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Leland Complex

Unit Information

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

Leland Complex Update 8/4/21

Leland Complex Wildfire
News – 8/4/2021

Leland Complex                 Last night’s weather brought lightning with limited amounts of precipitation. Fire crews have been mobilized to assist local resources on initial attack on several fires in the vicinity of the Sand Mountain Fire. As both fires focus on mop up operations, crews will continue to be available for aggressive initial attack of new starts near their locations. Keeping fires small, when possible and safe to do so, remains a high priority during this time of national scarce resource availability. Sand Mountain Fire Fireline and water handling equipment has been installed around the entire fire. Patrol, monitor, and mop up operations persist. Fire behavior remains minimal as fire crews continue mop up operations toward the interior of the burn. Containment is achieved only when the IDL mop up standards of 100 feet from the perimeter and completely cold to the touch are met. Fire crews determine this by “cold trailing” in a grid pattern across the terrain. Cold trailing requires the firefighter look for visible smoke and to put an ungloved hand into the soils to detect any residual heat. Backhauling and demobilization of unnecessary equipment continues so it can be refurbished and ready for reassignment as needed.   Johnson Creek Fire Fire crews have completed fireline around the entirety of the Johnson Creek Fire. They have installed an estimated 20,000 feet of hose- roughly 5 miles- in efforts to bring water to the fires’ edge reinforcing containment lines. Today mop up operations expand as crews work to lengthen the cold fire edge internally.

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 Johnson Creek Fire. 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, Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA), USDA Forest Service, Latah County Sheriff’s Office, Deary VFD, Elk River VFD, PotlatchDeltic.