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Fire evacuation status reduced to 'ready'

September 16, 2022

By Andrew O'Neel
Boundary County Public Information

Residents of Westside Road are being advised they can reduce their evacuation preparation status to “ready.” They had been at “set” status since September 1, when the Scotch Creek Fire was unpredictable and could have reached the road and threatened homes there. The Scotch Creek Fire has since merged with the Russell Fire, which has made contact with fire control lines and is currently being mopped up along the west side of the road. No structures were damaged as the fire burned down to the control lines.

The following are updated “Ready, Set, GO!” pre-evacuation preparations in place in Boundary County:
• “Ready” – Almost all of Westside Road, from the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge north to Kerr Lake Road are in the “Ready” stage of evacuation to maintain their evacuation plans for their families, pets, and livestock. (Russell Fire)
• “Ready” – Katka Road up from the lookout area, Two-Tail Road, Misty Mountain Road and Taboggan Lane have been advised to be in the “Ready” stage of evacuation to begin evacuation planning for their families, pets, and livestock. (Katka Fire)

The Kootenai River Complex, now consisting of the Russell Fire and Katka Fire, totaled 20,821 acres of burned area as of last night’s estimate. There are 366 personnel working on the fires, and total cost for the fires is $5.3 million so far. Just over $1.1 million (21-percent) of that cost is for aircraft operations.

The infrared aircraft flyover last night showed a small hot spot in the vicinity of Cascade Creek south of the Russell Fire, so crews are investigating today for a possible new start caused by the lightning we had two days ago.

Learn more about what to do in each of the “Ready, Set, GO!” evacuation planning stages by downloading the brochure at boundarycountyid.org.

Residents can receive emergency notifications by opting in to receive Nixle text alerts on their smartphones by texting 83805 to 888777.

Current evacuation preparation status information is also available in a recorded message on the Boundary County Emergency Information Line at (208) 696-BOCO (2626).

Questions or Comments? Send us an email!

Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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