Leland Complex Firefighting efforts have been very successful on both fires over the past several days. Crews have made substantial headway toward containment with fireline around the majority of the fires’ perimeter. Both fires have seen little growth. Due to the remote nature and terrain features of steep rocky slopes, each fire has portions that remain uncontrolled. These sections have been held in check with air operations while ground forces look for opportunities to safely gain access and directly engage. Sand Mountain Fire Today crews will continue patrol and mop up operations along Little Sand Creek, Palouse River Drive, and portions of Big Sand Creek. Reinforcement of handline with water features, such as sprinkler systems and hose lays, continue along Dual Creek—over 4,000 feet of hose has been installed. Road improvement with heavy equipment has allowed crews to gain access to hot spots more efficiently and safely. Johnson Creek Fire Firefighters were successful in constructing line along the north end of the fire tying into Shite Creek. They will continue to hold and improve the line today. The Skycrane will be available to drop water where needed, and heavy equipment will aid in creating helispots and improving crew access into the areas with uncontrolled fire edge. Fire officials met at the Elk River City Hall yesterday to share information about firefighting efforts and address any concerns from the public. The incident management team cannot express enough how appreciative we are of the tremendous support this town has for our fire crews.
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, Elk River VFD, PotlatchDeltic.