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Kootenai River Complex

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3232 West Nursery Road 
Coeur d'Alene, 
Idaho 
83815 
3232 West Nursery Road 
Coeur d'Alene, 
Idaho 
83815 

Incident Contacts

  • IPNF Fire Information Line
    Phone:
    208-557-8813
  • Kootenai River Complex Fire Information Line
    Phone:
    208-202-5021
    Hours:
    Monday - Sunday 7am to 9pm
  • Bonners Ferry Ranger District - Closure Info
    Phone:
    208-267-5561
    Hours:
    Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Kootenai River Complex Fact Sheet 9/3/2022 Idaho Panhandle NF

Kootenai River Complex
Announcement - 09/03/2022

  

Kootenai River Complex Fact Sheet
 
Saturday, September 3, 2022
 

 Bonners Ferry Ranger District

Idaho Panhandle National Forests

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8378/                                
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USFSIPNF

Public Information Phone: (208) 557-8813                                               
Boundary County Emergency Line: (208) 696-2629

 

Fire Name:  Kootenai River Complex

Location:  Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Complexed:  September 2, 2022

Cause: Lightning

Size:  6,984 Acres

Containment:   0%

 

As of 5 pm PDT, on September 2, 2022, the Eneas Peak, Katka, Russell Mountain, Scotch Creek, and Trout Fires have officially been grouped into the Kootenai River Complex.  Last night, an infrared detection flight checked the status of existing fires. The Kootenai River Complex has grown 1,547 acres with most growth occurring on the Trout, Russell Mountain, and Scotch Creek Fires. Fire managers continue to assess opportunities to utilize aviation resources to prevent all four fires within the Selkirk Mountains from impacting private land and homes to the east. Engines are working along Westside road to protect private homes, and crews will continue the work into the night. Crews and aviation continue suppression actions on the Katka Fire. Additional resources have been ordered to assist the District. A Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire tomorrow

 

Closures: Due to fire suppression activities and active fires we advise that visitors avoid Ball Creek Road (FSR 432), Trout Creek Road (FSR 634), and trails.  Impacted Trails include Russell Mountain (No. 12), Russell Ridge (No. 92), Ball & Pyramid Lakes (No. 43), Pyramid Pass Trail (No. 13), Pyramid Peak (No. 7), Fisher Peak (No. 27), and Trout Lake (No. 41), McGinty Ridge Trail (143), Clifty Mountain, and Clifty/Burrow Trail (182).

 

Evacuations: Evacuations: There are NO evacuations currently in place. However, those living on West Side Road closest to Ball Creek, Burton Creek, and Clark Creek have been upgraded to ‘set’ fire evacuation status. “Set” is the last stage of readiness before an actual evacuation takes place. If not voluntarily evacuating already, residents in this stage are advised to at least gather their evacuation supplies together or pre-load them into their vehicles to enable a quick exit if evacuation is advised.  When living in fire-prone areas, all residents must have an evacuation plan, including all essential documents, pictures, prescriptions, and pets, and be quickly transportable.  Residents of Boundary County, ID, can visit https://www.nixle.com or text their home zip code to 888777 to sign up for emergency alerts. To learn more about Ready Set Go, visit https://bit.ly/3wi0jMu. For tips on defensible space for homes, visit Firewise https://bit.ly/3PALyeG. To prevent unwanted fires, visit the Idaho Department of Lands https://bit.ly/3c4v158.

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