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Field burning possible today, more on 'set' evacuation status

September 3, 2022

By Andrew O'Neel
Boundary County Public Information

Boundary County residents may see several fields being burned today by private landowners on the east side of the Kootenai River. These field burns have been coordinated with U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands as a preemptive measure to reduce available fuels which reduces the likelihood of spot fires in the river valley caused by airborne embers from fires to the west, which are now known collectively as the Kootenai River Complex.

The field burns will not be started until the current temperature inversion lifts, so as not to further degrade air quality by adding to the trapped smoke.

The southward expansion of the Scotch Fire yesterday has prompted the notification of about a dozen more homes on Westside Road to be in the “Set” stage of evacuation preparation.

Residents of Westside Road from the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge north to Ball Creek are “Set” to evacuate if fire conditions change. Two helicopters dropped water on the Scotch Fire continually yesterday, successfully keeping the fire from moving downslope towards Westside Road. Crews continue working today along Westside Road to protect homes. The Scotch Fire was started by a lightning strike near Scotch Creek in the Ball Creek drainage and was last estimated at 494 acres.

A Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team will be taking over management of the Kootenai River Complex of fires on Sunday, September 4th. The Kootenai River Complex consists of The Eneas Peak Fire, the Trout Fire, the Russell Mountain Fire, the Scotch Fire, and the Katka Fire.

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