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USFS fire update: Coming days could be dangerous

September 5, 2022

The Kootenai River Complex is reported this morning at 10,780 acres with zero-percent containment. There are 202 people working the fires. The Katka Fire is now reported at 53 acres and a new one-acre fire, Debt, is now shown a short distance away to the east. The Eneas Peak Fire is 1,606 acres, Trout 2,127 acres, the Russell Mountain Fire is at 5,402 acres and the Scotch Creek Fire is at 1,591.

With significant warming and drying over the next 72 hours and windy conditions predicted Tuesday night through Wednesday evening, the area could see conditions that support significant fire behavior.

Yesterday, helicopters were used to make bucket drops and slow fire spread along the eastern sides of the Scotch and Russell Mountain Fires. In addition, crews conducted structure assessments and reinforced structure protection equipment on private properties located along the Westside Road.

Work started on preparing some old forest roads located to the west of the Westside Road in an effort to prepare a check line or location to slow up fire spread.
On the Katka Fire crews continued work on direct perimeter control lines to hold and suppress the fire. The overnight infrared detection flight mapped an increase in size of 1,357 acres on the Complex, with most growth occurring on the Russell Mountain and Trout Fires.

Helicopter bucket water drops will be conducted today on the Scotch Creek, Russell Mountain, Eneas Peak and Trout Fires if wind and smoke conditions allow for safe flying. Structure protection assessments and preparations on private properties located along the Westside Road will continue. Crews will also continue working on preparing a check line utilizing old roads west of the Westside Road.

It is expected to take two to three days to get this line preparation work done. A night shift continues to work overnight monitoring structure protection equipment and fire activity. On the Katka Fire a Hotshot crew has joined the Type 2 Crew and together they will work on constructing direct perimeter control line.

Due to active fires and fire suppression activities, visitors are advised to avoid Ball Creek Road (FR 432), Trout Creek Road (FR 634) and trails. Additional trails to avoid include Russell Mountain (No. 12), Russell Ridge (No. 92), Ball and Pyramid Lakes (No. 43), Pyramid Pass Trail (No. 13), Pyramid Peak (No. 7), Fisher Peak (No. 27), Trout Lake (No. 41), McGinty Ridge Trail (No. 143), Clifty Mountain and Clifty/Burrow Trail (No. 182).

Evacuations: There are no Evacuations currently in place. However, those living on the Westside Road closest to Ball Creek, Burton Creek, and Clark Creek have been placed in the SET fire evacuation status.

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Mike Weland, Publisher

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