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USFS Boundary County fires update

September 2, 2022

Last night, a reconnaissance flight checked the status of existing fires. The Eneas Peak fire grew 178 acres to 1,123 acres; the Trout Fire grew 428 acres to 678; the Russell Mountain fire grew 607 acres to 3,107, and the Scotch fire grew 449 acres to 494 acres. Fire managers continue to assess opportunities to utilize aviation resources to confine all four fires within the drainages and west of the private lands. Engines are working along Westside road to protect private homes, and crews will continue the work into the night.

Due to fire suppression activities and active fires effect we advise that visitors avoid Ball Creek Road (FSR 432), Trout Creek Road (FSR 634), and trails including 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).

There are no evacuations currently in place, however, those living on West Side Road closest to Burton Road and Ball Creek Road 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.

Aerial detection identified several new fires starts resulting from Wednesday’s weather system, including the Katka Fire. The fire is burning near Katka Peak in very steep terrain. Crews continue responding to multiple fires on the District and prioritizing resources based upon values at risk.

Significant aerial efforts Thursday on the Katka Fire (including use of large air tankers, FireBoss aircraft, and helicopters) helped to cool hot spots and reduce fire spread to approximately 35 acres. However, today’s inversion may reduce visibility and impede aircraft.

An Interagency Hotshot Crew began working on the Katka Fire Thursday, focusing on scouting for safe and efficient locations to directly engage the fire, as well as constructing suppression firelines around another adjacent small fire. Additional resources have been ordered to assist the District.

Due to Katka Fire activity and increased fire traffic, please avoid roads and trails in the vicinity. Trails currently impacted include McGinty Ridge Trail (143), Clifty Mountain, and Clifty/Burrow Trail (182).

Residents of Boundary County 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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Mike Weland, Publisher

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P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
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