Leland Complex Weather today across the Palouse will drive fire activity on both fires. The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG warning for much of the Idaho Panhandle including both fires in the complex. Impacts could include strong and erratic outflow winds along with new fire starts, particularly for areas that did not see significant rainfall over the last few days. Thunderstorms are also possible with a mix of wet and dry storms developing in the morning, with several waves of storms possible into the evening. Outflow winds associated with this type of weather pattern are dangerous to firefighting efforts as widespread outflow winds of 25-40 mph are anticipated. Stronger storms could produce winds up to 50 mph, testing control features. Sand Mountain Fire Patrol, monitor, and mop up operations continue toward the interior of the burn as fire behavior remains minimal. However, if predicted weather materializes, fire crews will assess the situation for safety and determine the best course of action with the available resources. Erratic and high winds pose a severe threat to ground crews as fire damaged trees are more susceptible to blowing down potentially striking firefighters or cutting off escape routes. Several engines and the IDL Teakean hand crew are still assisting the local fire district with initial attack on Tuesday’s lightning starts. Johnson Creek Fire Mop up and backhaul operations expand as containment increases. Work continues in the Shite Creek drainage reinforcing the handline along the creek bottom. Today’s forecasted weather and resulting safety concerns will dictate how ground forces are used. Fire crews and the public are reminded to be “Bear Aware.” Several sightings of sows with cubs have been reported particularly in and near huckleberry patches.
Estimated Size: Sand Mountain- 1617 acres Containment: Sand Mountain- 82% Total Personnel: 156
Johnson Creek- 1349 acres Johnson Creek- 66%
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.