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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

9/15/2015 Kaniksu Complex Update

The Kaniksu Complex, which includes the Tower Fire and six smaller fires, has a total acreage of 26,044 acres as of 6 p.m. Sept.14, 2015. The entire perimeter is not identified as requiring containment line. Of that identified for containment, 94 percent of the work is complete.

Residents and visitors are reminded that parts of the Colville and Idaho Panhandle National Forests are still closed to the public for the safety of all. Law enforcement officers are patrolling closed areas and violators may be cited. Please check with local ranger districts for more information.

Yesterday was a great day for the incoming Kaniksu Type 3 team, which started with a seamless transition from the outgoing Alaska Incident Management Team. The Kaniksu Type 3 Team moved forward with the Kaniksu Complex Fire objectives and built on the plan with lots of rehabilitation of constructed fireline. Most of the day’s activity consisted of suppression repair work on the Tower Fire. Crews and engines worked the west and east sides of the fire repairing. Hot spots were worked and extended completed line on the north side. In addition, the two spot fires just north of the Tower Fire were contained and will be placed in patrol status.

The weather forecast is calling for fall like weather over the next few days with light precipitation Wednesday through Thursday. The greatest chance of wetting rain may be Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. This weather will bring cooler temperatures and light winds.

There is a strong possibility of smoke being visible throughout the Kaniksu Complex for an extended period of time or until there is significant moisture.

Here is a roundup of fire activity:

Tower Fire: 24,143 acres, 89% containment. Located 6 miles northeast of Usk, Wash., and 6 miles west of Priest Lake, Idaho.

Onata Creek Fire: 546 acres, 100% containment. Located 8 miles east/southeast of Ione, Wash. This fire is in patrol status, suppression repair will be initiated soon.

Grease Creek Fire: 633 acres, 19% containment. Located east of Sullivan Lake.

Hall Mountain Fire: 39 acres. Located on Hall Mountain. This fire is in patrol status.

Slate Creek and South Fork Slate Creek Trail fires: 1 acre and 167 acres, respectively. Located near the northwest boundary of Salmo-Priest Wilderness.

Baldy Fire: 515 acres, 100% containment. Located 6 miles north of Ione, Wash.

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