fire Firefighter safety remains the highest priority and concerns have increased in areas with large standing timber as those trees, which now may have been burning for over 3 weeks, could fall without warning. Extreme caution is advised for all ground crews as today’s weather may bring increased winds. The fire will remain active in areas along the fire’s southern edge. Firefighters will bring in water with tanks, hose lays, sprinklers, and pumps today reinforcing fireline along the southeast corner of the fire’s edge.   Johnson Creek Fire Yesterday fire crews were assisted by water drops from the sky crane in an almost continuous cycle from Elk Creek Reservoir to the fireline. Recreationists are reminded to stay clear during refilling operations. Fire crews continue to hold and improve handline on the northern edge of the fire as the fire continues to back toward Shite Creek. The incident management team would like to thank the Elk River community for their continued generous support and their above and beyond spirit extended to our firefighters. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a crew bigger than the town itself has been amazing! Tomorrow fire officials will be at the Elk River City Hall (12:30-1:30pm) to answer questions and provide information about the Johnson Creek Fire.
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in effect for North Idaho from the Payette River north to the Canadian border. Details can be found: https://www.idl.idaho.gov/fire-management/fire-restrictions-finder/   Closures: USDA Forest Service has modified the area closures associated with both fires in the Leland Complex. 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. Please respect closures and barricades!

Know BEFORE you Go! Please visit the Inciweb page for details and maps: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7644/  

All PotlatchDeltic land and lease sites remain closed to the public- specific lease information & FAQs: https://idahoaccess.potlatchdeltic.com/Contact.aspx 

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.