Leland Complex Yesterday’s weather did bring strong and erratic outflow winds without any appreciable precipitation. Strong winds tested control features on both fires. Fire crews patrolled and monitored fire behavior with the help of directed “spot” weather forecasts from the National Weather Service, allowing for safe engagement and the ability to prepare for oncoming changes to wind speed and direction. Sand Mountain Fire Winds pushed fire lines as internal fuels exhibited moderate fire behavior. Crews were able to directly engage the fire’s edge where safety to do so. Fire lines held through the weather event and no additional fire permitter growth occurred. Patrol, monitor, and mop up operations continue today. Several engines and the IDL Teakean hand crew will return today from assisting the local fire district with initial attack on Tuesday’s lightning starts. They will remain available for local needs as the team prepares to return of the fire back to the Deary Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) office on Monday. Johnson Creek Fire Early morning yesterday fire managers employed one of the IDL’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with infrared cameras to fly over the fire, mapping heat signatures. Commitment to firefighter safety remains the top priority and this flight data was crucial in planning firefighting efforts because it allows for targeted actions. With the flight data, firefighters can focus efforts to the areas of most concern, increasing both safety and efficiency. Firefighting efforts will continue mopping up toward the interior of the fire with a focus on heavy fuel concentrations in the unburned areas of the fire. Excess resources continue to be released off the fire as control objectives are met allowing them to be ready and available for re-assignment to emerging incidents.
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: 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.