Leland Complex Fire crews have been extremely successful over the last 2 days on both fires maintaining the fire size and substantially increasing containment. Heavy equipment will be moving off the fires as mop up operations expand, and the backhauling of unneeded supplies begins. Management personnel from the Maine Forestry Service, supporting the North Idaho Incident Management Team, have been reassigned to assist the Cougar Rock Complex as the Leland Complex winds down. Demobilization of resources has begun as crews reach the end of their 14-day cycles and critical needs lessen. Sand Mountain Fire Patrol, monitor, and mop up operations continue along most of the fire perimeter. While line has been constructed around the entirety of the fire, there remains a section along Big Sand Road that due to terrain and hazard trees, crews have not been able to directly engage the fire. Water delivery systems have been installed and crews will focus on “buttoning up” that section today. Johnson Creek Fire Ground forces were successful in constructing handline along the north side of the fire tying into Shite Creek. Today they will reinforce that line and work the fires edge down to the creek edge to “clean up” the fuels through the drainage keeping the fire to the south and west of Shite Creek. The eastern edge of fire is burning in an area that is very steep and only accessible by foot. Yesterday crews conducted successful firing operations reducing the fuel load so that they can safely continue to directly engage the fire.
Estimated Size: Sand Mountain- 1617 acres Containment: Sand Mountain- 82% Total Personnel: 201
Johnson Creek- 1327 acres Johnson Creek- 63%
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.