Leland Complex Firelines continue to hold on both fires as containment increases and mop up operations become more focused on specific hot spots. Crews will patrol and monitor, however the public may continue to see smokes as internal pockets of fuels burn off. Deary Days begin today, and the Incident Management Team would like to thank the community of Deary and the Deary School District #288 for the use of the school for our incident command post. As resources begin to time out and containment increases, the team will begin the transition of command back to the local districts. The Sand Mountain Fire will be managed by the Deary Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) area office, and the Johnson Creek Fire will return to the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA) responsibility on Monday. Tomorrow will be the last published update from the North Idaho Type 3 Incident Management Team. Sand Mountain Fire Patrol, monitor, and mop up operations remain the focus as containment continues. Dozers were used yesterday to improve road access to interior hot spots as fire crews “seek and destroy” smoldering fuels. Johnson Creek Fire Once again fire managers employed one of the IDL’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with infrared cameras to fly over the fire, looking for heat and double checking the previous day’s mop up efforts. Targeted response is both more efficient and safer for firefighters. Ground crews have been successful in the Shite Creek drainage keeping the fire on the western side of the creek with hand crews improving line and mopping up inward. It is important for crews to be methodical and focused on safety in this remote and rugged terrain- as access is only on foot.
Estimated Size: Sand Mountain- 1617 acres Containment: Sand Mountain- 90% Total Personnel: 140
Johnson Creek- 1349 acres Johnson Creek- 71%
Key Messages: Deary Friendship Days events will not be at the High School this year due to the fire crews using the school for the command post. More information about the day’s events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/DearyIdaho/
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.