Multiple wildfires burning in Kootenai River Complex

COEUR D’ALENE, ID. — There are multiple fires burning in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Area in the Kootenai River Complex.

Multiple fires in the area are burning 19,708 acres, or just over 30 square miles.

On Sunday, helicopters were used to drop buckets of water on the fire to slow it down on the eastern sides of the Scotch and Russell Mountain Fires. Crews are also doing structure assessments and reinforcing structure protection equipment on private properties on Westside Road. Work has been done on preparing old forest roads located west of Westside Road to prepare a location to slow down the fire.

Sept12 Fire Info Map 11x17

Crews will work south of the Ball Creek road area to strengthen the already completed fire line. The fire is expected to continue backing towards the Westside, but firefighters and engines will continue to hold and suppress the fire as it reaches the constructed line near Westside road.

People visiting are asked to avoid Ball Creek Road (FR 432), Trout Creek Road (FR 634), trails, 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), Myrtle Peak Trail (No. 286), and Burton Peak Trail (No. 9).

No Level 3 Evacuations — meaning LEAVE NOW— are in place. Those living on Westside Road closest to Ball Creek, Burton Creek and Clark Creek have Level 2 Evacuations in place, meaning GET READY.

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